Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for international students

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Year2017 course information
Award grantedBachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws
Campus

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)/Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool (first three years of course only)

Cloud CampusYes
Length5 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)*

*Intake only available at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) and Cloud (online)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code015206G
English language requirements

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

VTAC Codes1400414013 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514013 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714013 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Deakin course code D312
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

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.

Fees and charges

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.

Career opportunities

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, in government services or industrial relations. You may also find roles 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.

Course rules

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 21 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of elective units. In addition, students are required to complete the prescribed Professional Experience requirement in order to be eligible to graduate.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts include 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.

Course structure

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.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Arts (A300)
Bachelor of Laws (M312)

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.