Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Behavioural Science

School of Law, Fremantle Campus

Accredited by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia, the Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Behavioural Science is a five-year degree, if studied full-time. Designed with input from leading judges, senior barristers, solicitors and academics, this highly practical degree is complemented with numerous opportunities for work experience and mentorship.

  • Why study this degree?

    Here at The University of Notre Dame Australia, we are committed to the development of job-ready graduates. In order to achieve this, and maintain our ranking as the number one university in Australia for overall graduate employment, this unique degree has been designed in a precise manner.

    As a student in the School of Law, we encourage you to take advantage of our intimate seminar settings. With small class sizes, this is the perfect environment for you to explore and develop your skills in public speaking, advocacy, negotiation and dispute resolution. Students are also encouraged to learn outside of the classroom, particularly by attending our Eminent Speakers Series. This unique forum connects students and graduates with leading experts in the discussion of contemporary legal and professional matters.

    The Bachelor of Laws finds its perfect complement in the Bachelor of Behavioural Science, incorporating the disciplines of psychology, sociology, political science and cultural studies. Examining subjects including Development Psychology, Organisational Behaviour, and Community Policy and Development, you will learn how to apply the concepts such as social justice and equity to all aspects of human interaction.

  • 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
    • Legal  History
    • Aboriginal  People
    • Foundations  of Human Behaviour
    • Social  Science Research
    • Developmental  Psychology

    Year Two

    • Criminal  Law A
    • Contract  Law A
    • Torts A
    • Criminal  Law B
    • Contract  Law B
    • Torts B
    • Discourse,  Power and Politics
    • Organisational  Behaviour
    • Culture  and Society
    • Psychological  Perspectives on Health

    Year Three

    • Property  Law A
    • Property  Law B
    • Community:  Policy and Development
    • Professional  Practice in Behavioural Science
    • Research  Methods & Practice
    • Behavioural  Science Internship

    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 Law
    • Advanced  Research Project (i.e. Honours Research)
    • Bioethics  and the Law
    • Advanced  Taxation Law
    • Commercial  Law
    • Commercial  Drafting
    • 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
    • International  Commercial Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual  Property Law
    • Introduction  to Canon Law (i.e. Church Law)
    • Law and  Religion
    • Law in Context  (Externships) – involves work experience
    • Legal  History
    • 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
      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:

    HECS-HELP
    HECS-HELP is a loan scheme intended for students enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. The scheme will pay your student contribution amounts, but not additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Although there is no interest charged on HECS-HELP loans, your debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    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 5.125 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:

    • Judge’s associate
    • 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 Behavioural Science BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2019 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2019

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5<5
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study00%
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    00%
    (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)
    N/AN/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    <5 <5
    • 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)
    NP NP
    International students0 0%
    All students12100.0%

    TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Behavioural Science ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2019 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 <5 N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer <5 N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    <5 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 Behavioural Science, please call our Prospective Students Officer 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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