This program provides legal education for the practice of law. In that context, it provides knowledge of the legal system and legal principles, and cultivates a capacity for legal research, analysis and communication. The program also deals with theoretical perspectives on the law and encourages an appreciation of legal issues of special significance to the Northern Territory, including Aboriginal legal issues.

Entry Requirements:

NTCET or equivalent (Year 12) and an ATAR of 80 or higher; or Certificate IV or above; or STAT score of 135 or greater; or submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience; or 6 months of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma; or completion of 40 credit points in the Preparation for Tertiary Study Program (ZTEP01), the Preparation for Tertiary Success (ZPTS11 or ZPTS21), or other recognised tertiary preparation course.


The program is divided between common units, core units, specialist electives and general electives. Most of the core units are those prescribed by the legal profession as essential for meeting the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia. The specialist electives are designed to allow students to gain understanding of a range of other aspects of the law, while the general electives allow students to explore a wide range of other disciplines offered by Charles Darwin University.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

Honours program available.

Further information:

External students have access to live online tutorials as well as online access to the audiotapes of all lectures.


The degree provides the academic foundation for admission to legal practice in the Northern Territory and elsewhere in Australia. Students should also seek advice from the admitting authority in the State or Territory in which they propose to seek admission to professional practice. To be admitted to legal practice in Australia law graduates must also complete the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP). The GDLP may be taken through the College of Law, Sydney, and can be completed online from anywhere in Australia or overseas. The College of Law provides a focus relevant to the State or Territory in which the student is studying.

Related Careers:

Judge, Lawyer,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Casuarina No info Yes Online
Casuarina No info Yes Full time 3 years
Casuarina No info Yes Part time 6 years
Charles Darwin University is the major tertiary education and vocational education and training institution in the Northern Territory.

Originally established as a tertiary institution in 1974, it became the Northern Territory University in 1989 and Charles Darwin University in 2003.

The main University campus is located at Casuarina in Darwin with campuses at Alice Springs, Katherine and Palmerston. VET courses are also offered at Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Yulara Centres as well as at various remote community centres.

The University provides multi-sector education with Senior Secondary, VET, Higher Education and Research facilities.

CDU also deliver a number of courses through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), which is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The three main sites for delivery will be at the main ACIKE Hub CDU Casuarina campus and at the BIITE campuses at Batchelor and the Alice Springs Desert Peoples' Centre.

Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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