School of law

Pre-Law alternative entry course: online intensive offering

Summer break 2020 – applications now OPEN, course starts 7 December 2020

The Murdoch University School of Law commenced an alternate entry night course in Semester Two 2006. This course was created out of the School's concern that potential students who have the requisite intellectual capacity and diligence to succeed in the LLB program, but do not have recognised prior learning, were not able to gain entry into the School.

Students that complete the course with a C+ average will be offered a Murdoch Law place in Semester 1 2021

The initial Pre-Law course was a resounding success, with 20 of the 28 participants enrolling in the LLB degree course in 2007. The course has run each semester since then and over 270 students have enrolled in Law courses after completing the Pre-Law course.

A number of students who have entered the LLB program through the Pre-law course have won prestigious awards. Students from the first few offerings have now graduated and commenced working in the profession. One graduate commenced PhD studies in 2016.

Cost of Program

The Murdoch Pre Law (Intensive Mode) costs $750.00. The course fee is due before the course commences.

Eligibility and How to Apply

In order to be eligible for inclusion in the program applicants must have been away from high school for a minimum of 12 months. Current Murdoch students are not eligible.

Please note that international students are not eligible to apply.

Applicants can withdraw (by notifying the school in writing) up until five working days before the course commences (date of the first lecture) with an admin fee penalty being applied of $50. Applicants who withdraw from or after the date of the first lecture (the second week of the course) will not receive a refund.

Application form for Summer Pre-Law 2020.

Mode of Delivery and Duration

A minimum of 16 students enrol. Enrolments are now open, but applications will not be processed until there are 16 applicants. The course fills and closes at 35 students.

The course, which comprises approximately the same contact time, workload and rigor of a three point part one law unit, will consist of:

  • Three online lectures covering an introduction to the Australian Legal System;
  • An online library tutorial session and library assessment piece;
  • Seven online lectures covering substantive law, particularly the Law of Contract;
  • Ten online tutorials;
  • Two assessable projects; and,
  • A final exam.

Although completion of the course will not attract a Murdoch University testamur, students who complete the course at a credit plus level (65% or above) will be offered direct entry into the Murdoch LLB program in Semester One 2021. Alternately, successful applicants may defer starting until the following semester. Students will be able to enrol in the LLB degree course on either a part or full time basis.

Further Information:

For further information regarding the Pre-Law course at Murdoch University, please contact:

Dr Steve Shaw
Course Coordinator
08 9360 6242

Please note: This course is not a bridging program and is not designed to teach you the skills you require to succeed at law school. This course is designed to assess your current skills and to evaluate your current suitability for studying Law at Murdoch University.