Please note: This Program is not available for enrolment. The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) cannot be studied as a single stand alone degree.
The LLB must be studied with another degree. The information on this page outlines the academic requirements for completion of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) when taken as an undergraduate double degree at UNSW.
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is an undergraduate law degree that is recognised as satisfying the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW. The degree is only offered in combination with another approved undergraduate degree (double degree award mode).
The discipline-specific (depth) component of the LLB consists of 144 Units of Credit (UOC) of Law courses through such compulsory, prescribed electives and free electives as set out below.
The breath component of the program is achieved by satisfactory completion of the second program undertaken in the double degree award mode. Undergradraduate double degree LLB students are not required to do General Education courses.
Students cannot transfer from a double degree enrolment to single degree enrolment in the LLB. Transfer from concurrent double degree enrolment to the single enrolment in the non-Law program may be available, subject to the rules of that program.
Learning Outcomes 1.Interpret and analyse statutes, for example:
Navigating and applying statutory enactments in accordance with contemporary modes of statutory interpretation;
Applying knowledge of the difference between interpretation of statutes and constitutions;
Applying knowledge and ability to use extrinsic materials in the interpretation of statutes;
Developing a coherent body of knowledge and skills about the rules of statutory interpretation;
The application of statutory interpretation techniques in the context of problem-solving to generate appropriate analytical responses to statutory issues;
Analysing the relationship between statutory interpretation and human rights instruments in different jurisdictions.
Learning Outcomes 2.Demonstrate and adopt professional and ethical dispositions and values, for example:
Professional disposition and values;
Developing ability to exercise professional judgment;
Ability to reflect on professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice;
Understanding the law's role in serving society;
Understanding the value of community engagement;
Understanding of ethical approaches to decision-making;
Developing ability to respond to ethical issues arising in legal practice;
Working sensitively with clients from diverse backgrounds and with a range of needs;
Understanding prosecutors' and advocates' obligations both to the court and to the client, and judicial obligations to ensure a fair trial.
Learning Outcomes 3.Conduct legal research and writing, for example:
Professional research skills;
Academic research skills;
Extended writing (research assessment tasks with a word length of 3,000 words or more);
Learning Outcomes 4.Demonstrate professional interpersonal skills, for example:
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Respect for diversity;
Understanding of formal legal rules;
Appreciation of alternative and non-adversarial philosophies and practices;
Understanding of lawyers' roles in disputes;
Understanding of power dynamics.
Learning Outcomes 5.Engage in legal reasoning, for example:
Identifying and articulating legal issues;
Applying legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues;
Engaging in critical analysis and making a reasoned choice amongst alternatives;
Thinking creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
Learning Outcomes 6.Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of principles of justice and the rule of law, for example:
Tensions between law and justice/morality;
Distributive justice, including social justice;
Justice as desert and retributive justice;
Restorative justice and ADR;
Legal protection of rights, including by the Constitution;
Legal practitioners' duties to clients, the court and society;
Due process and natural justice;
The maintenance and operation of the rule of law;
Constraints upon government power and the review and correction of government decisions;
The rule of law in context.
Learning Outcomes 7.Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of indigenous legal issues, for example:
Historical and continuing impact of the law on Indigenous Australians;
Indigenous rights, sovereignty and recognition in the Constitution;
Interactions with legal professionals and enforcement officers;
Indigenous laws and justice mechanisms;
Cross-cultural communication issues.
Learning Outcomes 9.Engage in reform-oriented analysis of law and policy, this includes:
Ability to critique existing law in light of broader perspectives, current legal impact and future needs;
Ability to contribute to reform processes.
Learning Outcomes 10.Demonstrate professional communication skills, for example:
Oral communication in adversarial and non-adversarial contexts;
Written communication in various formats and styles;
General presentation capacities;
Legal presentation capacities;
Empathetic listening skills;
Cross-cultural communication, including with Indigenous people.
Learning Outcomes 11.Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of legal knowledge in its broader contexts, for example:
Fundamental areas of legal knowledge for practice in NSW;
Understanding of the Australian legal system;
Contextual disciplinary understanding;
Theoretical perspectives underlying principles and concepts;
International and comparative approaches to law;
Awareness of other jurisdictions and legal systems and understanding of their impact on local jurisdictions;
Awareness of global legal practice;
Broader contexts of law and legal practice;
Race and diversity based issues;
Poverty and social inequity/class based issues;
Employer/employee power imbalances;
Gender and sexuality based issues;
Ethical and professional responsibilities and rules;
Relationship between law and ethics, and theories of ethics applicable to legal practice.
Learning Outcomes 12.Demonstrate professional capacity for self-management, for example:
Ability to engage in independent learning;
Time management skills;
Personal and professional development;
Ability to reflect on and assess own capabilities and performance, including through self-assessment;
Ability to use feedback;
Reflection on personal values in the professional role.
Students must complete the LLB within 10 years of first enrolment in the program. UNSW LLB students are eligible to transfer to the LLB (Honours) program if, at the time of making their application, they: a) have successfully completed a minimum of 96 UOC of LLB courses; b) have successfully completed at least 84 UOC of core LLB courses (which can include the prescribed theory elective); c) have a minimum of 12 UOC of LLB courses still to complete at UNSW; and d) have a WAM in their core LLB courses (including the prescribed theory elective, if applicable) of 75 or above.
The Award of Pass with Distinction is awarded when a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75% has been achieved and at least 50% of the requirements of the award completed at UNSW.
All eligible programs will award Pass with Distinction except in special circumstances where approval of Academic Board has been given for a program to opt out.
Note: From S1, 2018 (when the LLB (Honours) commences) the University Medal will not be awarded to students graduating only with the LLB. It will only be awarded to an LLB (Honours) student (as explained in 4702 Law (Honours)).
The recommended student for the University Medal is expected to have maintained Good Standing throughout their UG career (ie, while undertaking their LLB) and usually rank the highest amongst their graduating LLB cohort. In addition to that, the recommended Medallist will be compared in different categories with other students attaining the LLB (Honours) (Class 1) to identify the best/top student based on each category.
These categories of comparison include:
WAM for all LAWS courses
WAM for LAWS core courses and LAWS prescribed elective
WAM for LAWS elective courses
WAM for best 4 LAWS elective courses
WAM for best 19 LAWS courses
WAM for all LAWS courses minus two lowest mark
LLB with Distinction
Note: the LLB with Distinction will only be awarded to students who commenced their LLB in or after 2015.
An LLB student whose WAM in all their graded Law courses is 75 or above at the completion of their 144 uoc of LLB courses will be eligible to graduate with ‘LLB with Distinction’.
Legal Research and Writing Program
This is a compulsory series of modules which provide training in essential and advanced legal research and in developing writing skills for legal and non-legal audiences. It is assessed in a formative manner and through summative assessment linked to compulsory courses. There are no additional UOC awarded for completion of this program.
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