Courses & Units

Course rules for L4U Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Graduate entry)

These specifications shall apply to the award of Honours in the Bachelor of Laws degree and to the award of Honours in the Law component of the degrees combining with Law.

1 Eligibility for award of an Honours degree in Law

Eligibility for honours is premised on: [i] compliance with the specifications of the degree for which the candidate is enrolled; [ii] a candidate’s admission to the ‘Honours stream’ in their final year of Law study (see rule 2 below); [iii] completion of the requirements of a research methods unit in their final year of Law study of Law study; [iv] achievement of the requisite *Grade Point Average (‘GPA’) (see rule 3 below); and [v] fulfilment of the *Honours research component to the requisite standard (see rule 4 below).

2 Admission to the Honours stream

A candidate will be offered admission to the Honours stream (an ‘Honours candidate’) at the *Completion of Year 2 of Law study if by that stage he or she has achieved a GPA of 5.20 or above. A candidate with a GPA of 5.80 or more at the *Completion of Year 2 of Law study will be offered admission to the First Class Honours stream. An Honours candidate who does not qualify for admission to the First Class Honours stream at the *Completion of Year 2 of Law study, but achieves a GPA of 5.90 or above by *Year 2.5 of Law study will be offered admission to the First Class Honours stream.

3 Grade Point Average requirements for Honours

[i] The award of an Honours degree in Law requires the achievement of the requisite minimum GPA upon the Completion of Law or combined Law Degree (see [ii] below).

[ii] The requisite minimum GPA upon the Completion of Law or combined Law Degree for the award of Law Honours is as follows:

Second Class Honours (Lower)          5.40–<5.70

Second Class Honours (Upper)          5.70–<6.00

First Class Honours                             6.00 and above

4 Research requirements for Honours

[i] All candidates for Honours must complete one elective unit with a LAW prefix from the list of units that qualify for this purpose published by the Faculty of Law, assessed at least 50% by way of research assignment (approximately 2,000–3,000 words) in either the penultimate or final year of Law study.

[ii] Candidates for Second Class Honours must complete one elective unit with a LAH prefix in the final year of Law study, assessed (whether or not entirely) by way of a 5,000 word research assignment.

[iii] Candidates for First Class Honours must complete LAH679 (‘Supervised Research Paper’) in their final year of Law study.

5. Concepts

‘Completion of Year 2 of Law study’: completion of the core units for Years 1 and 2 of Law study, and completion of at least three Law Elective units (two Law elective units for Combined Degree students).

‘Grade Point Average’ (GPA) – see Rule 3. GPA is calculated to two decimal places, and no rounding up is permitted.

‘Honours research component’ – see Rule 4

‘Law study’ refers to units counted as part of the Law degree, with the exception of LAW121 Introduction to Law, LAW122 Legal Systems, LAW455 Mooting and the LAH4XX research methods unit.

‘Year 1 of Law study’: the units LAW255 Legal Reasoning; LAW252 Foundations of Private Law; LAW253 Foundations of Public Law; LAW254 International Law; LAW251 Contract Law; LAW256 Torts; LAW204 Administrative Law; LAW250 Constitutional Law.

‘Year 2 of Law study’: LAW354 Property Law; LAW351 Criminal Law A; LAW353 Equity and Trusts; LAW352 Criminal Law B and Criminal Procedure; LAW305 Corporations Law 1; three Law Elective units (two Law elective units for Combined Degree students).

‘Year 2.5 of Law study’ refers to the completion of: [i] the ‘Completion of Year 2 of Law study’; and [ii] at least four units (including at least two core units) in Final Year of Law study.

6. Date of application

These specifications shall apply to all candidates who were admitted to a Bachelor of Laws or one of the degrees combining with Law, as well as being enrolled in a core LAW2XX unit, from any date on or after January 1, 2015. Students whose enrolment commenced before that date will have the previous specifications applied to them.

7. Approved abbreviations

The approved abbreviations for the degree with honours are:

  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours – LLB(Hons);
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law – BA-LLB(Hons);
  • Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law – BBus-LLB(Hons);
  • Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law – BEc-LLB(Hons);
  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law – BSc-LLB(Hons);
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law – BPsychSc-LLB(Hons);
  • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law – BICT-LLB(Hons).