Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Laws

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws combines the study of human behaviour with the study of the law. This double degree is designed to produce well-rounded graduates ready for legal practice and 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. You will be well placed to develop specialist legal practice in a wide range of fields including forensic psychology; litigation; terrorism studies; and industrial law and management. The program combines the study of human behaviour with the study of law. The Psychological Science component enhances the student's specialist knowledge by providing a comprehensive understanding of psychology, including behavioural and mental processes. It offers an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence in psychology.

Course Fee:


International: $152,360

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. NSW Prerequisites: English (Standard)(Band 3) 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.

Structure:

400 credit points. Students will complete up to 160 hours pro bono experience (after their first year) which will count as credit towards the compulsory community engagement unit (10 cp).

Subjects you can Study:

Law; Psychology

Study Pathways:

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to Honours study or 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.

Further information:

Completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas such as: Academic; Criminology researcher; Health department researcher; Human resources consultant; In-house legal counsel for NGOs, community or health service organisations; Legal Practitioner (barrister or solicitor); Policy writer; Psychologist (after further studies); Training consultant; 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 as diverse as national regulatory bodies, 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; legal research within a variety of organisations such as: Australian Institute of Criminology; Centrelink; Department of Community Service; Department of Health; Department of Human Services; Rehabilitation Centres.

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. This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Lawyer, Psychologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) 66.85 No Full time 5 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 66.85 No Part time 10 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 66.85 No Full time 5 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 66.85 No Part time 10 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.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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