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A truly global course with overseas study or internships
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Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020
Late VTAC entry closes 1 November 2019 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates
Current Deakin Students
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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
- 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
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.
Credit points from Faculty of Business and Law
Credit points from Faculty of Arts and Education
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
2020 course information
1400515331 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400615331 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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
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.
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.
Ask a question about studying a at Deakin
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
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.
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 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - 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
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.
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
How to apply
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.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
View pathways into the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies with our pathways finder.
Frequently asked questions
What are the key study start dates?
Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.
How much does it cost to study at Deakin?
Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course.
Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.
Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?
Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.
Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
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
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.
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
- jury consultant
- law professor
- legal adviser
- federal police officer
- trade agreements negotiator
- ASIO officer
- foreign affairs officer
- NGO policy officer.
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.
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