Course planning and unit selection - Faculty of Law

Unit selection

Course requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree course are outlined in the Academic Board regulations and in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - basic course structure section of this Handbook.

Student services officers of the faculty are available to advise students on their choice of units at the time of enrolment. This advice, however, will be most helpful if students have already made themselves familiar with all the units and considered what their fields of interest are likely to be. Similarly, when re-enrolling in later years of the course, students should discuss their choice of units with the faculty course advisers. Details of unit structures, including the number of hours devoted to lectures and tutorials are included in the unit information section of this Handbook.

It is the responsibility of students to ascertain, from the regulations governing their courses, the units (including the number of credit points) required to complete their Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree - most units have a value of six credit points. The approval of students' enrolment by the faculty does not relieve the students of this responsibility.


Units to the value of 48 credit points per academic year constitute a standard full-time load. Opportunities to accelerate study by taking an ‘overload’ of units are normally limited to students who have:

  • completed at least one year of university study (48 credit points); and
  • achieved at least a credit average in the previous academic year.

Students should discuss this option with a faculty course adviser and obtain approval prior to re-enrolment.

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