Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications & Media

School of Law, Fremantle Campus

Are you are passionate about working in the media and communications industry? Are you curious about how the law affects issues such as intellectual property and competition policy? A combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications & Media provides the perfect opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the legal framework in which the media industry operates. Completed in five years of full-time study, or the equivalent part-time, this program allows you to specialise your chosen field of advertising, journalism or film and screen production.

  • Why study this degree?

    At The University of Notre Dame Australia, our Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications & Media is an immensely practical degree that delivers job-ready graduates who are fully trained to excel in the workplace.

    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.

    In the Communications & Media component of your degree, you will consider the ways in which people find, evaluate, and present information in modern society. In particular, you will be exploring various types of media such as electronic, print and broadcast journalism, web design, screenwriting, film production and digital photography.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

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

    Year One

    • Legal Research & Writing
    • Legal Process & Statutory Interpretation
    • Media Ethics and Law
    • Legal History
    • Media and Society
    • Two Communications and Media Subjects

    Year Two

    • Criminal Law A
    • Contract Law A
    • Torts A
    • Criminal Law B
    • Contract Law B
    • Torts B
    • Three Communications and Media Subjects

    Year Three

    • Property Law A
    • Property Law B
    • Arts Major Elective Seven
    • Arts Major Elective Eight
    • Four Communications and Media Subjects
    • One Communications and Media Elective

    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.

    Communications &  Media Electives

    • Screenwriting
    • Documentary Studies
    • Advanced Screen Production:  Drama
    • Digital Media Production
    • Journalism for TV & Video
    • Australian and World Cinema
    • Radio
    • Interactive Media
    • Online Newsroom
    • Digital Photography
    • Photojournalism

    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 Communications & Media 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)
    0 0%
    • 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 <5
    International students00%
    All students<5100.0%

    TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications & Media 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 Communications & Media, 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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