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Start date
February
September

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHLD

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
089101D

Key features

  • Study the No.1 ranked Law degree in South Australia1.
  • Ranked in the top 100 in the world for Law1.
  • Gain a competitive advantage by combining law with another discipline.
  • Graduate with two degrees in just five years.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of key legal principles, processes and methods through the honours program.
  • Participate in a law reform project or conduct high-level research.
  • Become a leader in legal practice and other fields where legal expertise is highly regarded.
  • Experience practical learning in a moot court in your first year and get involved in industry placements throughout your degree.
  • Participate in the student-run Legal Advice Clinic providing advice to real clients.
  • Fast track your degrees with our flexible study options.
  • Explore global issues of politics, economics, conflict resolution, social development, security and environmental protection. 
  • Develop a coherent body of knowledge in international and regional political diversity, and the changing nature of political agendas.
  • Gain international experience as part of The Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program.

12018 World Times Higher Education Subject Ranking.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Gain a competitive advantage by combining law with Arts (International Relations) – 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 graduate with honours and an advanced understanding of legal principles of Australian law and the latest advanced legal concepts in Arts (International Relations). This legal expertise, combined with the knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your specialisation, will set you on track for a leadership career.

In your law studies you’ll gain practical real-world experience by participating in a law reform project, conducting high level research or undertaking placements in professional settings. You’ll also 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. Throughout your degree, gain valuable experience through the on-campus Legal Advice Clinic, solving legal problems of real clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

In your international relations studies you will build an understanding of global politics, economics, conflict resolution, social development, security and environmental protection. You will explore Australia’s relationships with Asia and the implications of ‘the Asian century’.

In your final year, choose from high-level research capstone courses, a range of law theoretical electives or industry or clinic placements to complete the honours component of your degree.

Law at UniSA is taught over three ten-week trimesters per year. 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

If you wish to practise law, you should also familiarise yourself with the requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in South Australia. 

Why Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Why this Degree

With our Law degree ranked No.1 in South Australia1, in the top 100 in the world1, and our research in the area of law recognised as above world-class2, you will be learning from experts. Learn from those at the forefront of the legal profession with our teaching staff 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. You will graduate with honours and an advanced understanding of legal principles, including the opportunity to participate in a capstone project in your final year. 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.

During your degree studies 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 while helping others.

 12018 World Times Higher Education Subject Ranking.   22015 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.

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.

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 (International Relations).

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 to resolve complex legal problems.

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.

Through practical learning experiences including mooting and witness examination and the opportunity to undertake placement in a professional setting, you will be prepared for legal practice upon graduation.

International Relations
You will study courses in international relations such as:

  • Intercultural Communication  
  • International Relations Theory
  • Global Power in the Asian Century
  • Peace, Justice and Reconciliation
  • International Political Economy and Human Development
  • Contemporary Security Issues
  • International Relations Research Project

You will also study a sub-major chosen from the other Arts degree options. 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.

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

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have 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

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 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).

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
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Legislation LAWS 1020 4.5
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Contracts B LAWS 1009 4.5
Torts B LAWS 1015 4.5
Land Law LAWS 2038 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5
Introduction to Politics and International Relations POLI 1010 4.5
Sub-Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Sub-Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5
Key Ideas In International Politics POLI 1018 4.5
Sub-Major 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Sub-Major 4 4.5 Note(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS 2030 4.5
Contemporary Property Law LAWS 2018 4.5
Corporations Law A LAWS 3080 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Environment and Natural Resources Law LAWS 2037 4.5
Law Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Corporations Law B LAWS 3081 4.5 Note(s): 4
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Energy, Security and Environmental Politics in Asia POLI 2025 4.5
OR
Regional Integration POLI 2028 4.5
Global Power in the Asian Century POLI 3018 4.5
Peace, Justice and Reconciliation POLI 3017 4.5
Sub-Major 5 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Australia in the Asian Century POLI 2003 4.5
OR
International Political Economy and Human Development POLI 2026 4.5
Contemporary Security Issues POLI 3015 4.5
Politics and International Relations Research Project POLI 3016 4.5
Sub-Major 6 4.5 Note(s): 2
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Evidence LAWS 4003 4.5 Note(s): 4
Administrative Law LAWS 3006 4.5
Lawyers, Ethics and Society LAWS 4006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 6)
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation LAWS 4016 9 Note(s): 4
During the final year students must complete 9 units but can complete 18 units from the capstone courses as listed below
Law Reform Clinic LAWS 4017 9 Note(s): 4 Rule(s): 2
Legal Advice Clinic LAWS 4018 9 Note(s): 4 Rule(s): 2
Law Professional Placement LAWS 4021 9 Note(s): 4 Rule(s): 2
Research Project A LAWS 4019 4.5 Note(s): 4 Rule(s): 2
Research Project B LAWS 4020 4.5 Note(s): 4 Rule(s): 2

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

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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 lots 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, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

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.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree.An alternative entry option is available through the Foundations Studies or Diploma in Business programs with UniSA, 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).

Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree. You could consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies)1.

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