Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Undergraduate degree

Become an expert with specialist knowledge in both science and law. Graduate with a sought-after skillset to succeed in either field.

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5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

The commercialisation of rapidly evolving technologies has opened the door to a new kind of expert with specialist knowledge in both science and law. Study Deakin's Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws to graduate with an increasingly sought-after skill set to succeed in either field, or where science and law intersect.

This double degree gives you the freedom to learn more about what interests you. Get a taste for different disciplines within science before choosing to focus on an area you’re passionate about. The law stream of this combined course is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board and is supported by extensive practical training. You will even have the opportunity to work on real cases at the Deakin Law Clinic – invaluable preparation if you choose to undertake the additional work required to become a fully qualified lawyer.

Want the freedom to explore a range of lucrative and rewarding careers?

Tailor your degree to your unique career aspirations with our broad range of science specialisations and get more out of your studies by learning about the things that matter to you.

You will learn to solve tomorrow's global issues through science and discovery and build your foundational knowledge by studying a range of science-related study areas before focusing on one of eight majors:

  • animal biology
  • cell biology and genomics
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • food science
  • human biology
  • mathematical modelling
  • plant biology.

You will also gain practical experience beyond the classroom through programs in modern teaching laboratories, completing a Community Science Project and undertaking industry-based learning placements.

Our Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) and covers all major areas of the law, including:

  • contract
  • torts
  • property
  • constitutional law
  • criminal law and procedure
  • administrative law.

Deakin Law School consistently ranks among the top in the country and the world for teaching quality and student satisfaction. Our teaching staff are leaders in their field and will prepare you for real issues currently faced by those in the legal sector.

Throughout your degree, you will develop practical legal skills including:

  • negotiation
  • problem solving
  • preparing for court appearances
  • legal drafting
  • statutory interpretation.

In the Deakin Law Clinic, you will even get to work on real legal cases, interview real clients, offer advice where appropriate and, in some cases, attend courtroom proceedings.

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Course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400514001 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
D331
CRICOS code?
015203K Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
Undergraduate
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

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, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, DAI001 Academic Integrity Module. 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.

Compulsory 0-credit point unit (to be completed in first trimester of study):-

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 Science elective units
  • Level 3 - at least 4 credit points of Science units
  • SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point unit)
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

#Students undertaking D331 are not required to undertake SLE209 Science and Society - core unit in the single degree S320 Bachelor of Science.)

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

  • 18 credit points of core units
  • 1 credit point of WIL/practical/experiential course elective unit (as outlined in the Bachelor of Laws)
  • completion of 
  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 5 credit points of law elective units from a specified list

16

Credit points from the Bachelor of Science

24

Credit points from the Bachelor of Laws

40

Total credit points

Compulsory 0-credit point unit

To be completed in first trimester of study.

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    Units

    To assist you in following the course rules:

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

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    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

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    You may be required to complete units in Trimester 3 depending on your chosen major. Please refer to the Handbook for unit offering patterns.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration.

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least four credit points in an equivalent (AQF Level 7) bachelor degree with a minimum WAM of 60 or equivalent

    Vocational education

    This course does not accept VET study for entry, please check for alternative entry requirements or visit the pathways finder for alternate pathways into this course.

    Work and life experience

    This course does not accept work, volunteer and/or life experience for entry. Please check for alternative entry requirements or visit the pathways finder for alternate pathways into this course.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score greater than 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or greater than 25 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in English other than EAL, any History, Legal Studies, any Mathematics, Australian Politics, Global Politics or any Science equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in English other than EAL, any History, Legal Studies, any Mathematics, Australian Politics, Global Politics or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.  

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2024 students (PDF, 793KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of 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.

    RPL will generally be granted for a Priestley 11 unit where a student completed the unit within 5 years of the date on which they will commence their Law degree at Deakin University. Whether RPL is granted for a Priestley unit that a student completed more than 5 years before that date will depend on an assessment of the particular unit, including whether its content remains current and it is substantially equivalent to the relevant unit in the Deakin Law course for which RPL is sought. It is possible that RPL may not be granted where the coverage of Priestley 11 knowledge areas across units of study is structured differently in the Law course at Deakin University compared to the Law course at the university where the student previously studied.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $12,753 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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 Recognition of 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 on our Current students fees website.

    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

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    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

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    Careers

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Tailor your degree by choosing from 13 science specialisations

    Accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board

    Build industry experience and skills through placements

    Top 10 for law in Australia*

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws, you will be uniquely placed to thrive in fields where science and law intersect. Depending on your area of specialisation, you could work in:

    • biotechnology
    • forensic science
    • environmental science
    • research science.

    If you want to become a practising lawyer, a law degree is a significant first step towards entering the legal profession. Upon completion of your degree and the additional legal training, you will be qualified to work as a solicitor or barrister in all legal fields including:

    • commercial law
    • criminal law
    • family law
    • public international and human rights law
    • refugee law
    • personal injury law.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin's Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the academic qualifications necessary for admission to the legal profession. In Victoria these have been set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB). In addition to satisfying the academic qualifications, a person seeking admission to the legal profession in Victoria is required to have satisfactorily completed certain practical legal training requirements and must be considered a fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession.

    A person seeking admission in a jurisdiction outside Australia may be required to satisfy additional requirements. Please check the relevant jurisdiction’s legal admissions authority to confirm the required academic qualifications criteria, including any restrictions on online study or distance education.

    The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry major) has been professionally accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Graduates who have successfully completed the chemistry major as part of this course are encouraged to apply for membership of the respective local branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

    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.

    *ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018

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