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Monash University

Bachelor of Performing Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Course code: 2317 ~ Course abbreviation: BPA/LLB ~ Total credit points required: 252 ~ 5.25 years full-time, 10 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Law

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This double-degree program allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Performing Arts and the Bachelor of Laws programs in a minimum of five years of study. The study of law develops problem-solving skills and powers of analysis. It teaches precise and imaginative use of language. It also promotes ethical thinking and a focus on justice and fairness. It enhances students' thinking, reasoning and expressive abilities within legal and related contexts, leading to employment in the legal profession, law reform agencies, government service or other relevant areas of employment.

Course objectives

The objectives of the LLB program at Monash are to enable students to gain an understanding of basic legal concepts and legal institutions and of the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing their development. Upon completion of the LLB, students will be able to identify, use and evaluate the concepts, principles, rules and methods used in legal argument and will have developed oral and written skills, especially of legal argument, legal research and critical analysis. Students will have gained an understanding of concepts of justice, a concern to promote justice and an appreciation of their professional responsibilities.

The BPA component provides a balance of practical, theoretical, critical and contextual studies, and provides students with the necessary skills to prepare themselves for careers in the performing arts and related areas.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 12 compulsory units which must be completed by all students enrolled in an LLB program plus a further six 'quasi-compulsory' units which must be completed by students who wish to be qualified for admission to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Victoria. The remainder of the program consists of law elective units chosen by the student. The performing arts component requires that students complete 96 points of study, including eight compulsory units and eight elective units. For details on the unit requirements of the drama and theatre studies major, refer to the 'Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

First year - 48 points

Second year - 48 points

  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • PER2000 The aesthetics of performance
  • PER2040 Making performance: theory and practice
  • 18 points of second-year drama and theatre studies approved by the Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies

Third year - 48 points

  • LAW3401 Property law A
  • LAW3402 Property law B
  • PER3000 Contemporary performance culture
  • PER3040 Writing/performance
  • PER3050 Performance project
  • 18 points of third-year drama and theatre studies approved by the Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies

Fourth year - 54 points

Fifth year - 54 points

Students have a maximum time limit of 10 years to complete the course from the date of commencement.

Course progression requirements

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Performing Arts, or undertake honours in performing arts* at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Performing Arts program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study.

    * See the course entry for the honours degree of Bachelor of Performing Arts.

Contact details

Undergraduate student services: telephone +61 3 9905 3300; visit or; email