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.

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

As technology continues to advance, so too does interest in areas like biotechnology, environmental science and intellectual property. Law firms are looking for associates who can argue the finer points of science, while scientists with expertise in law need to navigate complex legal approval processes standing between them and their research.

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.

After your double degree you’ll just need to complete an additional 12-month traineeship or 6-month legal practice course to become a fully qualified lawyer.

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.  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 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
  • completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 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).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Year

2020 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

Entry information

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL. 

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on:

  • Successful completion of at least 4 credit points of study (equivalent to one trimester/semester of full-time study) at a bachelor level (AQF Level 7) or above, from an accredited higher education institution within the last ten years, and with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM), depending on campus, as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
    • 60% Cloud campus
  • The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – with achievement of a minimum percentile rank, depending on campus, as follows:
    • 70% Burwood campus                            
    • 65% Geelong Waterfront campus     
    • 60% Cloud campus                                
  • Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
  • Applicants who have the required study and WAM may still sit the STAT to improve their eligibility for admission if they wish. Under these circumstances, the applicants’ WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.

*From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin no longer accepts ALSET test results for entry into Law courses.

For further details on STAT including booking and preparing for your STAT, please visit the VTAC website.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

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 QILT website.

Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

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 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - 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 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.

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 direct to Deakin

If you're applying to study in Trimester 3 (November), 2019:

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  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.

If you're applying to study in Trimester 1 (March), 2020:

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.


Frequently asked questions

What are the key study start dates?

Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.

How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

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Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

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.


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