BP204 - Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies

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Plan: BP204P16 - Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies
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 Legal and Dispute Studies
Award abbreviation: BLeg&DispSt
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 091100
CRICOS code: 052088A

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Purpose of the Program

This program is focused on law in its social and political context. You will study law from a number of local and global perspectives including policy, politics and sociology, as well as the mechanisms for change in legal systems. You will learn about topical areas of legal practice in labour relations law, civil law, criminal law and evidence law, laws relating to information, family law, international human rights, and civil procedure. In particular, you will engage with primary dispute resolution processes that offer alternative mechanisms for resolving legal disputes.

You will also consider the cultural context of professional practice and communication. You can specialise by taking by taking an optional minor (area of specialisation) in law, dispute resolution, youth justice, policy, advocacy, investigations, case management, social work, and criminal justice streams. In your final year, you will be provided with a capstone experience in the 50 day HWSS2181 Justice and Legal Internship in a relevant organisation through which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, connect theory to practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. 

You will gain skills in research, primary dispute resolution, mediation and policy analysis, and you will discover the growing significance of human rights in legal practice, government, business, and the community. The program will assist you to develop analytical and communication skills that can be applied in a range of practical contexts.

As a graduate of the program, you will work in diverse areas such as the Department of Justice, and the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, the Department of Health, dispute settlement centres, the courts and tribunals, law offices, legal aid, as well as local government and community centres, activist organisations, human rights organisations and other international organisations. You can apply your skills in areas as diverse as the media, government and policy, the arts, communications, project management, finance, engineering, banking, industry associations, and non-governmental organisations. You can progress to further study in law, justice, mediation and negotiation.

Successful completion of this program provides a pathway into a Masters. Upon successful completion of this program you may also be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in the Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies:

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrooled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours), Master of Justice and Criminology, Juris Doctor, Master of Public Policy and Master of International Development, subject to each program's entry requirements.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page


Extra requirements
Non year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online or an applicant statement if they wish other information to be considered. Applicants should explain their reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Legal and Dispute studies. This program has strong, ongoing links with relevant industry and sectoral organisations, particularly those within the Victorian justice sector.

The program has a Program Advisory Committee comprised of people drawn from a cross-section of government and non-government organizations where graduates can reasonably expect to be employed. It has also built up an extended network of links with organizations as part of its work integrated learning courses. These links will continue to be refined and embellished as part of a continuous process of evaluation and refinement of the School's work integrated learning operations. Work integrated learning provides an indispensable part of your learning experience.


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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

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
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 students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT 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
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd


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