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Proposed new law degree for Curtin University

Media release

The development of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree has been granted internal approval by the Curtin University Council.

The proposed degree would be offered through Curtin Business School (CBS).

Vice-Chancellor Jeanette Hacket said the full course proposal will now be developed and submitted for approval, both internally and from the Legal Practice Board in Western Australia.

“Curtin will work closely with the Legal Practice Board to ensure the proposed Bachelor of Laws exceeds statutory requirements,” Professor Hacket said.

“We will also seek to have full industry accreditation for the Bachelor of Laws from the outset, before any student intake occurs,” she said.

“It is proposed that Curtin’s Bachelor of Laws would provide students with flexible study pathways and a variety of double degree programs specially focussed on the needs of industry.” 

Professor Paul Fairall has been appointed as Foundation Dean-Designate of Law to oversee the establishment of the new program.

He was previously the Foundation Dean of Law at the University of South Australia, advancing their Law School from the proposal stage to student intake in the space of one year.

Professor Fairall said he hoped to establish similar success with Curtin’s Bachelor of Laws.

“CBS is Western Australia’s largest business school, offering a comprehensive range of business courses,” he said.

“The addition of a Bachelor of Laws will build on the strengths of CBS and complement its existing discipline areas.”

Associate Professor Chris Finn, who worked closely with Professor Fairall in his previous roles, has been appointed to assist with the development of the program framework.

Note to editors:

About Professor Paul Fairall

Professor Fairall has been appointed Foundation Dean-Designate of Law at Curtin University.
Professor Fairall is one of Australia’s longest serving law deans.  He recently completed a five year term as Foundation Dean of Law at the University of South Australia, which after only four years produced its first law graduates and a world class research ranking in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative. He has also served as Dean of Law at the University of Adelaide and James Cook University. 

Contact:
Gracie Daniel, Public Relations Consultant, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 3353, Email: gracie.daniel@curtin.edu.au

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