This double degree requires a lot of work, but is rewarding for future job prospects. I enjoy the law side because I am interested in becoming a lawyer and so the things I am learning are directly applicable to that job.
Arts provides relief to the workload of Law, and it is even more helpful since I am majoring in Criminology. However, it is a lot of work and it can get a bit dry at times especially units like Torts and Tax law. It is also very competitive and if you are not willing to work hard, you are unlikely to succeed.
Advice to future students: I would say prepare yourself to do the work and work hard outside of class. You should stay on top of everything that is going on so you do not fall behind. However, be sure to take some breaks and remember that uni work is not everything in life.
Positives: There are lots of positives. First of all, the lecturers and tutors are extremely knowledgeable about the content and teach you in a way which covers all bases. Also, due to the high ATAR and transfer requirements, whenever you are required to complete group work, you will have hardworking and intelligent group members. Due to Arts/Law being such a broad area of study, there are many career and job opportunities that will present themselves throughout and towards the end of your degree. This degree rewards hard work and enables practical application of what you learn.
Negatives: It is a lot of work. Especially the law side of things, there is a lot of readings to do, and unlike other degrees, you must do these readings or you will not understand what is going on in lectures or tutorials. Some of the content can be tedious, but it is just necessary to push through the less interesting things. Also, it is relatively a long time to complete, as it takes around 5 and a half years.
My advice to future students is: You must have a positive mindset and be able to put in some extra hours of reading and work to ensure you understand everything. Although this degree is often romanticised, it requires a high degree of critical thinking and development of legal skills. Do not be concerned about the amount of work, because if you are interested in this field, you will be able to achieve everything.
Positives: The law part of the degree makes you highly employable and most of my friends have finished with jobs. The law faculty is well respected, and there is good research capability within the university. The undergraduate degree also takes its time in teaching subjects, unlike the post-grad which is intensive. There are opportunities to study abroad and do practical internships for credit. The Arts degree is enormous, and covers many interest areas. Some lecturers are very passionate. Tutorials encourage the development of critical thinking skills, and can be quite social.
Negatives: The law faculty does not have great pastoral care, though it is trying to address the higher than average instances of anxiety and depression. The faculty is not very flexible in terms of making arrangements to study from home or to work with students. There is a higher focus on grades than real learning. The Arts faculty can be quite disorganised, and change things at the last minute.
My advice to future students is: Get involved early - in everything - as the best way to get to know people and make friends. Law especially lends itself to group learning and study and you will save yourself hours of time by having a study group. Also, consider the broader support of the university as well as the prestige of a name. Monash may help you get jobs because of the great name, but be aware it does operate like a big bureaucracy and is not always flexible and can be quite an old fashioned approach to learning and discipline.
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