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Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for international students

Award grantedBachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length5 years full time
Next available intake

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

Indicative annual fee 2015$25,470* AUD
CRICOS course code060431B
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code D335
VTAC Codes1400415303 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400515303 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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*Offered Burwood (Melbourne) only


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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws brings together two independent degrees and combines them in an attractive five-year combined course.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to produce first-class commercial lawyers. It provides studies in each of the major areas of legal practice together with an emphasis on practical legal skills training. The course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria.
The Bachelor of Laws may be awarded at honours level.

Combining law with criminology will provide you with broad theoretical and 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. Topic areas include crime, justice, security and surveillance.
You will have the opportunity to complete the Criminology Practicum in your final year of study, a unit that brings the professions to the classroom (including online via the ‘cloud’) with practitioner-driven seminars, activities bridging theory and practice, and the development of an e-portfolio that can be used for employment or career development.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, 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 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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Career opportunities

A Law degree, especially when combined with another degree, such as Arts, Commerce, Management, Criminology 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 Criminology and Bachelor of Laws.

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Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws students must complete 40 credit points of study.


Students will undertake 16 credit point in the Faculty of Arts and Education and 24 credit points in the Faculty of Business and Law. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Criminology (A329) and Bachelor of Laws (M312) must be satisfied.


Criminology: Students must complete 16 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Education including at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302.


Law: Students must complete 24 credit points in the Bachelor of Laws, including 21 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of elective units. In addition, students are required to complete the prescribed Professional Experience in order to be eligible to graduate.

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Course structure

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws D335



(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.

(iv) On completion of ACR303, students will be granted 7 days credit towards the Professional Experience component of the Bachelor of Laws

Level 1

Trimester 1

MLL110 Legal Principles and Skills  

MLL111 Contract  

ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology  

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


Trimester 2

MLL214 Criminal Law  

MLL215 Commercial Law  

ACR102 Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice  

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


Level 2

Trimester 1

MLL213 Torts  

MLL218 Criminal Procedure  

ACR201 Issues in Criminal Justice  

ACR203 Crime, Victims and Justice  


Trimester 2

MLL217 Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts  

MLL323 Constitutional Law  

ACR202 Criminology Theory  

ACR204 Crime, Media and Justice  



Level 3

Trimester 1

MLL221 Corporate Law  

MLL327 Property  

ACR301 International and Comparative Criminal Justice  

Plus one of the following:

ACR210 Crime, Surveillance and Society  *

ACR211 Crime Prevention and Security  *

ACR212 Crime, Surveillance and Technology  **

ACR213 Crime, Terrorism and Security  **


Trimester 2

MLL325 Land Law  

MLL335 Legal Practice and Ethics  

ACR302 Criminology Research  

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


Level 4

Trimester 1

MLL405 Equity and Trusts  

Plus one (1) Law elective unit

Plus two (2) units from the following:

ACR210 Crime, Surveillance and Society  *

ACR211 Crime Prevention and Security  *

ACR212 Crime, Surveillance and Technology  **

ACR213 Crime, Terrorism and Security  **


Trimester 2

MLL334 Evidence  

MLL391 Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution  

ACR303 Criminology Practicum  (2 credit points)


Level 5

Trimester 1

MLL324 Administrative Law  

MLL410 Intellectual Property  

Plus two (2) Law elective units


Trimester 2

MLL342 Workplace Law  

MLL406 Taxation  

MLL409 Competition Law and Policy  

MLL411 Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion  


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

MLL315 Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes  

MLL316 Mining and Energy Law  

MLL317 Superannuation Law  

MLL319 Sentencing Law and Practice  

MLL336 International Commercial Law  

MLL344 Chinese Commercial Law  

MLL351 Law Clinic  

MLL355 International Litigation and Dispute Settlement  

MLL377 International Law  

MLL382 Indian Law  

MLL408 Family Law  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Alternate exits

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

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