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Y09 Bachelor of Laws Bachelor of Arts


The five-year Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts double degree at Edith Cowan University combines the Law degree program with an existing Arts degree program. This challenging educational initiative leads to a double degree.  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.



Students who have not more than 120 credit points left to complete to qualify for a Bachelor of Laws degree and who have achieved the required minimum weighted average mark (70%) across previously completed Bachelor of Laws units may be eligible to graduate with Honours by satisfactory completion of LAW4710. Please see the 4th year LLB structure below for further details.




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 satisfies the academic requirements for the admission of law graduates as legal practitioners in Western Australia.  Professional recognition has also been extended to the off-campus mode of delivery from 2010.  As with other Bachelor of Laws degrees in Australia, before a law graduate may be admitted to the legal profession in that state or territory, certain additional requirements must be satisfied after completion of the Bachelor of Laws degree.  Law graduates seeking admission in Western Australia should refer to the Legal Profession Act 2008 (WA).


Standard University admission requirements apply.


Applications will not be accepted into this course through ECU portfolio pathway.

This course is available on Mt Lawley, and Joondalup Campuses.

The Bachelor of Laws units are offered on Joondalup campus. The Bachelor of Arts units are offered on Mount Lawley campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following modes of delivery - On-campus, and Online.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) program consists of 720 credit points (48 units) and requires six years of full time study or the part time equivalent. 




Course Credit Points Units
Bachelor of Laws - Core units 330 22
Bachelor of Laws - Elective units 150 10
Bachelor of Arts - Core units 45 3
Bachelor of Arts - Major 120 8
Bachelor of Arts -Minor 75 5
TOTAL 720 48



Bachelor of Arts Component

Student must complete 240 credit points (16 units) comprising the following:

  • Foundation program of 30 credit points (2 core units)
  • 120 credit points Arts Major (8 units)
  • 75 credit points Arts Minor (5 units)
  • 15 credit points final semester capstone unit


The Bachelor of Arts has been designed with great flexibility, to provide students with an excellent range of choices whilst 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. The majority of units in the Bachelor of Arts are only offered on the Mount Lawley campus. Details are published in the University timetable for the appropriate semester. A double degree student is able to complete any of the majors offered within the Bachelor of Arts within timetabling constraints.  
  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. 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.
  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.



Bachelor of Laws Component

A student must complete units to a total value of 480 credit points (32 units) comprising of 330 credit points (22 units) of compulsory core units and 150 credit points (10 units) of elective units.

Bachelor of Arts
Arts Foundation Program (30 credit points)
HMN1101 Home and Away: Introducing the Humanities 15
HMN1102 What is Knowledge? 15
In addition, students must complete the following capstone unit in their final semester of study:
HMN3111 BA Preparation for Professional Life 15
Bachelor of Law

Students must complete the following 330 credit points (22 core units):

LAW1116 Legal Process 15
LAW1111 Contract Law I 15
LAW1212 Contract Law II 15
LAW1113 Criminal Law I 15
LAW1214 Criminal Law II 15
LAW1117 Torts I 15
LAW1218 Torts II 15
LAW1600 Legal Writing and Research 15
LAW2102 Property Law I 15
LAW2312 Property Law II 15
LAW2104 Constitutional Law I 15
LAW2314 Constitutional Law II 15
LAW3103 Equity 15
LAW3107 Law of Trusts 15
LAW2350 Administrative Law 15
LAW3106 Evidence 15
LAW3102 Corporations Law 15
LAW4604 Civil Procedures I 15
LAW4614 Civil Procedures II 15
LAW4605 Commercial Practice, Conveyancing&Drafting I 15
LAW4615 Commercial Practice, Conveyancing&Drafting II 15
LAW4704 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility 15
Students must choose 150 credit points (10 Law elective units) from the following:
LAW2106 Intellectual Property Law 15
LAW3109 Taxation Law 15
LAW2105 Employment Law 15
LAW3105 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15
LAW4609 Remedies 15
LAW4206 Advanced Criminal Law 15
LAW4108 International Law 15
LAW4607 Family Law 15
LAW3260 Asian Legal and Political Systems III 15
LAW2600 Terrorism and the Law 15
LAW3201 Law of Banking and Credit III 15
LAW2601 Planning and Development Law I 15
LAW2602 Environmental Law and Administration 15
LAW3602 Community Legal Practice 15
LAW3700 Supervised Legal Research Paper 15
LAW4110 International Trade Law 15
LAW3600 Coronial Law and Mortuary Practice 15
LAW4130 Innocence Project 15
LAW3605 Occupational Health, Safety and Security Law and Policy 15
LAW3608 Advanced Taxation Law 15
LAW4601 Mining and Resource Law 15
LAW4130 Innocence Project 15
CRI1103 Criminology 15
CRI3109 International Human Rights 15
IAS1115 Indigenous Australians, Cultural Competence and the Criminal Justice System 15
An undergraduate law student, who has not more than 120 points of study left to complete to qualify for a Bachelor of Laws degree and who has achieved a weighted average mark of not less than 70% across previously completed Bachelor of Laws units, may be eligible to graduate with Honours.
Eligible students must complete LAW4710 - Advanced Legal Research Thesis in lieu of 30 credit points of Law elective units. Completion of LAW4710 does not guarantee a student will receive a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Except as otherwise provided, the policy Management of Honours Candidature, Grading of Honours Performance and Student Support applies. The Honours grade will be based on both completed units within the Bachelor of Laws degree as well as LAW4710. The coursework and dissertation mark are combined in proportion to the credit point values in determining the overall mark and honours grade. There is no third class honours.
LAW4710 Advanced Legal Research Thesis 30 

Bachelor of Arts Majors

MAAAGJChildren's Literature Major
MAAADMEnglish Major
MAAAEKFrench Major
MAAAEMFrench Major
MAAADBGeography Major
MAAADLGlobal Studies Major
MAAAESHistory Major
MAAAHTIndigenous Studies Major
MAAADCJapanese Major
MAAADDJapanese Major
MAAAHYMuseum Studies Major
MAAAEUPolitics and Government Major
MAAAGXSocial Sciences Major
MAAAEVWriting Major
Bachelor of Arts Minors


MIAAEXChildren's Literature Minor
MIAADSEditing Minor
MIAAFBEnglish Minor
MIAAFHFrench (Introductory) Minor
MIAAFIFrench (Post ATAR) Minor
MIAAFAGeography Minor
MIAAEZGlobal Studies Minor
MIAAEYHistory Minor
MIAAFJJapanese (Introductory) Minor
MIAAFKJapanese (Post ATAR) Minor
MIAAFDMuseum Studies Minor
MIAAFFPolitics and Government Minor
MIAAEWSocial Sciences Minor
MIAAFEWriting Minor
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2010 VET: 31/03/2010