Please note that the Faculty's Honours policy is currently under review. The information below is for students who commenced their LLB studies in 2014 or earlier. Details of the new policy will be provided as soon as the policy has been finalised.
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.
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree will be awarded with the following levels of Honours:
- Honours Class 1
- Honours Class 2, Division 1
- Honours Class 2, Division 2
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 all degree requirements of the Dual Law or Graduate Law
- Attainment of the Honours Weighted Average Mark (WAM) in law
From Semester 1 2010 onwards, Honours WAM is calculated using the WAM from core courses as 60% of the Honours WAM and the WAM from elective courses as 40% of Honours WAM.
Course WAM (%)
(75.15 X 60%) + (76.80 x 40%)
Sufficient performance of research-based assessment tasks
To demonstrate this, a student must complete one long substantial piece (i.e. 6uoc research thesis) OR research assessment tasks with a cumulative total of 9000 words or more (i.e. 3000 words or more each) in their program that is awarded a credit (65%) or more. Please remember to collect and keep original copies of research papers that are eligible for Honours Nomination.
- Not been found guilty of plagiarism or serious misconduct on more than one occasion and not more than one failure in the law program
IMPORTANT: Effective from S1 2013, research essays completed while on Exchange or through cross-institutional study will NOT be accepted for the purpose of Honours Nomination.
Historical Information regarding Honours WAM cut-offs
Following is the WAM cut-off history for previous graduating cohorts:
|Semester 1 2015||Semester 2 2014 & Summer 2015 **||Semester 1 2014|
Semester 2 2013 & Summer 2014**
|Semester 1 2013|
Semester 2 2012 & Summer 2013**
Semester 1 2012
Semester 2 2011 & Summer 2012**
Honours Class 1 (top 10%) ^
Honours Class 2, Division 1
Honours Class 2, Division 2
* Starting Semester 1 2010, Honours cut-off will be calculated based on Honours WAM, NOT Law WAM
**Students completing in Summer semester will be compared against the preceding semester 2 honours cut-off.
^ In general terms, as determined by the Academic Quality Assurance Committee.
Students should use past cut-offs as a guide only as WAM cut-offs are likely to vary from cohort to cohort depending on the overall performance of a particular graduating cohort.
Still have questions? More information on UNSW Law Honours can be found from the latest Information Sheet here.
Only students in their final semester of study who wish to be considered for the award of Honours should apply to Law Student Services by completing the Honours nomination form for semester 2 2015 and Summer 2015/16.