Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Laws

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
CRICOS Code
079440A
IELTS
 7.0 overall Score (Individual Score of 6.5 in all tests)
Fees (first year)*
$31216
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024, February 2025, July 2025

Overview

Theology is fuel for an inquisitive mind, and lawyers are inquisitive by nature. By combining law with a theology degree you will be equipped to stand up for people in need and causes that matter. This unique double degree provides a legal education informed by Christian values and an education in theology that is orientated to the professional values and practice of law. The degree focuses on ethical behaviour, social justice, the common good and the law’s interaction with theology.

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.

Professional experience

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

Work placement

As part of this degree you 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.

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.

Careers

In addition to the wide range of careers open to graduates of the Bachelor of Laws, completion of this double degree is excellent preparation for careers in:

  • teaching
  • work in church agencies and ministries
  • chaplaincy
  • social inclusion
  • pastoral work
  • social work
  • research
  • journalism and media
  • administration and public relations

Course details

Course structure

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

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AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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International applicants

Applicants whose first language is not English must have either:

  1. Successfully completed at least two full-time years of study in secondary or higher education where the medium of study was English; or
  2. Demonstrated their English proficiency, as set out below:
  3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Overall Score 7.0, Individual Score of 6.5 in all tests.
  4. 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.

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 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. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

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.

Fees

Course costs

  • 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.

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.  

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How to apply

International applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 116301

Direct application

Apply now

Deferment

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.

Testimonial

Gareth Mitchell Burke

“When I found ACU was offering a dual degree in law and theology, my search was over. I was amazed at the prospect of being able to complete two degrees in a five-year period, and the fact that I could study degrees that appealed equally to my passion for justice and faith sealed the deal. I found law and theology inform one another.

Since graduating, I have been working full-time in litigation. The legal curriculum at ACU was invaluable in giving me the knowledge I needed to start my career. Studying at ACU was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much, made amazing friends, and was always treated with kindness by staff.”

Gareth Mitchell Burke
Bachelor of Theology/ Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
 

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