External Law Degree
Want to study Law, but still need the flexibility? At CDU, more than 80 per cent of our law students study with us online.
Our external degree program utilises the latest online technologies to ensure that your learning experience will be as complete, convenient and fulfilling as an on-campus student would experience.
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As an external law student you will be able to access several online resources, which will help you with your studies. These resources include:
The university’s online learning system is Learnline*, a student-only access area of the university’s website powered by the latest Blackboard software.
Our Law Discipline teaching materials (lecture notes, study guides, tutorial problems, essay topics and so on) for all subjects are available online via Learnline and is also available through CDU Mobile.
CDU Mobile is a free app which gives you access learnline and other useful apps significant to CDU via your mobile phone.
CDU Mobile is available to download from Google Play (Andriod) and the App Store (Apple).
You can also interact with lecturers and tutors by individual or group email, participate in electronic discussion board forums, undertake online self-tuition revision tests, and check your grades.
You can even submit essays electronically using Blackboard’s Digital Drop Box.
*You can access Learnline as a guest by clicking the ‘Preview’ button on the Learnline login screen.
Streaming audio lectures
All lectures in units offered externally will be made available online progressively through the semester as Windows Media Audio files and as MP3 for download.
In this way you are able to listen to lectures almost as if you were attending on-campus.
In fact in some ways it’s better, because you can listen to the lecture whenever it suits your own schedule, listen to it again for revision, and pause the audio whenever you like (so you can ‘surf’ to relevant case law or legislation using the online lecture notes associated with the lecture audio, or just so you can go and make a cup of coffee).
You will be expected to participate in weekly online tutorials in all core academic law units.
Online tutorials are generally scheduled on a weekday evening, and are conducted using the latest ‘voice-chat’ technology called Collaborate.
Using a headset microphone (available from most electronics stores), you will be able to speak and listen to your tutor and other students while ‘workshopping’ tutorial problems dealing with aspects of the unit of work being covered during that week.
You must have intermediate computer skills to setup Collaborate and trouble shoot if necessary.
Virtual law library
The Law Discipline subscribes to a wide variety of online law reports and other subscription services (see CDU Library Law Databases), allowing you to access many of the resources of the on-campus law library from your computer desktop.
Access to the databases is by password using your student ID number once you are an enrolled student.
Additional readings and case extracts may also be made available in individual subjects in PDF Acrobat format.
Of course, there are still many texts and other resources that it simply isn’t practical to put online, so there is still some advantage in having access to a physical law library.
However, the university’s external law degree program has been designed especially with the needs of remote and regional students in mind.
As many resources as possible are made available online, and due allowance is made for students who have no access at all to a physical law library.