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Start date
February
July

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHLD

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2019: AUD$ 31,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 32,600 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
089102C

Degree overview

  • Study the No.1 ranked Law degree in South Australia1 and the state's only journalism and professional writing degree.
  • Ranked in the top 100 in the world for Law2
  • Gain a competitive edge with expertise in two fields and graduate with two degrees in just five years.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of key legal principles, processes and methods with a professional law honours degree.
  • Learn in our state-of-the-art television and radio stations, located on-campus.
  • Undertake a professional placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.
  • Experience our on-campus moot court from your first year.
  • Participate in our student-run Legal Advice Clinic and provide advice to real clients under the supervision of a managing solicitor.
  • Gain practical experience by contributing to our online student publication On the Record, or our internet radio studio UniCast.
  • Learn from researchers who are recognised as performing above world standard in Law, and Journalism and Professional Writing3.
  • Join our active UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) – benefit from a like-minded community and participate in a variety of social and networking events.

12019 THE Subject Rankings.   2Ranked #81, 2019 THE Subject Rankings.   32015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Snapshot

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

A double degree expands your knowledge and opens doors to a broad range of career opportunities.

You will graduate with professional honours, an advanced understanding of legal principles of Australian law and the latest 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.

In your law studies you’ll gain practical real-world experience by undertaking an industry or clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year. You’ll also be involved in mock-trials in our moot court, learning what it’s like to act as an advocate and argue a case before a judge. You can also gain valuable experience at our on-campus Legal Advice Clinic, solving 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.

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

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.

Laws (Honours)

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, you will be prepared for legal practice upon graduation.

You'll also be able to choose from an industry or clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.

Journalism and Professional Writing

You will study courses that provide you with 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
  • learn how to use industry-standard hardware and software
  • develop research skills
  • develop production skills, such as filming and editing 

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.

Degree 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 5)
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)
Journalism: Principles and Practices COMM 1062 4.5
News Reporting COMM 1064 4.5
Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 2009 4.5
Elective 1 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Production for News and Social Media COMM 1063 4.5
Media Contexts COMM 1059 4.5
Professional Writing COMM 3037 4.5
Elective 2 4.5
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 5)
Corporations Law B LAWS 3081 4.5 Note(s): 2
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Radio Journalism and Podcasts 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
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Evidence LAWS 4003 4.5 Note(s): 2
Administrative Law LAWS 3006 4.5
Lawyers, Ethics and Society LAWS 4006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation LAWS 4016 9 Note(s): 2
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 3
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): 2 Rule(s): 2
Legal Advice Clinic LAWS 4018 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,4
Law Professional Placement LAWS 4021 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,4
Research Project A LAWS 4019 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Research Project B LAWS 4020 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. In addition, you will need to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). As a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate approximately 12 hours per week for classes 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).

Why Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing

Why this Degree

With our Law degree ranked No.1 in South Australia1, in the top 100 in the world2, and our research in the area of law recognised as above world-class3, 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 smaller 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 professional honours and an advanced understanding of legal principles, including the opportunity to experience an industry or clinic placement, undertake a law reform project or conduct high level research in your final year.

In our on-campus Legal Advice Clinic you’ll gain valuable experience, solving the legal problems of real clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

Throughout your journalism studies, you will gain access to our on-campus 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.

More ways to study

Our study options and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from full-time or part-time learning, two study intakes, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as accelerated learning pathways.

You can also join our active student community with the UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) – an independent body that provides educational and vocational support, and hosts a variety of social and networking events.

12019 THE Subject Rankings.   2Ranked #81, 2019 THE Subject Rankings.   32015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

Become a global citizen with our overseas 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 you placement, project, research and work opportunities. You can also choose to incorporate local or national internships and clerkships into your degree.

Our Business Career Mentor Program also pairs you with an experienced legal professional, helping you to build your network and your career. 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.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Employment for legal professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 17.8 per cent between now and November 20201.

Your career options could include:

  • 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
  • Legal/political commentator: offering expert commentary on a specific topic or subject of interest to mass media
  • Industry spokesperson: offering an expert industry opinion, view or insight for a specific purpose or use

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 the completion of Practical Legal Training.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Professional accreditation and recognition

The Law degree is accredited by the Bar Council of India. Indian students studying in Australia can have their Law Degree recognised for the purposes of a legal career in their home country. Students who wish to be admitted in India are advised to consult with the Bar Council about what bridging courses they may need to complete.

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 Foundation Studies program or the Diploma in Business 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).

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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 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

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.

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I teach and research in private law – primarily Equity, Trusts, Property and Contract Law. I have recently taken on a new course which considers Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession. I am also engaged in several research projects with colleagues from UniSA; one which is looking at online courts to improve access to justice, and another where we are writing a Legal Ethics Problems handbook for use by students and teachers.

Ms Jane Knowler

Program Director

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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
<br />Employment: ABC Canberra Press Gallery

"Law developed my interests in justice and politics, while my journalism studies indulged my curiosity and love of telling people’s stories. My experiences at UniSA helped me develop invaluable skills transferrable to industry and were critical in securing my position with Channel Ten – UniSA has prepared me well for my career.”

Phoebe Bowden

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing
Employment: Channel Ten

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Phoebe Bowden

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing
<br />Employment: Channel Ten