Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Undergraduate degree

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Key facts

English language requirements

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Combining an Arts degree with a Law degree enhances students' understanding of the context in which the law operates. In this combined Arts/Law course students can choose to study areas such as history, sociology, philosophy, politics or literature in addition to studies in Law. 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
  • 8 credit points of law elective units

 

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts include:-

  • Level 3 - at least 4 credit points
  • either two major sequences, or a major sequence and a minor sequence
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

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

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.

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

Mandatory Student Checks

Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

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.

Participation Requirements

Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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:

  • The Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of a minimum of 4 credit points (equivalent of one trimester/semester of full-time study) successfully completed at an accredited higher education institution. These studies need to be undertaken at a minimum Bachelor degree level (AQF Level 7 or above) and completed within the past 10 years. The current minimum WAM required for entry per campus is as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
    • 60% Cloud campus
  • The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – This is a multiple choice test for applicants who do not have a WAM as described above. The current minimum STAT Multiple Choice percentile rank required for entry per campus is as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus                            
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus     
    • 60% Cloud campus                                
  • Applicants who have a current WAM may still sit the STAT to improve their eligibility for admission if they wish. Under these circumstances, the applicants’ WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.

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 first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 831.4KB) - 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
To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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

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

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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.

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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

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