The Bachelor of Laws (Non-Graduate Entry) program satisfies the academic degree requirements for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. Students will engage in collaborative face-to-face problem and case-based learning, will be supported by online learning materials, and will participate in authentic assessment to develop knowledge and skills.
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A law degree with a conscience
The Bachelor of Laws (Non-Graduate Entry) provides students with a broad progressive legal education with a strong practical orientation to the law. Students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, research, communication, collaboration, self-management, and ethical and professional awareness and judgement. Students will also develop skills in legal advocacy, negotiation, and legal technology and extend their professional and learning experiences through work integrated learning, clinical placement and international exchange engagements. Students are further supported to broaden their academic interest and to extend their career options by undertaking an additional year of non-law study in an academic area or areas of their own choice.
This program is designed to equip you with the required knowledge and skills for legal practice. You will graduate with the ability to analyse legal material and understand fundamental legal principles. You will also gain an understanding of the relationship between law and society and undertake specialised study into the Australian legal system.
Even if you are not seeking to practise as a lawyer, your learning will be enriched by exposure to the ethos and practice of law.
Advanced Standing - Recognition of prior learning
If you have successfully completed one full-time year of study at a recognised university, or completed a diploma, you might be granted Advanced Standing for the eight non-Law electives – reducing the program to three years full-time or six years part-time.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training.
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Graduates of this program can look forward to career opportunities including:
- Human Rights Advocate
- Judge's Associate
- Legal advisor to special interest group
Solicitors provide legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, and conduct negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with the law.
Legal Advisers are lawyers who are employed by the government, large companies and other organisations to provide legal advice and services to the organisation and its employees.
Barristers plead cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals. They are trained to provide advice on complex legal issues.
Develop your skills in our moot courts. Connect with a network of pre-eminent, respected professionals.
Work with our Western Sydney University Justice Clinic, providing a much-needed community service. Get on-the-ground experience of legal drafting, court advocacy, client advising, oral communication, negotiation and mediation.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.
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