Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminal Justice

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    5 years full-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location


  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

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Course Rundown

Start an exciting career in the legal and criminal justice sector with this online double Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Charles Sturt University. 

If you’re interested in the legal system and have a passion for justice, this unique qualification offers the skills and knowledge required to start an exciting, challenging and rewarding career making an impact in others’ lives. 

In this qualification you’ll learn the curriculum required to pursue qualification as a lawyer in Australia, embedded within an Indigenous Australian context that teaches cultural competence and offers a range of specialised subjects. You’ll develop the skills and insights required to work in a broad range of communities and contexts in Australia, using your knowledge to fight for justice for those who need it most.

You’ll also gain a strong understanding of the philosophy and sociology of law enforcement and public security with study in criminology. You may choose to use this as a pathway to qualifying as a police officer, or use your insights to contribute to advocacy and study of the thinking behind criminality and our responses. 

If you’re seeking an exciting and rewarding career using your skills to help others, this qualification could be your first career step. 



To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a completed high school certificate (or equivalent) with an ATAR of 85 (including bonuses); OR
  • Hold a completed bachelor's degree (or Australian Qualifications Framework equivalent) in any discipline from a university or other tertiary education provider with a pass grade or above in at least 75% of subjects attempted; OR
  • Have successfully completed single subject study in LAW112 and LAW113, or LAW112 and LAW114; OR
  • Have successfully completed the Special Tertiary Admission Test with a minimum score of 172, and hold a completed high school certificate or have two years of full-time work experience or part-time equivalent; OR
  • Have five years full-time or equivalent work experience in the field of legal service or related area, demonstrated by a detailed resume; OR
  • Have successfully completed eight subjects from a bachelor's degree or Australian Qualifications Framework equivalent in any discipline from a university or other tertiary education provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the grade point average gained in these studies.

English language proficiency requirements also apply.

What You’ll Learn

In this law course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:


  • Indigenous Australians and justice: an introduction
  • Law and society
  • Introduction to the Australian legal system
  • Criminal law
  • Law of torts
  • Writing and communication for legal professionals
  • Evidence law
  • Criminal procedure
  • Contract law
  • Property law
  • Civil procedure
  • Equity and trusts
  • Company law
  • Constitutional law
  • Professional and legal conduct
  • Administrative and government law
  • Resources law: contemporary issues in primary production
  • International public and private law
  • Community law and culture: regional, rural, remote and indigenous contemporary issues
  • Introductory sociology
  • Reasoning and writing
  • Criminology: history and theory
  • Punishment and the state
  • Foundations of psychology for health and human services
  • Social research
  • Young people and crime
  • Gender and crime
  • Indigenous issues in policing
  • Crimes of the powerful
  • Justice studies workplace learning


Law elective subjects:


  • Family law
  • Industrial law
  • Environmental law
  • Taxation law (principles)
  • Taxation law (issues)
  • Jurisprudence
  • Finance law
  • International business law
  • Law of employment
  • Dispute resolution: methods and results
  • Mediation: processes and users


Criminology elective subjects:


  • Introduction to intelligence
  • Introduction to emergency management
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Emergency decision-making
  • Introduction to police investigation
  • Policing and the community
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Evidence and procedure
  • Crime reduction
  • Crime media and culture
  • Terrorism awareness
  • Criminal investigations in culturally and ethnically diverse societies
  • Cyber security: terrorism, crime and warfare in the 21st century
  • Foundations in financial crime
  • Criminal law and criminology
  • Policing and the community
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Drugs, crime and society
  • Sentencing law and practice
  • Foundations in social policy


Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a double Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Charles Sturt University. 

This qualification will enable you to pursue employment as a trainee lawyer or in the legal and criminal justice fields, including working in the diverse areas of law reform, investigation, criminology and community legal education. You'll have opportunities to build a diverse range of skills in research, writing, critical thinking, analysis and decision-making and will graduate equipped to contribute to your community.

Further study and training is required to practise law in Australia. The qualification satisfies the university academic study requirements of this process. 

Curious about where a career in law could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Charles Sturt University offers the following payment options:

  • Upfront payment
  • HECS-HELP loan from the Australian Government for eligible candidates for whole or part of tuition costs
HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.