Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Laws

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

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. As a graduate you can pursue a range of legal careers including private practice as a solicitor or barrister; legal officer in the public sector; in-house counsel for a wide range of organisations including corporations, regulatory authorities and NGOs; education; government administration; media and communications; public policy development; and in commerce and industry. 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. 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.

Course Fee:


International: $150,000

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. New South Wales Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4). Queensland Prerequisite: English (4, SA) at year 12 level. Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Structure:

400 Credit Points. You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit towards the compulsory community legal engagement unit (10 cp).

Subjects you can Study:

Philosophy; Laws

Study Pathways:

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master's degree programs.

Recognition:

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law in Victoria and New South Wales, and is recognised for admission as a legal practitioner in other States and Territories in Australia.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Related Careers:

Law Clerk, Lawyer,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 10 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Online
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Full time 5 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 10 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 5 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Part time 10 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Full time 5 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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