BP335 - Bachelor of Laws

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Plan: BP335 - Bachelor of Laws
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Laws
Award abbreviation: LLB
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Location: Melbourne City Campus
Owning school: Graduate School of Business and Law (660H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/graduate-school-of-business-and-law
ASCED code: 090999
CRICOS code: 103210M

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Laws program is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board as meeting the educational requirements for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. You will be able to be admitted to practice after completing a recognised Practical Legal Training course (6 months); or supervised workplace training with a law firm (12 months).

By completing the Bachelor of Laws program you will possess a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the Australian legal framework and fundamental legal principles, an understanding of comparative and international legal systems, an understanding of the ethical framework in which the Australian legal system operates, and a fundamental knowledge of the extra-legal factors impinging upon the substantive law. Career development learning is scaffolded across early, mid and late stages of the program. 

Learning activities and experiences in this program include case-based learning with students encouraged to engage in critical discussion in seminars and online forums, supplemented by active, authentic experiential learning opportunities in various simulations that develop legal skills. These simulations include writing briefs and other legal documents, mooting, and negotiation and mediation skills. These are integrated into most substantive law courses to ensure that students develop the requisite skills in close connection with the legal knowledge. Clinical legal education and industry placement opportunities are also provided. 

A capstone experience will be provided in the course LAW2591 Law of Evidence (12 credit points) which will give students the opportunity to critically reflect on the curriculum of this program. The course promotes the integration and synthesis of a range of knowledge and skills gained in the program and the application of these in discipline related real-world scenarios. This program is delivered on-campus. 

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Articulation and pathways

Applicants who do not meet the published program entry requirements may wish to consider a Pathway.

The below articulation and credit arrangements are only applicable to students who have met the published program entry requirements and are subject to change.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University Admission and Credit Policy and Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) requirements. 

Applicants who have completed or partially completed a similar program at another institution (with entry criteria similar to this program) may be granted some credits or exemptions towards this program.

Australian law degrees are required to include 11 core areas of knowledge – the ‘Priestley 11’. These areas are: Criminal Law and Procedure, Tort, Contract, Property, Equity, Company Law, Administrative Law, Federal and State Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Professional Conduct. Exemptions towards the Priestley 11 courses are not possible unless the equivalent Priestley 11 courses have been completed in an undergraduate law program from an accredited law school. Students are advised to seek clarification from the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) to ensure the credit will not impact admission to legal practice. 

Credit for all other law courses can only be granted if a course has been completed at an accredited law school. This means the course code must contain LAW, indicating a law discipline.

The only exception is if a student has been admitted via the RMIT BP204 Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies program. Students will be exempt from completing LAW2580 Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World, if they have successfully completed the following four courses:

HUSO2235 Introduction to Law 
HWSS1144 Alternative Dispute Resolution
POLI1025 Power and Governance
SOCU2095 Sociology of Law

If you require more information on articulation and credit, please contact RMIT Connect

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Entrance requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (current and within the past two years):

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent. VCE study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.

Associate Degree applicants:

Applicants who have successfully completed the equivalent of an Associate Degree with GPA converted to ATAR.

All Bachelor of Business Degree applicants:

Applicants who have successfully completed the equivalent of four courses in an Australian Bachelor Degree with GPA converted to ATAR and no double-fail in any required course of the receiving degree.

Open Universities Australia (OUA) applicants:

Successful completion of four Open Universities Australia higher education units with a with GPA converted to ATAR.

Work and Life Experience:

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.
Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited by the statutory and professional bodies listed in the table below.

To be eligible to be admitted to practice law in Australia, graduates must additionally complete the Practical Legal Training (PLT) requirements, either a one year of Supervised Workplace Training with a law firm or an approved PLT course.  The PLT course can be undertaken on a fee paying basis through Leo Cussen Centre for Law or The College of Law. 

Statutory/Professional Body

Accreditation Description

Victorian Legal Admissions Board [VLAB] www.lawadmissions.vic.gov.au

Program satisfies the academic requirements for graduate admission to the Australian Legal Profession.

Council of Australian Law Deans [CALD] www.cald.asn.au

The School is compliant with the standards for Australian Law Schools adopted by the Council of Australian Law Deans and assessed by the Australian

Law Schools Standards Committee [ALSSC]

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University, you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it.

All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic and print resources such as books, journals, newspapers, streaming media and past exam papers. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments, or you can work through Library subject guides and web-based tutorials, or use our online Ask the Library service. Drop into the Study Support Hubs for assistance or contact us via Ask the Library online chat. 

Computers for study are available at every Library site and wireless access is available if you are working from a laptop or mobile device.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

Log in to myRMIT and select the myStudies tab to access study resources for your program.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning;
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  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

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