Law Degree Courses

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Online law degree courses with Australian universities.

Here you can find out why, how and where to study law online.

  • Australian universities offer flexible, top rating law degrees for distance students.
  • Online law courses prepare you for a career in law or related fields.

Law is a subject where you develop both abstract thinking and practical problem solving.

Legal graduates come away with more than just a law degree and knowledge of the system of law. They have skills, such as the ability to argue from a basis of evidence.


There are many types of law degrees in Australia. Legal studies can be general or professional.

  • First-time uni students can do a Bachelor of Law (3-4 years) or Bachelor of Law combined degree (5 years).
  • To be a professional lawyer, you also need to do practical legal training.
  • Non-law university graduates can choose between a Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctor (both 3 years).
  • Postgraduate degrees are available for professional development. They are usually meant for lawyers. But you may also want to do them if you are a legal researcher or deal with legal issues professionally (such as in business, policy development and regulatory compliance).

For further detail, see Good Universities.

Types of law degrees in Australia.


A law degree can give you the skills to be a successful lawyer, but also a producer, politician, manager, journalist or police administrator. Legal skills are valuable for any profession requiring intellectual strength and a practical approach.

Law permeates every aspect of social life. Law governs everything from the embryo to exhumation. There are legal frameworks for the air we breathe, the food and drink we consume, our travel, family relationships, property, our sport, science, employment, education and health – everything, in fact, from neighbourhood disputes to war.

Studying law online gives you the chance to sharpen your mind, strengthen understanding and deepen experience across the full range of humanities and social sciences. You acquire both breadth of understanding and depth in areas of specialisation.

Best Bachelor Courses

Studying law is a big investment of your time, so you definitely want to enrol in the best course available. Online Study Australia has selected the top law schools for distance education. These are the best degrees in terms of course satisfaction ratings and the quality and range of units offered.

CDU Bachelor of Laws

Charles Darwin University has a Bachelor of Laws program that is distinctive for 2 reasons: (i) admission standards are within reach of most aspiring university students and (ii) the program is highly rated by recent graduates. It maybe the best option if your ATAR score is in or near to the 60-75 range.

ECU Bachelor of Laws

Edith Cowan University has a top law school according to graduate satisfaction ratings. The course is law focused, with students able to build a program comprised only of legal subjects if they wish. But there is also the option of doing a combined degree that blends Law with Arts, Business, Criminology and Justice, or Psychological Science.

UNE Law Degree

The University of New England offers a fully online law degree that is only 3 years of study if you already have a degree. The program is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board of NSW (LPAB) for admission as a legal practitioner. Students are encouraged to adopt both a critical and progressive approach to interpreting the law and legal system. You learn the law and relevant context.


Although it's not the only reason, many people study postgraduate law to get a legal career out of their law degree.

Graduates who want to perform legal practice can do academic parts of a qualifying course online. The standard qualification is a graduate diploma in legal practice.

Practising lawyer in a courtroom.

Master of Laws (LLM) degrees are important for gaining a competitive edge. In some areas of the law, such as intellectual property and tax, advanced postgraduate study is almost a pre-requisite. Studying for a masters through distance learning is a convenient way to get valuable qualifications.

And qualified lawyers can enhance career prospects by doing online masters, short courses and research degrees. A masters course provides in-depth training to develop critical evaluation and analysis. LLM students interpret the meaning of words and abstract concepts, helping with analysis of complex qualitative data.

Deakin research masters

Deakin University offers a 2-year Master of Laws degree by research. The distance education course has some attendance requirements and is unavailable to international students. Candidates are required to complete a thesis embodying research results in the nominated field of study. Each student has a supervisor appointed from the School of Law's academic staff.

UNE Master of Laws

The University of New England offers a 1-2 year Master of Laws degree by coursework. The program is suitable for Australian and international law graduates. Students can broaden their knowledge and enhance independent, critical thinking and research skills. The flexible online course develops professional writing and includes research on current issues.