Combining a Bachelor of Laws with a complementary science degree is an excellent way to enhance your understanding of the context in which the law operates. As a graduate of Deakin’s Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws, you’ll be sought after for specialist roles in areas where law and science meet.
The Bachelor of Science lets you start with a broad-based program in your first year, so you can experience the different areas science has to offer. You can choose from major sequences such cell biology, chemistry, environmental science or mathematical modelling.
Led by a team of academics who are experts in their field, our science programs offer choice in a broad range of subject areas. Science at Deakin is not just about lab work, you’ll have access to the latest research findings, develop skills in evidence-based decision making, and gain real-life work experience through our innovative practical programs.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) gives you the robust training and recognised qualifications you need to launch your career as a first-class legal practitioner. You will receive sound university training in all of the major areas of legal practice, such as contract, torts, business, and criminal law. Throughout the degree you’ll develop legal skills including negotiation, mediation, preparing for court appearances, legal drafting, and statutory interpretation.
The law stream of this degree satisfies the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer. You will then complete an additional year of work placement as a legal trainee, or undertake a practical legal training course.
For more information on career outcomes for this combined course see the individual entries for Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws, students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Science and 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Science (S320) and the Bachelor of Laws (M312) must be satisfied. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.
The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Science include 8 credit points of core units, one 6 credit point approved science major sequence, 2 credit points of elective units, a zero credit point safety induction unit and a zero credit point workplace induction unit.
The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws include 16 credit points of core units and 8 credit points of law elective units.
Credit points from the Bachelor of Science
Credit points from the Bachelor of Laws
Total credit points
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science.
Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
Entry for non-school leavers will be based on:
- The Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of a minimum of 4 credit points (equivalent of one trimester/semester of full-time study) successfully completed at an accredited higher education institution. These studies need to be undertaken at a minimum Bachelor degree level (AQF Level 7 or above) and completed within the past 10 years. The current minimum WAM required for entry per campus is as follows:
- 70% Burwood campus
- 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
- 60% Cloud campus
- The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – This is a multiple choice test for applicants who do not have a WAM as described above. The current minimum STAT Multiple Choice percentile rank required for entry per campus is as follows:
- 70% Burwood campus
- 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
- 60% Cloud campus
- Applicants who have a current WAM may still sit the STAT to improve their eligibility for admission if they wish. Under these circumstances, the applicants’ WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.
Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
*From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin will accept ALSET test results in lieu of STAT until the end of 2019.
For further details on STAT including booking and preparing for your STAT, please visit the VTAC website.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
A Law degree, especially when combined with another degree such as Science, is a qualification that offers unequalled career opportunities. As an alternative to practising as a barrister or solicitor, you may choose to pursue a career in business and management roles in a wide range of organisations, government services, industrial relations, research, public administration, diplomatic service, the media, legal aid, law reform or teaching either in schools or universities. There is also an increasing need for lawyers who understand science and scientists who understand the law to work in specialist roles and to deal with complex, often intertwined scientific and legal issues. For more information on career outcomes for this combined course see the entries for Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB). In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, a person seeking entry is required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of each of the single degrees.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
Need more information on how to apply?
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Register your interest to study at Deakin
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Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.