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Bachelor of Laws

ATAR/Course cut-off
96.00 (ATAR listed is the Guaranteed Entry cut-off for Session 1 2014)
This information is for domestic students.
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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
  • criminology
  • environmental law and management
  • international law and global governance
  • media, technology and the law
  • public policy, law and governance
  • social justice

Key features

  • 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.

Majors offered by the Bachelor of Laws

Minimum course duration

4 years full time/equivalent part-time


North Ryde (Sydney), Distance

UAC Code

300302 - on-campus
300306 - by Distance (Session 1 application closed on 27 September 2013)

Suitable for

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.

Entry requirements

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 LAWS104 Contracts 3
Required LAWS108 Law, Lawyers and Society 3
200 level Credit Points
Required LAW203 Torts 3
Required LAW214 Jurisprudence 3
Required LAWS216 Property Law 3
Required LAWS217 Equity and Trusts 3
Required LAWS256 Business Organisations 3
Required LAWS259 International Law 3
300 level Credit Points
Required LAW314 Constitutional Law 3
Required LAW315 Administrative Law 3
Required LAWS398 Civil and Criminal Procedure 3
Required LAWS399 Evidence 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:


  • 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
  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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
  • education
  • financial institutions
  • health services
  • in-house counsel
  • legal practice
  • media organisations
  • NGO advocacy bodies
  • public service
  • trade unions


Our Students

Jess Manthey

Bachelor of International Studies with Bachelor of Laws

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.

Our Graduates

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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."

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Bachelor of Laws

To study this degree, apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

1. Select your UAC Code:

300302 - on-campus
300306 - by Distance (Session 1 application closed on 27 September 2013)

2. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Applications for Session 2, 2014 are now open.


Students wishing to return to study at Macquarie University should visit the Previous Macquarie Students webpage, for further information and application procedures. 

Majors offered by the Bachelor of Laws

Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Bachelor of Laws majors:


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