BH-LAWS v.1 Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
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Bachelor honours degrees prepare students to develop broad, coherent and advanced knowledge and skills in a discipline for professional work, research and further learning corresponding to AQF level 8 qualifications.
The Bachelor of Laws degree is the required qualification for all who wish to enter legal practice. This Honours program provides additional legal skills and, therefore, further opportunities for law graduates. The program will enhance students' legal research skills which are essential in the legal profession.
Law Honours graduates tend to be better regarded, and more highly sought after by employers, than law graduates without Honours. Many employers in the legal profession will not employ students without an Honours degree (for example the Director of Public Prosecutions, State Solicitors Office, Supreme and District Courts of Western Australia and top tier commercial law firms.) Honours graduates, therefore, will have improved career opportunities.
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials.
Course Overview Note
Students will be required to take this course on a full-time basis.
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Bachelor Honours Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au and include flexible entry pathways. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Specifically, applicants for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) must have completed a Bachelor of Laws from a recognised Australian university with a course weighted average of at least 70%. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) will be quota restricted with preference given to applicants that have completed their Bachelor of Laws at Curtin University. This course is only available to domestic students.
Credit for Recognised Learning
Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning are not considered within this course.
Pathway to Further Study
Graduates may qualify for entry to Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Master by Coursework and Research degrees and Doctorates. For further details, see the University website http://curtin.edu.au.
Bachelor degrees with honours typically contain a series of units which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from to pursue learning in a specialised area of study. They comprise honours-level research within the coursework of the course and are at least four years in duration.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) comprises four units (Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Honours, Honours Dissertation in Law, Jurisprudence and Contemporary Legal Issues Seminar). The units are designed to provide students who have completed a Bachelor of Laws the opportunity to enhance their legal knowledge and engage in the practice of supervised legal research. Research is embedded in the course with the Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Honours unit teaching students about research methodology in law and providing (through the development of a research proposal) the foundation for the Honours Dissertation in Law unit, which will require the student to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to complete a 12,000 word dissertation on an area of law determined by the student with guidance from their supervisor. Jurisprudence provides students with in-depth theoretical knowledge about the philosophy of law, while the Contemporary Legal Issues Seminar unit engages students in critical reflection and discussions with academic staff, legal professionals and their peers about current or emerging issues in law and legal research.
Course Learning Outcomes
A graduate of this course can:
1. apply knowledge of legal research methodology, the Australian legal system, statutory rules and case law principles to understand and evaluate current and emerging research in law; contribute to the body of legal knowledge through research
2. critically and creatively analyse complex legal problems to articulate the issues involved and apply legal reasoning to make a considered choice between competing solutions
3. identify, access, assess and synthesise relevant information from primary legal sources such as cases and legislation and secondary sources as journal articles and commentaries (including electronic versions of these sources) and gather relevant oral and documentary evidence
4. communicate the outcome of legal research and analysis effectively, appropriately and persuasively to colleagues, to clients and to other professionals and the broader community
5. use appropriate electronic legal databases for advanced legal research purposes and be able to communicate effectively in electronic forms
6. critically reflect on their own performance as legal professionals, making use of feedback as appropriate and demonstrate intellectual curiosity
7. 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
8. demonstrate a highly developed understanding of and be able to articulate distinct concepts of law, justice and human rights, with an awareness of different legal traditions and cultures, particularly indigenous cultures; critically analyse how and where indigenous person and other identifiable social groups are differentially impacted by the legal system
9. critique and reconceptualise the roles of leadership, ethical legal practice and professional integrity when working within a team and independently
Duration and Availability
This honours course is one year full time study.
Location and delivery Mode
|Year||Location||Period||All*||Internal||Partially Online Internal^||External||Fully Online#|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Semester 1||Y|
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.
Course Organisation Note
All four units are mandatory to achieve the Honours qualification.
|Year 1 Semester 1|
|LAWS4000||v.1||Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Honours||3.0||50.0|
|LAWS4002||v.1||Contemporary Legal Issues Seminars||3.0||25.0|
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|LAWS4003||v.1||Honours Dissertation in Law||3.0||100.0|
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