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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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Trimester 3

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Course outline
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’ll also have the opportunity to choose from optional units that focus on topics such as forensic advocacy, employment law, family law, human rights law and native title law and policy, and law and technology. The range of optional units enables you to tailor your degree to suit your interests.

Most of your course will be completed at Curtin Law School in the heart of Perth city’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.

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 to identify which area of law you may like to practise. Curtin Law School has developed relationships with a range of organisations to offer legal internship placements to our students.

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, which is equivalent to a four-year (full-time) undergraduate degree, means you can graduate after just three years of full-time study.

See the Curtin handbook for more course information.

Double degrees

These are the combinations available if you'd like to gain a double degree:

What jobs can the Law lead to?

Careers

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

Industries

  • Banking and finance
  • Courts and tribunals
  • Government
  • Law
  • Private legal practice
  • 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’ve always wanted to do something justice-wise either with human rights or the environment. That’s why I came into law at Curtin – because I wanted to have the power to make change and I knew the Curtin Business School had a good reputation. From this degree, I’ve learned strong research and writing skills and how to communicate clearly, as well as how to synthesise information and come up with a concise document and explanation

Sarah Flynne

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)

    None.

  • 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)

    Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

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

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

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)

    Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 90

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    None.

  • 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

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

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)

    Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 90

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    None.

  • 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

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

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:

  • attained an ATAR of 90, or completed 8 or more undergraduate level units with a course weighted average (CWA) of 70% or above; or
  • attained an ATAR of 90 or completed an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent with a CWA of 65% or above; or
  • attained an ATAR of 90 or completed an Australian masters degree with a CWA of 70% or above.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have completed 8 or more undergraduate-level units with a course-weighted average of 70% or above.

Applicants with completed higher education qualifications

You’ll need to meet one of the following admissions criteria (or equivalent):

If you’re a domestic applicant with an overseas qualification, check our list of equivalent qualifications.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 90

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 90

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    None.

  • 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

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

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.

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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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  • Curtin course code: B-LAWS
  • CRICOS code: 077962B
  • Last updated on: 24 February 2024

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