The Bachelor of Laws is the first step to a career in the legal profession and beyond. As a law student at the University of South Australia you will learn the fundamental legal principles of the Australian legal system and obtain specialised knowledge through elective courses. By the end of your degree you will graduate with an understanding of the importance of the rule of law, coupled with the knowledge and skills to understand, analyse and apply legal principles.
As a law graduate, you will be prepared for legal practice through practical learning experiences including mooting (mock trials in the School’s own court-like space), negotiation, witness examination, the School’s student-run Legal Advice Clinic, and student placements in legal and other professional settings.
The School of Law has a trimester study model. The academic year is divided into three trimesters rather than two semesters allowing you to complete the four-year law degree in just three years. You may apply to start your law degree at the beginning of trimester one or trimester three.
Admission to practice
Our Bachelor of Laws degree comprehensively addresses the academic requirements for admission to practice, as specified by the National Law Admissions Consultative Committee.
If you wish to seek admission to practice in South Australia, you are required to satisfy a number of specified course requirements within your degree, followed by completion of an approved practical legal training program, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP).
Student - Bachelor of Laws
‘Studying Law at the University of South Australia has been a great experience. Through the school’s trimester system I have chosen to complete my Bachelor of Laws in three years, cutting one year off of my degree and helping me to gain valuable skills in time management.
The school has excellent lecturers and tutors and many of them work in the legal profession. It is not uncommon in classes to hear them using real current examples of cases they are dealing with, and they are also great supporters, helping us to network within the industry. In the future I hope to become a barrister.
One of the highlights of my degree has been working in the Legal Advice Clinic where I was able to do real legal work and actually help people.’
† This is based on the total number of units for this program where one EFTSL is expressed as 36 units.