Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism)
School of Law, Sydney 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 valuable skill. Our Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) is an exciting double degree that covers both the legal knowledge necessary to excel as a lawyer and an introduction to current affairs, world politics and journalism.
Why study this degree?
This double degree in Law and Politics & Journalism is your gateway to a range of rewarding careers
in the law, politics or journalism. Many lawyers pursue political careers, but a study of the law also
equips you to become a policy adviser in state or federal government. In addition, our Bachelor of
Laws degree is an accredited degree for admission to legal practice. It covers underlying legal and
ethical principles and explains how those principles are applied in legal practice.
Being part of the School of Law is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. As a student you will
be in a small class (for the last few years our average class size has been 31 students) and have
access to academics outside of class. Inspired by the caring Catholic ethos which runs through the
School of Law, academics are committed to quality teaching and providing excellent pastoral care to
each student. The University aims to give students every opportunity to fulfil their potential as a
student and be inspired to go out into the community and really make a difference.
The Notre Dame Law degree has a particular focus on the basic building blocks of the law (the so-
called “Priestley” subjects) and on developing practical skills such as public speaking, advocacy,
alternative dispute resolution and commercial practice skills. Through our mentoring and internship
programs students are provided with many opportunities to experience the law in practice. All of
your lecturers have a substantial amount of experience in legal practice (either as solicitors, Canon
law or environmental law experts, barristers or judges). This allows each student to learn not just the
principles of law but how they apply in legal practice.
Core Curriculum – The Logos Program
- Logos I
- Logos II
- Logos III
- Legal Research & Writing
- Legal Process & Statutory Interpretation
- Introduction to World Politics
- Introduction to Journalism
- Legal History
- Politics, Democracy and Governance in Australia
- Journalism: Theory and Practice
- 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 Politics Elective
- Property Law A
- Property Law B
- Three Journalism Electives
- Two Politics Electives
- Constitutional Law
- Corporations & Partnerships
- Administrative Law
- Law Elective One
- Civil Procedure
- Legal Philosophy
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Commercial Practice & Ethics
- Law Elective Two (International)
- Law Elective Three
- Law Elective Four
- Advanced Administrative Law
- Advanced Civil Procedure
- Advanced Constitutional Law
- Advanced Evidence
- Advanced Research Project (i.e. Honours research - 2 units)
- 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
- Indigenous Law
- Law & Religion
Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.
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.
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
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:
- HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 5 in English, a minimum average of Bands 5s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 80% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
- Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 31.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
- Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 4 subjects with a high credit average (65+) is required.
Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
- Completed AQF Diploma or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Applicants with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:
- Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education. These include Mature Age entry and relevant professional experience particularly in a legal context such as paralegal, legal clerk, tipstaff, alternative dispute resolution, law enforcement, relevant social work or legal secretarial work. Work experience and community involvement involving commercial business practice, caring for others, working in religious activities, social welfare or social justice activities will also be considered. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration of relevant employment or community involvement (more than two years). The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
- STAT – Scores of 160 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
- Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
Fees and costs
This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:
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. Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.
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:
- Banking and finance
- Charity and community agencies
- Courts (federal and state/territory)
- Foreign affairs
- Government sector
- Journalism and the media
- Not-for-profit organisations
- Personnel and human resources
- Private practice
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, 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)
9 100% International students <5 N/A All students 9 100.0%
TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) 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 <5 N/A Median rank to receive an offer <5 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