Changes to the Bachelor of Laws
The Bachelor of Laws degree will be changing from 2018. A transitional approach will be taken when implementing the changes, which means that this new degree structure will not apply to current students.
Why are we changing the Bachelor of Laws (LLB)?
From 2018, the Bachelor of Laws will change in order to:
- Progressively move all subjects in the LLB from 8 credit points subjects to 6 credit points subjects
- Meet new Government standards
- Embed new UOW best practice subject and course design principles
- Provide a Capstone experience for students
- Deliver effective digital enhancements to support course delivery and evaluation
What are the changes to the Bachelor of Laws?
- A move from 8 credit point subjects to 6 credit points;
- Consolidation of the existing suite of 5 smaller skills subjects into 2 larger 6 credit point subjects;
- In some instances, the shifting of content between subjects to better reflect alignment with the Priestley descriptors, and a change to the subject sequencing of Constitutional Law and Administrative Law;
- Introducing a more concentrated focus on statutory interpretation in first year;
- Renaming of two subjects Lawyers and Australian Society to Ethics and Professional Responsibility; Legal Theory to Jurisprudence;
- Introducing a Capstone experience (LLB3399 Law, Justice and Professional Practice); and
- Revised Course Learning Outcomes, in particular, recognising the contextual learning and social justice values of the law school
When will the degree changes be implemented?
The new Bachelor of Laws course structure will take effect from 2018. All other students who commenced their degree prior to 2018 will continue with the former degree structure, from the year they enrolled.
Course rules for the Bachelor of Laws will be implemented and will affect all NEW commencing and transferring students in 2018. 100 level LLB subjects will change from 8 credit points to 6 credit points; 200 level from 2019 and 300 level from 2020.
Where do I go for further information/advice?
For further questions please contact LHA Central. Where required, LHA central staff will make an appointment for you with the Head of Students.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What implications do the changes have if I fail a subject?
If you commenced your LLB prior to 2018 and fail any subject you will need to re-enrol into that subject in the usual way. In the case of LLB140 Advocacy Skills, LLB150 Communication Skills, LLB160 Foundations of Law B and LLB270 Property and Trusts B, which are affected by changes within the new degree program, the 8 and 2 credit point subject instances will be run alongside the new 6 credit point subject to enable you to complete your particular degree requirements. You may wish to make an appointment with the Head of Students if you have any questions about your situation. Please contact LHA Central to discuss further and book an appointment.
What if I am doing a double degree or studying part time, will these changes affect me?
No. If you commenced the Bachelor of Laws side of your degree prior to 2018, the new degree structure will not apply to you. You will continue to follow your course handbook for the year you commenced your degree. There will be no change in the total credit points.
If you are studying part time and need to complete LLB140 Advocacy Skills, LLB150 Communication Skills, LLB160 Foundations of Law B and/or LLB270 Property and Trusts B, which are affected by changes within the new degree program, please note that the 8 and 2 credit point subject instances will be run alongside the new 6 credit point subject to enable you to complete your particular degree requirements. You may wish to make an appointment with the Head of Students if you have any questions about your situation. Please contact LHA Central to discuss further and book an appointment.
Does the new LLB degree continue to meet the Priestley 11 requirements set out in the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015 (NSW)?
Yes. The Priestley 11 subjects and other accreditation requirements continue to be met in the new LLB.
Priestly subjects for new course structure:
- Law of Contracts A
- Criminal Law and Procedure A
- Law of Contracts B
- Criminal Law and Procedure B
- Ethics and Professional Responsibility
- Property Law
- Constitutional Law
- Equity and Trust
- Administrative Law
- Law of Torts
- Law of Business Organisations
- Civil Procedure and Remedies
Can I transfer into the new course?
No. There is no need for students to transfer into the new LLB. The current and new Bachelor of Laws will cover the same content and learning outcomes. However, the subject structure and credit points have been realigned to meet the university and the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) requirements. This means that students who are in the Bachelor of Laws prior to 2018 will remain in the former structure. Please also note that there is also no financial disadvantage to students studying under the pre-2018 LLB degree structure. The same fee structure and charges apply.
Bachelor of Laws electives will continue to be uploaded onto the LHA Central webpage each year for students to refer too.
Completing your Studies
Please remember to refer to the online Course Handbook for the year you started your degree for specific requirements you need to successfully complete.