Five reasons to study a Bachelor of Laws at RMIT

Become a lawyer in a technology-changing world with RMIT’s undergraduate law degree.

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If addressing society’s contemporary issues and advocating for social justice through legal practice is your dream job, you could already be closer to it than you think.

RMIT University is now offering a new law degree and two law double degrees at the undergraduate level of study. The Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) and the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) are all designed to equip you with the skills you need to be accredited to modern legal practice. 

From industry-informed coursework to graduating with top skills in demand, here are five reasons to study a technology-focused law degree at RMIT.

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1. Learn from industry and gain experience before graduating

RMIT’s undergraduate law degree has been shaped closely alongside an Industry Advisory Board. The Board features Judges, Magistrates, members of the bar, senior professionals in law and representatives from large law firms, ensuring you gain the key skills you need to succeed in the workforce. 

During the degree, industry is brought into the classroom through practical learning, including industry placement opportunities and global study experiences that you can add to your resume before graduating. 

2. Engage with contemporary issues at RMIT’s research centres

RMIT is known as a global university of technology, design and enterprise. The Bachelor of Laws is closely aligned with these ambitions through key units of study. These units will also connect you with industry mentors and two of RMIT’s major research centres.

  • In Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World, you will study contemporary legal practice in an international context, and work with industry mentors. 

  • In Justice Innovation, you’ll engage with RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice. Here, you will learn about law reform that addresses current issues in society, and use your passion for social justice to enact policy change for the better.

  • In Law, Business and Human Rights, you’ll connect with the Business and Human Rights research centre. Your interest in global business will be explored through the context of human rights and you will gain an understanding of international justice. 

Other units of study in the Bachelor of Laws include Enterprise Law: Designing Legal Solutions, where you’ll learn to incorporate design thinking into your approach to legal issues. In this course you will engage in practical learning in partnership with the RMIT Activator. Here, you’ll complete a simulated learning experience with a mock technology startup, learning how to apply your academic skills to a work-based context to provide legal solutions for business.

3. Develop key legal skills in current high demand

There’s no doubt technology is impacting law, and knowledge around ethical law for a changing world is a skill in high demand. Unlike other undergraduate law degrees where it is typically offered as an elective, technology is a core focus of the Bachelor of Laws at RMIT. You will develop sound commercial judgment and an awareness of the ethical and justice issues affecting all stakeholders in the Australian legal system.

Through the program’s innovative structure, you’ll build skills in advocacy, negotiation, mediation and communication. You’ll gain experience in critical thinking and practical, real-world situations through mooting - simulated court proceedings that teach you about legal argument.

With a range of industry placement options available, you will develop and showcase sought-after skills during your degree, equipping you with the ability to meet industry needs once you graduate.

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4. Become a lawyer in a technology-changing world

At RMIT, you’ll be prepared to meet an evolving legal system and answer new challenges in society as we face them. After your Bachelor of Laws, get ready to pursue diverse career options, including within the commercial legal sector, government or legal aid, community law and NGOs, in-house with corporations or unions, academia, the media, politics and business.

5. Gain a law degree in as little as three years

The Bachelor of Laws at RMIT will equip you to become a legal professional faster, with the same recognition in industry. Unlike many other undergraduate law degrees, typically at least four years with an Honours year, you can complete the Bachelor of Laws in just three years of full-time study, with the potential to graduate with Distinction.

What does this mean for you?

  • Be admitted to practise faster. After completing your RMIT law degree you can next commence your six-month Practical Legal Training (PLT), a compulsory training program that all aspiring lawyers must complete. 

  • Boost your qualifications with a graduate certificate. Know someone who’s considering a four-year law degree? In the same amount of time through the Bachelor of Laws at RMIT you could gain your undergraduate law degree, your six-month PLT and even a six-month graduate certificate in another study area that interests you, such as RMIT’s Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies and Law. 

 

Story: Pallavi Daniel

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