Bachelor of Human Rights/Bachelor of Laws

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 4 locations

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
75.00 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$16320 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


Human rights advocacy has never been more important. It’s a rapidly growing field across the world and involves aspects of law, criminal justice, history, philosophy and politics.

Studying a Bachelor of Human Rights/Bachelor of Laws will prepare you for a rewarding legal career in human rights both in Australia and globally.

Your strong commitment to social justice is at the heart of this double degree. Like you, we believe in standing up for people in need and issues that matter. We want you to see life through the eyes of others and be inspired to become the leading human rights lawyers and advocates of the 21st century. As a central part of your studies, you will gain essential skills in critical thinking, writing, analysis and debating – skills in high demand from employers.

Our law degree fulfills the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Australia.

You can also study the Bachelor of Human Rights or the Bachelor of Human Rights/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Work placement

Pro bono placements are undertaken from the second year of law studies. You’ll engage in practical, law related activities, especially on behalf of those who are the most marginalised and disadvantaged in our community. These placements will provide valuable experience in the practical operation of the law. Through community engagement you’ll have the opportunity to reflect upon the capacity of the law to respond to social justice issues involving those who are marginalised and disadvantaged as well as in law reform. You’ll benefit from, develop and reflect upon the values of collaboration, equality, mutual respect and commitment to justice in an ethically-based profession.

Volunteer experience

The pro bono program provides practical, work-place based experience in a community context.

Professional recognition

This degree has been approved by accreditation authorities as a prerequisite for admission to legal practice in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, and is recognised for the purposes of admission in other Australian states and territories.


Our graduates can pursue careers in:

  • the legal profession
  • advocacy: domestic and International advocacy, humanitarian services, disaster relief, policy development, volunteer co-ordination
  • social services: human services provision, public health, economic development, policy development
  • government administration
  • industry regulation
  • communications: foreign news reporting/correspondence, investigative journalism, research
  • politics
  • NGOs, both domestic and international
  • academia
  • diplomacy

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing Semester 1

  • Law Specified UnitsLAWS104Foundations of Law and Legal Research10 cp
  • Law Specified UnitsLAWS105Contract Law10 cp
  • Thomas More Law School Specified UnitsLHRG103Legal Institutions and Human Rights10 cp
  • FTP Specified Units PHIL104Introduction to Ethics10 cp
  • Law Specified UnitsLAWS107Introduction to Australian Public Law10 cp
  • Law Specified UnitsLAWS108Commercial Law10 cp
  • FEA Specified UnitsSOCS101Global Society and Change10 cp
  • Law Elective UnitsLHRG111Human Rights and Indigenous People10 cp

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

New South Wales

English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4)


English (4, SA) at year 12 level


Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$16320 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 112081

Direct application

Apply now

Staff Profile

Dr Bill Swannie

Lecturer, Thomas More Law School

Bill Swannie is a Lecturer at the Thomas More Law School. His areas of expertise include human rights law, anti-discrimination law, legal theory, media law and international law. He has taught at Victorian law schools since 2013.

Previously, Dr Swannie was Principal Lawyer at a community legal centre, associate to a Vice President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and a government lawyer.

Dr Swannie has received several awards for teaching including a citation for programs that enhance student learning. His research is published in leading Australian law journals.

Dr Swannie is a member of the editorial board of the Alternative Law Journal, a member of the Australian Discrimination Law Experts Group, and on the management committee for the Law and Society Association of Australian and New Zealand. He is a member of the Wellness for Law network and has a particular interest in student wellbeing.

Dr Sevda Clarke

Lecturer, Thomas More Law School

Dr Sevda Clark is a human rights lawyer, policy analyst and Lecturer at the Thomas More Law School where she teaches International Law, Administrative Law and Constitutional Law She is admitted in the Supreme Court of NSW.

Before joining the Law School, Clark worked as a legal policy analyst at the Attorney-General’s Department. She was also a Principal Research Officer for the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights at the Department of the Senate, Parliament House Canberra.

As Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, she advised governments and non-governmental organisations on the normative development and implementation of human rights law at the international and domestic levels. She acted as Expert advisor to the United Nations during the drafting of the Third Optional Protocol the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure and represented the National Institute for Human Rights in Norway at the Working Group sessions in Geneva, making oral and written submissions on the development of the treaty.

Clark serves as a Member of the Advisory Board, Human Rights Education Review and an Editorial Board Member of the Australian Feminist Law Journal.

Clark holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of International Human Rights Law from the University of Oslo, Norway. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Hons English Literature) from the University of Sydney.


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