Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Become an expert at communications knowledge and develop critical analysis skills with a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree. Apply today.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent

Duration

5 years full time

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)~, Warrnambool (first two years of course only)

Course information

Combining an Arts degree with a Law degree enhances your understanding of the context in which the law operates. In the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws course you will study core units of study in Law including Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Contract, Legal Practice and Ethics, Taxation, Society and Civil Rights. You will also be able to study areas such as history, sociology, philosophy, politics or literature through the Arts component of the degree.

Studies in the Arts enables you to develop some of the most important skills a student can gain at University – becoming an expert at managing and communicating knowledge and developing critical analysis skills and systematic thinking. This course will provide a combination of a broad range of specialised and general skills often demanded by today’s employers.

The Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business and Law are responsible for this combined course, which leads to the awards of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, students must attain a total of 40 credit points, consisting of 16 credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Education and 24 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts (A300) and the Bachelor of Laws (M312) must be satisfied.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws include 16 credit points of core units and 8 credit points of law elective units.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts include AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit), a minimum of 4 credit points at level 3 and either two major sequences, or a major sequence and a minor sequence as described in the Bachelor of Arts, must also be completed.

16

Credit points from Faculty of Arts and Education

24

Credit points from Faculty of Business and Law

40

Total credit points

Units

To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Arts (A300) and Bachelor of Laws (M312) to view the units to be completed.

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws
Year
2018 course information
VTAC code
1400414013 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514013 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714013 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
D312
CRICOS code
015206G
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)~
    • Warrnambool (First two years of course only)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)~
    • Cloud Campus

~Students enrolled at Waterfront (Geelong) will be required to undertake some units at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

 

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in

  • Successful completion of 4 credit points or more at an accredited higher education institution with a minimum WAM of 60 or equivalent, OR
  • Achievement of at least 60% in the STAT (Multiple Choice).

If non-school leaver applicants do not have GPA/WAM as described they should sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version)*. STAT is a test developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and is designed to assess an individual's ability to analyse information and think critically.

Applicants who do have a previous WAM/GPA can also sit the STAT if they wish, however they cannot have their WAM/GPA omitted for 100% STAT result.  The STAT result will be given a 50% weighting in circumstances where applicants have a recent WAM.

Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.

*From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin will accept ALSET test results in lieu of STAT until the end of 2019.

For further details on STAT including booking and preparing for your STAT, please visit the VTAC website.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

 

Helpful information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

A Law degree, especially when combined with another degree, such as Arts, Commerce, Management or Science, is a qualification that offers unequalled career opportunities. As an alternative to practising as a barrister or solicitor, you may enter many areas of work including business and management roles in a wide range of organisations, government services, and industrial relations. You may find a role in research, public administration, diplomatic service, the media, legal aid, law reform or teaching either in schools or universities.

 

For further information on career outcomes for this combined course, see the entries for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, a person seeking entry is required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of each of the single degrees.

Application information

How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

Apply Through VTAC

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

Entry pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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Disclaimers:
Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

Alternative exits

Credit for prior learning

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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