Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program is for people who want the advantages of both an arts education and a law degree that provides the legal knowledge and skills to handle the demands of modern legal practice. In addition to core subjects required for admission to practice, the Bachelor of Laws component includes the following subjects: Competition law; Consumer protection law; International trade law; International human rights law; Public and private international law; Comparative legal systems. Graduates can pursue a range of legal careers including: private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister; legal officer in the public sector; in-house counsel to a wide range of organisations from corporations to trade unions; public interest legal work in community legal centres; legal research. Students must complete 80 hours of pro bono work per year (after their first year), providing them with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing them to contribute to the common good. The Bachelor of Arts portion of the dual degree gives students the flexibility to study what they are passionate about. There is a range of subjects ACU offers within the following areas: Business Studies; Drama; History; Literature; Mathematics; Media; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Sociology; Theological Studies; Visual Arts.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW prerequisites: English (Standard) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4); VIC 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


400 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Business studies; Drama; History; Literature; Mathematics; Media; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Sociology; Theological studies; Visual arts

Study Pathways:

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


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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 79.9 No Full time 5 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 79.9 No Part time 10 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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