Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies

Undergraduate degree

Deakin's Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies offers a broad, internationally-focused education including studying or interning overseas.

Accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board

A truly global course with overseas study or internships

Work with real clients on real cases at Deakin Law Clinic

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
90.7
Waterfront:
85.3
Cloud:
N/A?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Cloud (online)

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Forge an international legal career and develop competitive skills with cross-cultural relevance in Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies. You’ll learn about and analyse the forces shaping Australia, investigate the internationalisation of the law, and apply it all at a global level through Deakin’s overseas study experiences.

Want to take your legal career to the world stage?

Offering commercial law knowledge with an international focus, this course prepares you for a rewarding career as a practicing lawyer, international relations professional or global leader. 

You’ll also commit to an enriching international learning experience, either as a student at an exchange partner university or as part of an approved internship. Immerse yourself in the culture while you apply your theory to a truly global environment.

Our first-rate law school provides a competitive 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.

We take an experiential approach to learning, so you’ll build on your classroom learning by working on real cases at Deakin Law Clinic. Under supervision from qualified solicitors, you’ll conduct research on legal issues, offer advice, and sit in on real courtroom proceedings.

You’ll learn from teachers who are active in this field, ensuring you access the latest concepts, ideas and approaches. You’ll also benefit from networking with their industry connections.


Our Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International graduates are well-rounded thought leaders with the practical know-how that organisations are looking for

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies, students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 24 credit points from the Faculty of Business and Law and 16 credit points from the Faculty of Arts. 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.

24

Credit points from Faculty of Business and Law

16

Credit points from Faculty of Arts and Education

40

Total credit points

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws include:

  • 18 credit points of Bachelor of Laws core units
  • 6 credit points of Law elective units, including 1 credit point of an experiential unit from the WIL/Practical Elective units list.
  • MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

For students who commenced from 2014 onwards, the 16 credit points from the Bachelor of International Studies include:

  • 6 credit points of core units
  • an 8 credit point major sequence
  • an approved international experience (2 credit points minimum) to be completed in the third or fourth year of the course

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of International Studies
Year

2020 course information

VTAC code
1400415331 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515331 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400615331 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D323
CRICOS code?
075600M
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 (online)

Trimester 2 - July

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

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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 International Studies and the Bachelor of Laws.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with 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:

  • The Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of a minimum of 4 credit points (equivalent of one trimester/semester of full-time study) successfully completed at an accredited higher education institution. These studies need to be undertaken at a minimum Bachelor degree level (AQF Level 7 or above) and completed within the past 10 years. The current minimum WAM required for entry per campus is as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
    • 60% Cloud campus
  • The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – This is a multiple choice test for applicants who do not have a WAM as described above. The current minimum STAT Multiple Choice percentile rank required for entry per campus is as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus                            
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus     
    • 60% Cloud campus                                
  • 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.

Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.

*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.

 

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 QILT website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

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 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Recognition of prior learning

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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$9,264 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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 to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.


Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.


Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply


Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


Entry pathways

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

Contact information

Faculty of Arts and Education

Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne): 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Student Services Network (Faculty of Business and Law)
Tel 03 9244 6555
Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

Frequently asked questions

Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

Find out more about our key dates

Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

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

Find out more about RPL

Where can I study with Deakin?

Find out more about campus locations

Why choose Deakin

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.

Deakin is ranked as one of Victoria’s top law schools*

Access 400+ international academic partnerships

Tailor your degree by choosing from 10 international studies majors

#1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction^

Career outcomes

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies graduates are suitable candidates for a wide range of career opportunities, including:

  • corporate lawyer
  • crime analyst
  • criminal lawyer
  • law reform officer
  • judge
  • jury consultant
  • law professor
  • legal adviser
  • mediator
  • diplomat
  • federal police officer
  • trade agreements negotiator
  • ASIO officer
  • foreign affairs officer
  • politician
  • NGO policy officer.

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).  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 (PLT) course.

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.


*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2018 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2018
#Mid-year intake is not available for all courses and some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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