Overview

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology is the only double degree of its kind in Victoria. Offering the unique combination of an accredited law degree with a specialised education in the causes of crime (Criminology) and the fallout of crime (Criminal Justice), this course arms you with the advanced skills to solve complex legal problems in an increasingly complex society.

You'll explore all aspects of law, including commercial and intellectual property law, and learn how to communicate with both legal and non-legal audiences. Delve into the differences and similarities between local and global criminality, and discover traditional approaches to crime along with emerging trends.

On completion, you’ll be able to evaluate the main causes of crime, assess the consequences of crime on victims and the community, critically evaluate situations and their legal ramifications, and demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to practice law.

This degree is ideal for those who want to specialise in criminal prosecution, criminal defence or government policy development.

There’s still time to start in Semester 1

Don’t wait another year to start your undergrad or TAFE study. Start your application now and be in class by the end of February.

Your industry experience

Work Integrated Learning is a guaranteed part of all our bachelor degrees. In this double degree, you'll complete law-related professional experience placements at organisations in Australia or overseas. You'll also be introduced to the practical aspects of legal practice through moot court scenarios and advocacy exercises. And in Crime, Society and Culture (LAW30025), you’ll team up with other students to work on a problems-based project briefed to you by an industry partner.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Navigate the Australian legal system
  • Analyse legal issues and disputes
  • Communication
  • Criminal justice and criminology research
  • Cultural awareness

Your career opportunities

  • Solicitor
  • Legal counsel
  • Lawyer
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Intelligence or crime analyst
  • Investigator

Key codes

CRICOS course code
0100318
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211600
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211601
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Ranked Top 200 in Law

Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject 2023 

Ranked Top 150 in Law

ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

79.8% of UG students were satisfied with the teaching practices

80.6% of UG graduates found employment within 4 months of completing their course

  • Melbourne Parliament House

    Dual award for future lawyers

    Accelerate into your legal career.

    Swinburne law students are the only students in Victoria who are eligible to be admitted to legal practice on the day they graduate.

    To accelerate your learning, you’ll be able to enrol in a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through Leo Cussen Centre for Law during the final year of your Bachelor of Laws. This dual award program provides the requisite training to practice law, cutting months off the time it takes to become a lawyer.

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).

ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score

85

You’ll be guaranteed a place in this course if you meet or exceed the ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score, provided you meet the course prerequisites.

If your ATAR is below the guaranteed entry score, you can still be offered a place as your ATAR may be adjusted based on subject bonuses, equity schemes or other factors. Use the above ATAR as a guide on your eligibility, and see the course handbook page for more information on entry requirements. 

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent
  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology requires students to complete units of study to the value of 500 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

20
Core Law units
+
14
Core Criminal Justice and Criminology units
+
4
Law elective units
+
3
Professional Experiences in Law
+
2
Elective units
=
5-year Double Degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Introduction to Australian Law and Statutory Interpretation
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10010
Contract Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10011
Torts 1
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10014
Commercial Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10013
Torts 2
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10025
Legal Writing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10026
Criminal Law and Procedure
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10015
Property Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20013
Evidence
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20009
Land Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20014
Legal Technology and Innovation
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20040
Trade Marks and Related Rights
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20011
Federal and State Constitutional Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20012
Administrative Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20010
Copyright
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20043
Patents and Designs
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30011
Equity and Trusts
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30012
Company Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30013
Legal Practice and Professional Conduct
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30015
Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW30029
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FOR10001
Introduction to Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10021
Criminal Law and Process
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10024
Fundamentals of Criminology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI10002
Law and Social Science
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW10022
Brain and Behaviour
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSY10007
Sentencing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20030
Crime and Punishment in the International Context
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20031
Deviance, Difference & Conformity
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
SOC20020
Technological Advances in Dealing with Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW20032
Global Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20002
Youth Justice and Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI30010
Global Crime
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20002
Policing: Systems and Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI20001
Corrections: Systems and Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CRI30002
Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FOR30001
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$16,323

Total fee* ($AUD)

$81,615

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$41,240

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2024 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BB-LAWCRJ
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Course code
BB-LAWCRJ
CRICOS code
0100318
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Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211601
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VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211600
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Start dates
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Last date to apply
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
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29-July-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
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