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Bachelor of Laws (LLBP) - LLB

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 924111; External: 904115; Toowoomba campus: 904111

CRICOS code (International applicants): 081714F

 On-campusExternal
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:3 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time 
Program articulation:

To: Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws has been accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, Queensland, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland as an approved academic qualification under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld). It has also been approved by the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee under the Standards for Australian Law Schools adopted by the Council of Australian Law Deans. This degree will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a lawyer in Queensland or elsewhere in Australia. Intending lawyers must also complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practise law. Advice on approved practical legal training programs can be obtained through Ask USQ.

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Program aims

The program aims to equip students with an academic qualification for professional practice. Not all law graduates aspire to a career in legal practice, but the specialised capabilities that a legal education can offer prepares them for many other possible careers. The program provides opportunities for students to develop skills in analysis, problem-solving, communication, dispute-resolution, ethical decision-making, research and critical thinking - and engage with varying theories and perspectives on the law and the broader contexts for its operation.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of this program students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes: the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system and underlying principles and concepts (including Indigenous, international and comparative contexts); the broader contexts within which legal issues arise; and the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles

  • demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making, an ability to recognise and reflect upon (and a developing ability to respond to) ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts, an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community, and a developing ability to exercise professional judgement

  • identify and articulate legal issues, apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues, engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives, and think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses

  • demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal, and policy issues

  • communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences, and collaborate effectively

  • learn and work independently; and reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development

  • explain the legislative process and identify applicable legislation and delegated legislation, apply general principles of statutory interpretation, make appropriate use of authorised aids to statutory interpretation, and deploy appropriate techniques in the course of solving interpretative problems

  • reflect on and articulate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in key areas of law in order to develop an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, values, histories and contributions to Australian society, demonstrate an appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal issues in an Australian context, and critically reflect on the responsiveness of western law to Indigenous histories, values and needs.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 07. Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 11, tertiary entrance rank 76 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


Students can also transfer to the Bachelor of Laws from the Bachelor of Arts – Legal Studies major (upon obtaining requisite results).

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

^

These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2018 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program completion requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Laws program is 24 units in total. It has 2 prime components: a core (19 units) and law approved courses (5 units).

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 9 years to complete this program.

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Core courses

Course   Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus  
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
HIS1115 Legal History 
LAW1111 Australian Legal System  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
LAW1113 Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts) 
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract) 
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts) 
LAW1121 Criminal Law  2, 3 
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution 
LAW3311 Company Law 
LAW2211 Constitutional Law  1, 3 
LAW2221 Administrative Law 
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A 
LAW2212 Equity  1,  
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B 
LAW3321 Evidence 
LAW3322 Civil Procedure 
LAW2224 Theories of Law 
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers  1, 3 
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights Law 

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Electives/Approved courses

Choose five of the following law approved courses. Some courses are offered biennially.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ECO3033 Law and Economics     
ENL3007 Law and Literature   
LAW2107 Environmental Law   
LAW3110 Insolvency and Restructuring Law     
LAW3130 Revenue Law and Practice  1, 2, 3 
LAW3131 Revenue Law and Practice II     
LAW3404 Banking, Finance and Insurance Law     
LAW3405 Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law   
LAW3406 Intellectual Property Law     
LAW3421 Family Law   
LAW3422 Succession Law     
LAW3424 Land Contracts     
LAW3441 Natural Resources Law     
LAW3444 Competition and Consumer Law   
LAW3463 Private International Law     
LAW3464 International Trade Law     
LAW3465 Comparative Law    
LAW3466 Moot Court Bench   
LAW3467 Health Law   
LAW3468 Regional and Rural Legal Practice   
LAW3469 Australian Criminal Codes   
LAW3470 Principles of Public Law   
LAW3471 Criminology 
LAW3472 Local Government Law     
LAW3473 Construction Law 
LAW3476 Privacy and Data Protection Law     
LAW3477      
LAW3479 Family Violence and Child Protection Law   
LAW3480 Jessup International Law Moot Competition     
PWE3000 Professional Work Experience~^  2, 3     

Footnotes
~PWE3000 is not available to international students regardless of location or mode of study as it is an elective course. Australian regulations do not allow an elective work-based training course that is not a mandatory program requirement to be offered to international students.
^A student must have completed 16 units before enrolling in PWE3000.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Credit

Credit may be granted from a core course that deals with an area of knowledge that is set out in the Admission Guidelines for Approving Academic Qualifications issued under Rule 9AA of the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld) if:

  1. the course that was successfully completed at another university deals in substance with the topics that are set out in that area of knowledge

  2. the course was undertaken in a program that is an approved academic qualification for the purposes of admission as a lawyer in any Australian state or territory.


Credit from a course in the Bachelor of Laws will only be granted if:

  1. the workload for the course that was successfully completed at another university is at least 70% of the workload required for the course from which a credit is being granted

  2. at least 70% of the content of the course that was successfully completed at the other university is similar to the content of the course from which a credit is being granted.


Credit may be permitted for a limited number of courses, equivalent in content and level, successfully completed recently with a recognised institution, in accordance with USQ policy.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment patterns

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

The flexibility of this program, particularly for the distance learning students means there will be a range of enrolment patterns, and many distance learning students will have a unique enrolment pattern. Students requiring assistance should contact Ask USQ.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - standard Semester 1 intake

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW1111 Australian Legal System1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1113 Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)1111Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
HIS1115 Legal History1111Enrolment is not permitted in HIS1115 if LAW1114 or LAW1202 has been previously completed.
LAW1121 Criminal Law1212Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution1212Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)1212Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)1212Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW2211 Constitutional Law2121Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
LAW2212 Equity2121Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201; All other students - (LAW1113 and LAW1123) or (LAW2201 and LAW2202 and LAW2203).
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A2121Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
Law approved course2121
LAW2221 Administrative Law2222Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights Law2222Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B2222Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
LAW2224 Theories of Law2222Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202 or HIS1115
LAW3311 Company Law3131Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers3131Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
Law approved course3131
Law approved course3131
LAW3321 Evidence3232Pre-requisite: (LAW2221 and LAW2223 and LAW1121) or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
LAW3322 Civil Procedure3232Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)
Law approved course3232
Law approved course3232

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Recommended enrolment pattern - standard Semester 2 intake

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW1111 Australian Legal System1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1121 Criminal Law1212Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution1212Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW1113 Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)2121Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
HIS1115 Legal History2121Enrolment is not permitted in HIS1115 if LAW1114 or LAW1202 has been previously completed.
LAW2211 Constitutional Law2121Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
LAW2212 Equity2121Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201; All other students - (LAW1113 and LAW1123) or (LAW2201 and LAW2202 and LAW2203).
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)2222Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)2222Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW2221 Administrative Law2222Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights Law2222Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A3131Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
Law approved course3131
LAW3311 Company Law3131Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers3131Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B3232Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
LAW2224 Theories of Law3232Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202 or HIS1115
LAW3321 Evidence3232Pre-requisite: (LAW2221 and LAW2223 and LAW1121) or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
LAW3322 Civil Procedure3232Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)
Law approved course4141
Law approved course4141
Law approved course4141
Law approved course4141

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Toowoomba online (3 courses per semester)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW1111 Australian Legal System11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1113 Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)11Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW1121 Criminal Law12Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)12Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)12Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
HIS1115 Legal History21Enrolment is not permitted in HIS1115 if LAW1114 or LAW1202 has been previously completed.
LAW2211 Constitutional Law21Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
LAW2212 Equity21Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201; All other students - (LAW1113 and LAW1123) or (LAW2201 and LAW2202 and LAW2203).
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution22Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2221 Administrative Law22Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights Law22Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A31Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
Law approved course31
LAW3311 Company Law31Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B32Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
LAW2224 Theories of Law32Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202 or HIS1115
Law approved course32
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers41Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
Law approved course41
Law approved course41
LAW3321 Evidence42Pre-requisite: (LAW2221 and LAW2223 and LAW1121) or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
LAW3322 Civil Procedure42Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)
Law approved course42

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Toowoomba online Semester 3 intake (2 courses per semester)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW1111 Australian Legal System13Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research13Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1113 Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)21Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
HIS1115 Legal History21Enrolment is not permitted in HIS1115 if LAW1114 or LAW1202 has been previously completed.
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)22Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
law1122 22
law1121 23
law1124 23
law2212 31
Law approved course31
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights Law32Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2224 Theories of Law32Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202 or HIS1115
LAW2211 Constitutional Law33Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
Law approved course33
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A41Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
Law approved course41
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B42Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
LAW2221 Administrative Law42Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers43Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
Law approved course43
LAW3311 Company Law51Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
Law approved course51
LAW3321 Evidence52Pre-requisite: (LAW2221 and LAW2223 and LAW1121) or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
LAW3322 Civil Procedure52Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)