Bachelor of Laws
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Pursue a legal career with our new four-year Bachelor of Laws. Unlike many other law programs, this legal degree does not require a prior bachelors degree or for you to study a double degree. In other words, it makes it faster for you to get the qualifications you need.
Our new four-year standalone law degree encourages you to look beyond law as a function of rules and procedures or as a technical qualification.
As such, you’ll learn about the social, political, historical, cultural and economic factors that influence the law’s development, and how the law is likely to change in the future.
Choose from seven interdisciplinary majors:
- corporate and commercial law
- environmental law and management
- international law and global governance
- media, technology and the law
- public policy, law and governance
- social justice
- learn from academics who have practical experience as legal practitioners, who are actively engaged in research on contemporary legal issues, and who are involved in a range of professional and community outreach activities
- Macquarie University law students understand how the Australian legal system works in a globalised world
- qualifies you for admission to College of Law towards accreditation for legal practice in NSW
- gain real world experience through our specially designed PACE unit, where you will interact with practitioners from top Australian law firms, community legal centres, government, NGOs and a range of industries
- acts as a pathway into our masters programs, allowing you to complete a bachelors and a masters degree in five years
Macquarie's PACE program gives graduates real-world experience
Macquarie University knows today's graduates need more than just academic skills. That’s why its PACE program takes students out of the lecture theatre and places them in the heart of their chosen careers. PACE gives students invaluable life experience that sets them apart from other university graduates and, as a result, makes them better equipped for the real world and more attractive to employers.
Minimum course duration
4 years full time/equivalent part-time
North Ryde (Sydney), Distance
300302 - on-campus
300306 - by Distance (Session 1 application closed on 27 September 2013)
The Bachelor of Laws isn’t just for aspiring lawyers, but also those wanting a career with a sense of social responsibility – whether it be working for an NGO or focusing on government policy development.
English language requirements
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
Work experience requirements
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points for the degree||96|
|Minimum number of credit points from units with a LAW, LAWS or LAWZ prefix||72|
|Minimum number of credit points from units with a LAW, LAWS or LAWZ prefix at 400 or 500 level||24|
|Completion of a qualifying major for the Bachelor of Laws|
|Completion of a designated People unit|
|Completion of a designated Planet unit|
|Completion of a designated PACE unit with a LAW, LAWS or LAWZ prefix|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
Specific minimum requirements:
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this degree
|100 level||Credit Points|
|Required||LAW109||Criminal Justice and Procedure||3|
|Required||LAW115||Foundations of Law||3|
|Required||LAWS108||Law, Lawyers and Society||3|
|200 level||Credit Points|
|Required||LAWS217||Equity and Trusts||3|
|300 level||Credit Points|
|Required||LAWS398||Civil and Criminal Procedure||3|
|500 level||Credit Points|
|Required||LAW555||C||Remedies, Reparations and Resolution in Law||3|
|Additional level||Credit Points|
|Required||18cp from||LAW, LAWS or LAWZ units at 400 or 500 level||18|
|Required||3cp from||LAW, LAWS or LAWZ units at 400 or 500 level designated as PACE units||3|
Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Bachelor of Laws majors:
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Environmental Law and Management
- International Law and Global Governance
- Media, Technology and the Law
- Public Policy, Law and Governance
- Social Justice
- Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
- Completing students may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Laws with Honours. For further details refer to law.mq.edu.au/current_students/llb_students.
- The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2014 ONLY.
It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
For more information please read the courses disclaimer.
The Macquarie Bachelor of Laws is accredited with professional bodies regulating the admission of law graduates to legal practice and provides appropriate qualification for admission to practice as a lawyer throughout Australia. In addition to completing a law program at an accredited institution, the profession requires all law graduates to complete a period of practical legal training including further study,continuing professional development units and supervised experience in a legal practice, before being admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor.
To be qualified as an Australian Legal Practitioner in New South Wales, a solicitor or barrister also requires a Practising Certificate issued by the Councils of the Law Society of New South Wales or the New South Wales Bar Association respectively.
Graduates will join distinguished alumni who include some of Australia’s leading judges, managing partners of national law firms, diplomats, Members of Parliament and academics.
Many graduates will pursue careers as either barristers or solicitors. However, a broad range of rewarding careers are open to Macquarie Law School graduates. Employment can be found in a wide variety of organisations, including:
- community legal centres
- diplomatic service
- financial institutions
- health services
- in-house counsel
- legal practice
- media organisations
- NGO advocacy bodies
- public service
- trade unions
If you’re interested in a really broad understanding of law, you’ll definitely enjoy studying here. Macquarie’s interdisciplinary approach is highly valued by employers – they say Macquarie graduates are an asset because they’re willing to challenge assumptions, articulate their reasoning and defend their conclusions.
The Hon. Rob Stokes MP
NSW MP for Pittwater
Year Graduated: 1997
"Macquarie Law School has earned a reputation as one of the leading university law schools in Australia. Over the past 30 years, Macquarie Law has developed a unique brand of legal education that examines law in its wider context.
The Macquarie approach has forged a degree particularly suited for lawyers wanting to pursue careers in policy and government, and not just the commercial practice of law.
I loved my time at Macquarie and strongly recommend that you consider Macquarie Law as your first choice in legal education."