Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism)

School of Law, Fremantle Campus

Whether you are a budding politician looking to change Australian law or a passionate journalist who wants to report on our country’s latest legal developments, understanding the law is a crucial skill. Our Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) will provide you with a thorough understanding of the current legal landscape as well as practical insights into journalism, communication and the media.

  • Why study this degree?

    Backed by leading members of the Western Australian legal profession and judiciary, the Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) is a five-year degree that provides a gateway to a range of rewarding careers in law, politics or journalism.

    Designed in conjunction with some of Australia’s leading solicitors, barristers and judges, the Bachelor of Laws program is a practical degree designed to combine political theory with real-life skills and workplace practices. As a member of the School of Law, all of your classes will be delivered by experienced legal professionals. As a result you will gain a thorough knowledge of the law, coupled with the practical skills necessary for the workforce, such as problem solving, letter writing, public speaking, advocacy and research skills.

    The Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) program focuses on combining a thorough understanding of politics with practical knowledge about journalism, communication and the media. This unique degree gives students the grounding to begin a career in government, public affairs, journalism, media, policy development, and of course, politics. This program is designed to combine political theory with real-life skills and workplace practices.

    The politics component of this degree focuses on giving students a unique experience of how the big decisions are really made and on what basis they are made. In the journalism component, a specific perspective on the nature of traditional and new forms of journalism is offered, how it is created and how it impacts on our public consciousness. These areas fit together naturally and lend themselves to opportunities in journalism and public relations. Notre Dame also has a well-structured Politics & Journalism internship program which gives students crucial experience in the workplace, sending them down a new and exciting career path.

    There has never been a better time to study law, politics and journalism as there are many opportunities emerging in the public, private and non-government sectors for graduates who are committed and trained in this area.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

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

    Year One

    • Legal  Research and Writing
    • Legal  Process and Statutory Interpretation
    • Introduction  to World Politics
    • Introduction  to Journalism
    • Legal  History
    • Politics,  Democracy and Governance in Australia
    • Journalism:  Theory and Practice

    Year Two

    • Criminal  Law A
    • Contract  Law A
    • Torts A
    • Setting  the Agenda: The Media and Politics
    • Criminal  Law B
    • Contract  Law B
    • Torts B
    • Media and  Society
    • One Journalism  Elective

    Year Three

    • Property  Law A
    • Property  Law B
    • Two  Journalism Electives
    • Three  Politics Electives

    Year Four

    • Advocacy
    • Constitutional  Law
    • Equity
    • Corporations  and 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
    • Insolvency
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • Canon Law (i.e. Church Law)
    • Law in Context (Externships) – involves work experience
    • Law Review (i.e. the University's legal journal)
    • Mining and Petroleum Law
    • Occupational Safety and Health Law
    • Introduction to Australian Taxation Law
    • Succession
    • Competition and Consumer Law
    • Trial Advocacy
    • Indigenous Law
    • Law & Religion

    *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.

    Politics &  Journalism Electives

    • Politics, Democracy and Governance in Australia
    • Introduction to World Politics
    • Setting the Agenda: The Media & Politics
    • Introduction to Journalism
    • Journalism: Theory and Practice
    • Media and Society
    • Australian Foreign Policy
    • Comparing Political Systems
    • Strategy, Security & Diplomacy
    • Media Ethics and Law
    • Journalism for TV & Video
    • Interactive Media
    • Radio

    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

    For more information and indicative fees, please visit the 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 (Politics & Journalism) BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    N/A N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) studyN/AN/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)
    • 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)
    International studentsN/AN/A
    All students<5100.0%


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

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    N/A 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 Arts (Politics & Journalism), please call our Prospective Students Officer on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All International enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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