Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

You’ll explore the meaning of crime and justice to graduate with a highly-regarded law degree from one of Victoria’s leading law schools. Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws brings together two independent degrees in an attractive five-year combined course.

Deakin Law School has been ranked among Victoria’s top three law schools by the prestigious QS World University Rankings (2017) and is the only School to hold a 5-star ranking. Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is designed to produce first-class commercial lawyers and provides knowledge in each of the major areas of legal practice, with an emphasis on practical legal skills training.

Combining law with criminology means you’ll gain broad theoretical, applied knowledge and skills concerning the meaning of crime; the forms, causes and consequences of crime; the different institutions and processes involved in preventing and controlling crime; policy development, policing and security; and related fields.

Our Bachelor of Laws satisfies the university requirements to become an Australian Lawyer, as set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, you’ll be required to work as a legal trainee for one year, or to undertake a practical legal training course.

In the criminology stream you’ll learn about the various theoretical approaches that shape our understanding of crime in contemporary society. You’ll become familiar with the criminal justice system, crime prevention and security, criminal and civil law, the laws of evidence and crime prevention.

As a graduate you can choose to pursue a career as a lawyer, or to take on business and management roles in a range of corporate and private organisations and government agencies. Opportunities exist within state and federal police, ASIO (Australia’s national security service) and various correctional services, community services and private security industries.

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Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Burwood: 91.05
Waterfront: 84.35

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) 

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Please note: Students enrolled in this combined course at Geelong will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong)

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

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws

Year

2018 course information

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VTAC code

1400415301 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515301 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code

D335

CRICOS code

060431B

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.

Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Criminology/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 Criminology (A329) 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 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Criminology include at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units (including the core units  ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302), AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) and up to 4 credit points of electives units selected from the Faculty of Arts and Education.

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

16

Credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Education

24

Credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law

40

Total credit points

Units

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws D335

Notes:

(i) From 2014, most Criminology ASL coded units have been replaced with Criminology ACR coded units.

(ii) Continuing Criminology students who commenced prior to 2014 to contact Student Support Office for re-enrolment advice and to review Course Plans.

(iii) Law electives are offered on a yearly rotational basis.  Not every unit is offered every year.

Level 1

Trimester 1

  • Legal Principles and Skills MLL110
  • Contract MLL111
  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101
  • Plus one (1) Criminology elective unit chosen from Faculty of Arts and Education units

    Trimester 2

  • Criminal Law MLL214
  • Commercial Law MLL215
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102
  • Plus one (1) Criminology elective unit chosen from Faculty of Arts and Education units

    Level 2

    Trimester 1

  • Torts MLL213
  • Criminal Procedure MLL218
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Trimester 2

  • Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts MLL217
  • Constitutional Law MLL323
  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Level 3

    Trimester 1

  • Corporate Law MLL221
  • Property MLL327
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301
  • Plus one of the following:

  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR210 *
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211 *
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212 **
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR213 **
  • Trimester 2

  • Land Law MLL325
  • Legal Practice and Ethics MLL335
  • Criminology Research ACR302
  • Plus one (1) Criminology elective unit chosen from Faculty of Arts and Education units

    Level 4

    Trimester 1

  • Equity and Trusts MLL405
  • Plus one (1) Law elective unit

    Plus two (2) units from the following:

  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR210 *
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211 *
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212 **
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR213 **
  • Trimester 2

  • Evidence MLL334
  • Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution MLL391
  • Criminology Practicum ACR303 (2 credit points)
  • Level 5

    Trimester 1

  • Administrative Law MLL324
  • Plus three (3) Law elective units

    Trimester 2

    Choose four (4) Law elective units

    Elective units

    Elective Criminology units

    Students are able to complete up to four credit points of study in any Faculty of Arts and Education unit.  Students may also wish to note that the following units, ACR210, ACR211, ACR212, and ACR213 rotate between Trimester 1 and Trimester 3.

    *ACR210, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2018, 2020, Trimester 3 2017, 2019.

    **ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2018, 2020, Trimester 1 2017, 2019.

    Elective Law units

  • Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes MLL315
  • Mining and Energy Law MLL316
  • Superannuation Law MLL317
  • Sentencing Law and Practice MLL319
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice MLL328
  • Financial Services Regulation MLL329
  • Health Law MLL330
  • International Commercial Law MLL336
  • Workplace Law MLL342
  • MLL344/MLT344Chinese Commercial Law #
  • Legal Internship MLL351
  • International Litigation and Dispute Settlement MLL355
  • International Law MLL377
  • Indian Law MLL382
  • Taxation MLL406
  • Family Law MLL408
  • Competition Law and Policy MLL409
  • Intellectual Property MLL410
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution MLT366 #
  • #MLT code denotes study tour version of the unit

    Entry requirements

    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.

    Students must meet the requirements for entry to both Bachelor of Criminology/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.

     

    Professional Recognition

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become a barrister and solicitor in Victoria 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 course.

    Career outcomes

    A Law degree, especially when combined with another degree, such as Arts, Commerce, Management, Criminology 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 Criminology and Bachelor of Laws.

    Course learning outcomes

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

    How to apply

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    Course 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

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Arts and Education
    Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Faculty of Arts and Education: Course Director
    Chad Whelan, +61 3 522 72594, chad.whelan@deakin.edu.au

    Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Support Office.

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    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.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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.

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    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.


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