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Laws

Bachelor Degree

B-LAWS

Course
Bachelor of Laws
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 90
CRICOS
077962B
Duration
3 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Set the bar high and become a lawyer. An undergraduate degree in law is the first qualification you need.

Sarah Flynne

I’ve always wanted to do something justice-wise either with human rights or the environment. That’s why I came into law at Curtin – because I wanted to have the power to make change and I knew the Curtin Business School had a good reputation. From this degree, I’ve learned strong research and writing skills and how to communicate clearly, as well as how to synthesise information and come up with a concise document and explanation

Work experience

Practice your skills with real clients at the John Curtin Law Clinic.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Give legal advice, perform legal work and appear in court as a lawyer. An undergraduate degree in law is the first qualification you need to practise as a lawyer in Australia.

Curtin’s Law degree offers a foundation in essential areas of legal knowledge. You’ll develop core skills essential to effective legal practice and gain a high level of commercial awareness. You’ll also get to undertake optional units focusing on topics such as forensic advocacy, family law, human rights law, native title law and policy, or European Union law. And with over twenty-five optional units to choose from, you can tailor your degree to suit your career interests.

You will greatly benefit from the relationships you form with members of the profession and the proximity of the Supreme Court, the District Court and the Federal Court, which are located close to the Curtin Law School in Perth city. 

The course is delivered in a combination of semesters and trimesters and can be completed in three years. It is equivalent to a four-year, full-time undergraduate degree.

You’ll complete your first year at Curtin Perth in a semester format while your second and third years will be studied in trimesters at the law school's location at Curtin Murray Street in the Perth city centre. If you choose to study four units each study period, you can graduate in only three calendar years.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • You could elect to undertake a legal internship in which you can gain experience working under the supervision of an employer in a professional legal environment. The internship unit puts your law studies into context and provides opportunities to develop and apply your legal practice skills, critically analyse and reflect on the law in practice, and gain an appreciation of legal ethics.
  • In your third year, you may enrol in the Law Clinic unit to put your legal skills into practice through professional activities. Under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners, you will meet and prepare advice for eligible small businesses.
  • You can participate in simulated court proceedings at our moot court facility. This will hone your skills in public speaking and debating, and enhance your understanding of how a real court environment operates.
  • You could study at Ghent University in Belgium as part of our Ghent summer law program.
  • You can choose optional units that focus on high-demand areas for law graduates.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Career information

Careers

  • Criminal lawyer
  • Employment lawyer
  • Family lawyer
  • Human rights lawyer
  • In-house counsel
  • Mining lawyer
  • Solicitor

Industries

  • Law
  • Banking and finance
  • Resources
  • Courts and tribunals
  • Government
  • Private legal practice

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the Australian legal system, statutory rules and case law principles in both the fundamental areas of legal knowledge and a range of elective fields to the resolution of legal problems
  • critically and creatively analyse legal problems to articulate the issues involved and apply legal reasoning to make a considered choice between competing solutions
  • identify, access, assess and synthesise relevant information from primary legal sources such as cases and legislation and secondary sources such as journal articles and commentaries (including electronic versions of these sources) and gather relevant oral and documentary evidence

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 12
HKDSE 23
IB 33
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 80
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 90
WAUFP (CPS) 70
India (CBSE) 82.5%
India (HSC) 85%
Sri Lanka 12

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Equivalent indicative TER (ATAR) score of 90 for particular country. This figure provides an indication of the score normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,600*
Total indicative course fee $116,800*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,200*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1, Semester 2 and Trimester 1B

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: B-LAWS
  • CRICOS code: 077962B
  • Last updated on: February 17, 2020