Bachelor of Theology / Bachelor of Laws

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This dual degree program 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 Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Laws focuses on: ethical behaviour; social justice; the common good; the law's interaction with theology. 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.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW Recommended: English (Advanced); VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 and a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English

Structure:

400 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Biblical studies; Christian thought; Christian practice; Laws

Study Pathways:

The degree provides a pathway to specialisations in a variety of legal, arts, theology and social sciences related disciplines. An honours degree in Laws is available for high-achieving students.

Further information:

ACU law students are required to attend a Law Induction Week (LIW) prior to the University's Orientation Week. The LIW is an introduction to the study of law at ACU. It is designed to assist students to acquire the skills and knowledge essential to their studies and the future practice of law. The LIW will consist of a combination of lectures and information sessions, a moot court session, and a range of social activities for both students and faculty staff. Students will complete a minimum of 320 hours pro bono experience during the course which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10cp). The pro bono program provides practical work place based experience in a community context.

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.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Lawyer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 5 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 10 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 78 No Full time 5 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 78 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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