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What will I learn?

A combined Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications & Media provides the perfect opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the legal framework in which the media industry operates. Completed in five years of full-time study, or the equivalent part-time, this program allows you to specialise your chosen field of advertising, journalism or film and screen production.

At The University of Notre Dame Australia, our Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications & Media is an immensely practical degree that delivers job-ready graduates who are fully trained to excel in the workplace.

As a student in the School of Law, we encourage you to take advantage of our intimate seminar settings. With small class sizes, this is the perfect environment for you to explore and develop your skills in public speaking, advocacy, negotiation and dispute resolution. Students are also encouraged to learn outside of the classroom, particularly by attending our Eminent Speakers Series. This unique forum connects students and graduates with leading experts in the discussion of contemporary legal and professional matters.

In the Communications & Media component of your degree, you will consider the ways in which people find, evaluate, and present information in modern society. In particular, you will be exploring various types of media such as electronic, print and broadcast journalism, web design, screenwriting, film production and digital photography.

Career opportunities

The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

  • Barrister
  • Judge’s associate
  • Research assistant
  • Solicitor

Sydney Campus

Why study this degree?

Our double degree in Law and Communications & Media is your gateway to a range of rewarding
careers in a diverse range of fields and contexts. Graduates may wish to work as a legal practitioner or pursue a career in communications and the media. These days, communications and media are heavily regulated industries. Understanding the law will help those who work in these areas to operate in compliance with the law and enables lawyers to provide those working in communications and media with sound legal advice. Learning different ways of communication in this degree will help you in whichever career you choose to pursue in the future.

The Bachelor of Laws degree is an accredited degree for admission to legal practice. It combines
excellent coverage of underlying legal and ethical principles with an explanation of how those
principles are applied in legal practice. Unlike many other programs in New South Wales, Notre
Dame’s School of Law requires that all our academics have a substantial amount of practical
experience. Allowing students to learn both the principles of the legal profession and how they apply in practice, your lecturers will include solicitors, barristers and judges. Furthermore, smaller class sizes with an average of less than 30 students, ensures you have the means by which to explore and develop your skill set.

To complete a Bachelor of Communications & Media you will need to have finished at least eight
Communications & Media courses in your chosen Major field of study. Possible Majors include
Advertising, Film and Screen Production and Journalism.

Career opportunities

The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

  • Academia
  • Banking and finance
  • Charity and community agencies
  • Courts (federal and state/territory)
  • Foreign affairs
  • Government sector
  • Journalism and the media
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Personnel and human resources
  • Private practice
  • Social and consumer research
  • Politics

Which department am I in?

School of Law



Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$43,000.00 (23,39,499) per year
Start date

February 2023


Sydney Campus

140 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$43,000.00 (23,39,499) per year
Start date

February 2023


The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle Campus,

19 Mouat Street,


Western Australia,

6959, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with recent Secondary Education must have a HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 75% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent).

For international students

Applicants must meet High school qualifications (or equivalent) to apply for undergraduate program. Academic minimum entry requirements for international applicants vary from country to country.

IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; CAE/CPE - 176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169; PTE Academic - 58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50; TOEFL (iBT) - 84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.