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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Laws

Balance the scales of justice 

Studying law is about understanding our society and the power structures within it. Why do we have the laws we do? How have they evolved? How should we interpret them?

Whether you want to uphold, use or change the system—law can take you just about anywhere.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Laws can be completed as a single degree or as part of a combined degree program. You will:

  • explore legal concepts, processes and methods within common law principles and legal methodology
  • build ethical reasoning, policy-based analysis and oratory skills
  • gain rigorous knowledge of the areas of law necessary to undertake legal practice
  • go deeper by choosing from our broad list of electives
  • learn from legal professionals, former judges and international academics
  • undertake internships in areas such as Public Law, Native Title Law and Human Rights Law
  • form connections through the University’s Lex Salus, Next Steps and Law Students' Society events.

Where could it take you?

Law can take you all over the world. You might advocate for asylum seekers or be a voice for the environment. With a little additional training (see Professional accreditation under Careers below) you could guide innovating businesses as an in-house counsel or lead legal reform drafting new bills in government. Perhaps you’ll go on to prosecute criminals, or preside in a Supreme Court.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Roles for law graduates are expanding significantly. Those who become lawyers can become involved in court work, or enter practice as a solicitor. But many graduates also pursue careers in industry, government, commerce, community organisations or academic institutions.

This huge range of options, and the opportunities and influence they afford, gives a career in law a distinctive appeal and makes its study one of the most popular choices among today’s students.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry Placement
Throughout their degree, students can apply to undertake work placements, either through internships or through Clinical Legal Education courses. Each placement or internship is in conjunction with a law elective (three units). Currently the following is available for students:

Clinical Legal Education

Clinical Legal Education is a three-point elective subject available to students in their final year of study in their Bachelor of Laws program. This practical subject gives law students the chance to work in a legal office one day per week and participate in the day-to-day provision of legal services to people in need.

Human Rights Law Internships

Many students are interested in working in the field of human rights when they graduate. However, it is a popular field and finding a job can be competitive. The Adelaide Law School offers a number of human rights electives and student can also receive three units of academic credit for undertaking the Human Rights Internship course.

Public Law Internship Program

Available year-round, Public Law Internships are a great way for students to apply the knowledge of public law theory gained in their degree to practical issues. Through these internships, students are involved in the day-to-day activities of public law offices.

Opportunities are available at public law institutions in Adelaide and Canberra, including:

the State Ombudsman's Office
the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
the Commonwealth Ombudsman's Office (summer internship)
the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (summer internship).
From time to time additional internship positions are offered by the South Australian Crown Solicitor's Office, the South Australian Solicitor-General's Office and the Attorney-General's Department's Office for Legislation and Legal Policy.

Adelaide Law Review

The Adelaide Law Review (ALR) course introduces students to legal publishing and editing. Students will:

consider the legal journal as a means of legal education, involving them in the production of the annual editions of the ALR
consider the role of legal publications, critically analyse submitted material and comment upon a diverse range of legal scholarship
develop skills in advanced legal writing, copy-editing and journal production.
South Australian Law Reform Institute

In the South Australian Law Reform Institute course, students are provided with the opportunity to work with the Director of the Institute to research and develop law reform proposals.

Potential careers
Barrister, Business Lawyer, Community Legal Services Officer, Corporate Lawyer, Industrial relations, Intelligence Officer, Ministerial Adviser, Patent Attorney, Juris Doctor, Parliamentary Adviser, Parliamentary Member, Judicial Associate, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister, Legal Officer / Legal aid, Political Adviser, Politician

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 80%

ISBE [India] 90%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 7.0 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 6.5

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 94 Writing 27 Speaking 23 Reading 20 and Listening 20

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 65,  Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 65

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 185 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 185

Additional Entry Requirements
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is recognised as an alternative entry pathway to the Bachelor of Laws