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V73 Bachelor of Laws (LLB)/Bachelor of Arts


The five-year Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts double degree at Edith Cowan University combines a new law degree program (subject to recognition by the Legal Practice Board) with an existing arts degree program. This challenging educational initiative leads to a double degree which is internationally recognised in the global marketplace.  The double degree provides students with lifelong transferable skills equipping them for employment in a wide range of professions, and for further study in a variety of disciplines.



The course is available full-time or part-time. The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) will be taught at Joondalup Campus.  Certain Bachelor of Arts Majors (currently Philosophy and Religion, Sociology/Anthropology, Social Sciences and Social Justice and Public Advocacy) are taught internally at Joondalup with additional Arts majors available on the Mount Lawley Campus.



HECS based.



There are a number of possible entry options. Reference should be made to the ECU (Academic, Enrolment and Academic Progress Rules) and to the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) Guide.  The university may control and limit the admission and enrolment of students.



Bachelor of Laws OR Bachelor of Arts can be awarded if sufficient credit points in the relevant program are completed (LLB 480 credit points and BA 360 credit points) and subject to meeting the course structure of that award.



The Bachelor of Laws degree is an academic qualification which (subject to recognition by the Legal Practice Board) qualifies a graduate to undertake further training (articled training program) governed by the Legal Practice Act 2003 (WA) which then qualifies the graduate to practice as a restricted and/or fully qualified legal practitioner in WA.



The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts program consists of 44 units.  Each unit is valued at 15 credit points giving a total course value of 660 credit points.   The program will include twenty-one (21) LLB core units and eleven (11) LLB elective units and a Bachelor of Arts major consisting of eight (8) units and a six (6) unit minor which will include three units for the minor credited from the LLB elective units.  The normal two core unit requirement of the Bachelor of Arts will be deemed to have been met by completion of the unit PHR1102 Critical Thinking and one Law elective.


Bachelor of Laws Component

A student must complete units to a total value of 480 points comprising:


1.  the following compulsory units to a total value of 315 points:

Legal Process (15 points)
Contract Law I (15 points)

Contract Law II (15 points)
Criminal Law I (15 points)

Criminal Law II (15 points)
Torts I (15 points)

Torts II (15 points)
Property Law I (15 points)

Property Law II (15 points)
Constitutional Law I (15 points)

Constitutional Law II (15 points)
Equity (15 points)
Law of  Trusts (15 points)
Administrative Law I (15 points)

Administrative Law II (15 points)
Evidence (15 points)
Corporations Law (15 points)
Civil Procedures I (15 points)

Civil Procedures II (15 points)
Commercial Practice, Conveyancing and Drafting I (15 points)

Commercial Practice, Conveyancing and Drafting II (15 points)



2.  elective units to a total value of 165 points chosen from the following list.:

Criminology (15 points)

Intellectual Property Law (15 points)

Taxation Law (15 points)

Employment Law (15 points)

Town Planning Law (15 points)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (15 points)

Remedies (15 points)

Advanced Criminal Law (15 points)

International Law (15 points)

Family Law (15 points)

Local Government Law (15 points)

During the implementation of the Law Program it is proposed that further units will be added to the elective options.


Bachelor of Arts Component

A student must complete units to a total value of 180 points selected from those available in the Bachelor of Arts offered by the School of International, Cultural and Community Studies so as to include one of the major sequences offered in the Bachelor of Arts and the International and Cultural Studies minor.  In the minor, (3) three units will be replaced by law electives (four if the student is completing a major in Japanese).  Furthermore, for all students enrolled in the double degree in Arts and Law the core unit PHR1102 Critical Thinking must be completed.  The requirement of two core units within the Bachelor of Arts will be deemed to have been met by the completion of this unit plus one of the law electives.




BA units

credit points


One Major from the list offered within the BA. Most Majors are eight (8) unit Majors. (Japanese majors are nine (9) units)

8 (9)


120 (135)



The International and Cultural Studies minor. The minor consists of (6) six units, but LLB/BA students will substitute three (3) law electives within the minor (four (4) if Japanese is selected as the major).

3 (2)


45 (30)


PHR1102 Critical Thinking








The BA has been designed with great flexibility, to provide students with an excellent range of choices whist still maintaining a coherent program. The selection of units within the program is subject to availability, and normal University and Faculty Rules. This flexible approach does mean that students need to take great care in selecting an individual program of study which fulfils the course requirements. Additional notes and requirements relevant to choices are given below, but students are advised to consult with the School Student Support Officer or the relevant Course Coordinator in planning their course.


Additional notes and requirements

  1. When a unit is found in two different major or minor lists and a student wishes to complete both majors/minors, the double-listed unit may be credited in only one major or minor.  An alternative unit must be completed to meet the requirement of the other major/minor, with the approval of the course coordinator.
  2. Not all units are offered each year and, where applicable, choice must be made from those timetabled in a given semester.  Most upper level units are offered in a two year rotation but some individual units may be offered less frequently at the discretion of the School.
  3. Some units in the Arts degree are offered at Joondalup and a wider range at Mount Lawley.  Details are published in the University timetable for the appropriate semester.  A number of majors are available at one campus or the other but not both.  While a double degree student is able to complete any of the majors offered within the Bachelor of Arts within timetabling constraints, in practice for most students the most appropriate majors will be those offered on the Joondalup Campus: Philosophy and Religion, Sociology/Anthropology, Social Justice and Public Advocacy, Social Sciences.  The last two of these are interdisciplinary majors.
  4. The University’s timetable is developed on a three-year grid to ensure avoidance of clashes over the course of a three year degree. Philosophy and Religion is timetabled as a Group C major, Sociology/Anthropology as a Group B major and the remaining two majors potentially combine units from all three groups.  Given the five year span of the double degree and the range of choice available in all the Arts majors offered, students will have no problem enrolling in sufficient units to complete their chosen major if they choose one of the majors offered at Joondalup. Once it is decided how the Law units are to be timetabled, the School of International, Cultural and Community Studies will negotiate with the School of Justice and Business Law to ensure that the needs of double degree students are met in terms of unit availability on the timetable at Joondalup.
  5. The double degree requires enrolled students to undertake an overload of one unit in each of four semesters. The overload represents standard and accepted practice in similar double degrees offered by Western Australian universities.




Core Units

All BA students must complete two core units but in the case of the double degree in Arts and Law this requirement is deemed to be met by completing PHR1102 Critical thinking and one Law elective unit.


BA Major

All BA students must complete at least one 120 point (eight unit) Major as defined within the course structure for the Bachelor of Arts (School of International, Cultural and Community Studies). Majors available at Joondalup are:

  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Justice and Public Advocacy
  • Sociology/Anthropology


A number of other majors are available in the BA program at Mount Lawley. Students undertaking the double degree in Law and Arts may enrol in any major offered as part of the BA (for example, Asian Studies, Australian Cultural Studies, or Politics and Government) but should be aware that this will require regular travel between campuses and may be subject to greater difficulty in terms of potential timetable clashes with law units.


BA Minor

A BA Minor comprises 90 credit points (six units) from a specified area, with at least 45 points (three (3) units) at upper levels.  The BA minor for the LLB/BA program will be the International and Cultural Studies minor, as defined in the BA course structure.  For students enrolled in the double degree in Arts and Law, Bachelor of Laws electives will substitute for three (3) of these units (four (4) if the major is Japanese).

The Double Degree Structure:


21 LLB Core Units

11 LLB Elective Unit

12 Arts Units

Semester One
LAW1111 Contract Law I 15
LAW1116 Legal Process 15
LAW1113 Criminal Law I 15
Arts Unit
Semester Two
LAW1212 Contract Law II 15
LAW1214 Criminal Law II 15
PHR1102 Critical Thinking 15
Arts Unit
Semester One
LAW1117 Torts I 15
LAW2102 Property Law I 15
Arts Unit
Arts Unit
Semester Two
LAW1218 Torts II 15
LAW2312 Property Law II 15
LAW1115 Criminology 15
LAW2106 Intellectual Property Law 15
Arts Unit
Semester One
LAW2103 Administrative Law I 15
LAW3103 Equity 15
LAW2104 Constitutional Law I 15
Arts Unit
Semester Two
LAW2313 Administrative Law II 15
LAW3107 Law of Trusts 15
LAW2314 Constitutional Law II 15
LAW3109 Taxation Law 15
Arts Unit
Semester One
LAW4104 Civil Procedures I 15
LAW3102 Corporations Law 15
LAW2105 Employment Law 15
LAW3104 Town Planning Law 15
Arts Unit
Semester Two
LAW4514 Civil Procedures II 15
LAW3106 Evidence 15
LAW3108 Local Government Law 15
Arts Unit
Semester One
LAW3105 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15
LAW4105 Commercial Practice, Conveyancing&Drafting I 15
LAW4206 Advanced Criminal Law 15
LAW4107 Family Law 15
Arts Unit
Semester Two
LAW4109 Remedies 15
LAW4515 Commercial Practice, Conveyancing&Drafting II 15
LAW4108 International Law 15
Arts Unit
MAASIAAsian Studies Major
MAAUSTAustralian Cultural Studies Major
MAENGEnglish Major
MAFREBFrench Major
MAFREPFrench Major
MAGEOGeography Major
MAHISHistory Major
MAJPSBJapanese Major
MAJPSPJapanese Major
MAPHRPhilosophy and Religion Major
MAPOLGPolitics and Government Major
MASJPASocial Justice and Public Advocacy Major
MASOCSocial Sciences Major
MASOANSociology, Anthropology Major
MAWRITWriting Major
Bachelor of Arts Minors


MIICSInternational and Cultural Studies Minor

NOTE: Apart from the majors listed above, the BA lists minors and electives in the following areas (see BA handbook entry for details):


  • Children’s Literature
  • Editing
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2006 VET: 31/03/2006