Information on this page is for Australian residents

Start date:
25 February 2019
ATAR:
Lowest selection rank*: Not available
*Offers made in 2018. More about ATAR
Duration: 
6 years full time or longer for part time

Overview

Learn about our legal system and the human mind with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Victoria University.

This six-year double degree gives you the flexibility to combine a law qualification with psychology. 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 alongside developing broad legal knowledge and analytical skills.

Honours in Law and Psychology will further enhance your core understanding of the psychology and legal fields, and help ensure you are prepared for a career in a variety of work settings. This course positions you well 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.

We are the only university in Victoria that offers the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/ Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) as a double degree.

You will benefit from VU’s many industry connections. These include partnerships and programs with:

  • Victoria Police
  • Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts
  • community legal centres
  • Werribee Community Legal Services and the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department.

Through the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) you’ll have an opportunity to engage in a fieldwork placement. The Bachelor of Laws enables you to take advantage of law internship programs. This real work experience in your chosen field may lead directly to future career opportunities.

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.

Our Queen Street campus is located in the heart of Melbourne's legal district.

This dedicated law campus features:

  • specialised law library
  • legal research centres including the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
  • mooting court
  • computer labs, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, student lounges, study spaces & a prayer room.

Delivery mode

Blended, Face to Face

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Careers in law and psychology

Upon graduation from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), you’ll 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 also provides a pathway towards a profession in psychology, in fields such as clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology or organisational psychology. You’ll be eligible to apply for Provisional Registration as a psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia.

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.

Salary

The average starting salary for Honours law and psychology graduates in Australia is $70,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

Once you undertake further training/qualification, average annual salaries in Australia are:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) will be required to complete 576 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units; 
  • 192 credit points of Professional Core Law units;
  • 252 credit points of Professional Core Psychology units; 
  • 24 credit points of Psychology elective units;
  • 12 credit points from the Psychology Honours list of 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.
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). 

First Year

Year 2

Year 3

12 credit points of Psychology Elective studies

Year 4, Semester 1

12 credit points of Law elective studies

Year 5

12 credit points of Law Elective studies

12 credit points of Psychology Elective studies

Year 6

Plus

12 credit points Psychology Honours Elective studies

Psychology Electives

Not all Electives will be offered every year or in every semester

Honours Psychology Electives

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of psychology theories and relevant advanced specialist bodies of knowledge within the discipline of law;  
  2. Critically review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of law and psychology and underlying principles and concepts in diverse contemporary international and comparative contexts;  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to complex issues related to the two disciplines by critically analysing and applying information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively address them as relevant to authentic/contemporary professional, community and global settings;  
  4. Exhibit professional accountabilities and ethical judgement, by adapting knowledge, skills, professional reasoning and research in responding appropriately to issues that reflect the social, political and contextual factors;  
  5. Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and skills appropriate for professional and non-professional audiences;  
  6. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals and implement effective, creative strategies to promote lifelong learning and pathways to further learning including a commitment to ongoing professional development;  
  7. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills necessary to operate within broad parameters in the immensely divergent and complex global and Australian cultures;  
  8. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner; and  
  9. Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and integrates and contributes to the evidence bases of the two disciplines.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

ATAR profile

ATAR [and Selection Rank] profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in 2018.

  ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Selection rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer N/P N/P
Median rank to receive an offer N/P N/P
Lowest rank to receive an offer N/P N/P

* “<5” – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made
N/P - No ATAR Profile available for this course due to the limited amount of data available.
RC – A range of criteria in addition to the ATAR was used for selection (e.g. test, interview).

Subject adjustments

A study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 5 aggregate points. A study score of 30 in English other than EAL, any Humanities or Legal Studies equals 5 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in any Business, any History, any LOTE, Philosophy, Australian Politics, Global Politics, Psychology, any Science or Sociology equals 5 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 20 points.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Completion of at least one semester of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) with a Distinction average.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

All applicants are encouraged to complete the law supplementary form which may be used to adjust an applicant’s Selection Rank.

The form will be available at: https://www.vu.edu.au/current-students/your-course/forms/supplementary-a...

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).

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply through VTAC

You should apply through VTAC if you:

  • are applying for more than one course
  • are completing Year 12 in 2018
  • have an existing VTAC application to study in 2019.

VTAC course code: 4300710461

VTAC late applications are due 2 November 2018.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

You can apply for consideration of your life circumstances during the application process by submitting a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

You should apply direct to VU if you are:

  • only applying for this course; and
  • not completing Year 12.

If you have already applied through VTAC you must not apply directly to VU.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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