Honours (Students commencing 2015 or after) | Law

Honours (Students commencing 2015 or after)

Honours in Law provides a mark of distinction and is awarded to UNSW Law graduates of the highest calibre. Honours is a recognition both in Australia and internationally of the quality of Law graduates. Juris Doctor students are eligible to graduate with Distinction - please see Juris Doctor with Distinction.  

Eligibility and entry into Law (Honours)

The Faculty’s Honours policy was reviewed in 2015. Students who commenced their UNSW LLB in or after 2015 who wish to graduate with LLB (Honours) will be required to transfer to the LLB (Honours) program. Students who commenced the LLB in or before 2014 and meet the eligibility criteria may transfer to the new LLB (Honours) program if they wish.

LLB students eligible to transfer to the LLB (Honours) program are those who, at the time of making their application:

a)     have successfully completed a minimum of 96 UOC of LLB courses (i.e., based on the standard progression of a dual award LLB student, they will be entering their final year);

b)     have successfully completed at least 84 UOC of core LLB courses which can include the prescribed elective (special arrangements will need to be made for any transfer students who have been given credit for core courses);

c)     have a minimum of 12 UOC of LLB courses still to complete at UNSW (students seeking to go on exchange will need to ensure they apply with sufficient UNSW LLB electives remaining); and

d)     have a WAM in their core LLB courses (including the prescribed elective, if applicable) of 75.00 or above.

Students entering the LLB (Honours) will be given full credit for all LLB courses completed.

How to apply

To apply for entry to Law Honours you need to lodge a Law Honours application.

This application is to facilitate assessment of your eligibility for Honours. Law Student Services will calculate your Honours WAM and the Law Honours Coordinator needs to consider your thesis topic and proposed supervisor as well as approve your admission to the Honours Program.

Honours Requirements

To be awarded Honours in Law, students are not required to complete an additional year. Honours in Law is based on academic excellence throughout the degree.

There are FOUR criteria relevant for awarding Honours:

  • Completion of a mandatory Research Methods Workshop
  • Completion of a supervised 6 UOC ‘Honours Research Thesis’. The research thesis will be of 10,000 - 12,000 words, including footnotes.  To complete the thesis, students will be enrolled in LAWS3901- Honours Research Thesis
  • Completion of all remaining LLB compulsory and elective courses necessary for graduation
  • Attainment of the Honours Weighted Average Mark (WAM) in Law

Honours WAM will be calculated using the WAM from all non-Honours, graded LLB courses taken at UNSW as 75% of the Honours WAM, and the WAM from the Honours Research Thesis as 25% of the Honours WAM.



WAM (%)

Graded LLB courses taken at UNSW


Honours Research Thesis


Law Honours
(75.15 X 75%) + (76.00 x 25%)


Classes of Honours

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree will be awarded as follows:

  • Honours Class 1: Honours WAM of 80.00 or greater
  • Honours Class 2: Honours WAM between 75.00 and 79.99
  • Honours Class 3: Honours WAM below 75.00

NOTE: Students eligible only for Class 3 Honours will be given the option of transferring back to the pass-level LLB program and graduating with an LLB.