Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for local students

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

Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool (first three years of course only), Cloud (Online)

 

Cloud CampusYes
Length5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$8,734 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

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 Arts and Education

 

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477
artsed@deakin.edu.au

 

Burwood (Melbourne)

Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

 

Warrnambool

Tel 03 5563 3314

artsed@deakin.edu.au

 

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

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code015206G
VTAC Codes1400414011 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514011 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614011 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714011 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D312

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

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.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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, 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.

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.


Scholarships

The Alfred Deakin Scholarships in Law were introduced in 2001, which was the Centenary of Australia's Federation. Alfred Deakin, after whom the University is named, was Australia's second Prime Minister and our first Attorney General. A small number of these elite scholarships are awarded to high achieving students admitted to the Bachelor of Laws, as a single degree or law component when combined with another degree.  Please refer to the following link for further information: http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/scholarships-and-awards/alfred-deakin-scholarships.

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. Year 12 applicants must meet the prerequisite of Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. Entry for non-school leavers will be based on ALSET results, GPA from Bachelor level or postgraduate studies from courses undertaken during or after 2003.  For information on the ALSET please visit https://www.deakin.edu.au/law/students/alset

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

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.