Bachelor of Laws
Designed and taught by practicing lawyers and academics, Deakin’s accredited Bachelor of Laws integrates sound legal training with real-world experience, developing key skills in problem-solving, analytical thinking, and ethical reasoning.
Are you looking for a degree that prepares you for a leading legal or professional career?
Deakin's Bachelor of Laws attracts some of the brightest and best students in Australia and our graduates enjoy high employment rates in dynamic roles across law, business, journalism, public administration, private enterprise, and politics.
A distinctive feature of Deakin’s law degree is the focus on experiential learning. The legal profession is highly commercialized and lawyers are increasingly required to provide clients with practical, commercial, and governance advice, in addition to legal expertise. As credit towards your degree, you will undertake work-integrated learning placements. You may be placed at law firms, legal aid providers, and government offices that deliver the legal skills and experience that employers are looking for in the competitive job market.
Throughout your degree, you’ll develop practical legal skills, including:
- preparing for court appearances
- legal drafting
- statutory interpretation.
You’ll also develop transferable skills that will launch you on a variety of career paths. That could mean entering the business sector in almost any industry or government service in areas such as law reform, politics, or public administration.
This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.
The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.
Deakin's Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches and popular tourist attractions. The 94 hectare site is approximately five kilometres from the centre of Warrnambool CBD, serviced by the Princes Highway and by its own railway station and bus services. Warrnambool has a population of about 34,000 and is roughly 250 kilometres west of Melbourne.
Geelong Waterfront Campus
Located in the heart of Geelong, the Geelong Waterfront Campus has spectacular views of the bay. Used as wool stores in the 19th century, this campus has been renovated to create an impressive, modern space that offers an inspiring study environment. The unique mix of old and new allows for engaging and creative spaces, and its central location means students can visit Geelong’s central business district between classes. In 2019 a new ferry travelling between Melbourne and Geelong was launched. The ferry offers a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. It docks a short walk from the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Train and bus services are also regularly available between Geelong and Melbourne.
Application Processing Time in Days: 5
Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
Job Opportunity Potential
Obtaining a law degree is your first step to entering the legal profession. Upon completion of your degree and the additional practical legal training, you’ll be qualified to work as a solicitor or barrister in all legal fields, including:
- commercial law
- criminal law
- family law
- public international and human rights law
- refugee law
- personal injury law
In addition, your degree opens numerous other career opportunities. As an alternative to practicing as a barrister or solicitor, you may choose to enter:
- business as a corporate lawyer, consultant, company administrator or business manager
- government as a lawyer or policy adviser with departments or authorities as diverse as the Attorney General's Department, the office of Parliamentary Counsel, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- industrial relations
- public administration
- law reform
- Melbourne Campus - 2 years of Post Study Work Permit
- Geelong/ Warrnambool Campus - 3 years of Post Study Work Permit
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
- Business: 65%
- Law: 80%
- Sport: 65%
Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL.
Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life, or work experience will be based on:
- Successful completion of at least 4 credit points of study (equivalent to one trimester/semester of full-time study) at a bachelor level (AQF Level 7) or above, from an, accredited higher education institution within the last ten years, and with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM), depending on campus, as follows:
- 70% Burwood campus
- 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
- 60% Cloud campus
- The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – with the achievement of a minimum percentile rank, depending on campus, as follows:
- 70% Burwood campus
- 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
- 60% Cloud campus
- Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
- Applicants who have the required study and WAM may still sit the STAT if they wish. Under these circumstances, the WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.
*From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin no longer accepts ALSET test results for entry into Law courses.
When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.
Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.
Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:
- award certificates
- academic transcripts
- formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).
Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.
- Course Code: 026686F
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Bachelors/UG Degree
- Duration: 04 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
Application Fee: N/A
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