Our Law Programs
The Adelaide Law School offers a wide range of programs, including our undergraduate Bachelor of Laws and our graduate programs for both law and non-law graduates.
A degree from the Adelaide Law School provides our graduates with an excellent foundation in legal knowledge and skills to take with them into legal practice and beyond.
Our students develop a solid foundation in legal principle together with a capacity to engage in critical analysis and application of that principle to new problems. Students develop excellent inter-personal and communication skills in both written and oral communication, both individually and as a member of a team. All of our degrees have a strong ethical dimension, and students are imparted with a strong understanding of the role of lawyers, the law and legal systems in society.
- Undergraduate Law
At Adelaide Law School you will experience a stimulating, challenging and rewarding environment in which to study law. The Bachelor of Laws can be completed as a single or double degree program. The degree gives you a grounding in common law principles and legal methodology with access to a diverse range of elective courses.
• Single Undergraduate Degree (LLB) (4 years)
• Graduate Entry Degree (LLB) (3 years)
• Double Degree (5 years)
What is a double degree?
With double degrees, there are credit sharing arrangements that allow you to complete two degrees at the same time, usually in a shorter period of time. You exit with two parchments and two qualifications.
Did you know that around 75% of our students enrol in double degrees?
Benefits of a Double Degree
- Students doing a double degree demonstrate greater breadth and depth of their student experience and makes you a more marketable graduate.
- Broadens your employment opportunities as you have experience in two areas, you can use your legal knowledge and skills across a wider range of industries, including law and non-law.
- Address real issues from two different perspectives.
- The study plans and timetables are scheduled to avoid class clashes therefore optimising your time at university.
What is a concurrent degree?
If there isn't a double degree to suit you listed above can tailor your study to your interests. Unlike a double degree there is no formal arrangement; you pick up your second degree after starting your first, and both will need to be completed in their entirety. For example, Law and Music. Concurrent degrees are usually undertaken when the programs you wish to do are quite diverse.
We recommend you speak to a program advisor about how your chosen degrees could work together. See our information on Internal Transfers.
What is a combined degree?
Combined degrees only apply in Postgraduate study for law.
- Postgraduate Coursework
The University of Adelaide Law School offers a range of high quality postgraduate programs that allow both law and non-law graduates to extend their professional development. Our range of programs includes a strong commercial and international focus.
For those who want to advance their knowledge in a particular area or want to trial postgraduate study, it is possible to enrol in single courses on a non-award basis.
Postgraduate programs for law graduates
The Masters programs provide legal professionals and law graduates with competitive, high quality and flexible coursework Masters for their extended development. Students further develop their scholarly skills in legal research and writing and can access a range of elective courses including international and comparative commercial law.
Postgraduate programs for non-law graduates
A range of high quality postgraduate programs for graduates to extend their knowledge in business studies with a focus in the law.
Contact us now to book a one on one meeting with a Law School academic to discuss your postgraduate opportunities.Request meeting
- Postgraduate Research
Our programs are benchmarked with other Go8 universities, and our international collaborations in research introduce broader issues (UNESCO and OECD reports, TIMSS and PISA studies) into our theory and practice of education.
All Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students are supervised to ensure the highest quality research outcome that is internationally competitive, including our own staff, supervisors from other Faculties within the University and experts from other universities in Australia and abroad. To see a full list of possible supervisors in different areas of research, see our Research Expertise Directory.
Find out more about Higher Degrees by Research at the Adelaide Law School.
- Non-Award Study (Single Course Enrolments)
Many professionals or practising lawyers want to increase their knowledge in a particular area but do not need any further qualifications. Non-award students may participate in Adelaide Law Masters courses, including all classes and assessments. As applications are considered on an individual basis we recommend you consult with a program advisor.
Click here for further information on Non-Award Study at the University of Adelaide.
It is possible in some instances to audit a law postgraduate course, without formally enrolling. Auditing gives limited access to attend classes, requires no assessment and no class participation.
- Any person, whether enrolled in a postgraduate program or not, may apply to audit a postgraduate course offered by the Law School. Such an application should be submitted to the Postgraduate Administrator.
- The decision whether to accept such an application will be made by the Director of Postgraduate Studies, in consultation with the course co-ordinator. Applicants should understand that applications will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will not automatically be granted. However, students enrolled at the time on a full-time basis in a Law postgraduate program can normally expect that they will be permitted to audit one or two additional courses.
- In determining whether to accept such an application, the Director may have regard to:
- whether the applicant would have been qualified to enrol in the relevant course;
- the nature and extent of the applicant's experience, background and/or interest in the subject-matter of the course;
- the applicant's reasons for wishing to audit the course;
- the number of students already enrolled, or likely to be enrolled, in the course;
- the likely effect on those students if the application is granted.
- A successful applicant:
- must pay in advance an auditing fee of $500 (except that such a fee will be waived in the case of any student enrolled at the time on a full-time basis in a Law postgraduate program);
- will be permitted to attend classes for the course, on the understanding that they are not to participate in discussions unless specifically invited to do so;
- will receive a copy of the course outline and (for those who have paid an auditing fee) any hard copy materials issued for the course;
- will be provided with access to the MyUni page for the course;
- will not, by reason only of auditing the course, gain access to the University Library, MyUni or any other information system (though such access will be granted to students already enrolled in other courses);
- will not undertake any assessment for the course;
- will, on request, be given a certificate confirming that they have attended classes in the course, provided they can provide sufficient evidence of that attendance to the satisfaction of the Director.
- A person whose application to audit a course has been accepted may, if University time limits allow, apply instead to be formally enrolled in the course. If the application to enrol is accepted, any amount already paid by way of an auditing fee will be credited towards the enrolment fee.
- A person who has audited a course may not subsequently seek to gain any credit for that course towards the completion of any program.
- Study (Single Course Enrolments)
Strategic Space Law Program
An intensive, interdisciplinary and interactive program designed for lawyers and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organizations, law firms, consulting firms and industry interested in studying space law from a strategic perspective.
What is it?
The McGill University Institute of, and Centre for Research in, Air and Space Law, in partnership with the University of Adelaide Law School, is pleased to present the first ever Strategic Space Law Program. The aim of the program is to provide a unique opportunity for lawyers and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organisations, law firms, consulting firms and industry around the world to study space law in a strategic context.
The Montreal program will be run as a one-week intensive, interdisciplinary, interactive workshop (non-assessable) at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University in October 2014. Thereafter, the program will be repeated in the form of a graduate course (assessable for academic credit) at the University of Adelaide Law School during the first semester of 2015.
On both occasions, the substantive content of the program will be the same and will be delivered by world-class academics, policy advisors and subject-matter experts drawn from government, civil society (including academia) and commerce.
- 23 core lectures from experts on the principles and concepts involved in the various disciplines that touch on Strategic Space Law.
- Hands-on workshops and practical exercises linked to lectures, on topics such as space traffic management, military use of spectrum, space debris and simulated legal, policy and commercial problem-solving and debate.
- Social and other networking activities.
- Professional visits to relevant sites (may include the Canadian Space Agency and Woomera launch site in South Australia).
The course will cover a full spectrum of topics critical to understanding this burgeoning field. These topics will include:
- The civil and commercial regulatory framework of space activities
- Relevant rules on state responsibility and liability
- Law of armed conflict applicable to space based activities (including associated international criminal law)
- The law relevant to space based surveillance and launch operations
- Protection of nationally acquired space based data and information
- The law applicable to military use of satellite communications
- The law on space situational awareness
Why study Strategic Space Law?
Today there are approximately 1,100 active satellites in orbit and the number of States directly involved in launching or operating satellites has grown substantially since the dawn of the space age. Even States that have no direct involvement in launching or operating satellites rely heavily on space infrastructure: for television, radio, banking, communications, transport, agriculture, mining, and especially for modern military services. Yet, those satellites are under increasing threat from 100,000s of pieces of space debris and increasing harmful radio interference. Furthermore, some States already possess counter-space weapons and other means capable of destroying or disrupting satellites and other States have plans to develop those capabilities. There is also greater competition for use of the limited radio frequency spectrum and prime orbital slots that are indispensable for the operation of all satellites.
Outer space is becoming more contested, congested and competitive. Concurrently, the global security situation generally is less certain. Financial and other constraints have made global powers more inward-looking and less likely to deploy forces globally – except through the sort of ‘remote reach’ capabilities that rely on space infrastructure (such as uninhabited aerial vehicles and cyber warfare). Secure, ongoing access to fossil fuels is a growing concern, yet all States are wary of the nuclear energy option and its relationship to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Ballistic missiles, as the means of delivery of nuclear weapons, involve space flight and ballistic missile defence also relies on space-based infrastructure. Thus, space is a key element in global security, yet it is also increasingly vulnerable.
The fee for the 3 credit unit Strategic Space Law course at the University of Adelaide is $2,937.50 (AUD). This fee will apply to students taking the course at the University of Adelaide in the first semester of 2015 as well as students who enrol in the McGill program in October 2014 who desire to obtain academic credit for it through the University of Adelaide Law School.
Students may audit the course (that is not receive academic credit) at Adelaide University in the first semester 2015 for a fee of $500.00 (AUD) though will still need to apply to undertake the course on an audit basis.
To enrol in the Strategic Space Law Course at the University of Adelaide or to obtain academic credit or information about the October 2014 session through the University of Adelaide, please contact the Adelaide Law School before October 13, 2014.