Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|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)
|Tuition fee rate||Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees|
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
|CRICOS course code||015203K|
|VTAC Codes||1400414001 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514001 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||D331|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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.
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
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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.
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 21 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of elective units. Students must also complete the prescribed Professional Experience in order to be eligible to graduate.
To assist you in following the course rules:
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 Admission Criteria and Selection 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 and how to apply for credit.
How to apply
Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016
Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017
Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.
Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application
If you are:
- not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
- applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.
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.