Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of International Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$8,523 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education


Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 5227 1359


Burwood (Melbourne): 9246 8100


Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers 

Tel: 9244 6555


Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 92.10
Waterfront (Geelong): 85.30
CRICOS course code075600M
VTAC Codes1400415331 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515331 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D323

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

There has been a pronounced internationalisation of the practice of law in the last decade, so this course is designed for students seeking a broader education and an international edge for their future career. The study is based on an international orientation, and students will have a commitment to studying at an overseas university or taking up an internship with an overseas organisation. This course will enable students to: develop their understanding of the international forces shaping government, business and community life in contemporary Australia; analyse and interpret these forces; develop cross-cultural competencies through an internationally oriented curriculum; participate in an international study experience; and learn the principles of 'the internationalisation of the law'. 

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 International Studies and Bachelor of Laws.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies, students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 24 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law and 16 credit points from the Faculty of Arts. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Laws (M312)  and the Bachelor of International Studies (A326) 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 must also complete the prescribed Professional Experience in order to be eligible to graduate.

For students who commenced from 2014 onwards, the 16 credit points from the Bachelor of International Studies include 6 credit points of core units, an 8 credit point major sequence and an approved international experience (2 credit points minimum) which is expected to be completed in the third or fourth year of the course.

For students who commenced between 2012 and 2013, the 16 credit points from the Bachelor of International Studies include 4 credit points of core units, an 8 credit point major sequence and an approved international experience (2 to 4 credit points) which is expected to be completed in the third or fourth year of the course.

Course structure


To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry Bachelor of Laws (M312) or Bachelor of International Studies (A326).

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 International Studies and the 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

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.


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.