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Start Date
February
June
September

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBLD

SATAC 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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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

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 an arts major and a sub-major from one of seven specialisations including international relations, languages and sociology.
  • We’re number one in South Australia for research in cultural studies, linguistics, and journalism and professional writing1.
  • Gain international experience as part of The Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

Gain a competitive advantage by combining law with Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts 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 Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts. This legal expertise, combined with the knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your specialisation, will set you on track for a leadership career. Our lecturers are world-class researchers1 and under their guidance you will also develop strong skills in analysis, advanced writing, communication, and research and problem solving. 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 arts studies you will have a lot of flexibility through your choice of both a major and a sub-major from the list of BA majors. The expertise you gain in two arts-related areas, over and above your law studies, will further improve your employment prospects.

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.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts

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.

In your arts studies you can benefit from our on-campus facilities including the Multimedia Languages Lab and the Hartley Playhouse. You can make a positive difference to your life and career prospects, and also the lives of others, via the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program. By volunteering your time and skills with an international non-government organisation (NGO), you can earn credit towards your degree.

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.

Research

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.

1 2015 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 November 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

I decided to combine my studies in law with international relations because I have an interest in politics, history, and international affairs. To further expand my studies, I travelled overseas and undertook a program at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. The program benefited my studies by adding a global perspective, allowing me to understand international law and human rights from a UN and EU perspective.

Philippa Jones

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

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Philippa Jones

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

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 Arts. You will choose a major and a sub-major from one of these seven specialisations:

  • English and Creative Writing - combine critical engagement with literary theory in a complementary exploration of creative writing techniques across a range of genres.
  • History and Cultural Studies - develop knowledge in world history and cultures (with an emphasis on contemporary history and the importance of understanding the past to make sense of the future).
  • International Relations - professionally and skilfully analyse international relations concepts (e.g. power, security, war, justice) and how they impact on world politics and issues (e.g. citizenship, treatment of refugees, environmental politics).
  • Languages (French, Italian, Japanese, English as an Additional Language) – develop the knowledge and skills to express yourself in a major world language in the context of linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • Linguistics - develop a broad and coherent body of knowledge in linguistics through the integration of both descriptive and applied linguistics, with a strong theoretical, practical, community and industry focus.
  • Performing Arts - engage with theatre studies theory through the exploration of composition techniques across genres (such as songs, plays, cabaret, musical theatre, film scripts, film music, animation music, and music for mass media).
  • Sociology – develop the skills to identify trends and structures in society as they relate to social problems that emerge from cultural, political and economic change.

Through your choice of electives you can expand your knowledge in an area of professional interest such as environmental law, sports law, statutory interpretation 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. 

Assessment

Assessment

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

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5
Arts Major Course 1 4.5 Rule(s): 5
Arts Sub-Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6
Arts Sub-major 2 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5
Arts Major Course 2 4.5 Rule(s): 5
Arts Sub-major 3 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6
Arts Sub-major 4 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3
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
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Arts Major Course 3 4.5 Rule(s): 5
Arts Major Course 5 4.5 Rule(s): 5
Arts Major Course 6 4.5 Rule(s): 5
Arts Sub-major 5 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Arts Major Course 4 Rule(s): 5
Arts Major Course 7 Rule(s): 5
Arts Major Course 8 Rule(s): 5
Arts Sub-major 6 Note(s): 4,5,6
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Law Elective or Honours Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 3,4
Law Elective or Honours 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) 4.5
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.?

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Scholarships

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

Australian
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).

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree. You could consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).

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