Undergraduate

Legal Studies

Are you keen to explore how you can make a difference in the world when it comes to issues of human trafficking, crimes against humanity, and social and welfare law? Learn about the legal system and how it shapes our world.

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Murdoch code

MJ-LEGS

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Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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Globally accredited law degree

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Overview

If you’re looking for an exciting career and the chance to make a difference, a major in Legal Studies within the field of criminology could really take you places. You’ll examine the Australian legal system and the way it shapes our society through a range of issues such as welfare law and human trafficking.

Law transcends all industries. Find out how the law interacts with other areas, taking units in criminology as you study the foundations of business law and other areas of the law.

You’ll learn about dispute resolution and have the opportunity to develop your own dispute resolution skills through role play and interactive activities. You will learn a variety of dispute resolution processes including negotiation, conciliation, mediation and arbitration.  

You will investigate the interactions between law, crime, frameworks in societies and the various social grouping within society.

8 reasons to study Legal Studies at Murdoch

  • Challenge the way you think about the world as you explore the legal system and how it shapes society.
  • Gain an understanding of various legal issues and how to apply this knowledge in different justice contexts.
  • Develop a variety of dispute resolution methods and a range of tactics to respond to conflict and disputes.
  • Gain a broad understanding of the role and operation of law.
  • Learn to produce high quality and persuasive communications (for example research reports, court reports and policy reports) so you are job ready when you graduate.
  • Build your network from within our Law School, making use of our strong ties to the Western Australian legal and business community.
  • Combine your degree or take on a double major in another discipline to expand your career prospects even further.
  • Learn from respected experts in their field who often appear in the media to share their insights on current events and issues.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • social and welfare law
  • criminological research methods
  • alternative dispute resolution
  • international and transnational crimes
  • law, justice and social policy.

Your future career

Studying a Bachelor of Criminology in Legal Studies will set you up for a career in the criminal justice system.

Careers could include:

  • Community Correction Officer
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Paralegal Officer
  • Court Administrator.

You’ll graduate with the skills you need to pursue roles within the court and corrections, police services, youth work, community groups and government departments

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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