Bachelor of Laws

Be challenged to tackle tomorrow's big issues equipped with the values, skills and qualities needed in an ever-changing world.

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Join our diverse cohort of interdisciplinary thinkers that combine their passion for law and justice with expertise in other disciplines. 

At UNSW, you’ll study undergraduate law as part of a double degree. You’ll choose a second degree from a wide range of UNSW degrees to pair with the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and graduate with two qualifications. 

The UNSW Bachelor of Laws develops the values, legal skills and qualities you’ll need to become a qualified legal practitioner or excel in various other related fields. With UNSW Law & Justice’s ethos of justice for all at its core, you’ll develop a strong sense of social justice through world-class scholarship and experiential learning opportunities, including working with clients and lawyers at our community legal centre.  

  • UNSW Law & Justice pioneered student-focused and interactive seminar-style classes in Australian legal higher education. We’ll challenge your mind through debate and interactive discussions about legal issues to develop your reasoning, legal research, analysis, argument and negotiation skills. This approach to education will establish your core skills that employers are looking for, including your communication, teamwork, collaboration and problem-solving abilities.

    You’ll study the foundations of legal knowledge required to be admitted for legal practice in the Supreme Courts of Australian states and territories. Successful completion of these courses, referred to as the ‘Priestley 11’, is a prerequisite for the legal profession and covers administrative law, civil procedure, company law, constitutional law, contract law, criminal law and procedure, equity and trusts, evidence, ethics and professional conduct, property law and torts.  

    Through seven law electives, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about areas of the legal system you're most interested in, including commercial law, international law, human rights law, intellectual property and family law. 

  • Throughout your Bachelor of Laws, you’ll apply your knowledge from the classroom to industry experiences and experiential learning opportunities. In your second year, you’ll work with clients and lawyers at Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC), a fully functioning community legal centre that operates out of the UNSW Law & Justice building. From your first year, you’ll hone your professional skills through internships, case and mooting competitions and clinics. 

  • If you’ve got a strong sense of justice, studying law can allow you to see deficiencies in the system and work constructively and effectively to change it. Law reaches into every part of life and studying law offers a realistic way to make a difference in the world. Many lawyers work in policy and law reform in this way.  

    For 50 years, UNSW Law & Justice has been committed to educating lawyers from diverse backgrounds to ensure that the industry and practice reflect those it serves. Our first graduating class in 1976 included our first Indigenous graduate, and to date, we’ve graduated more than 100 Indigenous students across our programs. As a UNSW Law & Justice student, you’ll be learning from academic staff that have been instrumental in significant law reform and debate, including prison reform, the idea of bills of rights or better commercial laws.

  • Almost 50 per cent of our students graduate with an international mobility experience. Gain global perspectives by studying other countries’ legal systems through overseas electives in China, the USA, Switzerland, India, Vanuatu and Chile. Or immerse yourself abroad through student exchange at one of UNSW’s more than 300 exchange hosts across 38 countries.

  • UNSW Law & Justice and Hong Kong University Law Faculty have signed a memorandum of understanding that provides UNSW Law & Justice students studying a LLB degree the opportunity to gain an LLM degree from HKU. UNSW Law & Justice students will need to follow the standard student exchange application procedure and must indicate their interest in the Pathway Program on the application for the First Semester study at HKU.

    Learn more about the UNSW-HKU Masters Pathway Program.

Discover your double degree combination

We offer a wide range of double degree combinations, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.

Employers seek out our well-rounded graduates for their critical thinking, analytical skills and specialised knowledge. You’ll learn to think outside the box, so you can apply your law degree to countless industries when it comes to your career.

There’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to selecting your double degree – think about what you’re interested in, what you think will challenge you and what you might want to do after graduation. Whichever you choose, you’ll be part of a cohort of interdisciplinary thinkers that combine their passion for law and justice with expertise in other disciplines.

How to get in – Law Admission Test

We developed the Law Admission Test (LAT) to assess the problem solving and critical thinking skills directly relevant to studying law at UNSW and excelling in your future career. All domestic students applying to a UNSW Bachelor of Laws (LLB) double degree must sit the LAT. This professionally designed and marked test aims to better differentiate our many high-achieving applicants.

Registrations for the 2022 LAT are now open  |  Register now

How to apply to UNSW

We’re excited for you to take the next step to join the UNSW Law & Justice community. Applying to UNSW is a quick, easy and secure process. Find out your application process, entry requirements and English language requirements depending on whether you’re a domestic or international student and which Bachelor of Laws double degree you want to study.

Your guide to undergraduate life

Choosing the right degree is just the beginning. Download our Undergraduate Guide to discover the world of opportunities that UNSW has available for you.