Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Undergraduate degree

Deakin's Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws course lets you graduate with two degrees and study thought-provoking subjects from criminal law to philosophy.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
91.35
Waterfront:
85.6
Cloud:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2021 have closed

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Graduating with two versatile degrees sets you up for a career without limitations. Combine an industry-leading legal education with thought-provoking investigative learning when you study Deakin's Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws. Study everything from torts to commercial law at Deakin Law School, while exploring a complementary specialisation, including criminology, sociology, politics, policy studies and media studies, through your arts degree.

The real-world experience you gain throughout your degree will prepare you for roles across a wide range of fields. In the law stream, you can work on real cases alongside established legal professionals at the Deakin Law Clinic. In the arts stream, you will develop industry-relevant skills on work-integrated learning projects and, depending on your major, you may choose to undertake a study abroad experience.

Ready to develop transferable skills to enhance your career prospects in law?

The law operates in, and is influenced by, many external factors; from society to economics and the environment to politics. A combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws course gives you the extra knowledge and skills to understand and work with these related issues.

Deakin Law School provides a strong foundation in all major areas of law, including:

  • contracts law
  • legal practice and ethics
  • criminal law and procedure
  • torts
  • property law
  • constitutional law
  • administrative law.

Gain a robust legal education and practical skills through our renowned programs at the Deakin Law Clinic, industry placements and internships. You can also undertake opportunities to study abroad through exchange programs and university partnerships to further enhance your contextual understanding.

Choose from a range of study areas in your arts degree, including social sciences, humanities and the arts. If you are interested in human behaviour, you might choose sociology. If the state of the world is more your thing, choose to focus on international relations. Or, you might opt for something that simply fascinates you, like anthropology or film and television.

Explore the latest industry concepts, legal practice and approaches in units taught by active researchers and legal professionals. Benefit from their existing connections and insights and gain that all-important competitive edge to stand out to your future employers.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Arts/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, plus the compulsory 0-credit point MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

Units

Compulsory 0-credit point unit (to be completed in first trimester of study):-

  • MAI010 Academic Integrity Module

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312) include:-

  • 18 credit points of core units
  • 6 credit points of law elective units including 1 credit point of an experiential unit from the WIL/Practical Elective units list.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Arts (A300) include:-

  • Level 3 - at least 4 credit points
  • either two major sequences, or a major sequence and a minor sequence

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Year

2022 course information

VTAC code
1400414011 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514011 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614011 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D312
CRICOS code?
015206G Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Students and Applicants to Geelong Waterfront Campus
Travel between campuses will be required to complete this combined degree. The Bachelor of Laws degree will be taught at Waterfront campus and the Bachelor of Arts degree will be taught at the Waurn Ponds Campus.

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Mandatory student checks

Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

Workload

As a student 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. The minimum expected workload for a Law unit will normally be around 150 hours, which includes attendance at class, reading, completion of any assessment, and preparation for the exam.

Participation requirements

Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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Entry requirements

Current or recent Year 12

If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

VCE Prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

ATAR

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Higher education experience

If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Weighted Average Mark (WAM)

Successful completion of 4 credit points or more at an accredited higher education institution with a minimum WAM of 60 or equivalent.

VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

If you have not successfully met the WAM requirements for this course, you will need to achieve at least 60 in the STAT (Multiple Choice) to be considered for this course. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University here.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

VET education experience

If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

To be considered for this course you will need to achieve at least 60 in the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University here.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Work and life experience

If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

To be considered for this course you will need to achieve at least 60 in the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University here.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Selection adjustments

Subject adjustment

A study score of 35 in English other than EAL, any History, Legal Studies, Australian Politics or Global Politics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in English other than EAL, any History, any LOTE, Legal Studies, Australian Politics or Global Politics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.  

Access and equity

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

Admissions information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2021 students (PDF, 592.2KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Recognition of prior learning

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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.
Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
The estimated fee for this course is not currently available, please contact Student Central for further information.
Learn more about fees.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications for Trimester 1, 2022 open in August. Each year, thousands of students prepare for uni with the help of Deakin support services. We offer a huge range of support, including one-on-one consultations, webinars, online resources and events throughout the year.

Apply direct to Deakin

Direct applications are now open for:

  • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
  • applicants with work and life experience
  • applicants with TAFE experience
  • applicants with higher education experience.
  • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

    Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

Download the course flyer

To learn more about what a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.

Entry pathways

View pathways into the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws with our pathways finder.

Alternative exits

Contact information

Prospective students:
Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888
myfuture@deakin.edu.au

Current students:
Student Services Network
61 3 9244 6555
buslaw@deakin.edu.au

Careers

Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

Top 10 for law in Australia**

Combine travel and study to broaden your experience

Complement your law degree with more than 35 areas of study in the arts

Top 1% for arts and humanities worldwide##

Career outcomes

Graduates can look forward to a diverse and challenging career in a range of roles, including:

  • conveyancer
  • corporate lawyer
  • law reform officer
  • federal police officer
  • judge
  • jury consultant
  • law professor
  • legal adviser
  • mediator
  • police development manager
  • policy adviser
  • private investigator
  • liquidator
  • legal secretary
  • international trade law consultant
  • accountant
  • auditor
  • human resources manager
  • stockbroker
  • organisational counsellor
  • small business owner
  • immigration agent
  • sport law adviser.

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). 

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of each of the single degrees.

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^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

**ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018
##QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019