Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Cyber Security

Undergraduate degree

Protect society from the growing threat of cybercrime by studying Australia's only combined laws and cyber security degree.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent


5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Protect society from the growing threat of cybercrime by studying Australia’s only combined laws and cyber security degree. Through Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Cyber Security, you can explore roles in both fields or use your dual expertise to become an in-demand cyber lawyer, capable of handling the complex issues of our evolving digital world.

Over 6 million Australians were victims of cybercrime in 2017.* What if you had the power to make a difference?

Cybercrime is at an all-time high and it’s not just everyday consumers who are facing the threat. Government and businesses, big and small, are in need of professionals who can expose risks before they happen and provide legal protection for their digital operations.

This degree puts you in a position to answer the call. Graduate with two degrees – in two years fewer than if you studied each degree separately – and develop advanced skills in cyber security that perfectly complement legal acumen. 

You’ll study major areas of law including:

  • legal practice and ethics
  • constitutional, administrative, commercial and land law
  • criminal procedure
  • advanced legal problem-solving and persuasion.

As well as industry-relevant areas of cyber security such as:

  • computer crime and digital forensics
  • database and information management
  • ethical hacking
  • cyber security management.

The broad range of units on offer allows you to build a diverse set of skills, which opens the door to exciting career opportunities. For example, you could become an accomplished cyber lawyer, leaning on your deep understanding of privacy and criminal law to better protect the rights of your clients. Or, you could be on the front line of cybercrime, using your skills in system security to set up digital barriers between businesses and cyber threats.

Whichever path you choose, you’ll be well-served by the practical experience on offer throughout the course. Gain real-world legal experience at the renowned Deakin Law Clinic. The clinic is a teaching law firm that gives you the opportunity to access real clients under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners. Analyse complex legal problems and develop the drafting, communication and problem-solving skills required for a successful career in law. Better still, you’ll get hands-on with our specialised cyber security software that allows you to simulate and respond to real cyber attack scenarios. By practising your skills under pressure, you’ll feel confident when it’s time to perform in your job. You’ll also be able to leverage the extensive research, industry partnerships and state-of-the-art facilities of Deakin’s Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CCSRI). With research in areas from cyber analytics and artificial intelligence to organisational security and information warfare, you’ll have direct access to some of the most progressive cyber security content in the world.

Importantly, this course has the accreditations you need to take your career forward. Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is a recognised pathway towards becoming a practising Australian lawyer. The Bachelor of Cyber Security is in the process of being professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as part of this double degree.


* Source: Norton Cyber Security Insights Report 2017 – Australia


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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Cyber Security, students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Cyber Security 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 Cyber Security (S334) and the Bachelor of Laws (M312) must be satisfied plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point units, MAI010 Academic Integrity and SIT010 Safety Induction Program. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Cyber Security include:-

  • 16 credit points of core units
  • SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit)
  • Level 3 - at least 4 credit points of SIT-coded units

Students undertaking this combined degree are not required to undertake SIT306 IT Placement.

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

  • 18 credit points of core units
  • MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit to be completed in the first trimester of study)
  • 6 credit points of law elective units, including 1 credit point of WIL/practical unit.



Credit points from the Bachelor of Cyber Security


Credit points from the Bachelor of Laws


Total credit points

Compulsory 0-credit point units

To be completed in the first trimester of study.


To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334) and Bachelor of Laws (M312).

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Cyber Security

2020 course information

VTAC code
1400410653 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400510653 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
CRICOS code?
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

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

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

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

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.


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.

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.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Cyber Security.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on:

  • Successful completion of at least 4 credit points of study (equivalent to one trimester/semester of full-time study) at a bachelor level (AQF Level 7) or above, from an accredited higher education institution within the last ten years, and with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM), depending on campus, as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
    • 60% Cloud campus
  • The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – with achievement of a minimum percentile rank, depending on campus, as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus                            
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus     
    • 60% Cloud campus                                
  • Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
  • Applicants who have a current WAM may still sit the STAT to improve their eligibility for admission if they wish. Under these circumstances, the applicants’ WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.

*From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin no longer accepts ALSET test results for entry into Law courses.

For further details on STAT including booking and preparing for your STAT, please visit the VTAC website.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

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.  (more details)

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 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - 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

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

Apply through Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

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Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

Studying this combined degree means you’ll be well-placed to work in the field of law and cyber security, or in roles where both disciplines intersect. You’ll graduate with the diverse skills and practical experience required to thrive in roles including:

  • business analyst
  • business manager, company administrator or consultant
  • corporate lawyer
  • cyber security consultant
  • national security adviser
  • policy adviser for government departments or authorities such as the Attorney General's Department, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • security analyst
  • security systems manager or cryptographer.

Obtaining a law degree is your first step to entering the legal profession. Upon completion of your degree and the additional practical legal training, you’ll be qualified to work as a solicitor or barrister in all legal fields, including: 

  • commercial law
  • criminal law
  • family law
  • personal injury law
  • public international and human rights law
  • refugee law.

Professional recognition

The 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). In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, you’ll need to work for one year as a legal trainee or undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.

The Bachelor of Cyber Security is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) – Australia’s leading professional association for the information and communication technology sector – as part of this double degree. As a member, students will receive international recognition for their skills, as well as professional development opportunities, networking and information resources.

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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