Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of Philosophy / Bachelor of Laws

Australian Catholic University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 099393D

Level of study: Undergraduate


The Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Laws has been designed to produce graduates who are well-trained in legal theory and practice, knowledgeable in philosophical and ethical issues related to the law, and skilled in textual analysis, argumentation and communication. As a graduate, you can aspire to a range of professional careers in an increasingly global environment.

While undertaking your legal studies, you will also be undertaking core and elective studies in various areas of Philosophy, such as ethics, epistemology (theory of knowledge), jurisprudence (philosophy of law), theories of human nature, social and political philosophy, logic, and the history of philosophy. In this way, you will develop keen insight into the broader context within which the law operates, an enhanced awareness of the complexities of legal theory and practice, as well as the kinds of analytical skills needed in contemporary legal practice contexts. Should you wish to do so, there is also provision within the flexible program to undertake studies in other areas of the humanities.

Professional experience

You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year).

Work placement

The pro bono program provides practical work-place based experience in a community context and provides you with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing you to contribute to the common good.

Professional 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.


Completing a Bachelor of Philosophy / Bachelor of Laws is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas such as:

  • 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
  • education
  • government administration
  • media and communications
  • public and policy development
  • commerce and industry
  • specialist legal practice in various other fields such as cultural institutions; community and charitable organisations; creative industries; tourism.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 30,600 Per Year Read moreEstimate total cost: 1,53,000; Unit fee: 3,825
Start date: 28 February 2022
25 July 2022
Duration: 5 years
Study mode: Full time

Australian Catholic University - Brisbane Campus

1100 Nudgee Road
Brisbane Queensland 4014

Entry criteria

Applicants whose first language is not English must have either:

Successfully completed at least two full-time years of study in secondary or higher education where the medium of study was English; or

Demonstrated their English proficiency, as set out below:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Overall Score 7.0, Individual Score of 6.5 in all tests.

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL) from an Internet-based total of 94, achieve a minimum of 24 in writing, 20 in speaking and listening, 19 in reading.

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 65 with a minimum of 58 in all four communicative skills

ACU English Language Test: A (75-100%)

Overall CAE score: 185 Minimum score of 176 in all tests.


Australian Catholic University
North Sydney Campus
40 Edward Street Sydney New South Wales 2060