Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies

RMIT University

Program Overview

This degree offers insight into the social, political and ethical aspects of law within Australia and other countries and develops skills in law and alternative dispute resolution practices.You'll be prepared for employment in private law firms, government, corporations, tribunals, courts, NGOs and community legal services.You will gain knowledge and skills in legal research and practice, critical thinking, policy analysis, civil and criminal law, international human rights and alternative dispute resolution processes. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the legal system and become better equipped to create a more just and responsible world.



  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 32,640


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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  • Introduction to Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Power and Governance
  • Sociology of Law
  • Civil Obligations
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Criminal Law

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)

  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

The cost of studying at RMIT University varies largely depending on the type of university and the degree chosen. More often than not, humanities, arts, and education courses are less expensive than degrees in medical, engineering, or management. Furthermore, students who choose to study at the postgraduate level typically pay higher tuition fees, which again vary depending on the programme chosen. Most universities provide scholarships or financial aid to students in order to help them offset their tuition costs. Students should be aware that additional course fees and incidental expenses may not be included in tuition. On average, international students can expect to pay A$ 32,640 annually, to study in RMIT University.

Graduates work in administration and research within a legal context or as human rights and community workers in government and non-government agencies, or progress to further studies in law, mediation and negotiation.

Employment opportunities are primarily in the paralegal field for roles as dispute resolution professionals, and in policy positions in:

  • private firms

  • government departments

  • corporations

  • legal aid

  • council legal offices

  • tribunals

  • activist organisations

  • community legal services.

Prospective careers

  • paralegal

  • indigenous services liaison

  • youth justice officer

  • legal aid

  • law clerk

  • victim support officer

  • legal policy officer

  • counsellor

  • judge’s associate

  • case manager.

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