School resources

Notre Dame's School of Law, Fremantle is a leading contributor to the profession of Law which has consistently excelled in critical university indicators. We believe in providing our students with the best resources possible and, to this end, have gathered some references for your use.

  • Accreditation

    A person who obtains the Bachelor of Laws degree (either as a single degree or part of a double degree) from The University of Notre Dame Australia and has completed an approved Practical Legal Training program is eligible to apply for admission as a legal practitioner in Western Australia and all other Australian jurisdictions after proper application in those jurisdictions. The law curriculum has been designed to satisfy both State and National professional admission requirements.

    On 17 February 2017, the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee (ALSSC) resolved that the Schools of Law (Sydney and Fremantle) of The University of Notre Dame Australia be certified, on an interim basis, as compliant with the Standards for Australian Law Schools adopted by the Council of Australian Law Deans in 2009. The interim certification process is a prelude for all Australian law schools participating in the process to full certification.

  • School prayer

    May Almighty God bless us and strengthen us in His service, that we may honour Him, show courtesy to all, protect the weak and serve Christ in the downtrodden and the poor.

    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

    Amen

  • Booklist

  • Important forms and documents

  • Useful websites

  • Community engagement

    Eminent Speakers Series

    The School of Law’s Eminent Speakers Series involves recognised experts speaking on contemporary legal and professional matters. Lectures presented as part of the series are free of charge and are open to members of the School of Law, the University and the general public.

    The Honourable David Malcolm Memorial Lecture

    The Honourable David Malcolm Memorial Lecture series was established in 2015 by the School of Law (Fremantle) to honour the late David Malcolm, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The annual Memorial Lecture is dedicated to his life and work as an eminent jurist, scholar and legal practitioner as well as the significant contributions he made to the law profession, community and civil society. The annual Memorial Lecture will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to, and celebrate, his enduring legacy.

  • Honorary Doctorates of Laws

    The University of Notre Dame Australia has conferred Honorary Doctorates of Laws to many highly distinguished men and women. These men and women have made significant contributions to many professions, including law, theology and politics. The list below includes the majority of the recipients of the Honorary Doctorate of Laws to date:

    • Terence O’Connor AM QC
    • The Honourable Justice Neville Owen
    • His Excellency The Honourable Kim Beazley AC
    • Rev Father William Beauchamp CSC
    • Brother Kelvin Canavan FMS
    • Sir William Deane AC KBE QC
    • Emeritus Professor John Finnis
    • Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP
    • Professor John Haldane
    • Archbishop Barry James Hickey OAM
    • The Honourable John Howard OM AC
    • The Honourable Thomas Hughes AO QC
    • Rev Monsignor Michael Keating STL DCL
    • Professor Michael L'Estrange AO
    • Sister Cecilia Masterson SJG
    • Rev Fr John Neill OP
    • Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG
    • Barry O’Keefe AM QC
    • Dr Peter Tannock AM
    • Carolyn Woo
  • Canadian students

    The Canadian legal system (outside of Quebec) and the Australian legal system are very similar. They both use the common law which they inherited from England. Upon your return to Canada, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's National Committee on Accreditation will assess your degree, the courses that you have taken and your work history and prepare a report stating what subjects you will need to complete so that you can apply to a provincial or territorial law society to start the admissions process in Canada. After you complete the NCA's requirements, then the NCA will provide you with a Certificate of Qualification. The Certificate of Qualification is required to apply to a law society in a Canadian common law jurisdiction.

    Some of our former Canadian students who completed an LLB with Notre Dame returned home and were required to write exams in the following four subjects in order to start their articled clerkship:

    • Principles of Canadian Administrative Law
    • Canadian Constitutional Law
    • Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
    • Foundations of Canadian Law

    Alternatively, you have the option to practice law in Australia. If you decide to practice in Australia, you will need to complete units with the College of Law after you finish your LLB before being admitted to practice.

  • Honours students

    Admission into the Honours program at Notre Dame is by invitation only. Offers are made to final year law students or students who will graduate at the end of first semester of the following year. Those offers are made in writing and generally in mid December of the year prior to enrolling.

    In order to graduate with Honours in Law, students are not required to be admitted into a separate degree program, nor are they required to spend an additional year of study at the University.  The Class of Honours in Law is determined by reference to results obtained in all of the law units of the degree AND the completion of a major research paper (thesis).

    A student accepted into the Honours program is required to enroll in the course LAWS4410/LAWS4411 Advanced Research Project (ARP). This unit is a two-semester program and takes the place of two elective courses. As part of the ARP course, the student must write and submit a major research paper of 10,000-12,000 words. The topic is chosen by the student but must be approved by the course co-ordinator.

    When the final Honours grades are calculated, LAWS4410/LAWS4411 is given double the weighting of other courses in the degree when calculating the class of Honours.

    The University of Notre Dame allows for three different classes of Honours to be awarded:

    1. First Class Honours
    2. Second Class Honours (level A); and
    3. Second Class Honours (level B).

    While the class of Honours is noted on the student transcript, the current practice at the University, except in the case of First Class Honours, is simply to note that the degree was conferred with ‘Honours’ on the testamurs with no reference to the class awarded.

    The School of Law does not apply a bell curve or a scaling policy to the grading of the ARP papers or the determination of the different classes of Honours. The final determination of the class of Honours is made by the School of Law Honours Committee and it is based on the results the student has achieved in all of their law units and the ARP paper.

    Some interesting past theses have considered:

      • Autism Specific Legislation: Excluding the Fear and Anxiety from School without Excluding the Child
      • If Chimps Were People Too – The Implications of the Extension of Legal Personhood to Chimpanzees
      • Mr Big Uncovered: An analysis of Australia’s Evidentiary Framework and the Adequacy of its Protection against the Dangers Associated with the Mr Big Technique.
      • Regulating Crowd-Sourced Equity Funding: How Australia can strike the Optimal Balance
      • Shoot’em Up Video Games: Evaluating the National Classification Scheme’s War on Drugs
      • Extraterritorial Application and Customary Norm Assessment of Non-Refoulement: The Legality of Australia’s ‘Turn- Back’ Policy

    Any queries relating to Honours in the Law degree should be directed to the Honours Coordinator, Professor Joan Squelch: joan.squelch@nd.edu.au

  • Alumni

    As a past student of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Law you are a valued member of our vibrant alumni community.

    Please keep in touch by attending the events for alumni listed below, sending your most up to date contact information and emailing any news about your recent achievements in a personal or professional capacity to alumni@nd.edu.au.