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Bachelor Honours Degree


Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
1 year full-time
Curtin Perth


Our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programme significantly enhances students' already developed legal skills so that they can conduct sophisticated legal research to solve complex legal problems and contribute to the body of legal knowledge.

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A Bachelor Honours Degree – which is located at level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework – teaches advanced legal research and writing skills and enables Honours graduates to apply a specialised body of knowledge in a specific context. In addition to coursework, it requires the production of a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation. The degree provides further opportunities for law graduates in professional fields and can be a pathway towards continuing post-graduate study.

The undergraduate Bachelor of Laws degree is the qualification offered by Curtin Law School that meets the academic requirements for admission to legal practice. Bachelor of Laws’ graduates who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree. Our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programme significantly enhances students’ already developed legal skills so that they can conduct sophisticated legal research to solve complex legal problems and contribute to the body of legal knowledge.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree will be awarded First Class, Upper Second Class, Lower Second Class, or Third Class Honours.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

Law graduates who have graduated with Honours, particularly First Class Honours, are generally better regarded and are more highly sought after by employers than law graduates without Honours. Some employers in the legal profession specifically advertise for law graduates with Honours and are known for recruiting mostly those who satisfy that criterion. Law Honours graduates who have significantly enhanced their legal knowledge and skills should have improved career opportunities with top tier legal firms, in government departments and agencies, and with courts and tribunals.

You should choose to do the Bachelor of Law (Honours) programme at Curtin, as our programme:

  • provides an additional year of fulltime study for a further degree in contrast to other institutions’ embedded law honours;
  • has coursework classes in semester 1 taught in the evening in the Perth CBD, with close proximity to professional and business environments; and
  • is taught and supervised by experienced academics and legal professionals who conduct legal research in a broad range of legal areas, using traditional and interdisciplinary methodologies.

Honours can be also a pathway to further learning in a Master of Laws (LLM) program or post-graduate research degrees such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

How this course will make you industry ready

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programme significantly enhances students’ already developed legal knowledge and skills so that they can conduct sophisticated legal research to solve complex legal problems and contribute to the body of legal knowledge. Students gain a sophisticated understanding of contemporary legal issues and the theoretical foundations of law through focused study in a seminar setting. Under the guidance of their Honours supervisor, students learn project management techniques and collaboration while also strengthening their capacity for independent learning and critical thinking. In completing and defending a research dissertation, students also further develop and gain confidence in their legal writing and oral presentation skills.

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.

Career information

Law graduate in the legal, government or business; court or tribunal associate; community legal services; general employment in public service; NGOs; early career academic.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of legal research methodology, the Australian legal system, statutory rules and case law principles to understand and evaluate current and emerging research in law; contribute to the body of legal knowledge through research
  • critically and creatively analyse complex 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 as journal articles and commentaries (including electronic versions of these sources) and gather relevant oral and documentary evidence
  • communicate the outcome of legal research and analysis effectively, appropriately and persuasively to colleagues, to clients and to other professionals and the broader community
  • use appropriate electronic legal databases for advanced legal research purposes and be able to communicate effectively in electronic forms
  • critically reflect on their own performance as legal professionals, making use of feedback as appropriate and demonstrate intellectual curiosity
  • articulate the similarities and differences between local and other jurisdictions, including interstate and overseas ones, and be aware of the principles of public and private international law
  • demonstrate a highly developed understanding of and be able to articulate distinct concepts of law, justice and human rights, with an awareness of different legal traditions and cultures, particularly indigenous cultures; critically analyse how and where indigenous person and other identifiable social groups are differentially impacted by the legal system
  • critique and reconceptualise the roles of leadership, ethical legal practice and professional integrity when working within a team and independently

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.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants for a Bachelor Honours degree must have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognised Australian university with a Course Weighted Average of at least 70% to be considered. In the calculation of the Course Weighted Average for an applicant with a double degree (or similar), only those units which form part of the LLB will be included.

Eligibility is competitive and quota restricted with preference given to students who have completed their LLB at Curtin. The course is only available to domestic students.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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:

Tel: 1300 222 888

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