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LAW 2014


LIFE AT UWS


LAW 2014 CONTENTS Why Study Law at UWS?......................................4 Degrees of success............................................6 Bachelor of Laws (Combined Studies) ...................................................... 6 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws......................................................... 6 Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Advanced Business Leadership)/ Bachelor of Laws.............................................................................. 6 Bachelor of Business and Commerce/Bachelor of Laws........................ 6 Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws....................................... 6 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws................................ 6 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws.................................................. 6 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws........................................ 6 Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)............................................................. 8 Bachelor of Laws (Non-Graduate Entry)................................................... 10 Law Alternate Units................................................................................. 12

Providing Support through Scholarships ...................................................... 13 Aspiring Leaders ............................................... 13 Applicant checklist.......................................... 15

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Why Study LAW at UWS?

Successful career path Established in 1996, the UWS School of Law has quickly grown in stature as an institution preparing world class legal professionals.

Professionally Accredited Curriculum Our Law programs have been designed in conjunction with the legal profession and are accredited for admission as a lawyer.

Learn from leaders in the field Our connection with pre-eminent, respected professional networks will set you up for career success. Our lecturers 4

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will challenge, stretch and inspire you to forge an exceptional legal career. You will meet lecturers, such as Professor Steven Freeland, who spends half the year teaching international law at UWS – and the other half involved in creating international legal precedent as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Hone professional skills The UWS Law Library houses the fourth largest e-law library in NSW, with over 50,000 titles and links to international resources. However, you need more than just books and precedents to become a top-flight legal professional. Developing professional skills through real-life practical experience during your degree will prepare you to step into any legal environment you choose.

Rich learning environments Law programs are offered at the Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. Both offer excellent facilities, including moot courts for practising advocacy skills, a comprehensive library and computer based law research facilities. Each campus is directly linked to the community and reflects the cultural diversity, energy and growth of the region. In May 2010, UWS opened the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic which provides UWS law students with an opportunity to learn in a clinical environment in which legal advice is provided to members of the community.


APPLE iPAD INITIATIVE UWS will provide all new commencing undergraduate students in 2014 with an Apple iPad to empower them to engage in learning anytime, anywhere (terms and conditions apply).

Global aspirations

Making a difference

Get a taste of international legal systems as an exchange student, or follow in the footsteps of other UWS law graduates and complete postgraduate studies at Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard. Our internationalised curriculum will set you on the right path.

Doing pro bono work is the best way to get real ‘on-the-ground’ legal experience. You have the chance to learn what the law is all about and to make a big difference – both to your clients and to your career, with rich personal rewards an added bonus. Initiatives, such as the Pro Bono Students Australia program and the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic give you the opportunity to gain real-world experience by assisting solicitors in legal drafting, court advocacy, client advising, oral communication, negotiation and mediation, as well as providing members of the community with vital access to justice. What’s more, it fosters the ethos of public service, helping UWS turn out legal professionals who are not only the best in their field, but who are also mindful of their public service obligations.

Practising advocacy Mooting is an important part of the UWS curriculum, providing the opportunity to develop skills in advocacy in a setting similar to a real court. UWS Law students have had the opportunity to practise their moots and receive feedback before Supreme Court judges and practising barristers.

Dynamic research culture UWS has a distinctive, high-impact research culture committed to enhancing our region’s cultural, economic, environmental and educational development. Our reputation for research excellence has placed us in the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) funding top 20, underlining our position among the best research universities in the country. Our research centres and programs make real differences to contemporary life, attracting international, national and local interest.

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Bachelor of Laws (Combined Studies)

Course

Uac Code

LOCATION

Duration

Atar

B Arts/B Laws OR B Communication/B Laws OR B Social Science/B Laws

725025

Campbelltown

5F/10P

93.70

725030

Parramatta

5F/10P

90.40

725010

Parramatta

5F/10P

92.25

725015

Campbelltown

5F/10P

90.00

725016

Parramatta

5F/10P

90.10

725045

Parramatta

5F/10P

90.65

725040

Campbelltown

5F/10P

90.00

725035

Parramatta

5F/10P

91.10

B Business and Commerce (Advanced Business Leadership)/B Laws B Business and Commerce/ B Laws B International Studies/ B Laws B Science/B Laws

Tailor your studies to your goals by combining our accredited Bachelor of Laws degree with another degree. When you graduate after five years, you will have two degrees and excellent practical legal skills relevant to professional employment. The structure allows concurrent study in the two degrees in the first three years, with the last two years dedicated to completing the Law component.

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE Students often engage in work experience during their course, for example, working at the NSW Attorney General’s in legal aid, working in cooperative Summer Research Programs with industry, and in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) advisory support scheme. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Pro Bono Students Australia (PBSA) volunteering program. ACCREDITATION Graduates from this program are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training. Law components are available at Campbelltown and Parramatta. For information on the second degree taken with Law, refer to the relevant Area of Study brochure. When listing these as a preference, check locations carefully. Key: B = Bachelor of; F = Full-time. Note: Not all combined degrees are offered on both campuses.

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The Law component provides you with professional legal skills, including the ability to analyse legal material, understand fundamental legal principles, understand the relationship between law and society, and gain general analytical skills for critical thinking and problem-solving. Our extensive range of elective units allows you to further develop your skills in advocacy, mediation, legal drafting and legal research.


Student profile Your skills will be developed using our extensive law library and moot courts located on our Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. The University of Western Sydney, in partnership with the National Pro Bono Resource Centre (NPBRC), offers an exciting volunteering program for law students. You will have the opportunity, with supervision, to undertake projects for organisations that have limited resources. For more information on the non-Law degrees, please refer to the relevant Area of Study brochure or visit myfuture.uws.edu.au

Further Studies

Career Opportunities

Within the Bachelor of Laws (Combined Studies) there is an embedded Honours stream available to high-achieving students. Information about the embedded Honours option will be provided to you as you progress through your Bachelor degree.

Graduates of Law degrees at UWS have pursued careers, such as: »» solicitor or barrister »» criminal prosecutor »» human rights advocate »» corporate legal advisor in the banking or finance industries »» legal advisor to an interest group, such as the Aboriginal Legal Service »» judge’s associate »» law academic »» non-legal executive in banking, finance, accounting, corporate management, education, publishing, marketing, telecommunications, government or human resource management »» lawyer in government service.

What you will study The core units you may study in this degree include: Introduction to Law; Criminal Law; Torts Law; Law Foundation; Contracts; Property Law; Constitutional Law; Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics; Equity and Trusts; Remedies; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Law of Associations; Commercial Transactions Law; Criminal Procedure and Evidence; Civil Procedure and Arbitration; and Administrative Law. Within this degree, you may choose eight LLB (Bachelor of Laws) alternate units (see page 12). For example, you may enrol in the alternate unit Indigenous Australians and the Law. For detailed information about the course structure and units, visit myfuture.uws.edu.au

Rebecca McKellar Currently studying Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Advanced Business Leadership)/Bachelor of Laws Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient Rebecca McKellar is a firm believer in university as a stepping stone to a life full of learning and self-discovery. “I have a younger brother in Year 10 and I have never stopped stressing the importance of education and pushing yourself to do your best. Knowledge is power and life is a never-ending learning experience,’’ she says. “I have also told him not to choose a degree because of the prestige, or the potential earning capacity, but to choose a degree which interests him. Inevitably, you will spend the majority of your time pursuing it. If it doesn’t have your passion, you won’t give it your best and you won’t enjoy it at all. “This degree is a great challenge. However, if you are dedicated it will reward you by expanding and conditioning your mind for the current turbulent business climate in which we live. It gives a solid foundation both in business and law, which is highly regarded by all employers.” 1300 897 669 myfuture.uws.edu.au

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Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

Course

Uac Code

LOCATION

Duration

Atar

Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

725000

Campbelltown

3F/6P

N/A

725001

Parramatta

3F/6P

N/A

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE Students often engage in work experience during their course, for example, working at the NSW Attorney General’s in legal aid, working under the Summer Clerkship Program with industry, and in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) advisory support scheme. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic (PCJC) and in the Pro Bono Students Australia (PBSA) volunteering program. ACCREDITATION Graduates from this degree are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training. Entry Requirements This course is not available to current HSC school leavers. The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) degree is an undergraduate law program available only to graduates who have completed the requirements for a Bachelor degree at a recognised university. Key: B = Bachelor of; F = Full-time; P = Part-time; N/A = Additional selection criteria apply. Note: Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

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If you are a graduate and you are looking to move into a career in law, the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) will provide you with the knowledge and specialist legal skills to propel you into your legal career. The degree gives you a strong background in fundamental legal principles, as well as professional legal skills. This includes the ability to analyse legal material and understand fundamental legal principles, an understanding of the relationship between law and society, general analytical skills for analysing and solving non-legal problems, and specialised study into the Australian legal system. You will develop skills in advocacy, negotiation, legal drafting and legal research.


Student profile

Further Studies Within the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) there is an embedded Honours stream available to high-achieving students. Information about the embedded Honours option will be provided to you as you progress through your Bachelor degree.

What you will study To graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry), you will be required to complete 24 units. The core units you may study in this degree include: Introduction to Law; Law Foundation; Torts Law; Criminal Law; Contracts; Property Law; Constitutional Law; Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics; Equity and Trusts; Remedies; Commercial Transactions Law; Law of Associations; Civil Procedure and Arbitration; Criminal Procedure and Evidence; Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Administrative Law.

Within this degree, you may choose eight LLB (Bachelor of Laws) alternate units (see page 12). For example, you may enrol in the alternate unit Indigenous Australians and the Law. For detailed information about the course structure and units, visit myfuture.uws.edu.au

James Ferguson Currently studying Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Advanced Business Leadership)/Bachelor of Laws Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship recipient Aspire Future leader

Career Opportunities Graduates of Law degrees at UWS have pursued careers, such as: »» solicitor or barrister »» criminal prosecutor »» human rights advocate »» corporate legal advisor in the banking or finance industries »» legal advisor to an interest group, such as the Aboriginal Legal Service »» judge’s associate »» law academic »» non-legal executive in banking, finance, accounting, corporate management, education, publishing, marketing, telecommunications, government or human resource management »» lawyer in government service.

For James Ferguson, the choice to study at UWS was not difficult. “I chose UWS because of the specialised courses on offer and the opportunities to develop myself as a leader through opportunities presented in programs such as Aspire,’’ he says. “I chose my degree because I am passionate about justice. I believe the knowledge and skills that I will gain from my course will equip me to work in industries where I can be an advocate for justice and work for the good of our local, national and international communities. “I’m loving the way I have been challenged academically in my classes. I am also really enjoying the campus life and getting to meet lots of new people. The many opportunities to study overseas and apply for cadetships is exciting and I am looking forward to making new friends.” 1300 897 669 myfuture.uws.edu.au

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Bachelor of Laws (Non-Graduate Entry)

Course

Uac Code

LOCATION

Duration

Atar

Bachelor of Laws (NonGraduate Entry)

725005

Campbelltown

4F/8P

N/A

Advanced Standing – Recognition of Prior Learning If students have successfully completed one full-time year of study at a recognised university, or completed a diploma, they may be granted advanced standing for the eight non-Law electives – reducing the program to three years full-time or six years part-time. PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE Students often engage in work experience during their course, for example, working at the NSW Attorney General’s in legal aid, working under the Summer Clerkship Program with industry, and in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) advisory support scheme. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic (PCJC) and in the Pro Bono Students Australia (PBSA) volunteering program. Entry Requirements This course is not available to current HSC school leavers. Applications will be considered from those having successfully completed one year of full-time study at a recognised university, or completion of a diploma or advanced diploma at TAFE. ACCREDITATION Graduates from this degree are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training. Key: B = Bachelor of; F = Full-time; P = Part-time; N/A = Additional selection criteria apply. Note: Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

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If you are not a university graduate but you have some tertiary study behind you, the Bachelor of Laws (Non-Graduate Entry) is the opportunity you have been waiting for to discover a career in law. This degree gives you a broad liberal legal education with a strong practical orientation. It is designed to equip you with the required knowledge and skills for legal practice. Even if you are not seeking to practise as a lawyer, your learning will be enriched by exposure to the ethos and practice of law.


The course provides you with professional legal skills, including the ability to analyse legal material and understand fundamental legal principles, an understanding of the relationship between law and society, general analytical skills for analysing and solving non-legal problems, and specialised study into the Australian legal system. During the course you will develop skills in advocacy, negotiation, legal drafting and legal research.

Further Studies The Bachelor of Laws (Non-Graduate Entry) has an embedded Honours stream available to high-achieving students. Information about the embedded Honours option will be provided to you as you progress through your Bachelor degree.

Indigenous Australian Studies Enrolment in the Indigenous Australian Studies (IAS) major, sub-major or units is available to all UWS undergraduate students who have open electives. Find out more at studyias.com.au

What you will study To graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (NonGraduate Entry), you will be required to complete 16 core LLB (Bachelor of Law) units, eight LLB alternate units and eight non-Law electives chosen from any nonLaw units offered in another UWS course. If you have completed the equivalent of eight units of non-Law study in another course (whether at UWS or elsewhere) or you have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from TAFE or equivalent then you can be exempted from completing the eight non-Law electives.

The core units you may study in this degree include: Introduction to Law; Law Foundation; Torts Law; Criminal Law; Contracts; Property Law; Constitutional Law; Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics; Equity and Trusts; Remedies; Commercial Transactions Law; Law of Associations; Civil Procedure and Arbitration; Criminal Procedure and Evidence; Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Administrative Law. Within this degree, you may choose eight LLB alternate units (see page 12) plus eight non-Law electives, which may include eight non-Law units from most UWS courses. For detailed information about the course structure and units, visit myfuture.uws.edu.au

Career Opportunities Graduates of Law degrees at UWS have pursued careers, such as: »» solicitor or barrister »» criminal prosecutor »» human rights advocate »» corporate legal advisor in the banking or finance industries »» legal advisor to an interest group, such as the Aboriginal Legal Service »» judge’s associate »» law academic »» non-legal executive in banking, finance, accounting, corporate management, education, publishing, marketing, telecommunications, government or human resource management »» lawyer in government service.

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Law Alternate Units helping you PASS

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Alternate Units may be selected from the following units. Please note that not all LLB Alternate Units are offered in each year or on each campus. UWS reserves the right to add or remove electives from this list at any time during your study.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a student-centred learning program.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Alternate Units

In PASS you will work with other students to understand the content of your unit/s and develop various study strategies to help you improve your academic performance. Through actively working together with other students, you will find that you are more engaged with the content and that your understanding deepens. You will also get to meet other people in your course. Each PASS group is run by a facilitator who has successfully studied the unit previously. PASS is free and voluntary. PASS is open to all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and their academic performance. It is highly recommended whether you are striving for a high distinction or a pass. PASS sessions run for an hour each week throughout the semester. Multiple sessions are offered in larger units and you can attend as many sessions as you wish. If you have any further enquiries please email pass@uws.edu.au

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Alternate Units Advanced Family Law

International Criminal Law

Advanced Taxation Law

International Environmental Law

Advanced Torts and Civil Wrongs

International Moot Court

Advocacy

International Trade Law

Anti-Discrimination Law

Issues in the Criminal Justice System

Banking and Securities Law

Jurisprudence

Bioethics

Land Transactions Law

Clinical Legal Placement

Law of Employment

Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the World

Law, Economics and Business Ethics

Competition Law and Policy

Law Honours Dissertation

Conflicts of Law

Law of International Organisations

Consumer Law and Policy

Law and Public Policy (Development and Implementation)

Corporate Governance

Law of the Sea

Elder Law

Media Law

Family Dispute Resolution

Mediation

Family Law

Medical Malpractice Law

Financial Services Law

Moot Court

Human Rights Law

Planning and Environment Law

Immigration and Refugee Law

Public Health Law

Independent Study (Law)

Public International Law

Indigenous Australians and the Law

Revenue Law

Insolvency Law and Policy

Space Law – Commercial Aspects

Intellectual Property

Wills and Succession

International Business Transactions Law

Work Health and Safety Law

International Climate Law

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Providing Support Through Scholarships

The University of Western Sydney is not only about obtaining an education. We also challenge ourselves to engage students who will get involved and make a difference to the University and wider communities. UWS has a unique set of scholarships on offer with many differing criteria. They reflect our strong commitment to academic excellence and opportunity for Greater Western Sydney students. Our scholarships support students who have diverse interests and skills, and who can and do make an active contribution. UWS works closely with business, industry and the community to ensure we offer scholarships that meet the needs of our students. Our scholarships provide our students with support and give them the opportunity to establish professional relationships while they study. Take the time to examine our scholarships and make the most of your opportunities for success. For details on UWS Scholarships, including the eligibility requirements and how to apply, refer to uws.edu.au/scholarships or call 1300 897 669.

Aspiring Leaders

Future Leaders Aspire at the University of Western SydneyTM is a unique professional development and personal enrichment program that has been specifically designed to cultivate and enhance the leadership qualities of our most gifted students. Through Aspire, you will have the opportunity to be involved in: »» the annual three-day Aspire Welcome Retreat »» professional and personal development workshops »» valuable networking opportunities with the professional community »» VIP Invitations to UWS Open Days and other annual events »» volunteering opportunities through community engagement »» internships and other work experience. Aspire brings together like-minded students, irrespective of degree, and provides the tools to ensure they are positioned to take on every opportunity. Students selected for the Aspire program will automatically receive an Academic Excellence Scholarship valued at up to $20,000 ($5,000 per annum for a maximum 4 years). For details on the Aspire program and eligibility requirements, please refer to theacademy.uws.edu.au or call 1300 897 669.

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Student profile Aleksandra Ilic Currently studying Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Laws Most Outstanding Year 11 recipient Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient Aspire Future Leader Aleksandra Ilic has succinct advice for anyone thinking on coming to university. “Attend Open Day,” she says. “I found the UWS Open Day demonstrations compelling and insightful. “Take the time to speak to the staff and students and ask for their impressions and experiences. Consider - Where do you feel like you belong?’’ Aleksandra says the most significant factors in choosing UWS were the practical emphasis of the Law degree and the approachability and dedication of the School of Law staff. “My experiences across Parramatta and Campbelltown have been defined by the staff. The opportunity to learn from a retired Supreme Court Justice, the Honourable Brian Sully QC, and to have moot court coaching with Simon Kozlina, showed me the School of Law is dedicated to the learning experiences of its students. “I have also appreciated the relatively small class groups in law seminars and quickly formed friendships amongst the law cohort. “The brilliance of the law is that every one of us can find ourselves in it – academia, private practice, in-house, the Bar, the judiciary. Career direction is something we can and do revise constantly. “Remember to be open to the opportunities you are given at UWS, from the Law Review to trying out for mooting competitions, each will make you a better prepared to begin your career.” 14

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Applicant Checklist

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Find out about our courses „„ Read the information within this Guide „„ Talk with Careers Advisors, your parents and teachers/mentors „„ Refer to the Future Students site, visit myfuture.uws.edu.au

Talk to us „„ Attend UWS events – find out more at myfuture.uws.edu.au/events „„ Call the UWS Course Information Centre on 1300 897 669 or email study@uws.edu.au „„ Get the inside information on Alternative Entry Pathways to UWS, UWS Advantage and bonus points, Scholarships and Aspire

Apply to UWS „„ Apply through UAC, visit www.uac.edu.au „„ Place your UWS Preferences „„ Check your eligibility and submit a scholarship application, visit uws.edu.au/scholarships

For International Students If you are an international student completing one of the following qualifications in 2013, you must apply through UAC International: »» an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia »» an International Baccalaureate »» a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 All other international students must apply directly to the University of Western Sydney. UWS International application forms, 2014 International tuition fees and further information about studying in Australia can be found at uws.edu.au/international If you have any questions about applying as an international student call 02 9852 5499 or email internationalstudy@uws.edu.au

For international students, you can lodge your international student application online at www.uac.edu.au/international

The University of Western Sydney reserves the right at all times to withdraw or vary courses listed within this publication. Variations may include but are not limited to location of its courses on UWS campuses or other locations. In the event that a course within this publication is to be changed or withdrawn, applicants will be advised by mail to the address specified by them on their UAC application before the last date for the change of preferences for the main round. In respect of course location change, students should be aware of the need to accommodate such changes for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol. The University also reserves the right to update, amend or replace online versions of this publication without notice. Published 2013. CRICOS Provider Number 00917K

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SEE YOU AT „„ „„ „„ „„ „„ „„

UWS Open Day, 1 September 2013 UWS Campus Tours, September 2013 UWS Day Parramatta, 7 November 2013 UWS Day Penrith, 8 November 2013 Course Decision Day, 3 January 2014 Parent Information Days, July 2014

More information: myfuture.uws.edu.au/events

Interact with us to experience UWS Life Visit the Future Students Site: myfuture.uws.edu.au Visit the Events Mini-Site: myfuture.uws.edu.au/events Find us on Facebook: www.uws.edu.au/facebook Connect with us on Twitter: twitter.com/UWSNews Watch our YouTube videos: www.uws.edu.au/youtube Call the Course Information Centre: 1300 897 669 Email the Course Information Centre: study@uws.edu.au

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UWS AOS Law 2014  

Area of Study brochure for Law courses offered at the University of Western Sydney in 2014

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