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.
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Introduction to Theology
- Ethics and the Law
- Legal Research & Writing
- Legal History
- Legal Process & Statutory Interpretation
- Three Philosophy Electives
- Criminal Law A
- Contract Law A
- Torts A
- Torts B
- Criminal Law B
- Contract Law B
- Four Philosophy Subjects
- Property Law A
- Property Law B
- Five Philosophy Electives
- Constitutional Law
- Administrative Law
- Corporations & Partnerships
- One Law Elective
- Civil Procedure
- Public International Law
- Legal Philosophy
- Commercial Practice & Ethics
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Two 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following careers are open to graduates of this program:
- Judge’s associate
- Research assistant
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
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 <5 N/A (C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A (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)
- 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 students 0 N/A All students 3 100.0%
TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Philosophy ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE
RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offers ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
(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
“<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
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR