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Units in first semester 2021 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

Students in the Moot Court

Laws, Arts

Bachelor Double Degree


Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 90
4 years, 6 months full-time
Curtin Perth


This double degree prepares you for legal practice, while giving you specialised knowledge in international relations or journalism.

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Curtin’s Bachelor of Laws provides the first qualification you need to practise as a lawyer in Australia. By combining this with an International Relations or Journalism major as part of our Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts double degree, you could set yourself up for a career in human rights, international law or media law, or as a journalist who covers legal outcomes and procedures.

Our law degree offers a rich and professionally relevant foundation in legal knowledge. You’ll learn core skills essential to effective legal practice and build a strong commercial awareness. From early on in your studies, you’ll start to recognise the importance of respecting the rule of law along with the responsibilities and ethics of legal practice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from optional law elective units focusing on topics such as forensic advocacy, family law, human rights law, native title law and policy or European Union law. With a wide range of optional units to choose from, you can tailor your Bachelor of Laws to suit your interests.

Studying a Bachelor of Arts as your second degree will broaden your knowledge and skills. If you choose international relations, you’ll increase your understanding of international diplomacy, politics and organisations. If you choose journalism, you’ll learn how to report on topics across radio, video and online platforms.

The first three years of this course are delivered in semesters at Curtin Perth, while the fourth year, plus one trimester, is delivered at Curtin Law School in Perth city. If you choose to study full time, you can graduate with two degrees in just four-and-a-half years.

While studying in Perth city, you can gain practical experience by undertaking simulated proceedings in our high-tech moot court and working on real cases at the John Curtin Law Clinic. You’ll greatly benefit from the relationships you form with academics, practising solicitors and barristers based at Curtin Law School, as well as the proximity of the Supreme Court, the District Court and the Federal Court.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • You’ll gain first-hand insight and knowledge of the legal profession from high-quality teaching staff.
  • You’ll establish a comprehensive theoretical grounding and develop a range of skills in either international relations or journalism.
  • You can undertake a legal internship in which you can gain experience working under the supervision of an employer in a professional legal environment. The internship unit puts your law studies into context and provides opportunities to develop and apply your legal practice skills, critically analyse and reflect on the law in practice, and gain an appreciation of legal ethics.
  • Later in your degree, you may enrol in the Law Clinic unit to put your legal skills into practice through professional activities. Under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners, you will meet and prepare advice for eligible clients.
  • You can participate in simulated court proceedings at our moot court facility. This will hone your skills in public speaking and debating, and enhance your understanding of how a real court environment operates.
  • You could study at Ghent University in Belgium as part of our Ghent summer law program.
  • You can choose optional units that focus on high-demand areas for law graduates.
  • You may also undertake work integrated learning, networking, internship and community engagement opportunities, as part of your international relations or journalism major.

How this course will make you industry ready

Curtin designs courses with careers in mind. You’ll get to work closely with business and industry during your degree. You can really get involved in your chosen field through classes, mentoring programs, voluntary work and industry placements. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills that are relevant to industry needs and be ready to make a difference from day one.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the Australian legal system, statutory rules and case law principles in both the fundamental areas of legal knowledge and a range of elective fields to the resolution of legal problems; apply broad discipline knowledge in a range of theoretical and practical situations through research and practical application
  • critically and creatively analyse legal problems to articulate the issues involved and apply legal reasoning to make a considered choice between competing solutions; think creatively and critically to generate innovative solutions to complex social, political and artistic problems
  • identify, access, assess and synthesise relevant information from primary legal sources such as cases and legislation and secondary sources such as journal articles and commentaries (including electronic versions of these sources) and gather relevant oral and documentary evidence; access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from a range of sources
  • communicate the outcomes of legal research and analysis effectively, appropriately and persuasively to colleagues, to clients and to other professionals and the broader community; communicate effectively in professional and public contexts
  • use appropriate electronic legal databases for research purposes and be able to communicate effectively in electronic forms; apply technologies appropriately
  • maintain intellectual curiosity as to justice and its practical application in the legal system, be able to identify areas where their legal knowledge and skills require further development, and to critically reflect on their own performance as legal professionals, making use of feedback as appropriate; demonstrate responsibility and lifelong learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
  • articulate the similarities and differences between local and other jurisdictions, including interstate and overseas ones, and be aware of the principles of public and private international law; describe global and cultural issues and their impact
  • articulate distinct concepts of law, justice and human rights, with an awareness of different legal traditions and cultures, particularly indigenous cultures; identify how and where indigenous persons and other identifiable social groups are differentially impacted by the legal system; demonstrate respect for human rights, cultural diversity and the particular rights of Indigenous Australians
  • work independently, as well as collaboratively, with a developing sense of the ethical issues that arise in legal practice and how these may be resolved; work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2021 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 12
IB 33
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 80
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 90
India (CBSE) 82.5%
India (HSC) 85%
Sri Lanka 12

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $65*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,600*
Total indicative course fee $147,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,100*

Fee year: 2022

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $65*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,600*
Total indicative course fee $150,000*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,100*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: BB-LAWART
  • CRICOS code: 077965K
  • Last updated on: January 19, 2021