Bachelor of Information Systems /Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Laws
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$9,757 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

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

VTAC Codes1400416321 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400516321 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400616321 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D367

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Combining degrees in Information Systems and Law will give you qualifications in both disciplines and an opportunity to explore the many ways in which business, technology, digital information and the law now intersect.

This degree is designed to prepare you to practise law in the ‘Information Age’, where information is easily captured and used by organisations or individuals and technological innovation is challenging the boundaries of privacy and security. The course prepares you for new cutting-edge careers in legal practice brought about by one of the greatest periods of innovation driven by technology.

IS focuses on the business side of technology. It looks at the way that businesses structure their systems of information and the various ways that people and organisations make use of technology to improve their businesses and the way they work.

The role of an IS professional concentrates on applying technology and strategic decision-making to the job of managing vast quantities of a business’s information. This course gives you the skills to analyse existing information systems, develop new systems and find solutions to common IS management issues.

Professional accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) means your IS degree is recognised in industry, resulting in better job outcomes.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) gives you the robust training and recognised qualifications you need to launch your career as a first-class legal practitioner. You’ll get sound university training in all of the major areas of legal practice, such as contract, torts, business, and criminal law. Throughout the degree you’ll develop legal skills including negotiation, mediation, preparing for court appearances, legal drafting, and statutory interpretation. You will also benefit from professional work experience and law clinics.

The law stream of this degree satisfies the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer. You will then complete an additional year of work placement as a legal trainee, or undertake a practical legal training course.

A combined course such as this offers you the chance to broaden your career opportunities after graduation and find a unique area of specialisation. 

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

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 (FFP)
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 current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

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 fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, 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 combined course such as the Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Laws offers you the chance to broaden your career opportunities after graduation.  For further information on career outcomes for this combined course, see the entries for Bachelor of Information Systems and Bachelor of Laws.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Laws students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Information Systems and 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) 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 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.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Information Systems include 16 credit points of core units (excluding MWL312) and a zero credit point academic induction unit.

Course structure

Units

To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Information Systems (M340) and Bachelor of Laws (M312) to view the units to be completed.


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

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 Information Systems and Bachelor of Laws.  Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent, including 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.