Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Philosophy

School of Law, Fremantle Campus

Designed to be completed over five years of full-time study, the combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Philosophy is a double degree which is unique to Notre Dame. In this program you will concurrently develop your knowledge of legal practice and critical and philosophical thinking. With these two areas of study, graduates are skilled in reflecting on law and policy and in arguing to drive change in these areas. Many law firms and government departments prefer double degrees over single Law degrees as they provide an added depth of knowledge.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Philosophy is a rigorous and challenging degree that is only available at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

    In the legal component of your studies, you will receive an ethical and practical legal education of exceptional quality. Backed by leading members of the Western Australian legal profession and judiciary, this intensely challenging and highly applicable degree covers a vast range of legal subjects including Criminal Law, Property Law, Civil Procedure and more. As a student you will benefit from high-quality tuition and intimate classroom settings, but also hone your legal skills through public speaking, advocacy and dispute resolution exercises.

    When undertaking the Philosophy component of your degree, you will learn to apply various methods to evaluate the arguments of both Christian and secular thinkers, developing your cultural literacy by exploring how philosophical thought has influenced Western culture. You will be challenged to consider the values and qualities of ethical leadership and to develop a broad range of insights into the practical application of ethical principles.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Ethics and the Law

    Year One

    • Legal  Research & Writing
    • Legal  History
    • Legal  Process & Statutory Interpretation
    • Three  Philosophy Electives

    Year Two

    • Criminal  Law A
    • Contract  Law A
    • Torts A
    • Torts B
    • Criminal  Law B
    • Contract  Law B
    • Four  Philosophy Subjects

    Year Three

    • Property  Law A
    • Property  Law B
    • Five  Philosophy Electives

    Year Four

    • Advocacy
    • Equity
    • Trusts
    • Constitutional  Law
    • Administrative  Law
    • Evidence
    • Corporations  & Partnerships
    • One Law  Elective

    Year Five

    • Remedies
    • Civil  Procedure
    • Public  International Law
    • Legal  Philosophy
    • Commercial  Practice & Ethics
    • Alternative  Dispute Resolution
    • Two Law  Electives

    Law Electives*

    • Advanced  Administrative Law
    • Advanced Civil  Procedure
    • Advanced  Constitutional Law
    • Advanced  Evidence
    • Advanced  Research Project (i.e. Honours research – two courses)
    • Bioethics  and the Law
    • Advanced  Taxation Law
    • Commercial  Drafting
    • Commercial  Law
    • Construction  and Building Contract Law
    • Contemporary  Legal Issues
    • Directed  Research Project
    • Employee  Relations Law
    • Entertainment  Law
    • Environmental  Law
    • Family Law
    • Health Law
    • Human  Rights Law
    • Indigenous  Law
    • Insolvency
    • Intellectual  Property Law
    • International  Dispute Resolution
    • Canon Law  (i.e. Church Law)
    • Law and  Religion
    • Law in  Context (Externships) – involves work experience
    • Mining and  Petroleum Law
    • Occupational  Safety and Health Law
    • Introduction  to Australian Taxation Law
    • Succession
    • Competition  and Consumer Law
    • Trial  Advocacy

    *Available law electives are subject to change and may vary  depending on your campus and year of study. Please check with your school for  the current electives on offer.

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 90 or equivalent with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD); or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 33

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects with at least a 65% average grade or higher;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 90 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index and also includes a loan fee of 25 per cent for all undergraduate programs of study.

    For the purpose of calculating the fees applicable to this Program, the volume of learning for this Program is 5.25 years.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Barrister
    • Judge’s associate
    • Research assistant
    • Solicitor
  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Philosophy BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2020

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5 N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    <5 N/A
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    <5 N/A
    International students0N/A
    All students3100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer 91.20 N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer 90.30 N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    86.65 N/A


    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Philosophy, please call our Prospective Students Officer on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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