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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.

    Bachelor of Laws

    • 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.

    Master of Laws

    Master of Comparative Law (Adelaide/Mannheim)

    Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (PLT)

    Professional Certificate in Arbitration

    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.

    Master of Business Law

    Graduate Diploma in Business Law

    Graduate Certificate in Business Law

    Graduate Certificate in Insolvency Law                                                  (new - designed to meet ASIC Insolvency Practice Rules)

    Contact us now to book a one on one meeting with a Law School academic to discuss your postgraduate opportunities.

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  • 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.

  • Specialist Courses

    Strategic Space Law

    Set yourself apart on a global scale with specialist knowledge in Strategic Space Law.

    The University of Adelaide, in partnership with the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law (Montreal, Canada), is offering a short course on Strategic Space Law as part of the Winter School program.

    The unique course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to make a meaningful contribution to global space security, dialogue and policy development. Participants will gain specialised international experience to expand their global career opportunities.

    Enrolments into the Strategic Space Law short course are now open to undergraduate and postgraduate students and members of the public (on an auditing basis) at a discounted rate.

    Undergraduate - LAW3602 Strategic Space Law

    Postgraduate - LAW7172 Strategic Space Law

    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.

  • 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.

  • Study Law at Oxford University

    A new agreement with the prestigious Oxford University means that Adelaide Law students have the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry degree) at the University of Adelaide with a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) or MLF (Master of Law and Finance) from Oxford University.

    • Oxford offers world-renowned masters-level qualifications
    • Each combined program consists of 3.5 years study; 2.5 years at Adelaide and 1 year at Oxford.
    • You can apply during your fourth semester to study Oxford's BCL or MLF and will be assessed on your cumulative academic results.
    • Financial support and scholarships are available to apply for.

    Study Duration
    Bachelor of Laws - University of Adelaide 2.5 years (5 semesters)
    BCL or MLF - Oxford University 1 year (2 semesters)
    Total Study 3.5 years (7 semesters)

    If you are interested in discussing participation in this program, please contact

    Find out more about this opportunity.

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