Why study law?
Why should students choose Flinders to study law?
What is the LLB/LP degree?
How long is the LLB/LP degree?

How long would a graduate entry take to complete an LLB/LP?
What is a combined degree?
Are there any prerequisites?
If I do the LLP/LP, can I practise law interstate?
How big are the classes?
What are further study options?
How do I apply for LLB/LP?


 

Why study law?

To make a difference, that’s the real reason. A Flinders law degree will open many doors, but we know not all will lead to a courtroom.  While some students will become the judges and prosecutors of tomorrow, others will chart their course in business, diplomacy, social justice and human rights.  Studying law gives you the capacity to wield influence and bring about change.  

A Flinders Law degree also takes you places.  Our graduates work all over the world – London, New York, Toronto, New Delhi, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bermuda.  

From country towns to the big commercial law firms, Flinders graduates are making their mark.  Others are winning prestigious postgraduate scholarships to leading universities around the world.

Career options go well beyond legal practice.  From politics to commerce, our law degree is highly valued.  Be it selling Korean power stations or working with refugees in Africa.  Flinders graduates make a difference.

There’s also the prospect of great job satisfaction – and it’s a high status profession so there are income rewards.

Why should students choose Flinders to study law?

At Flinders Law School, we believe passionately in success through innovation.  Since our founding in 1992, we have been at the forefront of pioneering new and practical courses to inspire and equip some of the nation’s finest young legal minds.  Flinders is where tradition meets the 21st century.

Our philosophy is straightforward.  We believe in teaching students a rigorous and deep understanding of the law and its history.  But theory is not enough.  From the beginning, we emphasise the practical skills needed to translate knowledge into action.

The Flinders Law School has always emphasised the teaching of practical legal skills as part of the degree program.  But the theory of law and its important role in our society is also an integral part of what we teach enabling students to have the opportunity to learn both these fundamental aspects of law.  We are close-knit, friendly and have a clear sense of where we are going and what we are trying to accomplish.  The Flinders Law School makes use of electronic technology as part of a modern legal education.  It is one of only 10 in Australia whose degrees have been recognised for admission by Singapore authorities. 

Today, we are one of Australia’s most highly-regarded law schools with a reputation for excellence that attracts some of the brightest and most enthusiastic teaching staff in the nation.

What is the LLB/LP degree?

This stands for Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice.  Until recently, law students in this State would graduate with an LLB alone which did not permit them to work as a lawyer.  In order to do that, a further course of study called “practical legal training” had to be undertaken elsewhere.  In 1999, Flinders pioneered the integration of formal practical legal training into its primary degree structure.  We call this integrated degree the LLB/LP and it allows graduates to work in the real world, right away.  

Like all law degrees, the Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice contains a high proportion of compulsory topics that are needed to enter legal practice. As students progress through the degree, the choice of electives increases.  Flinders integrates legal skills components that form the foundation of the professional training program within some of the compulsory topics.  These include:
•    Interviewing
•    Oral advocacy
•    Negotiating
•    Drafting documents

As students near the end of the degree, they can choose to graduate earlier with a Bachelor of Laws if they do not wish to complete the professional training program.  Those wanting to enter legal practice spend most of their last year taking professional training topics including a 225 hour placement in a legal office.  

How long is the LLB/LP degree?
4.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time for Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
4 years for Bachelor Laws
5-6 years for combined degrees.

How long would a graduate entry take to complete an LLB/LP?
Our graduate entry program for the Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice can be completed in 3 ½ years.  Those not wanting to undertake the professional legal training can choose to exit with a Bachelor of Laws after 3 years.

What is a combined degree?
The majority of our undergraduate entry students pursue two degrees at one time – the LLB/LP and a non-law degree.  There are a range of non-law degrees available to be combined with Law.  Students undertaking combined degrees can pursue both interests at the same time and, because of cross-crediting, are able to complete the two qualifications in a shorter time frame (5-6.5 years).  Often, qualifications in two areas can increase a graduate’s attractiveness to potential employers.

What TER score do I need?
This varies depending upon demand and places available.  In 2010, the TER was 90.35 and in 2011, the ATAR was 90.2. 


What subjects should I be choosing at high school if I want to get into law?
There are no particular subjects which need to be completed.  A high tertiary score will help, so choose subjects in which you are confident of doing well.  Year 12 applicants must have qualified for SACE and obtained Recorded Achievement in at least five two-unit SACE Stage 2 subjects.  Included among the five must be four HESS General subjects.

Are there any prerequisites?
None.  No assumed knowledge.

If I do the LLP/LP, can I practise law interstate?
Yes.  You can practise law anywhere in Australia but you will need to become formally admitted in the state where you wish to practise.

How big are the classes?
Lectures can have up to the mid 200s in size in the compulsory topics.  We endeavour to keep the tutorials to a maximum of 15.  Seminars are around 40-50.

What are further study options?
Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations)
Graduate Diploma in International Law and International Relations.
Master of Law or PhD by research.

How do I apply for LLB/LP?
Flinders offers two admissions cycles for undergraduate courses each year:
•    The January (Semester 1) intake; applications open in August for commencement the following year.
•    Mid-year intake open in mid-May for commencement in July (Semester 2) that year.  Not all courses are offered mid-year.

Applicants to undergraduate courses must apply through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).  

You can also visit www.satac.edu.au for full details of how to apply.

Admissions/Prospective Student Office
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001
Tel: 1300 657 671 (local call cost)
Email: admissions@flinders.edu.au