Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Psychological Studies

Victoria University (VU)

The combined degree equips graduates with an understanding of themselves and others, including clients and those involved in the legal and psychological studies fields. This 5 year double degree prepares graduates for those occupations where there is an interaction between the law, psychology and mental health. The double degree will provide graduates with a career path towards eligibility for Registration as a Psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia. The completion of the 'Priestley 11' units, as set out by the Council of Legal Education, within the course will satisfy the academic component for students wishing to be admitted as an Australian Lawyer, in the Supreme Court of Victoria. The course learning outcomes include the concepts, theories and ideas central to the disciplines of law and psychological studies.

Entry Requirements:

Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4 with a minimum study score of 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English (any); International Baccalaureate students with at least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL

Structure:

480 credit points consisting of 396 credit points of core law and psychological studies, 84 credit points of elective studies.

Subjects you can Study:

Law; Psychology

Study Pathways:

Advanced standing may be granted for appropriate prior studies at an AQF 7 level for law units and psychological studies units (where undertaken in an APAC accredited course or international equivalent).

Further information:

All applicants are encouraged to complete the law supplementary form which may be used to adjust the Selection Rank. Students in any Bachelor of Laws may apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree once they have completed a minimum 192 credit points and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above i.e. 70-100%. Applicants will be assessed on the highest grades achieved in the top 12 Law units. Students will be further assessed on an outline of a proposed thesis topic and availability of a college based or college affiliated supervisor. Successful applicants will enrol in both Advanced Research Legal Methods and Advanced Legal Research Dissertation instead of 24 credit points of law electives. In order to be eligible to advance to the Psychology Honours year of the course, students must achieve the stringent academic admission criteria that are required for Honours programs in Psychology. Academic admission standards are based on the average grade across all core second and third year psychology units. Students who have successfully completed the first five years of study but have not met the academic admission requirements for the Honours year will be eligible to apply to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Psychological Studies degree. In the Psychology Honours year of study students must complete an additional six units of study (96 credit points).

Recognition:

Victorian Legal Admissions Board, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00124K

Related Careers:

Lawyer, Psychologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Footscray Park No info No Part time 10 years
City Queen No info No Part time 10 years
City Queen No info No Full time 5 years
Footscray Park No info No Full time 5 years
Victoria University is the only university in Australia to use the block teaching model, which has been in operation throughout Sweden and parts of North America for more than four decades.

First-year and second-year students at Victoria University complete one subject every four weeks, are assessed, and then proceed to the next four-week unit. Immersion in each subject allows students to master it, rather than juggling four units at once. From 2020, all students will be taught in this way.

Victoria University is one of only six Australian universities to combine higher education and vocational and further education with its Victoria University Polytechnic, which is based on multiple university campuses. The Polytechnic creates pathways direct to the workforce or to university degrees.

VU College offers English language courses, pathway diplomas and courses for international students at its Melbourne and Sydney campuses as well as offshore with international education partners.

Provider CRICOS: 00124K

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