Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for local students

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

Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) 

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

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

* Burwood (Melbourne) only

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education
Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Faculty of Arts and Education: Course Director
Chad Whelan, +61 3 522 72594, chad.whelan@deakin.edu.au

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

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 92.15
Waterfront (Geelong) - off campus: 85.75
Waterfront (Geelong): 85.75
VTAC Codes1400415301 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515301 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code060431B
Deakin course code D335

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

You’ll explore the meaning of crime and justice to graduate with a highly-regarded law degree from one of Victoria’s leading law schools. Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws brings together two independent degrees in an attractive five-year combined course.

Deakin Law School has been ranked among Victoria’s top three law schools by the prestigious QS World University Rankings (2014). Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is designed to produce first-class commercial lawyers and provides studies in each of the major areas of legal practice, with an emphasis on practical legal skills training.

Combining law with criminology means you’ll gain broad theoretical, 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.

Our Bachelor of Laws satisfies the university requirements to become an Australian Lawyer, as set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, you’ll be required to work as a legal trainee for one year, or to undertake a practical legal training course.

In the criminology stream you’ll learn about the various theoretical approaches that shape our understanding of crime in contemporary society. You’ll become familiar with the criminal justice system, crime prevention and security, criminal and civil law, the laws of evidence and crime prevention.

As a graduate you can choose to pursue a career as a lawyer, or to take on business and management roles in a range of corporate and private organisations and government agencies. Opportunities exist within state and federal police, ASIO (Australia’s national security service) and various correctional services, community services and private security industries.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become a barrister and solicitor in Victoria 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 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, 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.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Criminology/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 Criminology (A329) 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 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Criminology include at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units (including the core units  ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302) and up to 4 credit points of electives units selected from the Faculty of Arts and Education.

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws include 21 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of elective units. Students must also complete one zero credit point induction unit and the prescribed Professional Experience in order to be eligible to graduate.

Course structure

Units

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws D335

Notes:


(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.

Level 1

Trimester 1

MLL110Legal Principles and Skills

MLL111Contract

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology

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

Trimester 2

MLL214Criminal Law

MLL215Commercial Law

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

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

Level 2

Trimester 1

MLL213Torts

MLL218Criminal Procedure

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

Trimester 2

MLL217Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

MLL323Constitutional Law

ACR202Criminology Theory

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

Level 3

Trimester 1

MLL221Corporate Law

MLL327Property

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

Plus one of the following:

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Trimester 2

MLL325Land Law

MLL335Legal Practice and Ethics

ACR302Criminology Research

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

Level 4

Trimester 1

MLL405Equity and Trusts

Plus one (1) Law elective unit

Plus two (2) units from the following:

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Trimester 2

MLL334Evidence

MLL391Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution

ACR303Criminology Practicum (2 credit points)

Level 5

Trimester 1

MLL324Administrative Law

MLL410Intellectual Property

Plus two (2) Law elective units

Trimester 2

MLL342Workplace Law

MLL406Taxation

MLL409Competition Law and Policy

MLL411Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion

 

Elective units

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

MLL315Personal Injuries Compensation Schemes

MLL316Mining and Energy Law

MLL317Superannuation Law

MLL319Sentencing Law and Practice

MLL328Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice

MLL329Financial Services Regulation

MLL330Health Law

MLL336International Commercial Law

MLL344/MLT344Chinese Commercial Law #

MLL351Legal Internship

MLL355International Litigation and Dispute Settlement

MLL377International Law

MLL382Indian Law

MLL408Family Law

MLT366International Alternative Dispute Resolution #

#MLT code denotes study tour version of the unit

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 Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws. Year 12 applicants must meet the prerequisite 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 Criminology (A329)
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.