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B-LAWS

Law

Bachelor degree

Set the bar high and become a legal practitioner. An undergraduate degree in law is the first qualification you need to commence a career in legal practice.

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Course outline
  • ATAR

    ATAR

    Guaranteed ATAR 90
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Laws
  • Duration

    Duration

    3 years full-time
  • Credit

    Credit

    800
  • CRICOS

    CRICOS

    077962B
  • Location

    Location

    Curtin Perth,  Perth city
Course outline

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2024

Semester 1

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2025

Semester 1

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2026

Semester 1

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Trimester 2

On campus

Trimester 3

On campus

Course outline

What can I do with a degree in Law

Help create equity

Above all, the legal profession is about helping and protecting people and organisations.

Broad career options

You’ll learn the highly transferable skills of analysis, logic and persuasion that can be applied to careers beyond the legal profession.

First step to becoming a lawyer

An undergraduate law degree is the first qualification you need on the path to becoming a lawyer in Australia.

Law

Outline

Outline

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

Curtin’s Bachelor of Laws offers a rich and professionally relevant foundation in legal knowledge. You’ll learn core skills essential to effective legal practice and build a strong commercial awareness. From early on in your studies, you’ll start to recognise the importance of respecting the rule of law along with the responsibilities and ethics of legal practice.

You can also choose from optional units that focus on topics such as forensic advocacy, employment law, family law, law and technology, human rights law and native title law and policy. This range of optional units enables you to tailor your degree to your interests.

You'll complete most of your course at Curtin Law School in the heart of Perth’s legal precinct. You can gain practical experience by undertaking simulated legal proceedings in our high-tech moot court, working on real cases at the John Curtin Law Clinic, and participating in our Legal Internships Program.

The first year of this course is delivered in semesters at Curtin Perth, with the second and third years delivered in trimesters at Curtin Law School in Perth city. This accelerated format enables you to complete the equivalent study load of a four-year degree, in just three years of full-time study.

Legal Internships Program

Through the Legal Internships Program, you can experience working in a legal environment such as a court, law firm or community legal centre, with an organisation’s in-house legal team or with a barrister. These experiences will develop your practical legal skills and help you identify the area of law in which you'd like to practise. Curtin Law School has developed relationships with a range of organisations to offer legal internship placements to our students through this optional unit. 

Practical Legal Training

Complete your entire pathway to legal practice through Curtin. After gaining your Bachelor of Laws, you can complete our Practical Legal Training (PLT) course, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Recognised by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia, this course is the first specialised PLT program to be directly delivered by a WA university. Together, the two qualifications satisfy the academic and practical legal training requirements to qualify for admission to the legal profession in WA.

What jobs can the Law course lead to?

Careers

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

Industries

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

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
  • communicate the outcomes 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 research purposes and be able to communicate effectively in electronic forms
  • maintain intellectual curiosity as to justice and its practical application in the legal system, be able to identify areas where their legal knowledge and skills require further development, and to critically reflect on their own performance as legal professionals, making use of feedback as appropriate
  • 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
  • articulate distinct concepts of law, justice and human rights, with an awareness of different legal traditions and cultures, particularly indigenous cultures; identify how and where indigenous persons and other identifiable social groups are differentially impacted by the legal system.
  • work independently, as well as collaboratively, with a developing sense of the ethical issues that arise in legal practice and how these may be resolved

Why study Law

Get the Curtin edge

Curtin Law School is in the heart of Perth city and co-located with a barrister's chambers.

Accelerated learning

Our teaching staff include active legal practitioners, and you can practise legal presentations and debating at our purpose-designed Jeanette Hacket Moot Court.

Work experience

At the John Curtin Law Clinic, you can prepare advice for real clients under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners. 

Professional recognition

Curtin University provides you with a complete pathway to legal practice. If you go on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice after completing your Bachelor of Laws, you will satisfy the academic and practical legal training requirements to qualify for admission to the legal profession in Western Australia.

I’m going to be admitted as a lawyer while I’m 21 years old. You can’t do that with any other WA university because Curtin is the only one that offers a three-year law degree with trimester study.

Sita Samtani

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 90

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    STAT must achieve the required ATAR equivalence. STAT Written English and either Multiple Choice Verbal or Quantitative will be assessed.  

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Semester 2 intake requires special approval.

Applications to the Bachelor of Laws outside of the standard intake, Semester 1, are available to students who have completed units in the preceding semester(s). These non-standard intakes allow students to enter the course part-way through the degree. 

To apply to Semester 2, Trimester 1, Trimester 2, or Trimester 3 please submit an online inquiry and include an application for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) along with your application for admission, so it may be determined if you have completed the units required to enter this degree outside of the standard intake.

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.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    STAT must achieve the required ATAR equivalence. STAT Written English and either Multiple Choice Verbal or Quantitative will be assessed.  

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Semester 2 intake requires special approval.

Applications to the Bachelor of Laws outside of the standard intake, Semester 1, are available to students who have completed units in the preceding semester(s). These non-standard intakes allow students to enter the course part-way through the degree. 

To apply to Semester 2, Trimester 1, Trimester 2, or Trimester 3 please submit an online inquiry and include an application for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) along with your application for admission, so it may be determined if you have completed the units required to enter this degree outside of the standard intake.

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.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.  

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    STAT must achieve the required ATAR equivalence. STAT Written English and either Multiple Choice Verbal or Quantitative will be assessed.  

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Semester 2 intake requires special approval.

Applications to the Bachelor of Laws outside of the standard intake, Semester 1, are available to students who have completed units in the preceding semester(s). These non-standard intakes allow students to enter the course part-way through the degree. 

To apply to Semester 2, Trimester 1, Trimester 2, or Trimester 3 please submit an online inquiry and include an application for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) along with your application for admission, so it may be determined if you have completed the units required to enter this degree outside of the standard intake.

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.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

An ATAR of 90

or 

Completed 8 or more undergraduate level units with a Course Weighted Average (CWA) of 70% or above.

Higher education course switcher criteria

You will need to meet one of the following admission criteria: 

A minimum ATAR of 90

or

Completed 8 or more undergraduate level units with a Course Weighted Average (CWA) of 70% or above.

or

If you have a completed bachelor degree from a recognised insititution, a Course Weighted Average (CWA) of 65% or above is required.

or 

If you have a completed master degree from a recognised institution, a Course Weighted Average (CWA) of 70% or above is required.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 90

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Reading

6

Listening

6

Overall band score

6.5

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Semester 2 intake requires special approval.

Applications to the Bachelor of Laws outside of the standard intake, Semester 1, are available to students who have completed units in the preceding semester(s). These non-standard intakes allow students to enter the course part-way through the degree. 

To apply to Semester 2, Trimester 1, Trimester 2, or Trimester 3 please submit an online inquiry and include an application for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) along with your application for admission, so it may be determined if you have completed the units required to enter this degree outside of the standard intake.

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.

Unsure what option suits you?

We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of university admission. Choose the support you need from the options below.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

2024 Fee year:

$16,300*

Commonwealth supported

Commonwealth supported

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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 – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

To be eligible for the Commonwealth supported fee:

  • Australian citizens must complete some of their course of study while residing in Australia.
  • Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must be residing in Australia for the entire course.

For further information on eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Study Assist website.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

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Location

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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.

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

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  • Curtin course code: B-LAWS
  • CRICOS code: 077962B
  • Last updated on: 21 July 2024

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