Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws
Course summary for local students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||5 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$9,536* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
|CRICOS course code||015203K|
|VTAC Codes||1400414001 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514001 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||D331|
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- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
Combining another degree with a Bachelor of Laws is an excellent way to enhance understanding of the context in which the law operates. In the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws combined course, students can combine studies in law with studies in science, such as Environmental Science, Natural History, Chemistry and Materials Science, Animal Biology, Plant Biology, Cell Biology, Human Biology and Mathematical Modelling. The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment and the Faculty of Business and Law are responsible for this combined course, which leads to the awards of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become a barrister and solicitor in Victoria set by the Council of Legal Education (COLE). 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 course.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
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.
This combined course consists of 40 credit points of study. Students will undertake 16 credit points in the Bachelor of Science and 24 credit points in the Bachelor of Laws. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Science (S320) and the Bachelor of Laws (M312) must be satisfied.
Within the 24 credit points required in the Bachelor of Laws, 21 credit points are core and 3 credit points are studied as Law elective units. In addition, students are required to complete the prescribed Professional Experience in order to be eligible to graduate.
See course entry for Bachelor of Science (S320) or Bachelor of Laws (M312).
Entry requirements - general
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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Prerequisites are units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English; entry for non-school leavers will be based on ALSET results, GPA from Bachelor level or postgraduate studies from courses undertaken during or after 2003. For information on the ALSET please visit http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/law/undergrad/alset.php
Credit for prior learning - general
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.
How to apply
Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) study in Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.