What will I learn?

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.

As a graduate you can pursue a range of legal careers including private practice as a solicitor or barrister; legal officer in the public sector; in-house counsel for a wide range of organizations including corporations, regulatory authorities and NGOs; education; government administration; media and communications; public policy development; and in commerce and industry.

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.

As part of this degree you complete 80 hours of pro bono work (after your first year), providing you with firsthand experience of the legal system while allowing you to contribute to the common good.

Career paths

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 organizations as diverse as national regulatory bodies, universities or public broadcasters)

in-house counsel to a wide range of organizations from corporations to trade unions


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 organizations; creative industries; tourism.

Pathways to further study

Bachelor’s degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to master’s degree programs.

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.

Sydney students will be required to take Philosophy units at the Strathfield campus.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Theology and Philosophy



Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,000.00 (US$ 20,418) per year
AUD $150,000 for the entire course; Unit Fee: AUD $3,750

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

11 February 2020

More details

Start date

10 February 2020, 20 July 2020


Australian Catholic University

North Sydney Campus,

40 Edward Street,


New South Wales,

2060, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,000.00 (US$ 20,418) per year
AUD $150,000 for the entire course; Unit Fee: AUD $3,750

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

11 February 2020

More details

Start date

10 February 2020, 20 July 2020


Melbourne Campus

The Mary Glowrey Building,

115 Victoria Parade,



3065, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High School Diploma with minimum total score of 1040 for SAT I Critical Reading, SAT I: Mathematical and SAT I: Writing test scores (2016 onwards); OR Enhanced ACT Assessment with minimum Composite Score of 19. English Language Requirements: Overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with an individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking; 5.5 in listening and reading); Pearson Test of English (PTE): 54 with a minimum of 50 in writing and speaking and a minimum of 42 in reading and listening; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 78: minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 12 in reading and 11 in listening; ACU English Language Test: C (60-64%); Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE of 169 (Minimum score of 169 in writing and speaking and 162 in listening and reading).

For international students

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 100, achieve a minimum of 25 in writing, speaking, reading and listening.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Box Hill Institute

About this uni

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