Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies

Course summary for local students

Year2016 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 2016$8,447 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education

 

Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

 

Burwood (Melbourne): 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

 

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers 

Tel: 9244 6555

Email: buslaw@deakin.edu.au

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

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying place
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course. Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or the full fee paying annual indicative course fee shown in the table above 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. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study Load and unit fee

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. You can find the unit fee, credit point and EFTSL value for each unit by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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 one zero credit point induction unit and 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

Units

To assist you in following the course rules:

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


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 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 http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/law/students/alset.php

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.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.