Graduating with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) in 2020, 2021 and 2022
This information only applies to students who commenced their Law degree prior to 2020. Information about Honours for students who commenced in 2020 will be available shortly.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT BACHELOR OF LAW (HONOURS) DEGREE
If you intend to graduate with Bachelor of Laws (Honours degree) in 2020, 2021 or 2022, below information will help you to understand in which cases you qualify for the First or Second Class honours, whether you need to apply to get admitted into Honours thesis units and how. The Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree is an exit degree, and apart from requirements listed below, there are no further application procedures to comply with.
WHEN DO I QUALIFY FOR FIRST CLASS HONOURS?
In order to graduate with the First Class Honours, at the end of their degree students should have
- attained Laws WAM of 76 or above. Your LAWS WAM is calculated to 2 decimal places. It is not rounded (for instance, a WAM of 75.89 is counted as 75, not 76.)
- completed either a one-semester thesis unit (LAWS5920) or a full-year thesis (LAWS5920 and LAWS5930) with a grade of Credit or above in all completed units.
WHEN DO I QUALIFY FOR SECOND CLASS HONOURS?
In order to graduate with the Second Class Honours, at the end of their degree students should haveattained a Laws WAM of 71 or above, but lower than 76. LAWS WAM is calculated to 2 decimal places. It is not rounded.
In order to graduate with the Second Class Honours it is not necessary to undertake any Honours thesis unit. Having a WAM of 71 or above will allow you to automatically graduate with Second Class Honours.
If a student has attained a Laws WAM of 76 or above but have not successfully completed either one-semester or two-semester thesis, s/he will graduate with the Second Class Honours.
WHAT IF I DO NOT QUALIFY EITHER FOR FIRST OR SECOND CLASS HONOURS?
Students who do not meet the criteria for either First Class or Second Class Honours will be eligible for the Bachelor of Laws, provided they meet all other criteria for that award.
HOW DO I GET ADMITTED TO HONOURS THESIS UNIT?
Admission to Honours units LAWS5920 and LAWS5930 is by direct internal application to the Law School. An Expression of Interest form is sent out during the second half of each year and students are asked to fill out the application, identify a potential topic and supervisor, and submit it before a due date.
Bachelor of Laws students will be admitted to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) units if they meet the following criteria:
a) When undertaking the unit, students will be in the final year of their Law degree
b) have a WAM in their graded LAWS units of 75.00 or above
When applying to get admitted into the Honours unit you can choose to do a one-semester thesis (LAWS5920 only) or a full-year thesis (both LAWS5920 and LAWS5930). One semester thesis (LAWS5920 only) can be undertaken either in Semester 1 or Semester 2. If applying for full-year thesis, a student will have to undertake LAWS5920 in Semester 1 and continue writing their thesis in Semester 2, as a part of LAWS5930.
For the purposes of achieving First Class Honours, there is no difference/advantage to choosing the full year Honours thesis. The full-year thesis is best suited to students considering future Higher Degree Research such as an MRes or PhD.
HOW DO I CALCULATE MY LAWS WAM?
Eligibility for the Bachelor of Law (Honours) is based in part on a student's LAWS WAM (Weighted Average Mark). A student's LAWS WAM is calculated as follows:
1. Multiply the unit mark for each first attempt of a graded LAWS unit by the value of that unit in terms of credit points
2. Sum the resulting values (weighted marks)
3. Divide the sum of the weighted marks by the total value (in terms of credit points) of all graded LAWS units attempted by the student
For the purposes of Honours calculations, all graded units including Failed units, are counted. This applies irrespective of whether you course transferred. All grades prior to your course transfer are included
Dr Rita Matulionyte
For further information, please contact the Convenor of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Program, Dr Rita Matulionyte