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Start Date

5 year(s) full-time


Program Code

424471 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 80.00 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 95.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
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Assumed Knowledge

Key features

  • Gain a competitive advantage by combining law with another discipline.
  • Graduate with two degrees in just five years.
  • Become a leader in legal practice and other fields where legal expertise is highly regarded.
  • Experience practical learning in a mock court in your first year, and get involved in industry placements throughout your degree.
  • Become involved with the student-run Legal Advice Clinic providing advice to real clients.
  • Fast track your degrees with our flexible study options.
  • Study South Australia’s only journalism degree.
  • Learn in our state-of-the-art television and radio stations, located on-campus.
  • Gain practical experience by contributing to our online student publication On the Record, or our internet radio studio UniCast.



Gain a competitive advantage by combining law with journalism and professional writing – and graduate with two degrees in five years.

A double degree expands your knowledge and opens doors to a broad range of career opportunities. You will learn the fundamental legal principles of Australian law and the latest advanced legal concepts in journalism and professional writing. This legal expertise, combined with the knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your specialisation, will set you on track for a leadership career. Throughout your studies you’ll be guided to reach your potential and you will graduate ready to make your mark as a leader in the world of global business.

In your law studies you’ll be involved in mock-trials in our Moot Court, learning what it’s like to be ‘at the bar’ and argue a case before a judge. In the on-campus Legal Advice Clinic you’ll gain valuable experience, solving the legal problems of real clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

In your journalism and professional writing studies you will develop the skills and knowledge to work as a journalist and writer in mainstream media and the field of communication. The emphasis on professional writing opens doors into professions such as technical writing, tender presentations, and marketing and communication.

Law at UniSA is taught over three ten-week trimesters per year. This means you can complete the five-year double degree in four years. If you wish to do this, you should familiarise yourself with the requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in South Australia. Other degrees at UniSA are taught in two semesters per year. To ensure a clash-free timetable, it is recommended you alternate between a full year of law courses and a full year of the courses from your other discipline. Learn more about planning your year.

Why Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing

Why this Degree

Research in the area of law at UniSA is recognised as above world-class1. You will be learning from experts at the forefront of the legal profession.

Our teaching staff are committed to developing not only your knowledge, but your confidence. Our innovative combination of small class sizes, practice-based learning and courtroom-like facilities deliver a learning experience that takes you beyond the theory of law. In the on-campus Legal Advice Clinic you’ll gain valuable experience, solving the legal problems of real clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

Our on-campus facilities are industry standard and include a TV studio that boasts one of South Australia’s largest green screens, and a radio station. This means you will graduate with plenty of hands-on experience. You can even be part of the University’s own radio studio, which is broadcast live on the internet; our TV show that airs on Channel 44; or be published in our online student publication On the Record.

High achieving students may be offered a place in our prestigious Law Honours degree.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 

Real-world connections

Become a global citizen with a student exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year. We collaborate with over 2,500 companies worldwide to bring our students placement, project, research and work opportunities. You can also choose to incorporate local or national internships and clerkships into your degree.

In the Business Career Mentor Program you’ll be paired with a legal professional. This will help you build professional networks and your career. In 2016 we matched over 190 students with mentors. The six-month program runs from March every year.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.


Our research in the area of law is recognised as above world-class1. We are committed to research that changes the profession. Our law researchers make an impact on the content, practice, administration and development of the law and legal education. UniSA’s high-quality research shapes the thinking of society, government and the legal profession. Our diverse range of specialists have extensive industry connections and experience, they examine future and emerging legal challenges and topical issues. Research concentrations at UniSA are:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law. Researching corporate governance, competition and consumer law, and Chinese commercial law.
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Exploring water law, climate change and environmental regulation, and the conservation of scarce resources.
  • Criminal Law and Sentencing. Investigating societal issues including juries and sentencing, policing and security, digital identity and cybercrime.
  • Public Law and Human Rights. Leading the way in research into Indigenous law, constitutional law, judicial power, children’s rights in family law proceedings, and the rights of older people.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Your career

Employment for legal professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 17.8 per cent between now and 20201. Depending on your degree combination, your career options could include:

  • project manager: ensuring projects are delivered on time and according to project plans; managing project team resources; scheduling, preparation and resource forecasting; managing vendors and suppliers; managing budgets
  • corporate tax accountant: preparing and filing corporate tax returns and maintaining records; helping organisations to run efficiently and comply with current tax laws; advising on current taxation legislation and procedures;  participating in internal audit processes
  • industrial relations specialist: providing high level policy advice on current legislation; coordinating industrial relations projects; managing industrial relations disputes; consulting, negotiating and implementing enterprise bargaining agreements
  • court reporter: attending court sessions and recording proceedings related to evidence, objections and rulings; creating a full record of jury arguments; liaising with lawyers, judges or other officials; taking witness depositions, managing commissions and creating of certificates of proceedings
  • international environmental lawyer: specialising in legal matters concerning air, land and water; lobbying for balanced regulations regarding pollution and materials handling; working to protect biodiversity, agriculture and ecosystems, and dealing with waste management issues
  • procurement manager: implementing and managing consistent strategies for procuring, storing and distributing goods and services; monitoring business trends and product availability to ensure best prices, quality and delivery times; managing supplier relationships; overseeing a team of purchasing agents

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

This degree covers in a comprehensive way the academic requirements for admission to practice (the Uniform Admissions Rules) as specified by the National Law Admissions Consultative Committee. Students seeking admission to practice are required to complete an approved practical legal training (PLT) program, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice offered by The Law Society of South Australia. The GDLP is a 12 month course commencing in January and July of each year. It is expected that students will complete the law degree before commencing the GDLP. Students seeking admission to practice in other Australian jurisdictions should apply to the appropriate admitting authority. The professional recognition for the double degree strands can be found in schedules for the single degrees.

What others are saying

In 2013 I had the opportunity to cover and report on the Federal Election, which was an amazing and exhausting experience. An 8 week campaign took a lot of energy and resources from our Bureau, and it was great to travel around the country and experience the diversity of Australia's cities and regions. The combination of journalism and law gave me the strength to take vast amounts of information on complex issues like the election, and distil it into something an audience understands.

Matt Doran, Political Reporter

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing
Employment: ABC Canberra Press Gallery

Matt Doran

Matt Doran, Political Reporter

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing
Employment: ABC Canberra Press Gallery

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree is made up of 40 courses. You will do 24 courses in law and 16 courses in journalism and professional writing.

Law: From your first few weeks as a law student you'll do practical courses and see what it's like to argue a case and provide legal advice. You’ll gain valuable skills that you can apply in reasoning, reporting, analysis, negotiation, communication and advocacy. Throughout your degree you will study core courses that teach you the fundamental legal concepts that underpin the Australian legal system. Courses such as torts, contracts, criminal law and constitutional law will give you a good understanding of basic legal principles.

Journalism and Professional Writing: You will develop the skills and knowledge to work as a journalist and writer. For example you will learn how to author and edit written and visual texts within news and non-news environments; develop the production skills required by news and online media, including filming and editing, problem-solving and decision-making; and learn how to use industry-standard hardware and software. A final year internship at a news or production organisation will synthesise your knowledge and training.

Through your choice of electives you can expand your knowledge in an area of professional interest such as environmental law, sports law, family law and human rights law. High achieving students may be offered a place in our prestigious Law Honours program.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays and research papers
  • assignments and in-class tests
  • examinations
  • various law moots
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practical, team-based projects

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

Our Student Mobility pages list intensive study-tours and exchanges. You can take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Admission to practice

If you wish to seek admission to practise law in South Australia you must satisfy a number of specified course requirements in your degree, followed by completion of the 6-12 month Graduate of Legal Practice.

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Public Law and Statutory Interpretation LAWS 1017 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Torts B LAWS 1015 4.5
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Contracts B LAWS 1009 4.5
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS 2030 4.5
Land Law LAWS 2017 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5
Journalism: Principles and Practices COMM 1062 4.5
News Reporting COMM 1064 4.5
Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 2009 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Production for News and Social Media COMM 1063 4.5
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5
Media Contexts COMM 1059 4.5
Professional Writing COMM 3037 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3
Honours Law Elective Note(s): 2
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Corporations Law A LAWS 3080 4.5
Contemporary Property Law LAWS 2018 4.5
Civil Procedure LAWS 4002 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Administrative Law LAWS 3006 4.5
Evidence LAWS 4003 4.5
Lawyers, Ethics and Society LAWS 4006 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Radio Journalism COMM 2077 4.5
Journalism Research Capstone COMM 3059 4.5
Advanced News Writing COMM 3021 4.5
Advanced Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 3058 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Media Law and Ethics COMM 2076 4.5
Television and Video Journalism COMM 3060 4.5
Internship or Project COMM 3063 4.5
Advanced Professional Writing COMM 3057 4.5
Law Elective Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3,4
Honours law Elective Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3,4
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3,4
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3,4
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3,4
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3,4
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3,4

I have more than 19 years of experience in legal research and law teaching. I teach in the law honours program at UniSA and my research focuses on tort law, sentencing law and jury studies. My colleagues and I have received three large research grants to develop an innovative method of using juries to gauge public opinion on sentencing. 

AsPr Julia Davis

Program Director

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AsPr Julia Davis

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree.
An alternative entry option is available through the Foundation Studies program with UniSA College, subject to Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements.
You could also consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree. You could consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).

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