Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts

School of Law, Fremantle Campus

The combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts from The University of Notre Dame Australia, designed to be completed over five years, has a strong emphasis on ethics, practical legal training, and the concepts of duty, social function and service to others. With a curriculum designed with input from judges, barristers and solicitors, the School of Law also calls on such members of the profession to assist in teaching, adding further to the highly practical nature of this legal program.

  • Why study this degree?

    Designed to be completed over five years of full-time study, the Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts is an exciting degree that allows you to tailor your studies to your particular field of interest. Because of the unique way this program has been designed, you will be able to develop your skills and knowledge in the Arts, while focusing on these topics within the legal context.

    For example:

    • Students who choose to Major in Behavioural Science will develop their insights into human behaviour – a skill that will prove particularly useful when assembling a criminal profile or cross-examining a witness.
    • Students who undertake a Major in Social Justice can capitalise on the social justice focus of the Law School by taking courses in areas such as human rights law or law and war.
    • Students who wish to work in not-for-profit or NGOs will find that a Major in Social Justice or Politics & International Relations sets them apart from the crowd.

    Regardless of the specialist area you choose to pursue, a combined degree in Laws and Arts will ensure your legal training is supplemented by practical insights into your chosen industry. Many law firms and government departments prefer double degrees over single law degrees. By doing this combined degree, you become extremely marketable in the modern workplace.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

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

    Year One

    • Legal Research & Writing
    • Legal Process & Statutory Interpretation
    • Legal History
    • Arts Major Elective One
    • Arts Major Elective Two
    • Arts Major Elective Three
    • Arts Major Elective Four

    Year Two

    • Criminal Law A
    • Contract Law A
    • Torts A
    • Criminal Law B
    • Contract Law B
    • Torts B
    • Arts Major Elective Five
    • Arts Major Elective Six
    • Arts Elective

    Year Three

    • Property Law A
    • Property Law B
    • Arts Major Elective Seven
    • Arts Major Elective Eight
    • Three Arts Electives

    Year Four

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

    Year Five

    • Remedies
    • Civil Procedure
    • Legal Philosophy
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Commercial Practice & Ethics
    • Law Elective Two
    • Law Elective Three
    • Law Elective Four

    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.

    Arts Majors

    • Archaeology
    • Behavioural Science
    • English Literature
    • Film & Screen Production
    • History
    • Journalism
    • Philosophy
    • Politics & International Relations
    • Social Justice
    • Theatre Studies
    • Theology

    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
      OR
    • 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

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    FEE-HELP
    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 Arts 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)
    <5N/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)
    <5N/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)
    <5 N/A
    • 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)
    25100%
    International students<5N/A
    All students25100.0%

    TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offersATAR
    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer 98.80 N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer 93.25 N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    83.05 N/A

    Notes:  

    “<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 Arts and related double degrees, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All International enquiries should contact the International Students Office on international@nd.edu.au.

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