BP335 - Bachelor of Laws

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Plan: BP335 - Bachelor of Laws
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Over the duration of your program, you will experience a variety of approaches to teaching and learning. The approaches used in each course will be appropriate to the core curriculum areas and graduate capabilities. They are designed to develop, and to assist you in developing skills as an independent learner. 

The major styles of teaching and learning you will experience throughout your program will include: 

Classroom teaching: utilises a range of teaching and learning techniques including lectures, guest lectures by legal practitioners, class presentations, group discussion and student-led discussion. This style of learning is designed to maximise your understanding of the curriculum content and skills. It is designed to provide an environment where you can ask questions and seek feedback as well as contribute to class discussion with your peers. Classes may be offered in intensive mode over weekends or in week long blocks. 

Problem-based learning: you may be in a small legal practice group or team, or work individually to apply knowledge to solve problems and examine case studies. This technique is designed to simulate the experiences you will encounter working as a lawyer. 

Assignments and projects: these may be either research or problem-based, and may be undertaken in teams or individually. They will provide you with experience at undertaking legal research and legal reasoning, to write effectively and to present your findings and advice to a range of audiences; and may also require you to provide oral presentations. Assignments and projects are also designed to provide a way to receive feedback on your skills development and be able to utilise this feedback to improve your skills and further develop your capabilities in the relevant area. 

Moots: You will be requested to participate in moots (mock courts), in which you may play the role of a solicitor, barrister, expert witness or negotiator. These moots will develop your capabilities in relation to substantive legal writing and drafting, legal research and legal reasoning, judgment and strategy and oral communication in advocacy and negotiation solutions. 

Flexible delivery: The program will incorporate extensive use of online teaching resources; in the provision of support resources to you, and for accessing research sites of relevance to the course content. myRMIT will be used to provide your work to a range of resources for online learning, as set out below. 

Learning resources: You will have access to course materials on myRMIT. These will include: 

  • Lecture notes and presentation slides which can be used as either preparation or revision materials 
  • Staff and Guest lectures which have been digitally recorded, and provided online as audio-stream files for access from a computer or digital device. 
  • Courseware delivered via myRMIT may comprise fully online, media rich content (HTML, animations, audiovisual, etc), or text-based resources designed for on-screen viewing or printing. 

Legal research activities: Legal research is a key stone to becoming a lawyer and extensive online materials will be provided, both through the RMIT Library’s database subscriptions to case law and journals, and through individual course research references. You will be directed to legal case studies prepared to illustrate specific principles and made available via myRMIT. 

Assessment and feedback tools: A range of assessment tools will be provided online to assist with course content and to provide you with immediate feedback. 

  • Discussion boards may be used as a forum to discuss and analyse readings, theories, events etc. 
  • Quizzes may be used for formative assessment and self-tests, incorporating a range of designs and feedback options. 

Assessment is designed to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate the extent to which you have developed your capabilities and achieved specified learning outcomes in a given area. Methods of assessment will vary between courses, as it is appropriate to the objectives, learning outcomes and capabilities to be developed in each course. Assessment may take the form of: 

Formal examinations: which provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding and application of fundamental legal principles to either practical or theoretical issues. 

Assignments, case studies and projects: may be completed individually or in teams. They will provide you opportunities to develop your abilities in legal communications, research and reasoning, and problem solving. 

Research projects: which assess your ability to fixate, assimilate, analyse and critically reflect on information. 

In-class tests: provide you with feedback on your early understanding within a course and allow feedback to assist you in further developing your skills and abilities. 

Reflective papers: where you reflect on what you have learnt and the methods you have utilised to enhance your learning, and develop your judgment and strategy capabilities. 

Presentations: which provide you opportunities to develop your research, legal reasoning and oral communication skills. 

Moots: which provide you with opportunities to demonstrate advocacy, negotiation, problem solving, leadership, judgment, legal reasoning and communications skills. 

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Work integrated learning

As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will be provided with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. The designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses in this program are LAW2589 Justice Innovation (12 credit points) and LAW2586 Enterprise Law: Designing Legal Solutions (12 credit points). In this program, WIL is equitable, accessible and inclusive. 

In LAW2589 Justice Innovation you will work in partnership with industry and with your peers to develop an innovative justice solution to a current social problem. LAW2586 Enterprise Law: Designing Legal Solutions is based on a law firm simulation advising start ups on their legal issues. These courses will provide you with opportunities to apply your academic skills to a work-based context.  

In particular you will: 

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • and be involved in authentic engagement with partner organisations that includes industry feedback. These learning opportunities will be in the form of industry-based projects, simulations or placements. 
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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following: All courses listed may not be available each semester.
 

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Year One of Program

Semester One - Complete the following One (1) Commencement Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World 12 LAW2580 City Campus
AND
Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Contract Law 12 LAW2585 City Campus
Torts Law 12 LAW2601 City Campus
Principles of Criminal Law and Procedure 12 LAW2596 City Campus
AND
Semester Two - Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Australian Government and Statutory Interpretation 12 LAW2579 City Campus
Principles of Company Law 12 LAW2595 City Campus
Enterprise Law: Designing Legal Solutions 12 LAW2586 City Campus
Technology, Ethics and the Law 12 LAW2600 City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Semester One - Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Principles of Administrative Law 12 LAW2594 City Campus
Property Law 12 LAW2597 City Campus
Equity 12 LAW2587 City Campus
Law, Business and Human Rights 12 LAW2593 City Campus
AND
Semester Two - Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Constitutional Law 12 LAW2584 City Campus
Civil Dispute Resolution 12 LAW2582 City Campus
Justice Innovation 12 LAW2589 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from the Approved Law Option List at the end of the program structure.
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Semester One - Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Trusts 12 LAW2602 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Three (3) Courses from the Approved Option List at the end of the program structure.
AND
Semester Two - Complete the following One (1) Capstone Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Law of Evidence 12 LAW2591 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Three (3) Courses from the Approved Law Option List at the end of the program structure.
 
AND

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Approved Law Options List.

The following courses will be added to the approved law elective list in the future: InsolvencyLLB Asian Law & Management Issues; and Acquisitions, Takeovers & Mergers

 
Law Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Intellectual Property Law 12 LAW2537 City Campus
Introduction to Employment Law 12 LAW2472 City Campus
Law of Investments and Financial Markets 12 LAW2457 City Campus
International Commercial Law 12 LAW2536 City Campus
Taxation Law 12 LAW2599 City Campus
Global Trade and Business Law 12 LAW2588 City Campus
Public International Law 12 LAW2598 City Campus
Law of Wills 12 LAW2592 City Campus
Business and Human Rights Clinic 12 LAW2581 City Campus
Clinical Legal Practice 12 LAW2583 City Campus
Law of Climate Change 12 LAW2590 City Campus
Contemporary Legal Research Project 12 LAW2603 City Campus
External Legal Competition 12 LAW2610 City Campus
Legal Internship 12 LAW2608 City Campus
LLB Study Tour (CIJ): Innovative Justice and Court Innovation 12 LAW2609 City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

Not Applicable.

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