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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws

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    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 23rd in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Overview

The future of work is changing, and what it means to be part of the legal profession has expanded. Our highly regarded Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws combined degree program will challenge you to think differently. You will graduate with two degrees, opening the door to a wide range of career opportunities – in law or another area where legal skills are in demand.

Today’s law graduates need to be equipped with an agile mindset, and the ability to draw on legal and non-legal insights to solve multi-faceted problems, amidst unprecedented change, shifting client expectations and rapid technological advancements.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is one of the most reputable law programs in Australia, highly regarded overseas and your first step towards admissions as a legal practitioner in NSW.

Focused on the modern legal environment, you will develop the complex problem solving and analytical skills required to meet the challenges of a contemporary global landscape.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers broad choice across more than 45 subject areas, allowing you to build a solid foundation in another area(s), and gain a unique perspective.

You study the BA over three years and complete the equivalent of the first year of the LLB at the same time. In years four and five, you will take the remaining compulsory and elective units of the LLB respectively. 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.

Bachelor of Arts majors include:

Agricultural and Resource Economics History
American Studies Indigenous Studies
Ancient Greek Indonesian Studies
Ancient History International Relations
Anthropology International and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and Cultures Italian Studies
Archaeology Italian Studies (Advanced)
Art History Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Asian Studies Italian Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies
Chinese Studies Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Criminology Korean Studies
Cultural Studies Latin
Digital Cultures Linguistics
Econometrics Media Studies
Economic Policy Modern Greek Studies
Economics Music
English Philosophy
European Studies Political Economy
Film Studies Politics
Financial Economics Socio-Legal Studies
French and Francophone Studies Sociology
Gender Studies Spanish and Latin American Studies
Germanic Studies Studies in Religion 
Global Studies Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern)   

Subject areas

Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below, as well as standalone minors in Celtic Studies, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

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Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws

Year Sem  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
Foundations of Law
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 Torts
2 1 Arts (Part A) Major Senior Unit Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice Civil and Criminal Procedure Contracts
  2 Arts (Part A) Major Senior Unit Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice 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
Public International Law
Legal Research II
  2 Major Senior Unit Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice Torts and Contracts II Public Law
4 1 Administrative Law Federal Constitutional Law Introduction to Property and Commercial Law The Legal Profession
  2 Corporations Law Equity Evidence Real Property
5 1 Private International Law A Law elective Law elective Law elective
  2 Law elective Law elective Law elective Law elective

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 Law electives and complete the remaining compulsory units in Year 5.
** One Law elective unit must be a Jurisprudence unit.

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 criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Transfer: 
You can apply to transfer into the BA/LLB after your first year of tertiary study. You will be assessed on either your tertiary or secondary grades, 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. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of the first year you can reapply after the 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 is not possible to complete Combined Law within five years if you  transfer after more than one year of university study.

Consider completing your first degree and then applying for the Juris Doctor. This graduate entry degree includes study of all required areas of knowledge to practice law in NSW. Find out more.

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.

Dalyell Scholars

If you are eligible for entry into this degree then it is very likely you will also be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program

Professional accreditation

Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board and meets the academic requirements for practising law in New South Wales. For professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see detailed information under professional recognition here.

Career Pathways

  • Barrister 
  • Solicitor
  • Judge
  • Magistrate
  • Diplomat 
  • Business analyst 
  • Diplomat 
  • Economist 
  • Management consultant 
  • Policy adviser 
  • Project officer 
  • Project manager

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.

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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

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