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V73 Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts


The five-year Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts double degree at Edith Cowan University combines a new law degree program with an existing arts degree program. This challenging educational initiative leads to a double degree which is internationally recognised in the global marketplace.  The double degree provides students with lifelong transferable skills equipping them for employment in a wide range of professions, and for further study in a variety of disciplines.


The course is available full-time or part-time. The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) will be taught at Joondalup Campus.  Certain Bachelor of Arts Majors (currently Philosophy and Religion, Sociology/Anthropology, Social Sciences and Social Justice and Public Advocacy) are taught internally at Joondalup with additional Arts majors available on the Mount Lawley Campus. 



Bachelor of Laws OR Bachelor of Arts can be awarded if sufficient credit points in the relevant program are completed (LLB 480 credit points and BA 360 credit points) and subject to meeting the course structure of that award.



The ECU Bachelor of Laws Degree satisfies the academic requirements for the admission of law graduates as legal practitioners in Western Australia.  As with other Bachelor of Laws degrees in Australia, before a law graduate may be admitted to the legal profession in that state or territory, certain additional requirements must be satisfied after completion of the Bachelor of Laws Degree.  For law graduates seeking admission in Western Australia, refer to the Legal Practice Act 2003 (WA).


In accordance with the University admission requirements as determined from time to time.


There are a number of possible entry options. Reference should be made to the ECU (Academic, Enrolment and Academic Progress Rules) and to the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) Guide.  The university may control and limit the admission and enrolment of students.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts program consists of 44 units.  Each unit is valued at 15 credit points giving a total course value of 660 credit points.   The program will include twenty-one (21) LLB core units and eleven (11) LLB elective units and a Bachelor of Arts major consisting of eight (8) units and a six (6) unit minor which will include three units for the minor credited from the LLB elective units.  The normal two core unit requirement of the Bachelor of Arts will be deemed to have been met by completion of the unit PHR1102 Critical Thinking and one Law elective.


Bachelor of Arts Component

A student must complete units to a total value of 180 credit points (12 units) selected from those available in the Bachelor of Arts offered by the School of Communication and Arts so as to include one of the major sequences offered in the Bachelor of Arts and the International and Cultural Studies minor.  In the minor, (3) three units will be replaced by law electives (four if the student is completing a major in Japanese).  Furthermore, for all students enrolled in the double degree in Arts and Law the core unit PHR1102 Critical Thinking must be completed.  The requirement of two core units within the Bachelor of Arts will be deemed to have been met by the completion of this unit plus one of the law electives.




BA units

credit points


One Major from the list offered within the BA. Most Majors are eight (8) unit Majors. (Japanese majors are nine (9) units)

8 (9)


120 (135)



The International and Cultural Studies minor. The minor consists of (6) six units, but LLB/BA students will substitute three (3) law electives within the minor (four (4) if Japanese is selected as the major).

3 (2)


45 (30)


PHR1102 Critical Thinking








The Bachelor of Arts has been designed with great flexibility, to provide students with an excellent range of choices whist still maintaining a coherent program. The selection of units within the program is subject to availability, and normal University and Faculty Rules. This flexible approach does mean that students need to take great care in selecting an individual program of study which fulfils the course requirements. Additional notes and requirements relevant to choices are given below, but students are advised to consult with the School Student Support Officer or the relevant Course Coordinator in planning their course.


Core Units

All Bachelor of Arts students must complete two core units but in the case of the double degree in Arts and Law this requirement is deemed to be met by completing PHR1102 Critical thinking and one Law elective unit.


Bachelor of Arts Major

All Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least one 120 credit points (8 unit) Major as defined within the course structure for the Bachelor of Arts. Majors available at Joondalup are:

  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Justice and Public Advocacy
  • Sociology/Anthropology


A number of other majors are available in the BA program at Mount Lawley. Students undertaking the double degree in Law and Arts may enrol in any major offered as part of the BA (for example, Asian Studies, Australian Cultural Studies, or Politics and Government) but should be aware that this will require regular travel between campuses and may be subject to greater difficulty in terms of potential timetable clashes with law units.


Bachelor of Arts Minor

A Bachelor of Arts Minor comprises 90 credit points (six units) from a specified area, with at least 45 credit points (three (3) units) at upper levels.  The BA minor for the LLB/BA program will be the International and Cultural Studies minor, as defined in the BA course structure.  For students enrolled in the double degree in Arts and Law, Bachelor of Laws electives will substitute for three (3) of these units (four (4) if the major is Japanese).


Additional notes and requirements

  1. When a unit is found in two different major or minor lists and a student wishes to complete both majors/minors, the double-listed unit may be credited in only one major or minor.  An alternative unit must be completed to meet the requirement of the other major/minor, with the approval of the course coordinator.
  2. Not all units are offered each year and, where applicable, choice must be made from those timetabled in a given semester.  Most upper level units are offered in a two year rotation but some individual units may be offered less frequently at the discretion of the School.
  3. Some units in the Arts degree are offered at Joondalup and a wider range at Mount Lawley.  Details are published in the University timetable for the appropriate semester.  A number of majors are available at one campus or the other but not both.  While a double degree student is able to complete any of the majors offered within the Bachelor of Arts within timetabling constraints, in practice for most students the most appropriate majors will be those offered on the Joondalup Campus: Philosophy and Religion, Sociology/Anthropology, Social Justice and Public Advocacy, Social Sciences.  The last two of these are interdisciplinary majors.
  4. The University’s timetable is developed on a three-year grid to ensure avoidance of clashes over the course of a three year degree. Philosophy and Religion is timetabled as a Group C major, Sociology/Anthropology as a Group B major and the remaining two majors potentially combine units from all three groups.  Given the five year span of the double degree and the range of choice available in all the Arts majors offered, students will have no problem enrolling in sufficient units to complete their chosen major if they choose one of the majors offered at Joondalup. The School of Communications and Arts will negotiate with the School of Law and Justice to ensure that the needs of double degree students are met in terms of unit availability on the timetable at Joondalup.
  5. The double degree requires enrolled students to undertake an overload of one unit in each of four semesters. The overload represents standard and accepted practice in similar double degrees offered by Western Australian universities


Bachelor of Laws Component

A student must complete units to a total value of 480 credit points comprising of 315 credit points of compulsory units and 165 credit points of elective units.

The following units are compulsory units (each unit is 15 credit points unless otherwise indicated) having a total value of 315 credit points. Students should take care in ensuring that they satisfy the pre-requisites for any unit.
LAW1116 Legal Process 15
LAW1111 Contract Law I 15
LAW1212 Contract Law II 15
LAW1113 Criminal Law I 15
LAW1214 Criminal Law II 15
LAW1117 Torts I 15
LAW1218 Torts II 15
LAW2102 Property Law I 15
LAW2312 Property Law II 15
LAW2104 Constitutional Law I 15
LAW2314 Constitutional Law II 15
LAW3103 Equity 15
LAW3107 Law of Trusts 15
LAW2103 Administrative Law I 15
LAW2313 Administrative Law II 15
LAW3106 Evidence 15
LAW3102 Corporations Law 15
LAW4604 Civil Procedures I 15
LAW4614 Civil Procedures II 15
LAW4605 Commercial Practice, Conveyancing&Drafting I 15
LAW4615 Commercial Practice, Conveyancing&Drafting II 15
Each unit is 15 credit points unless otherwise indicated and a total of 165 credit points must be completed. Students should check with the School of Law and Justice to determine which elective units are offered by the University in any semester and any pre-requisites before enrolling.
CRI1103 Criminology 15
LAW2106 Intellectual Property Law 15
LAW3109 Taxation Law 15
LAW2105 Employment Law 15
LAW3105 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15
LAW4609 Remedies 15
LAW4206 Advanced Criminal Law 15
LAW4108 International Law 15
LAW4607 Family Law 15
LAW3260 Asian Legal and Political Systems III 15
LAW2600 Terrorism and the Law 15
LAW3201 Law of Banking and Credit III 15
CRI3101 Professional Ethics 15
LAW2601 Planning and Development Law I 15
LAW3601 Planning and Development Law II 15
LAW2602 Environmental Law and Administration 15
LAW3602 Community Legal Practice 15
LAW3700 Supervised Legal Research Paper 15
MAENGEnglish Major
MAFREBFrench Major
MAAADBGeography Major
MAHISHistory Major
MAAADCJapanese Major
MAAADDJapanese Major
MAPOLGPolitics and Government Major
MASOCSocial Sciences Major
MAWRITWriting Major
Bachelor of Arts Minors


MIICSInternational and Cultural Studies Minor

NOTE: Apart from the majors listed above, the BA lists minors and electives in the following areas (see BA handbook entry for details):


  • Children’s Literature
  • Editing
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2008 VET: 31/03/2008