Honours

Honours in the Bachelor of Laws is an integrated research program and is intended to provide students with research training opportunities and to reward and recognise outstanding academic achievement.

The Law Honours Program does not require you to complete an additional year of study. Instead, it gives you the opportunity to purse your interest in a specific area and to produce a substantial piece of independent research by enrolling in a 12 credit point research unit in your final year of the LLB.

Why enrol in Honours?

Whether you are interested in furthering your career prospects, intend to pursue further study, or seek to deepen your understanding of a particular area of the law, the Honours program offers you a unique opportunity to tailor your studies to reflect your interests as you complete your formal law studies.

Some reasons to consider undertaking Law Honours:

An intellectual challenge
Former Honours students have been overwhelmingly positive about their experience of Honours, citing the many benefits of the program: the opportunity to further your interest in a particular research topic; the satisfaction of undertaking extended research and writing; the ability to work independently; and the close interaction of working with an academic staff member as your supervisor.

Students who complete an outstanding thesis are encouraged to pursue options for publication.

Preparation for further study
Honours provides valuable research training if you are considering a postgraduate research program. In many instances Honours is a condition of entry and is a standard requirement for scholarships. Honours also provides a competitive advantage for entry to postgraduate coursework programs.

Value-adding for the employment market
A recent survey of graduate recruiters confirmed the value placed on research-based Honours programs when recruiting law graduates. There is an emphasis on the skills gained and the attitude demonstrated, rather than on the award of Honours. Completion of the Honours program demonstrates to employers your excellent communication and interpersonal skills, high level self-management and organisational ability, and your intellectual interest in the law – all transferrable skills for employment in the practice of law or other professions.