Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Laws
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 3 locations
The Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Laws has been designed to produce graduates who are well-trained in legal theory and practice, knowledgeable in philosophical and ethical issues related to the law, and skilled in textual analysis, argumentation and communication. As a graduate, you can aspire to a range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment.
While undertaking your legal studies, you will also be undertaking core and elective studies in various areas of philosophy, such as ethics, epistemology (theory of knowledge), jurisprudence (philosophy of law), theories of human nature, social and political philosophy, logic, and the history of philosophy. In this way, you will develop keen insight into the broader context within which the law operates, an enhanced awareness of the complexities of legal theory and practice, as well as the kinds of analytical skills needed in contemporary legal practice contexts. Should you wish to do so, there is also provision within the flexible program to undertake studies in other areas of the humanities.
Students who have completed 120 credit points of law units with a grade point average of 5.75 and above may apply to complete an honours degree.
You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year).
The pro bono program provides practical work-place based experience in a community context and provides you with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing you to contribute to the common good.
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.
Completing a Bachelor of Philosophy / Bachelor of Laws is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas such as:
- private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister
- legal officer in the public sector (for example in federal or state government departments and publicly funded organisations as diverse as national regulatory bodies, universities or public broadcasters)
- in-house counsel to a wide range of organisations from corporations to trade unions
- government administration
- media and communications
- public and policy development
- commerce and industry
- specialist legal practice in various other fields such as cultural institutions; community and charitable organisations; creative industries; tourism.
To complete the Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Laws, a student must complete 400 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
|Year 1 - Semester 1|
LAWS104 Foundations of Law and Legal Research
LAWS105 Contract Law
PHIL100 Philosophy: the Big Questions
PHIL107 Philosophy of World Religions
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
LAWS107 Introduction to Australian Public Law
LAWS108 Commercial Law
UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
PHCC102 Being Human
PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
PHIL102 Theories of Human Nature
PHIL104 Introduction to Ethics
|Year 2 - Semester 1|
LAWS106 Criminal Law and Procedure
PHIL202 Justice, Authority and Human Rights
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
LAWS200 Business Organisations
LAWS213 Community Legal Engagement Pro Bono
PHIL200 Contemporary Moral Problems
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
LAWS314 Statutory Interpretation
UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World
PHCC320 The Just Society
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
LAWS201 Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAWS204 Land Law
LAWS403 Legal Theory
|Year 4 - Semester 1|
LAWS421 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
PHIL320 Ethics, Justice and the Good Society
|Year 4 - Semester 2|
LAWS419 Constitutional Law
LAWS420 Equity and Trusts
|PHIL Elective||General Elective|
|Year 5 - Semester 1|
LAWS418 Administrative Law
LAWS404 International Law
Law elective 1
Law elective 2
|Year 5 - Semester 2|
Law elective 3
Law elective 4
Law elective 5
PHIL321 History of Philosophy Seminar
PHIL322 Metaphysics and Epistemology Seminar
This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
*Campus availability: Sydney students will undertake law units at the North Sydney Campus and all other units at the Strathfield Campus. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.
Applicants whose first language is not English must have either:
- Successfully completed at least two full-time years of study in secondary or higher education where the medium of study was English; or
- Demonstrated their English proficiency, as set out below:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Overall Score 7.0, Individual Score of 6.5 in all tests.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL) from an Internet-based total of 94, achieve a minimum of 24 in writing, 20 in speaking and listening, 19 in reading.
English language requirements
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0, including an 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.
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.
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.
Pathways into course for international applicants
If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed.
A student who has completed at least 120 cp of LAWS units of the degree with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.75 may be eligible for Admission to the Bachelor (Honours degree).
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
A student who achieves an Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Distinction average) may be eligible for Admission to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Meeting the eligibility requirements for admission is not in itself a guarantee of admission. The candidate’s potential to undertake research, the quality and feasibility of the research proposal, the availability of appropriate supervision and the referee’s reports will all be taken into consideration. Please refer to Regulation 5.2.
A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must comply with the Higher Degree Research Regulations.
Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.
- Unit fee: $3902
- Average first year fee: $31216
- Estimate total cost: $156080
The tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.
Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.
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.
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.
How to apply
Yes. See Defer your offer.
Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.
Dr Stewart Braun
National Head of School, Philosophy
Dr Stewart Braun is the National Head of School for Philosophy. Prior to arriving at ACU in 2013, he obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Virginia and his MAR in Philosophical Theology from Yale University. He specialises in social and political philosophy along with normative ethics. In those areas, he focuses most fundamentally on distributive and productive justice, as well as the nature of virtue and its role in social organisation. He is the co-editor of Virtue’s Reasons: New Essays on Virtue, Character, and Reasons (Routledge, 2017) and is currently drafting a book manuscript exploring the normative implications of workplace democracy.
Dr May Fong Cheong
Senior Lecturer and Deputy of Thomas More Law School
Dr May Fong Cheong is a Senior Lecturer and the Acting Deputy Head of School of the Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University. She is also Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. May has been in academia for more than twenty years and was formerly Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, Multimedia University Malaysia. May also previously practised as a commercial litigation lawyer at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. May has taught a wide range of subjects in private law including Contract Law, Australian Consumer Law, and False or Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts. May has also supervised students at doctoral, masters and undergraduate levels. Her main research areas are contract law, commercial law, competition law, consumer law, unfair contracts, remedies, and Asian comparative laws. Her articles in these areas have been published in journals including Journal of Contract Law and World Competition. May’s latest book, Australian Contract Law: Principles and Cases, was published in February 2020 by Thomson Reuters.