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Bachelor of Laws

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CSU's Bachelor of Laws prepares students to work as professionals in the field of law. The degree is suitable for any person wishing to become a legal professional in a range of roles and settings. However, the course will allow a particular focus on issues affecting rural and regional areas.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s course will provide general training in law, whether your intention is to work within metropolitan, regional or rural locations, and in a wide variety of legal roles. The course can be undertaken in three years full-time or six years part-time. The course is delivered via a supportive online learning environment giving you flexibility to fit study around work, family and other commitments.

    All areas of the Priestley 11 are covered within the course such as Criminal Law, Torts, Property Law and Contract Law. CSU's course is designed to allow a specific focus on the academic needs of people who wish to become law professionals working in rural, regional and remote Australia, or in the area of Indigenous issues. Subjects are directly relevant to the priorities of rural and regional industry, providing you with knowledge of legal matters pertaining to the agricultural and mining industries, environmental and cultural heritage protection laws, family law, dispute resolution, as well as issues of importance in regional Australia (e.g. fracking and live animal export).

    Please note: CSU’s course is an accredited academic pathway to legal practice. To be eligible to practice as a solicitor in Australia, an individual must be academically qualified. In Australia, there is reciprocal recognition between states in respect to accredited law degrees. However, each state and territory has its own admission requirements in addition to the prescribed academic requirements (i.e. law degree). For further information see the Legal Profession Uniform Law 2015 (NSW) and the Legal Profession Admission Board of your state or territory.

    Extra requirements to become a solicitor may include:
    • Professional Legal Training course (PLT)
    • internship
    • good character (‘fit and proper person’).

    Find out more about how CSU is tackling the lawyer shortage in regional and rural communities via the 2016 Thrive article, 'Regional focus to new law degree'.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU’s Bachelor of Laws prepares students for careers in:

    • private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister (with further study of a Professional Legal Training course)
    • legal officers in the public service
    • regulatory agencies
    • advisers to business
    • social justice advocates
    • legal researchers
    • law teachers
    • academics
    Graduates of this course will also have employment opportunities in a range of local, domestic or international non-government organisations specialising in human rights, environmental law or native title and related Indigenous affairs. 
  • Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Laws degree has been developed to meet the Legal Profession Admissions Board of NSW accreditation requirements. The course aims, objectives and core curriculum are based on the Priestley 11 Standards provided by the Legal Profession Admission Rules 2015 (NSW).

     

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    BACHELOR OF LAWS
    The course comprises 18 Core subjects (160) and four Restricted Electives (32).

    Core Subjects (160)

    JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction
    LAW112 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
    LAW113 Criminal Law
    LAW114 Law of Torts
    LAW116 Writing and Communication for Legal Professionals
    LAW212 Evidence Law
    LAW213 Criminal Procedure
    LAW214 Contract Law
    LAW216 Property Law
    LAW217 Civil Procedure
    LAW218 Equity and Trusts
    LAW219 Company Law
    LAW308 Constitutional Law
    LAW309 Professional Legal Conduct
    LAW311 Administrative Law
    LAW312 Resources Law: Contemporary Issues in Primary Production (16)
    LAW313 International Public and Private Law
    LAW314 Community Law and Culture: Regional, Rural, Remote and Indigenous Contemporary Issues (16)

    Restricted Electives (32)
    Choose four subjects (32) from the following list of Restricted Electives:

    LAW202 Family Law
    LAW240 Industrial Law
    LAW301 Taxation Law (Principles)
    LAW302 Taxation Law (Issues)
    LAW318 Jurisprudence
    LAW330 Finance Law
    LAW335 International Business Law
    LAW370 Law of Employment
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management

    Enrolment pattern

    Full Time Enrolment (session one intake enrolment pattern)

    Year 1

    Session 1
    LAW112 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
    LAW113 Criminal Law
    JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction
    LAW216 Property Law

    Session 2
    LAW114 Law of Torts
    LAW116 Writing and Communication for Legal Professionals
    LAW213 Criminal Procedure
    LAW214 Contract Law

    Year 2

    Session 1
    LAW217 Civil Procedure
    LAW212 Evidence Law
    LAW218 Equity and Trusts
    LAW219 Company Law

    Session 2
    Restricted Elective
    LAW308 Constitutional Law
    2 x Restricted Electives (16)

    Year 3

    Session 1
    LAW311 Administrative Law
    LAW313 International Public and Private Law
    LAW309 Professional Legal Conduct
    Restricted Elective

    Session 2
    LAW312 Resources Law: Contemporary Issues in Primary Production (16)
    LAW314 Community Law and Culture: Regional, Rural, Remote and Indigenous Contemporary Issues (16)

     

    Part-Time enrolment (Session one intake enrolment pattern)

    Year 1

    Session 1
    LAW112 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
    LAW113 Criminal Law

    Session 2
    LAW114 Law of Torts
    LAW116 Writing and Communication for Legal Professionals

    Year 2

    Session 1

    JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction
    LAW216 Property Law

    Session 2
    LAW213 Criminal Procedure
    LAW214 Contract Law

    Year 3

    Session 1

    LAW217 Civil Procedure
    LAW212 Evidence Law

    Session 2
    Restricted Elective
    LAW308 Constitutional Law

    Year 4

    Session 1

    LAW218 Equity and Trusts
    LAW219 Company Law

    Session 2
    2 x Restricted Electives (16)

    Year 5

    Session 1

    LAW311 Administrative Law
    LAW313 International Public and Private Law

    Session 2
    LAW312 Resources Law: Contemporary Issues in Primary Production (16)

    Year 6

    Session 1

    LAW309 Professional Legal Conduct
    Restricted Elective

    Session 2
    LAW314 Community Law and Culture: Regional, Rural, Remote and Indigenous Contemporary Issues (16)

     

    Part-Time Enrolment (Mid Year intake enrolment pattern)

    Year 1

    Session 2 
    LAW114 Law of Torts
    LAW116 Writing and Communication for Legal Professionals

    Year 2

    Session 1 
    LAW112 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
    LAW113 Criminal Law

    Session 2 
    LAW213 Criminal Procedure
    LAW214 Contract Law

    Year 3

    Session 1 
    JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction
    LAW216 Property Law

    Session 2 
    Restricted Elective
    LAW308 Constitutional Law

    Year 4

    Session 1 
    LAW217 Civil Procedure
    LAW212 Evidence Law

    Session 2 
    2 x Restricted Electives (16)

    Year 5

    Session 1 
    LAW218 Equity and Trusts
    LAW219 Company Law

    Session 2 
    LAW312 Resources Law: Contemporary Issues in Primary Production (16)

    Year 6

    Session 1  
    LAW311 Administrative Law
    LAW313 International Public and Private Law

    Session 2 
    LAW314 Community Law and Culture: Regional, Rural, Remote and Indigenous Contemporary Issues (16)

    Year 7

    Session 1 
    LAW309 Professional Legal Conduct
    Restricted Elective
     

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    LAW313 International Public and Private Law
    LAW114 Law of Torts
    LAW308 Constitutional Law
    LAW314 Community Law and Culture: Regional, Rural, Remote and Indigenous Contemporary Issues
    LAW219 Company Law
    LAW116 Writing and Communication for Legal Professionals
    LAW217 Civil Procedure
    LAW113 Criminal Law
    LAW312 Resources Law: Contemporary Issues in Primary Production
    LAW218 Equity and Trusts
    LAW309 Professional Legal Conduct
    LAW214 Contract Law
    LAW112 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
    LAW216 Property Law
    LAW213 Criminal Procedure
    LAW212 Evidence Law
    LAW311 Administrative Law

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    8500

    Admission is according to standard CSU admission process and criteria for undergraduate courses.

    Applicants for the CSU Bachelor of Laws program should meet one of the following criteria:

    1. demonstrated Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) of 85 or above
    2. successful completion of an appropriate AQF7 or a Bachelor degree with pass average or above .
    3. successful completion of CSU Single Subject Study in LAW112 or LAW116 and either LAW113 or LAW114.
    4. successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) with a minimum score of 172 following a completed HSC  or 2 years fulltime work experience (or part time equivalent)
    5. demonstrated academic/professional achievement and work experience acceptable to Charles Sturt University, or a minimum of 5 years full-time paid employment in the field of legal service or a related area, as determined by the Course Director

    Applicants should contact the Course Director to discuss their eligibility and be prepared to present a case demonstrating their academic suitability for the Bachelor of Laws program, including their capacity to undertake tertiary studies and/or detailing relevant legal experience.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.


  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYYEALW

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the Course Structure and Enrolment Pattern for the course.

    Students must successfully complete 192 credit points for graduation.

  • How to apply
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    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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  • Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents.

    NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    3 years full-time
    6 years part-time
    Includes compulsory residential schools.

    MODE

    Distance Education

    See full list of enrolment options

    INDICATIVE ATAR

    8500

  • This course is not available to international students.