Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Laws

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

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.

Structure

400 credit points. You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit towards the compulsory community engagement unit (10 cp).

Subjects

  • Law
  • Psychology

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent. New South Wales Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4)
  • Victoria 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.

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.

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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $153,000
No
  • Full-time : 5 years
  • Part-time : 10 years
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Online/Off-campus
North Sydney (MacKillop) International: $153,000
No
  • Full-time : 5 years
  • Part-time : 10 years
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Online/Off-campus

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.

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