Future students

Course search


Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for local students

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

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

Indicative annual fee 2015$8,580 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education
Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


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
Waterfront (Geelong) Tel 03 5227 1277
Email enqblg@deakin.edu.au

CRICOS course code060431B
VTAC Codes1400415301 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515301 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D335

* Burwood (Melbourne) only


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

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.

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 Council of Legal Education (COLE).  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.

Back to top

Fees and charges

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s 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.

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.

Back to top

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.

Back to top

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  

Back to top


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/future-students/scholarships/alfred-deakin.php.

Back to top

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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Back to top

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

Back to top

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.

Back to top

How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) study in Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).


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.

Back to top

Alternate exits

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

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

8th June 2007