Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Undergraduate degree

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

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

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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 double degree is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board and is highlighted by extensive practical training. You'll have the opportunity to work on real cases at Deakin Law Clinic – invaluable preparation if you choose to become a fully qualified lawyer after six to 12 months of additional training.

Want to take your pick from a range of lucrative and rewarding careers?

The science stream of the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws degree trains you to solve tomorrow's global issues through science and discovery. You'll build your foundational knowledge by studying a range of science-related study areas before focusing on one of 10 majors:

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

Our broad spectrum of science specialisations lets you tailor your degree to your unique career aspirations. Follow a life-long passion and get more out of your degree by learning about the things that matter to you.

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

  • contract
  • torts
  • property
  • legal practice and ethics
  • 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. Given our teaching staff are leaders in their field, your studies prepare you for real issues currently faced by those in the legal sector.

Throughout your degree, you’ll develop practical legal skills including:

  • negotiation
  • mediation
  • preparing for court appearances
  • legal drafting
  • statutory interpretation. 

Learning also extends beyond the classroom. You’ll gain practical experience through programs in modern teaching laboratories, completing a Community Science Project and undertaking industry-based learning placements. In the Deakin Law Clinic, you’ll 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 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 unit, MAI010 Academic Integrity.  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)

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

  • 18 credit points of core units
  • 6 credit points of law elective units, including 1 credit point of WIL/practical unit.

 

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).

Compulsory 0-credit point unit

To be completed in first trimester of study.

MAI010 Academic Integrity

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Year

2021 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 Qualifications 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).

Additional course information



Course duration
- additional information
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.

Entry requirements

Current or recent Year 12

If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

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

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Higher education experience

If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

STAT Multiple Choice

If you have not completed Year 12 (or equivalent), you are required to sit the STAT Multiple Choice to be considered for this course. Refer to the Admissions tests or the Deakin website for further information.  Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

VET education experience

If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Work and life experience

If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Selection adjustments

Subject adjustment

A study score of 35 in English other than EAL, any History, Legal Studies, 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, 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 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 ComparED website.

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their 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.

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 first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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 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 eight 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 international student fees.

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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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 Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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

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.

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws, you’ll 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 practical legal training, you’ll 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

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise as an Australian lawyer, as set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).After completion, you’ll be required to work for one year as a legal trainee or undertake a practical legal training course before admission to the Australian legal profession.

 

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.