Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

School of Law, Sydney Campus

Accredited by the New South Wales Legal Profession Admission Board, our Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) is a career-focused degree that can be completed in three years of accelerated full-time study rather than the usual four years. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and all other Australian jurisdictions pending the completion of relevant practical legal training.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Bachelor of Laws degree is an accredited degree for admission to legal practice. It combines excellent coverage of underlying legal and ethical principles with an explanation of how those principles are applied in legal practice. In recent years some law schools have decided not to offer a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) degree and instead offer a Juris Doctor degree. If you study either degree at an accredited law school they will be recognised for admission to legal practice, but there can be significant differences in the fees charged for these two forms of degree.

    Our students find attending Notre Dame’s School of Law a very rewarding and enjoyable experience:

    The Law classes are small (an average class size of 31 for the last few years) and there is excellent access to academics outside of class. Inspired by the caring Catholic ethos which runs through the School of Law, academics are committed to quality teaching and providing excellent pastoral care to each student. The university aims to give each student every opportunity to fulfill their potential as a student and be inspired to go out into the community and really make a difference.

    Unlike many other law degrees across Australia, our Bachelor of Laws is an immensely practical program. Boasting a particular focus on the basic buildings blocks of the law (otherwise known as the “Priestley 11”), you will develop a wide range of practical skills as taught by practising legal professionals. Through our mentoring program, courtroom visits, mooting, internship programs, students are provided with multiple opportunities to experience the law in practice. Furthermore, you cultivate such skills including public speaking, advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and commercial practice.

    The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) degree requires the completion of five courses per semester in the first two years, and four subjects per semester in your final year.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum – The Logos Program

    • Logos I
    • Logos II
    • Logos III

    Year One

    • Legal Research and Writing
    • Legal Process and Statutory Interpretation
    • Criminal Law A
    • Contract Law A
    • Torts A
    • Criminal Law B
    • Contract Law B
    • Torts B

    Year Two

    • Advocacy
    • Equity
    • Property Law A
    • Constitutional Law
    • Corporations and Partnerships
    • Evidence
    • Trusts
    • Property Law B
    • Administrative Law

    Year Three

    • Remedies
    • Civil Procedure
    • Legal Philosophy
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Commercial Practice and Ethics
    • Law Elective One
    • Law Elective Two (International)
    • Law Elective Three

    Law Electives

    • Advanced Administrative Law
    • Advanced Civil Procedure
    • Advanced Constitutional Law
    • Advanced Evidence Law
    • Advanced Research Project (i.e. Honours Research)
    • Bioethics and the Law
    • Advanced Taxation Law
    • Commercial Law
    • Commercial Drafting
    • Construction and Building Contract Law
    • Contemporary Legal Issues
    • Directed Research Project
    • Employee Relations Law
    • Entertainment Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Family Law
    • Health Law
    • Human Rights Law
    • Indigenous law
    • Insolvency
    • International Commercial Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • Introduction to Canon Law (i.e. Church Law)
    • Law and Religion
    • Law in Context (Externships) – involves work experience
    • Legal History
    • Mining and Petroleum Law
    • Occupational Safety and Health Law
    • Introduction to Australian Taxation Law
    • Succession
    • Competition and Consumer Law
    • Trial Advocacy

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    The program is open to applicants who have a recognised Bachelor's degree (Level 7 AQF) in any discipline.

  • Fees

    For more information and indicative fees, please visit the Fees page.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Academia
    • Banking and finance
    • Courts (federal and state/territory)
    • Corporations
    • Government developments and sectors
    • Journalism and media
    • Political landscapes
    • Private practice
    • Politics
  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Laws (3 Year) BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/AN/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International studentsN/AN/A
    All students7100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer N/A N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer N/A N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    N/A N/A


    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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