Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws
- Effective from: 2022
- Approved Abbreviation: BCrim/LLB
- Western Sydney University Program Code: 2766
- AQF Level: 7
CRICOS Code: 084080M
This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later.
Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.
The program offers multi-skilling and highly marketable career paths in criminology and law. It equips students with professional legal skills and knowledge which are required by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) for admission to legal practice, solve non-legal problems and undertake specialised study in topical local and international law. Applied study of crime and criminal justice focusses on social and cultural definitions of criminality and reactions to it. Topics include criminology as a discipline; types and cultural depictions of crime; victimisation; crime prevention strategies and debates; law enforcement and surveillance; adult and juvenile justice; institutions and practices.
Students may exit this program on completion of 80 credit points with a 2827 Diploma in Laws (exit only)
Five years full-time or ten years part-time. Criminology subjects are offered at Liverpool and Penrith campuses and Law subjects are offered at Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. Students are required to travel between campuses in order to complete their subjects.
Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.
|Campbelltown Campus||Full Time||Internal||See above|
|Campbelltown Campus||Part Time||Internal||See above|
|Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road||Full Time||Internal||See above|
|Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road||Part Time||Internal||See above|
Graduates from this program are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training.
There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.
Work Integrated Learning
Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.
There is an optional work component available in this program. Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.
International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the program but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation. For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.
Recommended studies: HSC English standard (2 units) or equivalent.
Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.
Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.
International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.
All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.
International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.
Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.
Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students enrolling in these subjects may need to have a National Police Certificate and consent or prohibited employment declarations as they may be conducting their placement in circumstances where they work with minors. This would be managed on an as needs basis:
- LAWS 3077 Legal Internship
- LAWS 4012 First Nations Peoples' Access to Justice Clinic
- LAWS 3080 Street Law Clinic
- JUST 3011 Issues in the Criminal Justice System
(corrective services field trip requirement), also records and identity check.
The following subjects require a visa for the relevant country and the ability to travel at a specified time:
Qualification for a double degree in law requires the successful completion of 400 credit points consisting of the subjects listed in the recommended sequence.
Early exit - Students are eligible to graduate in the Bachelor of Criminology on completion of 16 specified criminology subjects plus the eight law subjects specified in the first three years of the program sequence.
Students enrolled in the 2766 Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws will only be eligible to graduate from their Bachelor of Laws degree upon completion of the entire 400 credit point program. Students enrolled in this program who wish to graduate with a standalone law degree prior to completion of the entire Bachelor of Criminology component must transfer to program 2502 Bachelor of Laws (Non-Graduate Entry) which requires the completion of 320 credit points (inclusive of 80 credit points of non-LLB study).
Students may early exit with the Diploma in Laws on completion of 80 credit points, comprising 20 credit points of specified Law core subjects and 60 credit points of Law core or alternate subjects, as provided in the program structure. Please refer to the links above for details.
Planning study - It may be possible to vary the sequence of subjects so that students study a greater concentration of either law or criminology each semester, to minimise travel between campuses, and to overcome timetabling problems. Students should speak to their Academic Program Advisor as needed.
|Autumn session||Credit Points|
|LAWS 1003||Fundamentals of Australian Law||10|
|LAWS 2004||Criminal Law||10|
|CULT 1017||Understanding Society||10|
|BEHV 2008||Mental Health in the Community||10|
|LAWS 1009||Legal Analysis and Critique||10|
|LAWS 2013||Torts Law||10|
|CULT 1005||Crime, Deviance and Society||10|
|HUMN 1060||Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies||10|
|BEHV 1021||The Individual in Society||10|
|CULT 2017||Youth Justice and Practice||10|
|HUMN 2066||Investigating and Communicating Social Problems||10|
|LAWS 2001||Alternative Dispute Resolution||10|
|HUMN 1041||People, Place and Social Difference||10|
|CULT 2005||Ethics in the Social Sciences||10|
|HUMN 2070||First Peoples and Criminal Justice||10|
|LAWS 2015||Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics||10|
|CULT 3001||Applied Social Research||10|
|CULT 3018||Perspectives in Criminology||10|
|CULT 3013||Gender, Crime and Violence||10|
|LAWS 2008||Government and Public Law||10|
|CULT 2018||Crime Prevention and Drugs||10|
|CULT 3024||Crime, Media, Culture||10|
|CULT 3025||Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice||10|
|LAWS 3018||Equity & Trusts||10|
|LAWS 3082||Property Law||10|
|Select two LLB alternate subjects||20|
|LAWS 3045||Law of Associations||10|
|LAWS 3081||Administrative Law||10|
|Select two LLB alternate subjects||20|
|LAWS 4015||Constitutional Law||10|
|LAWS 4004||Criminal Procedure and Evidence||10|
|Select two LLB alternate subjects||20|
|LAWS 4013||Civil Procedure and Arbitration||10|
|Select two LLB alternate subjects||20|
|Total Credit Points||400|
LLB Alternate Subjects
Students must complete 80 credit points of subjects from the list of Bachelor of Laws alternate subjects below.
|LAWS 4017||Access to Justice Clinic||10|
|LAWS 3001||Advanced Family Law||10|
|LAWS 4003||Advanced Taxation Law||10|
|LAWS 3002||Advanced Torts and Civil Wrongs||10|
|LAWS 3004||Anti-Discrimination Law||10|
|LAWS 3005||Australian Competition Law||10|
|LAWS 3006||Australian Consumer Law||10|
|LAWS 3007||Banking and Securities Law||10|
|LAWS 3011||Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the World||10|
|LAWS 3013||Conflict of Laws||10|
|LAWS 3014||Corporate Governance||10|
|LAWS 3015||Cyber Law and Justice||10|
|LAWS 4010||Designing Law Apps for Access to Justice||10|
|LAWS 3016||Elder Law||10|
|LAWS 3022||Family Dispute Resolution||10|
|LAWS 3023||Family Law||10|
|LAWS 2005||Financial Services Law||10|
|LAWS 2007||First Peoples and the Australian Legal System||10|
|LAWS 4012||First Nations Peoples' Access to Justice Clinic||10|
|LAWS 3024||Foundations of Chinese Law||10|
|LAWS 3025||Foundations of Indian Law||10|
|LAWS 3083||Gender and the Law||10|
|LAWS 3028||Human Rights and the Asia Pacific||10|
|LAWS 3027||Human Rights Law||10|
|LAWS 3029||Immigration and Refugee Law||10|
|JUST 3008||Independent Study (Law)||10|
|LAWS 3030||Information and Data Governance Law and Regulation||10|
|LAWS 3031||Insolvency Law and Policy||10|
|LAWS 3032||Intellectual Property||10|
|LAWS 3033||International Business Transactions Law||10|
|LAWS 4006||International Climate Law||10|
|LAWS 3034||International Criminal Law||10|
|LAWS 4007||International Environmental Law||10|
|LAWS 3036||International Trade Law||10|
|LAWS 3039||Islam, International Law and Human Rights||10|
|JUST 3011||Issues in the Criminal Justice System||10|
|LAWS 3074||Judicial Internship||10|
|LAWS 3079||Law, Economics, Ethics and Change||10|
|LAWS 3044||Law and Public Policy (Development and Implementation)||10|
|LAWS 3046||Law of Employment||10|
|LAWS 3047||Law of International Organisations||10|
|LAWS 3048||Law of the Sea||10|
|LAWS 3075||Law's Self-Understanding||10|
|LAWS 3078||Legal, Economic and Social Transformation in Taiwan||10|
|LAWS 3077||Legal Internship||10|
|LAWS 4016||Legal Research and Methodology||10|
|LAWS 3049||Media Law||10|
|LAWS 3050||Medical Law||10|
|LAWS 3052||Mental Health Law||10|
|LAWS 3053||Moot Court||10|
|LAWS 3055||Planning and Environment Law||10|
|LAWS 3056||Practising in the Public Interest||10|
|LAWS 3061||Public Health Law||10|
|LAWS 3063||Public International Law||10|
|LAWS 4008||Revenue Law||10|
|LAWS 3067||Self-Managed Superannuation and Trusts||10|
|LAWS 3068||Space Law - Commercial Aspects||10|
|LAWS 3080||Street Law Clinic||10|
|LAWS 3076||Technology, Innovation and the Law||10|
|LAWS 3071||Wills and Succession||10|
|LAWS 3072||Work Health and Safety Law||10|
Please note that the availability of Bachelor of Laws Alternate Subjects may vary from session to session. New subjects may become available and some discontinued. The School of Law will publish information on which subjects are available in a session.
The equivalent subjects listed below count towards the completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.
JUST 2002 - Bioethics, replaced by LAWS 2014 Bioethics
The equivalent subjects listed below count towards the completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier.
CULT 1020 - Working with Communities, replaced by equivalent subject HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies.
HUMN 2049 - Social Research Methods, replaced by equivalent subject HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems.
The equivalent subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier.
LAWS 3008 - Civil Procedure and Arbitration (200813), replaced by LAWS 4013 Civil Procedure and Arbitration
LAWS 3064 - Remedies (200756), replaced by LAWS 4014 Remedies
LAWS 2002 - Constitutional Law (200009), replaced by LAWS 4015 Constitutional Law
LAWS 4001 - Administrative Law (200013), replaced by LAWS 3081 Administrative Law
LAWS 2011 - Property Law (200012), replaced by LAWS 3082 Property Law
LAWS 3059 - Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (200020), replaced by LAWS 2015 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
The subjects listed below count towards completion of the program for students who may have passed subjects in the list in 2022 or earlier.
JUST 4001 Clinical Legal Placement, replaced by LAWS 4017 Access to Justice Clinic
The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier.
LAWS 3043 - Land Transactions Law (200021)
LAWS 3035 - International Moot Court (200663)
LAWS 4002 - Advanced Constitutional Law (200755)
LAWS 4009 - Transaction Law (200758)
LAWS 3066 - Revenue Law Industry Placement (201007)
LAWS 3073 - Elder Law Industry Placement (201020)
JUST 2009 - Law Economics and Business Ethics (200296)
LAWS 4011 - Law Honours Dissertation (200700)