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  • Objectives
    The course provides sound training in law and legal skills. It emphasises the acquisition of foundational legal skills through the integration of skills training with the teaching of substantive subjects. Learning outcomes At the completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate: * knowledge of key areas of Australian law as well as new and developing areas; * the capacity critically to evaluate Australian law with reference to its historical development and comparative place; * the basic skills required in order to bring legal rights into effect, including legal research, legal reasoning, critical evaluation, presentation of arguments, inter-personal communication, group work and the use of plain English in drafting; * the applied skills involved in the contact of legal practice, including oral advocacy, interviewing, negotiation and drafting.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Applicants must hold a recognised undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. International Students Applicants must hold a recognised undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. English language requirements IELTS: 7.0 (6.0 in writing & speaking) TOEFL: 600 (TWE 4.5) / CBT 233 (essay 4.5) / iBT 100 (22 in writing/speaking/reading/listening)
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate entry)
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate entry) is modern, friendly, accessible and, most importantly, highly regarded by the legal profession.

    There are 2 elements:

        * The knowledge and critical evaluation of Australian law with reference to its historical development and comparative place.
        * The possession of a range of key skills involved in the translation of legal rights into effect, including interviewing, drafting, negotiation and teamwork.

    It provides 2 pathways for students:

        * Professionally accredited, it incorporates all practical legal training requirements needed to gain admission as a solicitor or barrister.
        * For students not wishing to be admitted into legal practice, it provides the opportunity to exit the program early with a Bachelor of Laws.

    Whichever path you choose, this course is designed to foster independent learning techniques with which more advanced knowledge can be acquired in subsequent years.
    What will I study?

    Refer to the program of study.
    Why study Law at Flinders?

    * Our Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice integrates the required practical legal training needed to gain admission as a solicitor or barrister. This means that you can become qualified to practise without having to pay upfront fees for the final part of your training, unlike your counterparts at many other law schools.
       
    * The Flinders Law School is respected as one of the most innovative in Australia. Our program is designed specifically to cater for the fact that our future lawyers have different interests and career aims, and must understand how law really works.
       
    * Our academic staff includes excellent and innovative teachers who have won national and University awards. They also include active researchers, many with national or international reputations in their fields. All are involved in a range of external activities that regularly bring them into contact with the legal profession and the broader community.
       
    * Our students and graduates have enjoyed considerable and varied successes in recent times. Eg they have won a number of prizes and awards, both external and internal, including University Medals.  Every year since 2004, a Flinders law student has been the recipient of the Law Foundation of South Australia Essay Prize.
       
    * One of our graduates recently became the very first winner of a prestigious Human Rights Internship Program internship at The Hague.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council.

    It incorporates all practical legal training requirements needed to gain admission as a solicitor or barrister.

    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice degree?   

    The Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice may be taken as a first degree in four-and-a-half years full-time (or the equivalent part-time) or as a graduate-entry program in three-and-a-half years full-time (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology.

    Students who do not wish to undertake the Legal Practice component may complete a Bachelor of Laws as a first degree in four years full-time (or the equivalent part-time), or as a graduate-entry program in three years full-time (or the equivalent part-time). However, these students cannot to be admitted to legal practice without completing further practical training.

    Part-time students should note that minimum enrolment requirements apply in First Year.

    Both degrees may also be taken as part of a combined degrees program with another approved degree program (see below).

    Note: Students who do not intend to undertake the Legal Practice component of the award are encouraged to notify the Faculty Administrative Officer (Law) during their final year to ensure that they are recorded as a graduand of the Bachelor of Laws.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY - FIRST DEGREE [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice as a first degree student, a student must complete 162 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, comprising 78 units of compulsory topics, 24 units of Legal Practice core topics, and 60 units of electives, as set out below.

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Laws as a first degree student, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, comprising 78 units of compulsory topics and 66 units of electives, as set out below.

    In both programs, a minimum of 9 units and a maximum of 24 units of electives must be taken from topics not offered or cross-listed by the School of Law. These may be selected from any offered by the University, provided entry and course requirements are met and that the School Board has not designated them as unavailable.

    Except with permission of the School Board the program must be completed within ten consecutive years.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice students are normally expected to undertake the following program. Bachelor of Laws students do not undertake the Fifth Year program but must, by the end of the fourth year, undertake a sufficient number of elective units to meet the 66-unit overall requirements.

    They may include up to 6 units of topics marked * as law elective topics.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    The Board of the School of Law may specify that two or more topics represent unacceptable combinations.
        

    First Year

    LLAW1101
        

    Legal Method (Legal Research)
        

    4.5

    LLAW1102
        

    Principles of Tort Law
        

    4.5

    LLAW1103
        

    Public Law and Regulation
        

    4.5

    LLAW1104
        

    Principles of Criminal Law and Procedure
        

    4.5

    LLAW1105
        

    Contract
        

    4.5

    LLAW1106
        

    Lawyering: Procedures and Ethics
        

    4.5
        

    Non-law Electives
        

    9
        

    Second Year

    ENGL1011
        

    Professional English in Law
        

    3

    LLAW2101
        

    Property Law Concepts
        

    3

    LLAW2102
        

    Issues in Criminal Law
        

    3

    LLAW2103
        

    Advanced Contract [Oral Advocacy]
        

    3

    LLAW2104
        

    Constitutional Law [Group Work]
        

    6

    LLAW2105
        

    History and Philosophy of Law
        

    3

    LLAW2106
        

    Issues in Torts
        

    3

    LLAW2107
        

    Administrative Law [Interviewing]
        

    6
        

    Law Electives
        

    6
        

    Third Year

    LLAW3101
        

    Real Property Law
        

    3

    LLAW3102
        

    Corporate Law [Drafting]
        

    6

    LLAW3104
        

    Trusts and Assignments
        

    3
        

    Law Electives
        

    24
        

    Fourth Year

    LLAW4101
        

    Evidence
        

    3

    LLAW4103
        

    Civil Litigation [LLB/LP only]
        

    6

    LLAW4103A
        

    Principles of Civil Litigation [LLB only]
        

    3

    LLAW4104
        

    Advanced Civil Litigation [LLB/LP only]
        

    3

    LLAW4104A
        

    Advanced Principles of Civil Litigation [LLB only]
        

    3

    LLAW5904
        

    Criminal Practice*#
        

    3

    LLAW5905
        

    Property Practice*
        

    3

    LLAW5906
        

    Advocacy*
        

    3

    LLAW5907
        

    Succession and Estates Practice* ##
        

    3
        

    Law Electives: 12 units (LLB/LP); 27 units (LLB)
        

        

    Fifth Year (semester)

    LLAW5901
        

    Legal Practice Management
        

    6

    LLAW5902
        

    Commercial and Corporate Practice*
        

    3
        

    Law Electives
        

    9

    PROGRAM OF STUDY - GRADUATE ENTRY [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice as a graduate-entry student, a student must complete 138 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, comprising 78 units of compulsory topics, 24 units of Legal Practice core topics, and 36 units of electives from topics offered or cross-listed by the School of Law, as set out below.

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Laws as a graduate-entry student, a student must complete 120 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, comprising 78 units of compulsory topics and 42 units of electives from topics offered or cross-listed by the School of Law, as set out below.

    Except with permission of the School Board the program must be completed within ten consecutive years.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's policy on Student Progress.

    Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice students are normally expected to undertake the following program. Bachelor of Laws students do not undertake the Fourth Year program but must, by the end of the third year, undertake a sufficient number of elective units to meet the 42-unit overall requirements.

    They may include up to 6 units of topics marked * as law elective topics.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    The Board of the School of Law may specify that two or more topics represent unacceptable combinations.

    First Year

    LLAW1101
        

    Legal Method [Legal Research]
        

    4.5

    LLAW1102
        

    Principles of Tort Law
        

    4.5

    LLAW1103
        

    Public Law and Regulation
        

    4.5

    LLAW1104
        

    Principles of Criminal Law and Procedure
        

    4.5

    LLAW1105
        

    Contract
        

    4.5

    LLAW1106
        

    Lawyering: Procedures and Ethics
        

    4.5

    LLAW2101
        

    Property Law Concepts
        

    3

    LLAW2105
        

    History and Philosophy of Law
        

    3

    LLAW2106
        

    Issues in Torts
        

    3
        

    Second Year

    ENGL1011
        

    Professional English in Law
        

    3

    LLAW2102
        

    Issues in Criminal Law
        

    3

    LLAW2103
        

    Advanced Contract [Oral Advocacy]
        

    3

    LLAW2104
        

    Constitutional Law [Group Work]
        

    6

    LLAW2107
        

    Administrative Law [Interviewing]
        

    6

    LLAW3101
        

    Real Property Law
        

    3

    LLAW3102
        

    Corporate Law [Drafting]
        

    6

    LLAW3104
        

    Trusts and Assignments
        

    3
        

    Law Electives
        

    9
        

    Third Year

    LLAW4101
        

    Evidence
        

    3

    LLAW4103
        

    Civil Litigation [LLB/LP only]
        

    6

    LLAW4103A
        

    Principles of Civil Litigation [LLB only]
        

    3

    LLAW4104
        

    Advanced Civil Litigation [LLB/LP only]
        

    3

    LLAW4104A
        

    Advanced Principles of Civil Litigation [LLB only]
        

    3

    LLAW5904
        

    Criminal Practice*#
        

    3

    LLAW5905
        

    Property Practice*
        

    3

    LLAW5906
        

    Advocacy*
        

    3

    LLAW5907
        

    Succession and Estates Practice* ##
        

    3
        

    Law Electives: 18 units (LLB/LP); 33 units (LLB)
        

        

    Fourth Year (semester)

    LLAW5901
        

    Legal Practice Management
        

    6

    LLAW5902
        

    Commercial and Corporate Practice*
        

    3
        

    Law Electives
        

    9

    # Students can undertake the topic LLAW5904 Criminal Practice or alternatively they can undertake a topic in either Administrative Law Practice or Family Law Practice through credit-transfer arrangements, provided such topic and its provider have been approved or recognised by the South Australian Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council. Any student wishing to pursue this option is responsible for making his or her own arrangements with the Law Society of South Australia (or other approved provider) and must bear all relevant costs, including fees. Such students, in their own interests, must consult with the Flinders Law School Director of Practical Legal Training prior to embarking on, and during, this course of action, in order to ensure that the substitute topic and its provider are properly approved or recognised. Students will be responsible for providing official documentary evidence to the Flinders Director of Practical Legal Training upon successful completion of the relevant topic.

    ## Students can undertake the topic LLAW5907 Succession and Estates Practice or alternatively they can undertake a topic in either Consumer Law Practice or Employment and Industrial Law Practice or Planning and Environmental Law Practice through credit-transfer arrangements, provided such topic and its provider have been approved or recognised by the South Australian Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council. Any student wishing to pursue this option is responsible for making his or her own arrangements with the Law Society of South Australia (or other approved provider) and must bear all relevant costs, including fees. Such students, in their own interests, must consult with the Flinders Law School Director of Practical Legal Training prior to embarking on, and during, this course of action, in order to ensure that the substitute topic and its provider are properly approved or recognised. Students will be responsible for providing official documentary evidence to the Flinders Director of Practical Legal Training upon successful completion of the relevant topic.
    HONOURS PROGRAM

    To qualify for an honours degree, a student must complete satisfactorily the Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice or Bachelor of Laws and satisfy the additional requirements prescribed by the Board of the School of Law.

    COMBINED DEGREES PROGRAMS

    The Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice may be studied with one of the following degrees in a combined degrees program which can be completed in a minimum of 5.5 to 6 years.

    For Bachelor of Laws students, combined degrees program can be completed in a minimum of 5 to 5.5 years.

    In each case students are required to complete the same amount of law topics as for the relevant graduate-entry program. Study programs are worked out on an individual basis, but in most years students will study both law and non-law topics.

    The table below indicates the minimum number of units required to complete a combined degrees program.

    For details of the non-Law component, see the relevant degree entry.
        

    LLB/LP
        

    LLB

    Bachelor of Arts
        

    192
        

    174

    Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
        

    198
        

    180

    Bachelor of Biotechnology
        

    210
        

    192

    Bachelor of Business
        

    192**
        

    174**

    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
        

    190.5##
        

    172.5##

    Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
        

    196.5
        

    178.5

    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
        

    210
        

    192

    Bachelor of Information Technology
        

    211.5
        

    193.5

    Bachelor of International Studies
        

    198
        

    180

    Bachelor of Justice and Society
        

    192
        

    174

    Bachelor of Science
        

    213
        

    195

    ** May be higher depending upon choice of major

    ## Will be higher for professional accounting accreditation

    For admission to one of the programs, students must apply through SATAC for the Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice combined degrees.

    Students who commence, but subsequently do not wish to complete, the combined degrees program may be eligible to transfer to either the Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice or Bachelor of Laws programs, or to the other program, and to receive credit for some or all of the topics already completed.

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