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Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/ Bachelor of Laws - SCSC02

Course Code: SCSC02
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
Canberra Law School
UAC Code: 361495
CRICOS Code: 099012M
Selection Rank: 85
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no band score below 6.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Get political about your law degree and make the world your oyster

Focusing on the principles, concepts and issues that are shaping Australia’s national security and the world and exploration of corporate and commercial law and practical legal problem solving, UC’s Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Laws will lay the foundations for a fascinating career and make you shine.

You’ll learn about democratically informed citizenship, contemporary issues in politics and policy, national security, the challenges of modern terrorism and contemporary regional politics in the Asia Pacific and beyond. Imagine being part of discussions about the implications of the neoliberal policy ascendency in Australia, Brexit, the Trump presidency, war, energy security and marriage equality.

UC’s qualified and experienced staff will help you make better sense of the world you live in and recognise how to meet current social and political challenges. You’ll also be encouraged to develop your advocacy abilities and legal skills while understanding their connections to the theory and history of law.

Supporting your development as a socially responsible and ethical professional will be UC’s small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities and ties with the National Centre for Corporate Law and National Institute of Governance. You’ll also benefit from the relationships the University has forged with law firms, the public sector (a huge employer in Canberra) and non-government organisations (otherwise known as NGOs).

What’s more, you will get to apply your talents in the real world with opportunities to complete a law internship and study overseas and be able to fast-track your course during our winter term. The Bachelor of Laws has professional accreditation with the Supreme Court of the ACT and New South Wales and allows students in their final year of study to begin their Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

Combine a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations and a Bachelor of Laws at UC and you will: 

  • gain knowledge of the principles, concepts and issues that are shaping the world, including the challenges of modern terrorism and contemporary regional politics in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond
  • be able to apply an in-depth understanding of the historical and current systems of Australian politics and public policy, provide policy advice and develop new policies
  • develop high level theoretical and empirical analysis skills and the ability to interpret world events and issues
  • be able to choose from a range of electives across disciplines, such as sociology, economics and business
  • gain a broad theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law, suitable for entering the legal profession, becoming an advocate, or undertaking related careers
  • fine-tune your ability to present ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries
  • specialise, through electives, in selected areas of law with an emphasis on commercial law
  • be able to apply your knowledge and skills to analyse and solve legal problems, undertake complex legal research tasks and reflect upon ethical issues and make suggestions for law reform.

Career opportunities

The world is your oyster! Diplomat, policy adviser, barrister, solicitor, advocate, or even politician… your career options (and the potential to earn a healthy salary and travel) will be endless with our Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Laws degree. Graduates will have the accredited skills and qualifications required to explore careers in:

  • diplomacy, including strategic analysis, trade relations and foreign affairs
  • intelligence, including security analysis
  • international business and aid
  • law firms
  • the public sector, including as in-house counsel, in foreign affairs, as policy advisor, legislative drafting and law reform
  • politics
  • media, communications, public affairs and public relations
  • the community sector, such as community legal work and professional advocacy
  • private legal practice
  • domestic or international business, including consultancy
  • management
  • education and research.


Current and Commencing Students
In person Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Laws LLB
Bachelor of Politics and International Relations B Politics&IntlRel

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Politics and International Relations Bachelor of Laws

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

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Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
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Course Duration

Standard 5 years full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.


Bachelor of Laws This course has an embedded honours programme which allows high-achieving students to enrol in the unit Honours Law (6cp) in place of two law electives in their final year.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

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  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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