Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

The Bachelor of Laws Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is offered jointly by UTS: Law and UTS: International Studies. The course is designed for students who wish to provide specialised legal services to international organisations and to satisfy the demand for lawyers who can act for foreign investors. Career prospects are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers both locally and internationally. The course offers students the opportunity to gain an international perspective to their law studies. In developing language skills and undertaking overseas study in their fourth year, students are exposed to expertise and skills to enable them to work internationally and have an in-depth understanding of cross-cultural legal issues. Career options include legal policy adviser within a government department, lawyer in a commercial or corporate sector with international links. Graduates can work with international organisations such as the United Nations and opportunities also exist in foreign affairs.

Structure

The course comprises a total of 240 credit points. The study components for course completion are as follows. The law component of 144 credit points is made up of: 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects 30 credit points of law options, and 6 credit points of legal theory options. The international studies component comprises 96 credit points of international studies subjects. For a current listing of subjects in each course refer to the study package directory. The course duration is five years of full-time study. The law component requires attendance of 10-15 hours of lectures a week and timetable constraints may require attendance at daytime and evening classes. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Subjects

  • Law
  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latino USA
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

Standard entry requirements

  • An Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification at the required level. There is a range of entry levels to the various language and culture programs. Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184. Proficiency in English is assumed. There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

Recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice.

Study pathways

Students can graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) if they complete subjects Research Methodology and Research Thesis within the course. The degree may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information. Students who meet these criteria for honours are eligible for transfer into the appropriate undergraduate honours exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer is managed by the Haymarket Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
City International: $211,920 Yes
  • Full-time : 5 years

Further information

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas. To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program. Students enrolled in this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice.

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