Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
079440A
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2018 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (75.00)
  • North Sydney (78.00)

Description

ACU offers a flexible, work-friendly model of day and evening classes to suit your busy lifestyle.  You can study via part-time evening classes or full-time weekdays, or mix this up to fit your study and work schedule.

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.

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

As part of this degree you complete up to 160 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 duration

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sydney students will be required to take Theology units at the Strathfield campus.

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 LAWS104
Legal Reading, Writing and Research
LAWS105
Contract Law
THBS100
Introduction to the Bible
THEL103
Christianity Established: From Sect to Society
Year 1 THCP104
Integrated theological studies A
   
Year 1 - Semester 2 LAWS107
Public Law
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS108
Commercial Law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
THCT100
What Christians Believe
Year 2 - Semester 1 LAWS106
Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS206
Torts
(Pre: LAWS104)
THBS209
New Testament Letters
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS210
The Canonical Gospels
(Pre: THBS100)
THCT212
Christ, Creation and Salvation
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
Year 2 - Semester 2 LAWS200
Business Organisations
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS206)
LAWS203
False and Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
THBS204
Biblical Prophets
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS205
Narratives of Ancient Israel
(Pre: THBS100)
THCP105
Prayer and Liturgy
Year 2 LAWP100
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 1
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107, LAWS108)
   
Year 3 - Semester 1 LAWS202
Comparative legal systems
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS206)
LAWS205
Property
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS108)
THBS209
New Testament letters
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS210
The canonical gospels
(Pre: THBS100)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world (Pre: UNCC100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 LAWS201
Civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS206)
LAWS204
Land law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS205)
THBS204
Biblical Prophets
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel
(Pre: THBS100)
THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
or
THCT216
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100 )
Year 3 LAWP200
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 2
(Pre:LAWP100)
   
Year 4 - Semester 1 LAWS304
Evidence
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
LAWS305
Legal ethics and professional responsibility
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107)
Law Elective THCT212
Christ, creation and salvation
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
Year 4 THCP304
Integrated Theological Studies B
   
Year 4 - Semester 2 LAWS302
Constitutional law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS303
Equity and trusts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS205)
Law Elective THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
or
THCT216
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
Year 4 LAWP300
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 3
(Pre: LAWP200)
   
Year 5 - Semester 1 LAWS300
Administrative law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS404
Public and private international law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107, LAWS206)
Law Elective Law Elective
Year 5 - Semester 2 LAWS407
International human rights law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS405
Legal community engagement
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWP100, LAWP200, LAWP300, LAWP400, the required LAWP units will depend upon the Law course being studied)
THBS301
The Bible and Social Justice
(Pre: At least 60cp in each of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought)
 

*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.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
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.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

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

Credit Points

400

Majors and Minors

Theology Major/Minors
Major

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Thought
  • Christian Practice

Minor 1

  • Christian Thought
  • Biblical Studies
  • Biblical Studies

Minor 2

  • Christian Practice; or Philosophy; or Study of Religions
  • Christian Practice; or Philosophy; or Study of Religions
  • Christian Thought

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $10125 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

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.

Essential requirements for admission

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:

New South Wales

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

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: 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.

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

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2018

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer    
Median ATAR to receive an offer    
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer    
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer    
Median ATAR to receive an offer    
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer    

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Melbourne

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

North Sydney

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units. Note - you may need to complete up to 8 units (equivalent to one year fulltime) and achieve more than a pass grade to gain entry to this course.

Career paths

This double degree is designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and a wide range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment.

Graduates can pursue a range of legal careers including: 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 such as universities or public broadcasters); in-house counsel to a wide range of organisations from corporations to trade unions; public interest legal work in community legal centres; and legal research.

Completing this double degree is also excellent preparation for a career in areas as diverse as teaching, work in church agencies and ministries, chaplaincy, social inclusion, pastoral work, and social work, research, journalism and media, administration and public relations.

Professional experience

You will complete up to 160 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10cp).

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved 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.

Volunteer experience

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

Pathways to further study

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

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

ACU offers a flexible, work-friendly model of day and evening classes to suit your busy lifestyle.  You can study via part-time evening classes or full-time weekdays, or mix this up to fit your study and work schedule.

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.

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

As part of this degree you complete up to 160 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 duration

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020
North Sydney
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020

Sydney students will be required to take Theology units at the Strathfield campus.

Deferment, credit points & course units

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 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

400

Majors and Minors

Theology Major/Minors
Major

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Thought
  • Christian Practice

Minor 1

  • Christian Thought
  • Biblical Studies
  • Biblical Studies

Minor 2

  • Christian Practice; or Philosophy; or Study of Religions
  • Christian Practice; or Philosophy; or Study of Religions
  • Christian Thought

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 LAWS104
Legal Reading, Writing and Research
LAWS105
Contract Law
THBS100
Introduction to the Bible
THEL103
Christianity Established: From Sect to Society
Year 1 THCP104
Integrated theological studies A
   
Year 1 - Semester 2 LAWS107
Public Law
(Pre: LAWS104)
LAWS108
Commercial Law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
THCT100
What Christians Believe
Year 2 - Semester 1 LAWS106
Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS206
Torts
(Pre: LAWS104)
THBS209
New Testament Letters
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS210
The Canonical Gospels
(Pre: THBS100)
THCT212
Christ, Creation and Salvation
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
Year 2 - Semester 2 LAWS200
Business Organisations
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS206)
LAWS203
False and Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105)
THBS204
Biblical Prophets
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS205
Narratives of Ancient Israel
(Pre: THBS100)
THCP105
Prayer and Liturgy
Year 2 LAWP100
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 1
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107, LAWS108)
   
Year 3 - Semester 1 LAWS202
Comparative legal systems
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS206)
LAWS205
Property
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS108)
THBS209
New Testament letters
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS210
The canonical gospels
(Pre: THBS100)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world (Pre: UNCC100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 LAWS201
Civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS206)
LAWS204
Land law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS205)
THBS204
Biblical Prophets
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel
(Pre: THBS100)
THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
or
THCT216
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100 )
Year 3 LAWP200
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 2
(Pre:LAWP100)
   
Year 4 - Semester 1 LAWS304
Evidence
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS106)
LAWS305
Legal ethics and professional responsibility
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107)
Law Elective THCT212
Christ, creation and salvation
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
Year 4 THCP304
Integrated Theological Studies B
   
Year 4 - Semester 2 LAWS302
Constitutional law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS303
Equity and trusts
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS205)
Law Elective THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
or
THCT216
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre: THBS100; THCT100)
Year 4 LAWP300
Pro bono/Legal professional experience 3
(Pre: LAWP200)
   
Year 5 - Semester 1 LAWS300
Administrative law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS404
Public and private international law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS105, LAWS106, LAWS107, LAWS206)
Law Elective Law Elective
Year 5 - Semester 2 LAWS407
International human rights law
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWS107)
LAWS405
Legal community engagement
(Pre: LAWS104, LAWP100, LAWP200, LAWP300, LAWP400, the required LAWP units will depend upon the Law course being studied)
THBS301
The Bible and Social Justice
(Pre: At least 60cp in each of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought)
 

*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.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
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.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3518.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $28144.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $140720.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

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.

Essential requirements for admission

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:
    • 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 100, achieve a minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Career paths

This double degree is designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and a wide range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment.

Graduates can pursue a range of legal careers including: 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 such as universities or public broadcasters); in-house counsel to a wide range of organisations from corporations to trade unions; public interest legal work in community legal centres; and legal research.

Completing this double degree is also excellent preparation for a career in areas as diverse as teaching, work in church agencies and ministries, chaplaincy, social inclusion, pastoral work, and social work, research, journalism and media, administration and public relations.

Professional experience

You will complete up to 160 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10cp).

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved 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.

Volunteer experience

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

Pathways to further study

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

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