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Law (LLB/LLB(Hons))

  • B1321; H1247BACHELOR OF LAWS

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Title Law (LLB/LLB(Hons))
Course Code B1321; H1247
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Law
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Steve Shaw | Email: S.Shaw@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6242

Qualification Bachelor of Laws Honours (LLB(Hons)) in Law; Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Law
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: University of Macerata (Macerata, Italy) ['IMACERATA'] (internal) (language of instruction: English) (some Specified Electives only)
Some units only: Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland) (internal) (language of instruction: English) (some Specified Electives only)
Restriction Enrolment is subject to restriction due to competitive admission requirements.
Description Students in the Murdoch Law degree include both candidates who enter it directly from matriculation, and mature-age students. In keeping with its character as a professional preparation, a significant proportion of the Law degree is obligatory. This gives all students a basic understanding of the legal system and an introduction to the abilities demanded by the professional practice of law. At the same time, students will be provided with opportunities to practise these abilities in simulated professional settings such as the Law School's Clinical Education Centre at Rockingham.

Students will build on this foundation through advanced unit offerings in such areas as corporate and commercial law, environmental law, family law, international law, alternative dispute resolution and human rights law.

Students in the degree may study on a part-time basis. It should be noted that, in some circumstances, enrolment in less than 12 points in a semester may mean that students will not meet the formal prerequisite requirements for units which they may wish to study in subsequent semesters.

Note: Only students admitted to the Law degree (or to a joint degree with Law or Juris Doctor qualification) are permitted to enrol in units in the Law degree. Students not admitted to the Law degree who would like to undertake legal study should refer to the Law, Business & Society major (BA) or Business Law major (BBus).
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5.
Special Requirements European Summer Program in Law and International Human Rights Program:

The School of Law is offering a selection of specified elective units as part of its European Summer Program in Law, hosted at the University of Macerata, Italy, and its International Human Rights Program in Geneva, Switzerland. These programs will be run subject to sufficient enrolments.

Enrolment in these programs is by application to the Program Director. Students are required to pay an application fee when submitting their application. Students enrolling in the program are responsible for their own airfares, accommodation, meals and incidental expenses during the program. Students are also required to pay a fee for course materials and access to the library, Internet and other facilities at the host location.

Students in the program must possess a passport valid for at least six months from the date of departure from Perth, with eligibility for a visa to enter the host country; Permanent Residents may also require a visa for re-entry into Australia.

Students are covered by Murdoch University for travel insurance. Students are advised to be aware of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) travel advisories prior to their departure via the following website:
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
All students must complete the University's online Travel Register prior to departure.

Students interested in the European Summer Program or the International Human Rights programs are encouraged to contact the School of Law office for further information.

Part-time Study:

Students in the degree may study on a part-time basis. It should be noted that, in some circumstances, enrolment in less than 12 points in a semester may mean that students will not meet the formal prerequisite requirements for units which they may wish to study in subsequent semesters.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes:
a) the Australian legal system and its place in the global context, fundamental areas of legal knowledge, and underlying principles and concepts,
b) knowledge of legal research tools,
c) the broader contexts within which legal issues arise,
d) the framework of principles and theories within which the law develops, and
e) practical and ethical aspects of lawyers' roles.

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify research, evaluate, synthesise and compare relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to demonstrate thinking skills evidenced in the ability to:
a) identify and articulate legal issues,
b) apply legal research and reasoning to generate appropriate responses to legal issues,
c) engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives, and
d) think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to communicate in ways that are effective, clear, precise, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences.

APPLICATION
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to:
a) learn and work independently and collaboratively,
b) reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will have an ability to recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.
Professional Recognition The Murdoch Bachelor of Laws satisfies the University education requirements for the practice of law of the governing bodies of the legal profession of Western Australia. As is the pattern in the rest of Australia, before a candidate may be admitted to the practice of law in this State, certain additional requirements must be satisfied after completion of this formal university training.
Excluded Double Majors Business Law; Business Law; Legal Studies
Award of Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons)) Students must apply for entry into Honours immediately prior to commencing their final 24 points of study.
The award of Honours is available on the basis of distinguished achievement in LLB580 Honours Thesis in Law, considered together with overall performance in LLB582 Legal Research Methods for Honours, and LLB452 Corporations Law, LLB450 Civil Procedure, LLB468 Ethics and Professional Responsibility and LLB580 Honours Thesis in Law completed in the Honours year. Students must have achieved a specified WGPA in Murdoch Law units before they may be permitted to enrol in LLB580 and enrol in the Honours award.
Students should seek advice and further information from the Honours Chair for Law.
Award with Distinction Graduation with Distinction or High Distinction is awarded on the basis of a high level of academic performance in Murdoch University Law units of LLB. The Award of Distinction and High Distinction is not available to students who achieve Honours.
Graduate Entry to Bachelor of Laws Students with a completed undergraduate degree will be given advanced standing of 24 credit points for graduate entry into the Bachelor of Laws, including preclusion from the two Breadth units where the undergraduate degree is sufficiently different from the Law degree. This will require completion of 72 credit points of Law units including the Bachelor of Laws Transition unit and Research Skills units.
Students who have completed the equivalent of 48 credit points of a **Law degree will be given Advanced Standing of 48 credit points, comprising a maximum of 15 credit points at 100 level (Part I) and 33 credit points at 200 to 400 level (Part II), for entry into the Bachelor of Laws (LLB).
**Law degree refers to 'being a Law degree that would, once conferred, satisfy the academic requirements of practicing law in that jurisdiction'.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 96 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BJU100 Australian Legal System - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BJU150 Law in Context - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

LLB152 Torts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB130 Criminal Law and Procedure - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB120 Legal Writing for Lawyers - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Part II - 72 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Unit - 3 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BJU200 Skills for Legal Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Core Units - 18 credit points

LLB260 Contract Law - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB253 Property Law A - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB254 Property Law B - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB251 Equity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB259 Constitutional Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BJU300 Legal Theory and Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Core Units - 9 credit points

LLB358 Australian Administrative Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB353 Trusts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB352 Evidence - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

Year 4 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 9 credit points

LLB452 Corporations Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB468 Ethics and Professional Responsibility - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

LLB450 Civil Procedure - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Specified Electives - 15 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

Specified Elective Unit List

Select Specified Electives from the following units. Units will normally be available at least once every two years.

In addition, Special Topics are available from time to time and may be used as a Specified Elective. Students should consult the Academic Chair to confirm the offering in any particular year.

LLB304 International Media Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB309 Legal Strategy in Organisations - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB318 Legal Practice: An Introduction - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 36 places)

LLB393 Law in the Community (Street Law) - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

LLB210 The Law of Costs - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal (closed as the offering has reached capacity)

LLB302 International Sale of Goods - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB201 Policing and Crime Prevention - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB355 Admiralty Law - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB390 Clinical Legal Education - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

LLB332 Commercial Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB325 Comparative Law - 3 points
IMACERATA: ST3-internal (quota of 35 places)

LLB341 Conflict of Laws - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB391 Alternative Dispute Resolution - 3 points
MURDOCH: T1-internal

LLB363 Employment Relations Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB356 Climate Change, Sustainability and Environmental Law - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB342 European Union Law - 3 points
IMACERATA: ST3-internal

LLB370 Family Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB386 Family Law Clinic - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

LLB337 Legal Protection of International Human Rights - 3 points
GENEVA: ST3-internal

LLB376 International Human Rights Organisations - 3 points
GENEVA: ST3-internal

LLB308 Introduction to Legal Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 36 places), S2-internal (quota of 36 places)

LLB319 Insurance Law - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB307 IP: Regulating Innovation and Creativity - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB387 Human Rights Law Clinic - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

LLB339 Shipping Law - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB301 Internships (WIL) - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, W-internal

LLB335 Mining and Natural Resources Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB305 Native Title Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB392 Oil and Gas Law - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB389 Psychology and Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB365 Public International Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: T3-internal

LLB323 Social and Welfare Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB381 Supervised Legal Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, W-internal
GENEVA: ASP2-internal
IMACERATA: ASP2-internal

LLB311 International Trade Law - 3 points
IMACERATA: ST3-internal (quota of 35 places)

LLB312 Law Moot #1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-internal (quota of 40 places), S1-internal (quota of 40 places), S2-internal (quota of 40 places), SUM-internal (quota of 40 places), W-internal (quota of 40 places)

LLB314 Introduction to Mooting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 40 places)

LLB315 Law Moot #2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-internal (quota of 40 places), S1-internal (quota of 40 places), S2-internal (quota of 40 places), SUM-internal (quota of 40 places), W-internal (quota of 40 places)

LLB327 Refugee Law - 3 points
GENEVA: ST3-internal

LLB328 Trial Advocacy - 3 points
MURDOCH: ST3-internal

LLB367 Law of Planning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1B-internal

LLB349 Comparative Contract Law - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB372 Law of Occupational Health and Safety - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal

LLB209 Sports Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1B-internal

LLB316 Basic Principles of Taxation Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: ST3-internal

LLB317 Advanced Taxation Law - 3 points
Not available this year

LLB397 Mediation - 3 points
MURDOCH: T3-internal (quota of 80 places)

LLB203 Indigenous Peoples, Law and Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

LLB306 International Arbitration Law - 3 points
Not available this year

Award with Distinction

Students who have completed the four-year Bachelor of Laws at a high standard may be awarded their degree with Distinction or High Distinction.

Honours

The award of Honours is available on the basis of distinguished achievement in LLB580 Honours Thesis in Law considered together with overall performance in the student's honours programme of study. Students must have achieved a specified WGPA in Murdoch Law units before they may be permitted to enrol in the Honours award.

LLB580 Honours Thesis in Law - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, Y-internal

LLB582 Legal Research Methods for Honours - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, Y-internal

Students must complete the following units to count as part of their Honours program of study. Note that all three units are compulsory and must be completed as part of the degree.

LLB450 Civil Procedure - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB452 Corporations Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LLB468 Ethics and Professional Responsibility - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

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