Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Why combine Arts (Advanced) with Law (Honours)?

High-level arts study—and the deep insight into modern society it brings—will complement, contextualise and enrich your legal studies. You’ll learn to think innovatively, understand all manner of societal issues more broadly, and communicate powerfully.

On completion of the degree you’ll be uniquely placed to pursue careers in legal practice, government, commerce, industry, academia, social welfare and community organisations. Adding honours will give you an employability edge, particularly in roles involving research.

What will you do?

  • Choose from 33 arts majors and develop deep discipline knowledge.
  • Partner with an arts academic mentor who’ll support your intellectual development.
  • Take arts courses specifically designed for high-achieving students.
  • Explore contemporary legal concepts, processes and methods.
  • Undertake law internships and optional placements in community clinics.
  • Develop deep discipline knowledge in a particular area of law.
  • Research and write major research projects in both degrees.
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  • Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

  • Unique degree in South Australia
  • Explore more career paths with SA's biggest choice of Arts majors
  • Ranked #87 globally for Law*

* Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject, 2023

Entry Requirements

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Deferment Yes - 2 year
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Potential careers

Counsellor, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister, Legal Officer / Legal aid, Arbitrator, Member of Parliament, Ministerial Adviser, Barrister, CEO, Parliamentary Adviser, Parliamentary Member, Community Legal Services Officer, Company Manager, Police Officer, Consultant, Policy Adviser, Policy Developer, Political Adviser, Political Analyst, Politician, Coroner, Corporate Lawyer, Corporate Policy Advisor, ...

Degree Structure

The program consists of compulsory courses in the disciplines of law and arts which provide students with a sound understanding of legal, humanities, and social science concepts, processes and methods. In addition, students choose from a range of elective courses in areas of specialised interest in both law and arts.

The Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Laws provides a deeper knowledge in a particular area of law, with a focus on high level research and writing skills. Students will develop a greater understanding of original research, and learn to construct, refine, develop and write a major research essay. Graduates with Honours will be particularly suited to careers involving research. The program is structured to incorporate a substantial research focus.

The Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4.5 years.

Academic Program Rules

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To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with Bachelor of Laws (Honours), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 108 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 63 units
  • A major to the value of 24 units in Arts (27 units for Mathematical Sciences major), including ARTS 3002 Arts Advanced Research Project which substitutes for the 6-unit major capstone course
  • Arts closed elective courses to the value of 6 units (3 units if studying Mathematical Sciences major)
  • Law closed elective courses to the value of 12 units
  • Research dissertation courses to the value of 9 units


University is a rewarding experience that has developed me both personally and professionally. I've gained vital skills in time management, critical thinking and the ability to self-direct my learning.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023