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Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Law

LLB (H)
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements

A Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree provides candidates with a law degree that opens doors to a diverse range of professional careers in Australia and around the world.

In addition to equipping you with an understanding of law and the contexts in which it operates, the LLB (Hons) places a significant emphasis on building your high-level research skills through opportunities to conduct independent legal research.

Through the LLB (Hons), you will graduate with an honours-degree, giving you additional advantages in establishing your career or providing a strong foundation for postgraduate study. The program satisfies the academic component to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Law graduates may find work either in areas where a law degree is a professional requirement or more general fields in which law is especially useful. A Bachelor of Laws would normally be a requirement for the following occupations: a Barrister or Solicitor in professional practice; a Legal Officer in government departments or private enterprise; a Corporate Legal Officer in private industry, commerce and finance; community legal work; law teaching and academic research; a Judge's Associate, and legal journalism. To practice as a Barrister or Solicitor graduates must complete professional training such as the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at ANU. More general fields of employment include: the Australian Foreign Service; industrial relations; social welfare; government administration; business management; lobbying; media; public relations; law librarianship; court reporting; environmental agencies; technology and communications; and Federal and State police forces. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from primary and secondary legal sources to identify and provide solutions to complex legal and justice problems with some intellectual independence;
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of law and theoretical understandings of law with advanced understanding of caselaw, legislation and extrinsic legislative material, government documents and academic commentary on law;
  • exercise critical thinking and judgment in developing new understandings about the nature of law and the impact of law in society;
  • use technical legal research skills, and interdisciplinary research skills, to access a range of legal materials and other research materials in literature databases and other online sources;
  • use those technical skills to conduct research with some independence; and
  • communicate research to a variety of legal and non-legal audiences and in a range of presentation and writing formats.

Further Information

Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to the LLBHons at ANU, can request to receive course credit. Further information can be found on the Credit (Status) Policies and Procedures page.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
98
QLD Band:
2
International Baccalaureate:
40

Bonus Points

Academic Bonus points to do not apply to this program.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS) bonus points will apply to this program.

How to apply for the EAS: refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$40,416.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) requires completion of 192 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

 

The 192 units must include:

90 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law

LAWS1202 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics

LAWS1203 Torts

LAWS1204 Contracts

LAWS1205 Australian Public Law

LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS2201 Administrative Law

LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law

LAWS2203 Corporations Law

LAWS2204 Property

LAWS2205 Equity and Trusts

LAWS2207 Evidence

LAWS2244 Litigation and Dispute Management

LAWS2249 Legal Theory

LAWS2250 International Law

 

48 units from completion of 4000-level courses in the subject area LAWS Law

 

6 units from completion of 2000, 3000 or 4000-level courses in the subject area LAWS Law.

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

HONS4300 Final Honours Grade will be used to record the class of honours (determined by Table 2 of the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy.  

Marks will be calculated using the formula Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero, from the following Honours courses:

54 units of 4000-level [elective] courses in the subject area LAWS, which may include LAWS4300 Supervised Research Paper (12 units), and,

90 units of compulsory courses, which are:

LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law

LAWS1202 Lawyers Justice and Ethics

LAWS1203 Torts

LAWS1204 Contracts

LAWS1205 Australian Public Law

LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS2201 Administrative Law

LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law

LAWS2203 Corporations Law

LAWS2204 Property

LAWS2205 Equity and Trusts

LAWS2207 Evidence

LAWS2244 Litigation and Dispute Management

LAWS2249 Legal Theory

 

LAWS2250 International Law 

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law 6 units LAWS1203 Torts 6 units Non-Law first year elective 6 units Non-Law first year elective 6 units
LAWS1202 Lawyers Justice and Ethics 6 units LAWS1204 Contracts 6 units Non-Law first year elective 6 units Non-Law first year elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units LAWS1205 Australian Public Law 6 units LAWS1206 Criminal Law and Procedure 6 units LAWS2203 Corporations Law 6 units Non-Law later-year elective 6 units
LAWS2250 International Law 6 units LAWS2249 Legal Theory 6 units LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law 6 units Non-Law later-year elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units LAWS2201 Administrative Law 6 units LAWS2204 Property 6 units Law elective or non-Law later year elective 6 units Law elective 6 units
LAWS2205 Equity and Trusts 6 units Law elective or non-Law later-year elective 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units
Year 4 48 units LAWS2244 Litigation and Dispute Management 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units
LAWS2207 Evidence 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units Law elective 6 units

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The curriculum of the ANU law degree consists of compulsory and elective courses.The compulsory courses are designed to ensure that every student gains a sufficient grounding in the fundamental branches of the law, as well as satisfying applicable requirements for admission to practice. The elective courses provide an opportunity to develop particular interests, deepen understanding and engage students in research opportunities.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It is important that you attend the Law Information Session that will be held during O'Week.  You will receive an introduction to the program, introduced to relevant college staff and advisers, the timetable and tutorial information will be explained.

PRIOR STUDY

If you wish to apply for credit or exemptions for courses completed prior to your new ANU program, you will need to seek approval prior to your enrolment.

An information session for commencing Law students will be held in O'Week. Please see the timetable for more information.

Single degree

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) consists of 192 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. 15 courses are compulsory and a minimum of 9 elective courses must be LAWS courses; with the remaining 8 elective courses chosen from any other ANU College or from LAWS courses.

You must enrol in the following courses in first year in this order:

Commencing Semester 1:
Semester 1 LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law and LAWS1203 Torts + 2 non-Law first year electives

Semester 2 LAWS1202 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics and LAWS1204 Contracts + 2 non-Law first year electives

Commencing Semester 2:
Semester 2 LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law, LAWS1204 Contracts + 2 non-Law first year electives

For your non-Law electives, you may wish to seek advice from the relevant college that offers the course or from a Law adviser.   Courses coded in the 1000 range are first year courses and most first year courses do not have any prerequisites – details of any prerequisites will be listed in the relevant course entry.  If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.

Double degree

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in a flexible double degree consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. 15 courses are compulsory and all 9 elective courses must be LAWS courses.

You must enrol in the following courses in first year in this order:

Commencing Semester 1:
Semester 1
LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law and LAWS1203 Torts

Semester 2 LAWS1202 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics and LAWS1204 Contracts


Commencing Semester 2:
Semester 2 LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law, LAWS1204 Contracts


Academic Advice

If you need any further information or advice regarding your degree please contact the Law School Office, ground floor Building 5, telephone (02) 6125 3483 or email ugadmin.law@anu.edu.au 


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