Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Enhance your understanding of legal operations with a combined Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws with Deakin. Learn more about the course now.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent

Duration

5 years full time

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Course information

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.

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Course structure

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.

16

Credit points from the Bachelor of Science

24

Credit points from the Bachelor of Laws

40

Total credit points

Units

To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Science (S320) and Bachelor of Laws (M312).

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science
Year
2018 course information
VTAC code
1400514003 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
D331
CRICOS code
015203K
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

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).

Workload

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.

Entry requirements

Entry information

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.

 

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

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 their performance in

  • Successful completion of 4 credit points or more at an accredited higher education institution with a minimum WAM of 60 or equivalent, OR
  • Achievement of at least 60% in the STAT (Multiple Choice).

If non-school leaver applicants do not have GPA/WAM as described they should sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version)*. STAT is a test developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and is designed to assess an individual's ability to analyse information and think critically.

Applicants who do have a previous WAM/GPA can also sit the STAT if they wish, however they cannot have their WAM/GPA omitted for 100% STAT result.  The STAT result will be given a 50% weighting in circumstances where applicants have a recent WAM.

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.

 

Helpful information

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

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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.

Scholarship 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

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

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.

Professional recognition

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.

Application information

How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

Apply Through VTAC

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

PDF Application form - 306 KB

Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

Entry pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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Disclaimers:
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

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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