Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code015203K
Deakin course codeD331

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Combining a Bachelor of Laws with a complementary 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 that 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’ll get 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. You will also benefit from professional work experience and law clinics.

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.

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.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$9,639Not applicable$31,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

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
  • a 6 credit point approved science major sequence
  • 2 credit points of elective units
  • SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point unit)
  • STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
  • 16 credit points science course grouped units

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws include:-

  • 21 credit points of core units
  • 3 credit points of elective units
  • prescribed Professional Experience
  • MCA010 Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)

Course structure

Units

To assist you in following the course rules:

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