In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology’s new Law School is expecting its first intake of students with offers going out to high achieving students today.

Swinburne’s innovative law course, which will be offered for the first time in 2015, will debut in the VTAC offers with clearly-in ATAR score of 90.25, reflecting strong student demand for the new degree.

Swinburne’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) has a distinctive orientation towards commercial law with a unique specialisation in intellectual property law.

This specialisation will equip students for careers in the new knowledge economy, giving them the skills to work in media and entertainment, design, branding and advertising, and in internet companies and firms advising information-dependent industries.

Swinburne Law School Dean, Professor Dan Hunter, said despite receiving formal approval from the Board of Legal Studies late in 2014 to offer the law degree, Swinburne Law School will be welcoming its first intake of students in the first semester of 2015.

“Swinburne is different from other schools, and the response from students has validated the innovative design of our degree. By focusing on the university’s vision to be a leader in science, technology and innovation, we’ve attracted an outstanding cohort of students,” said Professor Hunter.

“Students in our inaugural class are going to have a wonderful experience, with small classes and an emphasis on practical skills. We can’t wait to welcome them and begin making them the best lawyers they can possibly be.”

Students wanting to study law at Swinburne will need an ATAR of 90.55 to do a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). For those doing double degrees the ATAR ranges from 90.25 for Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business to 91.25 for Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science.

Swinburne’s initial law intake will comprise around 100 commencing students. While most of these places will be offered to high-achieving Swinburne students transferring into a double degree with law, Swinburne has made 40 offers through VTAC.

Two students with outstanding VCE results will be receiving a helping hand with scholarships to cover their university tuition fees while studying law at Swinburne. To coincide with the launch of the new Law School, Swinburne is offering a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for academic excellence and a Dean’s Scholarship.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is for a student who has achieved an ATAR score of at least 95, while those receiving the Dean’s Scholarship will have achieved an ATAR of at least 93.

The Vice-Chancellor’s and the Dean’s scholarships provide recipients with between $2500 and $5000 per annum for the normal duration of their chosen course, plus a one-off payment of $2000 towards an international study experience.

Students interested either in studying law, or a combined law degree at Swinburne, can call 1300 275 794 for further information.