Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Studies

VU course code: LBWP | Level of study: Undergraduate
5 years full time or longer for part time
In person
City Campus, Footscray Park
29 July 2024
21 July 2024
Overview

Overview

Learn about our legal system and the human mind with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Studies at Victoria University.

This five-year double degree lets you combine a law qualification with psychological studies. You’ll gain a global and social-justice perspective and an understanding of human behaviour, motivation, relationships, communication and cognitive processes.

You’ll examine how the mind works and develop broad legal knowledge, gaining the analytical skills to understand yourself and your clients.

This course prepares you for jobs where there is an interaction between the law, psychology and mental health. You’ll also be on the pathway to work as a lawyer or psychologist.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

Minimum ATAR: N/A

This course has a minimum ATAR entry requirement. This means you’ll need to achieve a certain ATAR, along with other criteria, to be considered for this course.

The following table shows the ranking results of our current student intake and is an indication of the ATAR you’ll need to successfully apply.

VU course code: LBWP

VTAC course code: 4300710471

Campus: City Queen

ATAR profile of people who received an offer for the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Studies.
 ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer<5 offers<5 offers
Median rank to receive an offer<5 offers<5 offers
Lowest rank to receive an offer<5 offers<5 offers

* “<5” – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made

Learn more about ATAR

What is ATAR?

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) compares the results of final-year school students, with adjustments made for factors such as hardship. The ranking is expressed as a number between 0 and 99.95. ATAR minimum entry requirements are not usually essential entry criteria for applicants who have completed secondary education more than 2 years ago.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course


Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Studies will be required to complete 480 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core Law and Psychology units
  • 180 credit points of Professional Core Law units;
  • 120 credit points of Professional Core Psychological Studies units;
  • 60 credit points of Law electives;
  • 24 credit points of Psychology electives.


To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours: Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws prior to 31 Dec 2014 may apply to undertake the unit Advanced Legal Research Dissertation in their later years in this degree based on the aggregate of points attributed to the top two thirds of units so listed shall then be calculated and a grade point average determined. Students will be further assessed on an outline of a proposed thesis topic and availability of a college based or college affiliated supervisor. Students will be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3) based on their aggregate of points and overall mark in Advanced Legal Research Dissertation.


To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (For students enrolled post 1 January 2015): Students in any Bachelor of Laws course may apply to transfer into any Bachelor of Laws (Honours) course if the selection criteria is met.

Units

Fees & scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how

Fees

Scholarships

Careers

With this double degree you'll be able to pursue careers in law, justice and the courts. You could also work in legal community centres, community services or human resource management, or other fields where there is an interaction between the law, psychology and mental health.

Example job titles are:

  • human resources consultant
  • mediator
  • industrial relations adviser
  • legal practitioner (barrister or solicitor)
  • talent management executive
  • in-house legal counsel
  • psychologist
  • social researcher.

Upon graduation, you will meet the academic requirements as required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board. Admission as an Australian lawyer can be obtained after successful completion of the Practical Legal Training requirements.

This course is part of a pathway towards a profession in psychology, in fields such as clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology or organisational psychology. With further study, you’ll be eligible to apply for Provisional Registration as a psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Salary

Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to find average salaries for various law/psychology professions in Australia.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Psychological Studies degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

This course includes the Priestley 11 units, as set out by the Council of Legal Education. Completion of these units will satisfy the academic component for students wishing to be admitted as an Australian lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

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