Bachelor of Laws

Course 505-AA (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Undergraduate


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Melbourne Law School

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Course Overview:

The Melbourne LLB is innovative, forward looking and responsive to the changing needs of legal practice and scholarship. A feature of the law course at Melbourne is the seminar format of teaching in first-year subjects. Students are taught in small groups, which allows the maximum degree of student-teacher and student-student interaction. Significant perspectives on law (cross-cutting influences) are developed in a coordinated way throughout the curriculum. The cross-cutting influences particularly pertinent to the Melbourne LLB include: legal theory, ethics, comparative approaches to law, regulation, legal history, indigenous culture, law and policy, inter-cultural approaches, theoretical perspectives on law, cross jurisdictional law and practice, law reform and policy, and interdisciplinary influences on the law.

The Melbourne LLB also has a range of optional subjects which has been designed to enable students to acquire knowledge in a range of different areas of law to deepen their understanding of particular areas of law. These optional subjects are grouped into the following broad areas: Asian Law; Corporate and Commercial Law; Criminal Law and Justice; Dispute Resolution; Family Law; Indigenous issues in the Law; Intellectual Property; Media and Information Technology Law; International and Comparative Law; Labour Law; Legal Theory; Taxation Law.


This course has as its objectives that graduates:

  • understand, and can identify, use, and evaluate rules, concepts, and principles of law, their derivation, and the various theories that attempt to systematise them;
  • have acquired the techniques of legal reasoning and argument, in oral and written form;
  • understand the institutions of the law, and their social, economic and poltical context;
  • have learnt to find the law, to carry out independent research and anlysis, and to think creatively about legal problems;
  • have a continuing interest in law and obtain satisfaction from its study and practice;
  • develop a critical interests in the reform of the law;
  • can appreciate the responsibilities of lawyers to the courts, the legal profession, the community and individuals within it; and
  • are committed to promote justice
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
Links to further information:

The final intake of students into the Bachelor of Laws program took place in 2007. From 2008 no further intake of First year students into this degree program will occur. Students interested in undertaking a degree in Law may apply for Melbourne University's Juris Doctor.

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