The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) as a graduate-entry program requires three-and-a-half years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). It is only available as an exit award for students who are enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry (Honours) and who do not wish to undertake the Practical Legal Training component. The course is offered by the College of Business, Government and Law.
Students who complete this exit award cannot be admitted to Legal Practice without completing further practical legal training.
The course aims to:
- provide students with a sound training in law and legal skills
- emphasise the acquisition of foundation legal skills through the integration of skills training with the teaching of substantive subjects
- instil in students a desire for just outcomes, a broad outlook on law and a commitment to ethical conduct
- develop the capacity to engage deeply and critically with legal knowledge
- provide students with a sound training in high level academic research and writing skills
At the completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
- an extensive, well-founded and advanced knowledge of key areas of current Australian law, including new and developing areas
- the ability to find, interpret, understand and critique Australian law within its historical and comparative contexts, using effective learning strategies and appropriate methods, including both recent and traditional technologies
- the ability to use their knowledge to plan, analyse and think critically, logically and creatively, including by reflecting upon and evaluating facts, ideas, options and resolutions to disputes and debates, and considering the requirements of procedural and jurisdictional contexts
- the capacity to use plain English vocabulary, legal terminology and conventions as appropriate to the situation, to convey their knowledge, reasoning and decisions in a clear and fluent manner
- the capacity to listen well and respond constructively in written and spoken formats as they apply skills of oral advocacy, persuasion, interviewing, negotiation, argument and counter-argument, as appropriate to particular audiences and settings
- professionalism and self-reliance in their learning and their work within legal contexts, including skills and attributes such as initiative, goal setting, organising activities, prioritising tasks and managing time productively
- the capacity for, and a commitment to, lifelong learning: recognising that the world is dynamic and changing and therefore being prepared constantly to review, update and adapt their knowledge and skills
- the willingness and ability to exercise intellectual independence and take responsibility for their decisions and actions and to operate effectively within any relevant contextual framework
- the capacity to interact effectively with others in a variety of settings, including, where appropriate, working cooperatively and productively towards a common outcome as a team member and leader. This also includes group dynamics, showing respect for others and for their ideas and perspectives and learning to negotiate and resolve conflict or difficulties in a constructive manner
- awareness of the philosophy and the social and global contexts of law, and willingness to uphold their community responsibility to advocate for justice and to act with integrity in all matters in their professional work and personal lives. As potential officers of the court, they must learn and apply ethical standards applicable to the legal profession and the practice of law, and to show understanding of the complexity of ethical issues and debates, applying relevant decision-making models to arrive at ethical solutions to problems and taking responsibility for their actions
- the capacity to recognise the colonial and immigrant context of Australian law and the practice of law, and to engage positively with people and ideas beyond the limit of their own geographical, disciplinary, social and cultural background, including by synthesising ideas and principles across various legal doctrinal areas; critically analysing and taking appropriate action in complex global and cultural contexts; and forging constructive links between the world of study and the world of work
- the capacity to engage in significant academic research and writing which has been planned and executed with a degree of independence and which, with an awareness of the academic process for the development of ideas, will better equip students for postgraduate studies.
Credit may be granted for topics taken at other institutions. However, except in exceptional circumstances approved by the Dean (Education), a majority of units towards the degree must be obtained from topics offered by Flinders University.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) as a graduate-entry student, a student must complete 126 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, comprising 90 units of compulsory topics, 22.5 units of option topics and a 13.5 units dissertation topic, as set out below.
Option topics may be taken from topics not offered or cross-listed by the College only with the written permission of the Dean (Education). Under no circumstances will permission be given to take topics where entry and course requirements are not met, or the Dean (Education) has designated them as unacceptable.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic, which may include attempts of the same topic undertaken in other awards, may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Not all option topics are necessarily available in a given year.
The Dean (Education) may specify that two or more topics represent unacceptable combinations.
Core - Year 1 topics
LLAW1211 Legal Research and Writing [Research I, Writing I] (4.5 units)
LLAW1212 Criminal Law and Legal Method [Statutory Interpretation I] (4.5 units)
LLAW1213 Introduction to Public Law [Group Work] (4.5 units)
LLAW1214 Contract (4.5 units)
LLAW1221 Professional Skills and Ethics [Ethics I] (4.5 units)
LLAW1222 Issues in Criminal Law (4.5 units)
LLAW1223 Torts 1 (4.5 units)
LLAW1224 Advanced Contract [Writing II] (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
LLAW2211 Torts 2 [Interviewing] (4.5 units)
LLAW2212 The Constitution and the Australian Federation [International / Comparative I] (4.5 units)
LLAW2213 Administrative Law 1: Judicial Review [Statutory Interpretation II] (4.5 units)
LLAW2214 Property, Equity and Trusts (4.5 units)
LLAW2221 The Constitution and the Australian People [Indigenous / Social Justice I] (4.5 units)
LLAW2222 The History of Legal Ideas [Research II] (4.5 units)
LLAW2223 Administrative Law: Merits Review (4.5 units)
LLAW2224 Corporate Law 1 [Drafting] (4.5 units)
Core - Year 3 topics
LLAW3211 Corporate Law 2 [Ethics II] (4.5 units)
LLAW3212 Civil Litigation (4.5 units)
LLAW3221 Real Property Law (4.5 units)
LLAW3223 Evidence (4.5 units)
LLAW7100A Dissertation (Part 1) (4.5 units)#
LLAW7100B Dissertation (Part 2) (4.5 units)#
LLAW7100C Dissertation (Part 3) (4.5 units)#
# Pre-2015 students are only required to complete a 9 unit Dissertation and should enrol in LLAW7200 Dissertation (9 units) and complete 4.5 units of Year 3 & 4 Option topics.
Options - Year 3 & 4 topics
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Select 22.5 units of options from the following:
BIOL7731 Evidence Evaluation (4.5 units)
LLAW9701 The Business of the Law (4.5 units)*
LLAW9705 Insolvency Law (4.5 units)*
LLAW9709 Intellectual Property Law (4.5 units)*
LLIR9500 The Relationship between International Law and International Relations (4.5 units)
LLIR9501 Principles of Public International Law (4.5 units)
LLIR9510 Current Issues in International Law and International Relations (4.5 units)
LLIR9511 International Human Rights (4.5 units)
LLIR9512 Marginalised Populations and International Law (4.5 units)
LLIR9513 Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Law and International Human Rights (4.5 units)
LLIR9514 International Institutions (4.5 units)
LLIR9515 Law of the Sea (4.5 units)
LLIR9516 Law of the World Trade Organisation (4.5 units)
LLIR9517 Legal Approaches to Conflict (4.5 units)
LLIR9518 Principles of International Environmental Law (4.5 units)
LLIR9519 Transnational Crime and the International Criminal Justice System (4.5 units)
Other Honours or Masters level topics may be taken with the approval of the Honours Coordinator and, where appropriate, the Juris Doctor Coordinator.
* Juris Doctor topics