Bachelor of Laws
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The Bachelor of Laws can be completed on its own or as part of a double degree. Macquarie Law School delivers a high-quality educational experience that provides graduates opportunities to excel as ethical, proactive and innovative professionals. The hallmark of Macquarie University’s law degrees is the emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of the law in its broader context. You are taught to look beyond law as a function of rules and procedures or as a technical qualification.
Macquarie graduates understand how the Australian legal system works in a globalised world. You learn about social, political, historical, cultural and economic factors that have influenced the law’s development, and how the law is likely to change in the future. The interdisciplinary approach of the Macquarie law degree has earned our graduates a reputation for being well-rounded and highly capable legal minds who also have a realistic understanding of the world, its people and the issues that bind them together.
A number of interdisciplinary majors are available as detailed below. With these majors, you will acquire key knowledge in important areas of professional practice.
- Law at Macquarie is rated in the top 8 in Australia by QS World University Rankings.
- You learn from academics with practical experience as legal practitioners, who are actively engaged in research on contemporary legal issues, and involved in a range of professional and community outreach activities.
- You can pursue your interests in a wide range of electives where you will be challenged to tackle current real-world issues. You will also complete a specially designed PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) unit, where you interact with practitioners from top Australian law firms, community legal centres, government, non-government organisations (NGOs) and a range of industries. For more information visit pace.mq.edu.au
- As one of the more than 120 student groups on campus, Macquarie University Law Society (MULS) provides opportunities for you to participate in a range of competition and mooting events, as well as to enjoy the social side of university life. There is also the opportunity to be involved in producing Macquarie Law School’s peer-reviewed journals.
- Flexible study options. You can elect to commence mid-year, with repeat and summer offerings in select units, allowing you to accelerate or spread out your study across the calendar year.
- Graduates are entitled to admission for professional practice in law in New South Wales, subject to completion of professional training at The College of Law. Successful completion of this degree qualifies you for admission to The College of Law.
- The Bachelor of Laws can be a pathway into our masters degrees, which will give you the opportunity to complete bachelor and masters degrees 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 closes on 30 January 2015)
Not 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
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points for the degree||96|
|Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above||24|
|Minimum number of credit points from units with a LAW, LAWS or LAWZ prefix||72|
|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 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||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|
|Additional level||Credit Points|
|or||LAWS555||Remedies, Reparations and Resolution in Law||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
- 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 2015 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. This typically takes six months to one year to complete, and involves options to study full-time, part-time and online.
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. Similar bodies and systems of accreditation exist in other states.
Further information about this can be gained from the Legal Profession Admission Board.
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."