Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications & Media

School of Law, Sydney Campus

If you are passionate about working in the media and communications industry, a combined Bachelor of Laws/  Bachelor of Communications & Media provides the perfect opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the legal framework within which these industries operate. Held over 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?

    Our double degree in Law and Communications & Media is your gateway to a range of rewarding
    careers in a diverse range of fields and contexts. Graduates may wish to work as a legal practitioner
    or pursue a career in communications and the media. These days, communications and media are
    heavily regulated industries. Understanding the law will help those who work in these areas to
    operate in compliance with the law and enables lawyers to provide those working in
    communications and media with sound legal advice. Learning different ways of communication in
    this degree will help you in whichever career you choose to pursue in the future.

    The Bachelor of Laws degree is an accredited degree for admission to legal practice. It combines
    excellent coverage of underlying legal and ethical principles with an explanation of how those
    principles are applied in legal practice. Unlike many other programs in New South Wales, Notre
    Dame’s School of Law requires that all our academics have a substantial amount of practical
    experience. Allowing students to learn both the principles of the legal profession and how they apply
    in practice, your lecturers will include solicitors, barristers and judges. Furthermore, smaller class
    sizes with an average of less than 30 students, ensures you have the means by which to explore and
    develop your skill set.

    To complete a Bachelor of Communications & Media you will need to have finished at least eight
    Communications & Media courses in your chosen Major field of study. Possible Majors include
    Advertising, Film and Screen Production and Journalism.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum – The Logos Program

    • Logos I
    • Logos II
    • Logos III

    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 (International)
    • 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 - 2 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

    Communications & Media Majors

    • Advertising
    • Film & Screen Production
    • Journalism

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Study Abroad

    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.
  • 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.

  • 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:

    • 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:

    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:

    • Academia
    • 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
    • Social and consumer research
    • Politics
  • 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, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    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<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)
    <5N/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)
    6 100%
    International students<5N/A
    All students6100.0%

    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, 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 <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 Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email sydney@nd.edu.au.

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

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