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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Partner facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA/LLB
CRICOS code013391F
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/0080
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit http://www.law.monash.edu.au/ and http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students can complete this course in five years by overloading in one or more semesters (subject to approval), or by undertaking summer semester units.

Description

The study of law develops problem-solving skills and powers of analysis. It teaches precise and imaginative use of language. It also promotes ethical thinking and a focus on justice and fairness. It enhances students' thinking, reasoning and expressive abilities within legal and related contexts, leading to employment in the legal profession, law reform agencies, government service or other relevant areas of employment.

Studying humanities develops general knowledge and specific intellectual skills relating to human thought and relations, such as the way we communicate or how the past has affected the present. Social science analyses and explains societies and the relationships of individuals within those societies.

Outcomes

The objectives of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program at Monash are to enable students to gain an understanding of basic legal concepts and legal institutions and of the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing their development. Upon completion of the LLB, students will be able to identify, use and evaluate the concepts, principles, rules and methods used in legal argument and will have developed oral and written skills, especially of legal argument, legal research and critical analysis. Students will have gained an understanding of concepts of justice, a concern to promote justice and an appreciation of their professional responsibilities.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the content, methods of investigation and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of at least one discipline, and utilise the research skills gained from exposure to several disciplines
  • demonstrate the critical ability to analyse truth claims and evidence, and utilise training and judgement to adapt skills and knowledge in different contexts
  • engage responsibly in scholarship or professional practice cooperatively with others, demonstrating a capacity to accommodate the world view of others and achieve agreed outcomes through the use of highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • devise time management practices to manage competing demands, engage in professional development and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning
  • utilise the knowledge base and methodologies of the disciplines studied in order to find innovative solutions and provide authoritative advice, in a range of contexts and in a manner appropriate to the audience.

Admission to practice: Disciplinary reports

Students should note that a domestic applicant applying for admission to practise law in Victoria is required by the Admission Rules 2008 to provide to the Board of Examiners:

(1.) a report from the University disclosing any disciplinary action taken against the student during the course (including any finding under the University Discipline Statute that the student has cheated in an assessment)

(2.) an affidavit stating that the applicant has made full written disclosure of "every matter which a reasonable applicant would consider that the Board of Examiners might regard as not being favourable to the applicant". This may include an incident of academic or general misconduct, even if it did not lead to disciplinary action.

The Board of Examiners will consider these matters in assessing whether the applicant is a "fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession".

Professional recognition

The Law component of this degree is recognised by the Council of Legal Education (CoLE). For further information refer to the Faculty of Law's professional recognition of coursesprofessional recognition of courses (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/law-03.html) webpage.

Structure

The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 156 points including 12 compulsory units which must be completed by all students enrolled in an LLB program plus a further six 'quasi-compulsory' units which must be completed by students who wish to be qualified for admission to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Victoria. The remainder of the program consists of law elective units chosen by the student from the list of undergraduate law electivesundergraduate law electives (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/law-electives) in this Handbook. Students must also refer to the Bachelor of Laws - basic course structureBachelor of Laws - basic course structure (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/law-08.html). The award of an honours degree in law is based on the weighted average of marks obtained in Monash law units.

The Bachelor of Arts course requires that students must complete 96 points of arts units including:

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) additional arts elective units to make up a total of 96 points.

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of ArtsFaculty of Arts (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/contact-arts/).

Areas of study

Available arts disciplines

Refer to the Faculty of Arts areas of studyareas of study (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/index-byfaculty-arts.html) in this Handbook.

Requirements

First year

  • LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning
  • LAW1104 Research and writing
  • LAW2101 Contract A
  • LAW2102 Contract B
  • 24 points of first-year arts units consisting of two units each from two different arts disciplines

Total: 24 points of law; 24 points of arts (48 points)

Second year

  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • 12 points of second-year arts units consisting of two units in the minor discipline
  • 12 points of second-year arts units consisting of two units in the major discipline
  • 18 points of arts units at any year-level from any arts discipline

Total: 12 points of law; 42 points of arts (54 points)

Third year

  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • LAW3401 Property A
  • LAW3402 Property B
  • 24 points of third-year arts units, or 18 points of third-year and 6 points of second-year arts units consisting of four units in the major area of study
  • 6 points of arts units at any year-level from any arts discipline

Total: 24 points of law; 30 points of arts (54 points)

Fourth year

Note: Students intending to practice law in Victoria must complete the quasi-compulsory units below as three of their elective law units:

Total: 48 points of law

Fifth year

Note: Students intending to practice law in Victoria must complete the quasi-compulsory units below as three of their elective law units:

Total: 48 points of law

Progression to further studies

Students may undertake honours in arts at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study. Refer to the entry for course 0082 Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. Note: international student visa holders are not eligible to undertake the Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Arts at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.