Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award grantedBachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws
Campus

Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) 

Cloud (online)Yes
Duration5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code060431B
Deakin course codeD335

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

Course sub-headings

Course 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 (2014). Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is designed to produce first-class commercial lawyers and provides studies 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.

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.

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Criminology (A329)
Bachelor of Laws (M312)

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,403Not applicable$30,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

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)
  • up to 4 credit points of elective units from the Faculty of Arts and Education.

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws include:-

  • 21 credit points of core units
  • 3 credit points of elective units
  • prescribed Professional Experience
  • MCA010 Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)

Course structure

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

MLL110Legal Principles and Skills

MLL111Contract

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology

Plus one (1) Criminology elective unit chosen from Faculty of Arts and Education units

Trimester 2

MLL214Criminal Law

MLL215Commercial Law

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

Plus one (1) Criminology elective unit chosen from Faculty of Arts and Education units

Level 2

Trimester 1

MLL213Torts

MLL218Criminal Procedure

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

Trimester 2

MLL217Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

MLL323Constitutional Law

ACR202Criminology Theory

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

Level 3

Trimester 1

MLL221Corporate Law

MLL327Property

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

Plus one of the following:

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Trimester 2

MLL325Land Law

MLL335Legal Practice and Ethics

ACR302Criminology Research

Plus one (1) Criminology elective unit chosen from Faculty of Arts and Education units

Level 4

Trimester 1

MLL405Equity and Trusts

Plus one (1) Law elective unit

Plus two (2) units from the following:

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Trimester 2

MLL334Evidence

MLL391Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution

ACR303Criminology Practicum (2 credit points)

Level 5

Trimester 1

MLL324Administrative Law

MLL410Intellectual Property

Plus two (2) Law elective units

Trimester 2

MLL342Workplace Law

MLL406Taxation

MLL409Competition Law and Policy

MLL411Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion

 

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 2014, 2016, Trimester 3 2015, 2017.

**ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2014, 2016, Trimester 1 2015, 2017.

Elective Law units

MLL315Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes

MLL316Mining and Energy Law

MLL317Superannuation Law

MLL319Sentencing Law and Practice

MLL328Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice

MLL329Financial Services Regulation

MLL330Health Law

MLL336International Commercial Law

MLL344/MLT344Chinese Commercial Law #

MLL351Legal Internship

MLL355International Litigation and Dispute Settlement

MLL377International Law

MLL382Indian Law

MLL408Family Law

MLT366International Alternative Dispute Resolution #

#MLT code denotes study tour version of the unit