Which side would you stand for?
With our Bachelor of Laws, you’ll learn a strong foundation in the essential areas of legal knowledge, like those highlighted in the debates below, so you can learn to shape the laws of tomorrow.
Vaccines are worth billions and are precious IP vs. Vaccines save lives and should be free
IP protection incentivises the development of vaccines, but what if it limits poor countries’ access to critical healthcare?
Memes are an infringement of copyright vs. Memes are parodies and exist in their own right
Memes often start out as creative works protected by copyright before being remixed and shared without the creator’s consent. But isn’t everything a remix?
Companies are only responsible for increasing shareholder wealth vs. Companies are accountable for their impact on climate change
Corporations play a huge role in driving climate change, but where should the accountability lie?
Our law school in the city
The Curtin Law School city campus allows our law students to undertake some of their studies in close proximity to the main courts. You’ll have the opportunity to gain applied industry experience via the John Curtin Law Clinic within the school and benefit from simulated court proceedings in our moot court facility.
3 reasons to choose Curtin Law
#1 in WA for undergraduate employment
We’re ranked WA’s top public university for undergraduate full-time employment and starting salary; as well as staff qualifications, learner engagement and learning resources in the 2022 Good Universities Guide.
Located in the heart of Perth City, the Curtin Law School is fortunate to be richly endowed with industry and professional connections. You’ll also have the opportunity to put your legal skills into practice through John Curtin Law Clinic.
Get the most out of your degree by studying abroad through Curtin’s Ghent Summer Law Program in Belgium.
Complete a 4-year law degree in 3 years
Our four-year Bachelor of Laws degree satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practice law. However, after first year, subjects are taught in trimesters rather than semesters, which means you can choose to study a full load in each trimester and graduate in only three calendar years. Studying in trimesters also means that you have greater flexibility with combining study and work.
Customise your degree
You will develop the core skills essential to effective legal practice, and also have the opportunity to dive into topics such as forensic advocacy, family law, human rights law, native title law and policy, or European Union law. With over twenty-five optional units to choose from, you can tailor your degree to suit your career interests.
John Curtin Law Clinic
The John Curtin Law Clinic gives students the opportunity to put their legal skills into practice and build confidence in carrying out professional activities. Under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners, students will meet with and prepare advice and information for eligible individuals, small businesses, start-ups, social enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.
European summer law program
Get the most out of your degree by studying abroad through the Ghent Summer Law Program in Belgium. This program gives participants a ‘once in a life time’ opportunity to learn international law at a reputed European university. The program blends academic value with an unforgettable student experience at the heart of Europe. You will have an unforgettable month while boosting both your academic education and your professional credentials!
Expand your career options with a double degree
Studying for two degrees at once means you’ll graduate with double the amount of qualifications, but it won’t take you double the time.
A double degree increases your skills and knowledge across two different learning areas and gives you more career opportunities and choices. You’ll study units from both courses, but the condensed program structure means it may take only a year or two longer than a single degree.
Hear what our students have to say
Tamara Molan, Law and Psychology double degree
“My course combines both my passions and interests, meaning that I get to learn about what I love every day. I’ve always loved reading about law and psychology-related topics, but now with a more educated perspective my interest for those two topics has grown.
My own experience with the family court inspired me to help fight for a worthy cause. With my double degree, I plan to enter into criminal or family law after I graduate so that I can make a positive change through my work.”
Fintan Roberts, Curtin law graduate
“The teaching staff were exceptional… I find that what I studied at uni was very relevant to what I’m doing now in practice.”
Curtin law graduate Fintan Roberts reflects positively on his experience with the John Curtin Law Clinic, and found that the program taught him practical skills he continues to apply in his work.
Zack de Ruyter, Law and Commerce double degree
“I chose my Curtin degree because it offered a pathway to legal practice that was 18 months shorter than other institutions. Two semesters in, it feels like the right choice.
I find the classes are very engaging, especially if you’re a person who has even a slight interest in politics. As you would expect in a law classroom, you can get some really good debate going back and forth. I also found a law degree to be a key that unlocks a lot of doors, because law graduates can go on to work in many areas outside a law practice.”
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