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Bachelor of Laws

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324111

CRICOS 048903J


The Adelaide Law School offers a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) which can be completed as a single degree or as part of a double degree program. The compulsory requirements of the Law degree ensure a thorough grounding in common law principles and legal methodology while a wide choice of elective courses range from the commercial (eg, Intellectual Property, and Taxation Law) to liberal and socially-oriented topics (such as Family Law and Legal Theory). The Law degree provides graduates with a rigorous knowledge of the areas of substantive law necessary to undertake legal practice within a broad liberal education.

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  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code
    2015 CSP ATAR 95
    2015 CSP IB 35
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Prerequisites If applying for a Law double degree, the prerequisites of the second degree or "stream" must be met.

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. If applying for graduate-entry, you compete using the GPA of your completed degree (if you have more than one completed degree, the best GPA is used). If you have been awarded a PhD, a masters by research or a first class honours, you gain automatic entry. If you are a graduate, the duration of the program is three years full-time (or equivalent) as opposed to four years for non-graduates.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2016. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2016 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2015 or 2014), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2014). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC:
    SATAC Codes: 324251 (single degree) 324111 (double degree) SATAC application dates Application - Apply via SATAC now!

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 048903J
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 85
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 30
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 10
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 11
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 80
    ISC & CBSE [India] 80%
    ISBE [India] 90%
    SAT [US] 1350
    Abitur 2.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.0
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.22
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 80
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 396
    Australian Year 12 If applying for a Law double degree, the prerequisites of the second degree or "stream" must be met.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $10,375

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Roles for law graduates are expanding significantly. Those who become lawyers may become involved in court work or may choose to practice as solicitors. Many graduates enter legal practice, but a significant number choose to pursue careers in industry, government, commerce, community organisations or academic institutions. It is the enormous range of options, and the opportunities and influence which they afford, that gives a career in law its very distinctive appeal and makes the study of law one of the most popular choices among today’s students.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    During your study you will be provided with a number of opportunities to undertake a placement either through one of our Internship programs or by undertaking Clinical Legal Education. 

    Professional Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Practitioners' Education and Admission Council in South Australia, and provides the academic foundation for admission to legal practice throughout Australia. To be admitted to legal practice in Australia, Law graduates must complete further practical legal training. Students intending to seek admission to practise are strongly advised to see advice from the admitting authority in the relevant jurisdiction. In South Australia the University of Adelaide and the Law Society of South Australia provides Practical Legal Training through their Graduate Diploma and Legal Practice course. Upon graduation from the Bachelor of Laws and completion of the Graduate Diploma and Legal Practice, students are eligible to be admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia (with a restricted practising certificate). Once admitted, practitioners may apply for admission in any other Australian jurisdiction. For more information contact: Law Society of South Australia, 178 North Terrace, Adelaide, Phone: +61 8 8231 9972.

    Potential careers

    Barrister, Business Lawyer, Community Legal Services Officer, Corporate Lawyer, Diplomatic corps, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Industrial relations, Export / Import trade, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence Officer, Ministerial Adviser, Patent Attorney, Parliamentary Adviser, Parliamentary Member, Judicial Associate, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister, Legal Officer / Legal aid, Political Adviser, Politician

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    The program consists of number of compulsory law courses which provide students with a sound understanding of legal concepts, processes and methods. In addition, students choose from a range of elective law courses in areas of specialised interest including but not restricted to, such areas as Law and Popular Culture, Sport Law, Migration Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Medical Law and Ethics and Family Law. Students of the four year UG program can include some non-law electives towards their studies although these are limited.

    If you are a graduate, the duration of the program is three years full-time (or equivalent) as opposed to four years for non-graduates.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    A range of elective courses are offered each year and students may select courses from areas of specialisation which include Comparative Law, Corporate/Taxation Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Intellectual Property, Labour and Industrial Relations Law, Human Rights and International Law.

    Example Study Plan

    Bachelor of Laws (single degree)
    Indicative study plan
    Year 1S1 LAW 1501: Foundations of  Law
    LAW 1507: Tort Law
    LAW 1503: Contracts
    S2 LAW 1506: Property Law
    LAW 1508: International Law
    LAW 1504: Principles of Public Law
    Year 2S1 LAW 2501: Australian Constitutional Law
    LAW 2502: Equity
    Law Elective (3 units) or Non Law Elective (3 units) / Law Elective (3 units) or Non Law Elective (3 units)
    S2 LAW 2504: Administrative Law
    Law Elective (3 units) or Non Law Elective (3 units) / Law Elective (3 units) or Non Law Elective (3 units)
    Year 3S1 LAW 2503:Criminal Law and Procedure
    Law Elective (3 units)/ Law Elective (3 units)
    S2 LAW 2505: Corporate Law
    Law Elective (3 units)/Law Elective (3 units)
    Year 4S1 LAW 3501: Dispute Resolution and Ethics
    Law Elective (3 units)/Law Elective (3 units)
    S2 LAW 3502: Evidence and Proof in Theory and Practice
    Law Elective (3 units)/Law Elective (3 units)
    *Note from 2013 Law of Torts 2 will be replaced by International Law for the single, double and Graduate entry B.Laws degree.

    Double Degree Study plans

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Monday, 22 Aug 2016