• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Melbourne, Australia
The Bachelor of Laws from the Swinburne University of Technology focuses on commercial law with emphasis on intellectual property law. As the only degree in Victoria with this specialisation, students learn about trade marks, patents and designs, copyright, the prohibition of misleading or deceptive conduct and competition law. 
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Students learn how to protect the rights of those who innovate or create.

Students complete law-related professional experience placements at organisations in Australia or overseas. Students are also introduced to the practical aspects of legal practice through moot court scenarios and advocacy exercises.

The Bachelor of Laws from the Swinburne University of Technology  degree equips students with the skills to work in commercial and general legal practice and in a range of industries, including media and entertainment, design, branding and advertising.

Course learning outcomes

The Bachelor of Laws provides an accredited qualification in law and educates students to meet the challenges of a profession and society that are increasingly diverse, complex and technologically sophisticated. It provides a rigorous and intellectually challenging legal education that develops and enhances legal knowledge and a broad range of skills necessary for legal practice; promoting respect for the Rule of Law and adherence to ethical conduct and professional responsibility.  

Upon successfully completing the Bachelor of Laws, students will be able to:

  •  describe and demonstrate the application of the fundamental areas of Australian law and the Australian legal system and of the principles and doctrines that underpin them
  • describe and demonstrate the application of ethical and professional responsibility in the practice of the law and a commitment to the pursuit of justice
  • analyse and evaluate the interdisciplinary contexts in which legal issues arise and the disciplines and policy considerations that influence the content and operation of the law
  • describe and compare the international legal order and the law and legal systems of Australia’s major trading partners
  • critically evaluate events or factual situations, identify the legal issues to which they give rise and develop and articulate appropriate and creative responses
  • undertake and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to make judgements to solve complex legal problems with intellectual independence
  • demonstrate effective and persuasive communication capabilities with legal and non-legal audiences
  • communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team and critically reflect on individual performance and professional development.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have the theoretical and practical knowledge required to operate effectively in diverse settings such as law firms and barristers’ chambers, not-for-profit organisations, government, small businesses and corporate organisations. In particular, the specialisation in intellectual property law equips graduates for careers in the new knowledge economy, giving them the skills to work in media and entertainment, design, branding and advertising, and in internet companies and firms advising information-dependent industries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time available for domestic students

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Australian Law & Statutory Interpretation
  • Contract Law 
  • Civil Procedure & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law 
  • Torts 
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • International Trade Law
  • Misleading Conduct, Economic Torts & Product Liability
  • Evidence
  • Administrative Law
  • Trade Marks & Related Rights
  • Federal & State Constitutional Law 
  • Property Law 
  • Land Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Public & Private International Law 
  • Competition Law & Policy 
  • Patents & Designs 
  • Equity & Trusts 
  • Company Law 
  • Asian Commercial Law 
  • Legal Practice & Professional Conduct 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

CRICOS code: 085629D

  • Swinburne offers English language courses that can help you meet the minimum English language requirement for study. On successful completion of English for Academic Purposes at Swinburne, you may be granted direct entry to your chosen degree, diploma or certificate provided you also meet other (academic) entry requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34000 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11155 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11155 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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National fee is Commonwealth supported

Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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