Honours

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.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) 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 or Juris Doctor Program
  • 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.
    Example:
    CourseWAM (%)

    Core

    75.15

    Elective

    76.80

    Law Honours
    (75.15 X 60%) + (76.80 x 40%)

    75.81

  • Sufficient performance of research-based assessment tasks 
    To demonstrate this, a student must complete one long substantial piece (i.e. 6uoc research thesis) OR a mininimum three essays 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 Cohort

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**

Semester 1 2011

Honours Cut-off

*Honours WAM

*Honours WAM

*Honours WAM

*Honours WAM

*Honours WAM

*Honours WAM

*Honours WAM

*Honours WAM

Honours Class 1
(top 10%)

79.35%

79.18%

80.36%

81.42%

79.85%

79.46%

78.90%

79.00%

Honours Class 2, Division 1
(next 10%)

77.55%

77.31%

77.94%

77.52%

77.91%

75.40%

76.86%

77.95%

Honours Class 2, Division 2
(next 10%)

76.09%

75.81%

76.40%

73.87%

76.17%

74.03%

75.23%

76.11%

* 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. 


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.

Commonly asked questions are answered on the Honours FAQ's page.

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 available here.