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Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

University of Sydney

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This course will develop your legal knowledge and prepare you to meet the challenges of the modern workforce where expertise, inventiveness, logic and critical thinking are required.

Areas of study

Law: Administrative law, civil and criminal procedure, constitutional law, contracts, corporations law, criminal law, equity, evidence, foundations of law, international law, legal research, property and commercial law, public law, real property and torts. Arts: A major from 513200 Bachelor of Arts Table A, which can include a Global Studies or Media Studies major, and electives from Table A and Table S the shared pool.

Career opportunities

Legal practitioner in private and public practice, and in accounting, banking and finance organisations, government, international agencies, media, communications.

Professional recognition

Bachelor of Laws satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW.

Practical experience

Clinical legal education options are available in your final year of Law. These may be through partnership with legal centres, law firms and other organisations involved in public interest law and the provision of legal services to disadvantaged or vulnerable members of the community. Internship opportunities with domestic and international law firms may also be available.

Fees and charges

The Australian Government subsidises the tuition fee for this course. The remaining balance is paid by the student. Current University of Sydney fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Depends on first-year Arts subjects chosen.

Guaranteed ATAR: 99.50 for all combined Law courses, subject to non-ATAR criteria being met. This ATAR will guarantee entry if you have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification and have not undertaken any tertiary studies. A guide to guaranteed ATARs.

Dalyell Scholars: This stream for high achieving students (ATAR of 98.00 or higher) provides mentorship, professional skills development, academic enrichment opportunities and access to a global mobility scholarship. Entry to the Dalyell Scholars program is by invitation.

Applicants with higher education study

If you are a graduate or graduand, apply for the graduate entry Juris Doctor through UAC.

Other applicants

Refer to the University of Sydney general admission criteria.

Advanced standing

If you have completed at least one year full-time or equivalent of a recognised tertiary qualification, you will be considered on the better of your ATAR or tertiary qualification. A tertiary grade point average in the high distinction range is necessary to gain entry, although this will vary according to the strength of the field of applicants.

Credit for law and other units from previous tertiary studies may be granted by application at enrolment. Applications for credit for law units of study are determined at enrolment. A maximum of 48 credit points or one year's worth of credit may be awarded.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Sydney website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2022)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2023 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Global mobility/international experience
At the University of Sydney, every undergraduate student has access to global opportunities. These opportunities may include overseas field schools, global professional placements, and student exchanges (one-year, single semester and shorter term durations) with more than 300 partner universities worldwide.

Open Learning Environment (OLE)
Open Learning Environment (OLE) courses are short, on-demand and workshop-supported. They enable you to broaden your skills in areas such as entrepreneurial thinking, persuasive communication, project management and ethical reasoning. Zero credit point OLEs are available to all students at the University, while students in liberal studies degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce or combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies) and some specialist degrees (Bachelor of Economics) will be required to take 12 credit points of OLE units during their studies.

Faculty handbooks
View available first-year subjects in the University of Sydney handbooks.