Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Global Studies

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
107003
ATAR
75.00 for North Sydney
Fees (first year)*

$14624 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

This unique degree is designed to develop an awareness of the broader context in which legal issues arise including the political, historical, philosophical and economic dimensions.

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Global Studies also offers an international education, and you will be required to study abroad (ACU has over 60 partner institutions around the world) and/or do an internship that provides international work experience in your third year. You will also complete 80 hours of pro bono work (after your first year), providing you with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing you to contribute to the common good.

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Global Studies produces well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and a range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment.


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Professional experience

You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year).

Work placement

The pro bono program provides practical work-place-based experience in a community context. In addition, students will have the opportunity to study or work overseas in an area relevant to their studies and interests in the Global Studies program.

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.

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Careers

As a graduate you can pursue a range of legal careers including:

  • private practice as a solicitor or barrister
  • careers in the public sector both local and international
  • government service including the diplomatic service, the United Nations system, other international organisations and NGOs
  • social entrepreneurship and companies with global outreach
  • international relations
  • journalism including travel journalism and tourism

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Global Studies, a student must complete 400 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

LAWS104 Foundations of Law and Legal Research

LAWS105 Contract Law

HIST115 Global History: Six Degrees of Separation

General elective
Year 1 - Semester 2

LAWS107 Introduction to Australian Public Law

LAWS108 Commercial Law

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

POLS104 Introduction to International Relations

Year 2 - Semester 1

LAWS106 Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS206 Torts

Global studies list AGlobal studies elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 2

LAWS200 Business Organisations

LAWS213 Community Legal Engagement Pro Bono

Global studies list BGlobal studies elective 2
Year 3 - Semester 1

Law elective 1

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society

Global studies list C

LAWS314 Statutory Interpretation

Year 3 - Semester 2

Study abroad

GLST301 Global Study Abroad A -GLST304 Global Study Abroad D

or

GLST300 Global Study International Internship

Study abroad

GLST301 Global Study Abroad A -GLST304 Global Study Abroad D

or

GLST300 Global Study International Internship

Study abroad

GLST301 Global Study Abroad A -GLST304 Global Study Abroad D

or

GLST300 Global Study International Internship

Study abroad

GLST301 Global Study Abroad A -GLST304 Global Study Abroad D

or

GLST300 Global Study International Internship

Year 4 - Semester 1

LAWS304 Evidence

LAWS421 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

GLST305 Global Studies Research Project

LAWS205 Property

Year 4 - Semester 2

LAWS419 Constitutional Law

LAWS420 Equity and Trusts LAWS420 Equity and Trusts

LAWS201 Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution

LAWS204 Land Law

Year 5 - Semester 1

LAWS418 Administrative Law

LAWS404 International Law

Law elective 2

Law elective 3

Year 5 - Semester 2

Law elective 6

LAWS403 Legal Theory

Law elective 4

Law elective 5

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

*Campus availability – Sydney students will undertake global studies units at the Strathfield Campus and all other units at the North Sydney Campus. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information

The course includes a compulsory semester of International Study or an Internship at an international institution. Students will be able to choose from some 20 countries and more than 60 partner institutions through ACU International partnerships and agreements.

Entry requirements

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

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

StatePrerequisites

New South Wales

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

Queensland

English (4, SA) at year 12 level

Victoria

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

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Overall score of 7.0, Individual score of 6.5 for all tests.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic): from an Internet based total of 94, achieve a minimum of 24 in writing, 20 in speaking and listening, 19 in reading.

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

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.  

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

The degree provides a pathway to specialisations in a variety of legal, arts and social sciences related disciplines.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$14624 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

Scholarships

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.  

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

North Sydney

Apply through UAC

UAC code 107003

Direct application

Apply now

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC, UAC or QTAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC, UAC or QTAC.

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

 

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