Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Global Studies
This dual degree course will equip students with the legal knowledge and practical skills to handle the demands of 21st Century practice while also developing, within a legal framework, an awareness of current global issues such as economics, politics, societal change and development, health and environmental sustainability. It will develop ethical skills and an appreciation of the law’s interaction with other disciplines as well as its international dimensions.
The course provides students with a 5-year pathway into the legal profession and has been developed to satisfy the Priestly 11, the core areas of legal knowledge required for admission to practice in all Australian states.
The law component of this course will be offered on campus only. The Global Studies component may be offered in mixed-mode or online (dependent on subject choices). The course includes a compulsory semester of International Study or an Internship at an international institution. Students will be able to choose from some 20 countries and more than 60 partner institutions through ACU International partnerships and agreements.
This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved in Victoria and is subject to approval in New South Wales.
PRO BONO/LEGAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Students will complete a minimum of 320 hours pro bono experience during the course which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10cp).
Graduates can pursue a range of legal careers including: private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister; legal officer in the public sector (for example in federal or state government departments and publicly-funded organisations such as universities or public broadcasters); in-house counsel to a wide- range of organisations from corporations to trade unions; public interest legal work in community legal centres; and legal research. Completing this dual degree is also excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas
such as foreign affairs, the media, education, international relations, the not-for-profit sector and public administration.
LAW INDUCTION WEEK
ACU law students are required to attend a Law Induction Week (LIW) prior to the University’s Orientation Week. The LIW is an introduction to the study of law at ACU. It is designed to assist students to acquire the skills and knowledge essential to their studies and the future practice of law.
The LIW will consist of a combination of lectures and information sessions, a moot court session, and a range of social activities for both students and faculty staff.