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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws

Why study with us?

  • With more than 150 years of experience, the University of Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, ranked 13th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 15th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

Overview

The highly regarded Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws will challenge your outlook and give you the skillset to think differently about how to find real-world, workable and ethical solutions to contemporary problems and issues.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree provides an outstanding liberal arts education that prepares you to meet the challenges of the modern workforce, where expertise, inventiveness, logic and critical thinking come to the fore. It offers broad choice across more than 45 subject areas, including a new minor in criminology and the ever popular media studies and global studies options. As an Arts/Law student, you will have the chance to explore your passions, interests and ambitions.

You study the BA over three years and complete the equivalent of the first year of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the same time. In years four and five, you will take the remaining compulsory and elective units of the LLB respectively. You complete a major area of study in the BA. If you wish to complete honours, you may do so in your fourth year of study, deferring your remaining law units until your fifth year of study.

Arts/Law students have the exclusive opportunity to undertake new majors in media studies and global studies as part of the University of Sydney’s new undergraduate curriculum. Media studies allows you to examine the history and theory of media production and communications, and acquire a formidable skillset in print, online and broadcast industries. Global studies equips you with the tools to understand globalisation and examine the impact of new technologies and practices on international relations.

Majors

Note: Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below as well as in Australian Literature, Celtic Studies, Criminology, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

SAMPLE COURSE STRUCTURE:

This table shows the structure and study pattern of a typical Arts/Law combination.
 

 Year   Sem   Unit of study   Unit of study
 Unit of study
 Unit of study
 Unit of study

 1

 1

 Arts (Part A) Major  Junior Unit

 Arts (Part A or B) Junior Unit Choice

 Arts (Part A or B) Junior Unit Choice

 LAWS1006 Foundations of Law   

 LAWS1013 Legal Research I                         

 

 2

 Arts (Part A) Major Junior Unit 

 Arts (Part A or B) Junior Unit Choice 
 Arts (Part A or B) Junior Unit Choice

 LAWS1012 Torts                 

 

 2 

 1

 Arts (Part A) Major  Senior Unit  

 Arts (Part A or B) Senior  Unit Choice 
 LAWS1014 Civil and  Criminal Procedure 
 LAWS1015 Contracts 

 

 

 

 2

 Arts (Part A) Major Senior Unit  
 Arts (Part A or B) Senior  Unit Choice 
 Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice 
 LAWS1016 Criminal  Law     

 3 

 1

 Arts (Part A) Major Senior Unit 
 Arts (Part A or B) Senior  Unit Choice 
 Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice 
 LAWS1023 Public International Law
 LAWS1019 Legal Research II 

 

 2

 Arts (Part A) Major Senior Unit 
 Arts (Part A or B) Senior  Unit Choice 
 LAWS1017 Torts and Contracts II 
 LAWS1021 Public Law   

 4 

 1

 LAWS2010 Administrative Law 
 LAWS2011 Federal Constitutional Law 
 LAWS2012 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law 
 LAWS2013 The Legal Profession   

 

 2

 LAWS2014 Corporations Law
 LAWS2015 Equity 
 LAWS2016 Evidence 
 LAWS2017 Real Property   

 5

 1

 LAWS2018 Private International Law A  
 Three law elective units of study to complete**
 
 
 

 

 2

 Four law elective units of study to complete**  
 
   


Note: Legal Research I and Legal Research II are zero credit point units but are compulsory examinable units that count towards the first degree in the Combined Law program.

* You may choose instead to take a maximum of two electives and complete the remaining compulsory units in Year 5.
# Delivery of compulsory units of study in Year 4 may differ in any given year in relation to semester delivery.
** One elective unit in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 must be a jurisprudence unit.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

For Bachelor of Laws: None.
For Bachelor of Arts: Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Applicants are guaranteed entry if they obtain an ATAR, or equivalent, of 99.5. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. If you do not obtain the ATAR into Combined Law at Sydney you may like to consider the transfer option. You can enrol in another degree at any University, including Sydney. You will be assessed according to either your tertiary grades or your secondary qualifications, whichever is higher. If you have not studied at tertiary level for at least one year full-time in the same degree, you will be assessed according to your secondary qualifications only. Entry into Combined Law is competitive and places are limited. Applications open in August each year for courses commencing in March the following year. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of first year you can reapply after second year. The credit transfer policies of the Law School and its partner faculties are used when determining the amount of credit for previous studies. However, it may be difficult to complete Combined Law within the five years and you may wish to consider completing your first degree and then apply for the Juris Doctor.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Course opportunities

Eligible students may apply to take part in an international exchange program for one or two semesters. Study undertaken at a partner institution is counted towards the award of the degree.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and meet the academic requirements to practise law in the state of New South Wales. In relation to professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see detailed information on our website

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws combined degree who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Possible career pathways include:

  • Barrister 
  • Diplomacy 
  • Foreign affairs 
  • Human rights 
  • International relations 
  • Journalism 
  • Judge 
  • Magistrate 
  • Project management 
  • Public policy 
  • Solicitor.
Future study

Eligible candidates may enrol for an honours year in Arts, or for integrated honours in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). You may also go on to further postgraduate study in either discipline. Sydney Law School is an international leader in postgraduate legal education and, in addition to the Master of Laws (LLM), offers master's degrees and graduate diplomas in 16 specialist areas. These include: taxation; business; commercial and corporate law; labour relations; health law; environment law; international law; criminology and jurisprudence. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a rich postgraduate program comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.