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Why study with us?

  • #13 in the world

    With more than 150 years of experience, the University of Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, ranked 13th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • #22 in the world

    Ranked 22nd in the world for arts and humanities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Overview

The future of work is changing, and what it means to be part of the legal profession has expanded. Our highly regarded Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws combined degree program will challenge you to think differently. You will graduate with two degrees, opening the door to a wide range of career opportunities – in law or another area where legal skills are in demand.

Today’s law graduates need to be equipped with an agile mindset, and the ability to draw on legal and non-legal insights to solve multi-faceted problems, amidst unprecedented change, shifting client expectations and rapid technological advancements.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is one of the most reputable law programs in Australia, highly regarded overseas and your first step towards admissions as a legal practitioner in NSW.

Focused on the modern legal environment, you will develop the complex problem solving and analytical skills required to meet the challenges of a contemporary global landscape.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers broad choice across more than 45 subject areas, allowing you to build a solid foundation in another area(s), and gain a unique perspective.

You study the BA over three years and complete the equivalent of the first year of the LLB at the same time. In years four and five, you will take the remaining compulsory and elective units of the LLB respectively. If you wish to complete honours, you may do so in your fourth year of study, deferring your remaining law units until your fifth year of study.

Bachelor of Arts majors include:

American Studies Indigenous Studies
Ancient Greek Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Ancient History Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) International Relations
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) Italian Studies (Introductory)
Archaeology Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Art History Italian Studies (Advanced)
Asian Studies Japanese Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Japanese Studies (Advanced)
Chinese studies (Advanced) Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Criminology Korean Studies (Introductory)
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Advanced)
Econometrics Korean Studies (Heritage Speaker)
Economic Policy Latin
Economics Linguistics
English Media Studies
Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics Modern Greek Studies (Introductory)
European Studies Modern Greek Studies (Intermediate)
Film Studies Modern Greek Studies (Advanced)
Financial Economics Music
French and Francophone Studies (Introductory) Philosophy
French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate) Political Economy
French and Francophone Studies (Advanced) Politics
Gender Studies Socio-Legal Studies
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Sociology
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)
Global Studies Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory) Studies in Religion
Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate) Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced) Visual Arts
History  

Subject areas

Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below, as well as standalone minors in Celtic Studies, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

International students commencing in Semester 2 will not be able to start the Law component until Semester 1 of the following year.

What you'll study

For full course details see our Handbook.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Arts (Part A) Major Junior Unit
Arts (Part A or B) Junior Unit Choice
Arts (Part A or B) Junior Unit Choice
Foundations of Law
Legal Research I
  2 Arts (Part A) Major Junior Unit Arts (Part A or B) Junior Unit Choice Arts (Part A or B) Junior Unit Choice Torts
2 1 Arts (Part A) Major Senior Unit Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice Civil and Criminal Procedure Contracts
  2 Arts (Part A) Major Senior Unit Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice Criminal Law
3 1 Arts (Part A) Major Senior Unit
Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice
Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice
Public International Law
Legal Research II
  2 Major Senior Unit Arts (Part A or B) Senior Unit Choice Torts and Contracts II Public Law
4 1 Administrative Law Federal Constitutional Law Introduction to Property and Commercial Law The Legal Profession
  2 Corporations Law Equity Evidence Real Property
5 1 Private International Law A Law elective Law elective Law elective
  2 Law elective Law elective Law elective Law elective

Note: Legal Research I and Legal Research II are zero credit point units but are compulsory examinable units that count towards the first degree in the Combined Law program.
* You may choose instead to take a maximum of two Law electives and complete the remaining compulsory units in Year 5.
** One Law elective unit must be a Jurisprudence unit.

Assumed knowledge

For Bachelor of Laws: None.
For Bachelor of Arts: Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Transfer: 
You can apply to transfer into the BA/LLB after your first year of tertiary study. You will be assessed on either your tertiary or secondary grades, whichever is higher. If you have not studied at tertiary level for at least one year full-time in the same degree, you will be assessed according to your secondary qualifications only. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of the first year you can reapply after the second year. The credit transfer policies of the Law School and its partner faculties are used when determining the amount of credit for previous studies. However, it is not possible to complete Combined Law within five years if you  transfer after more than one year of university study.

Consider completing your first degree and then applying for the Juris Doctor. This graduate entry degree includes study of all required areas of knowledge to practice law in NSW. Find out more.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Eligible students may apply to take part in an international exchange program for one or two semesters. Study undertaken at a partner institution is counted towards the award of the degree.

Dalyell Scholars

If you are eligible for entry into this degree then it is very likely you will also be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program

Professional accreditation

Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board and meets the academic requirements for practising law in New South Wales. For professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see detailed information under professional recognition here.

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Barrister 
  • Solicitor
  • Judge
  • Magistrate
  • Diplomat 
  • Business analyst 
  • Diplomat 
  • Economist 
  • Management consultant 
  • Policy adviser 
  • Project officer 
  • Project manager

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws combined degree who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements.

Future study

Eligible candidates may enrol for an honours year in Arts, or for integrated honours in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). You may also go on to further postgraduate study in either discipline. Sydney Law School is an international leader in postgraduate legal education and, in addition to the Master of Laws (LLM), offers master's degrees and graduate diplomas in 16 specialist areas. These include: taxation; business; commercial and corporate law; labour relations; health law; environment law; international law; criminology and jurisprudence. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a rich postgraduate program comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.