Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: BSc/LLB
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 2743
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044703E

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.

Commencement Year 2020 - 2743.11 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2018-2019 - 2743.10 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2017 - 2743.9 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2016 - 2743.8 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2015 - 2743.7 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2014 - 2743.5 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

The Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws double degree program allows graduates to span both the legal and scientific worlds in a way that single degree graduates cannot. It provides students with the capacity for critical analysis and independent thinking. The double degrees permit students to undertake multi-skilling, and offer diverse career paths providing high marketability in multiple areas of expertise. The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) provides students with professional legal skills including the ability to analyse legal material and understand fundamental legal principles; an understanding of the relationship between law and society; the skills to analyse and solve legal and non-legal problems and specialised study into the Australian legal system. The science component gives students the skills necessary for quantification, and scientific problem solving.

Study Mode

Five years full-time or ten years part-time. Students may be required to travel between campuses in order to complete their subjects

Program Advice

Dr Sarah Hook

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Campbelltown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Hawkesbury Campus Full Time Internal See above
Hawkesbury Campus Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

Graduates from the Bachelor of Laws are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training. The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) for normal entry of a graduate to the Chartered Chemist qualification.

Inherent Requirements

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.

Inherent Requirements

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.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws is based on the following requirements:

Assumed Knowledge: Students should have at least two unit English, and two unit Science (any science) and two unit Mathematics at year 12 equivalent.

Recommended studies: HSC English standard 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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

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.

International Office

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.

  • JUST 4001 Clinical Legal Placement
  • JUST 3011 Issues in the Criminal Justice System (corrective services field trip requirement) - Also records and identity check.
  • LAWS 3022 Family Dispute Resolution 

The following subjects requires a visa for the relevant country and the ability to travel at a specified time:

Program Structure

Qualification for the double degree in Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws requires the successful completion of 400 credit points as specified in the structure below. 

Note: At least 120 credit points must be at Level 3 or above.

Bachelor of Science Subjects

Years 1 to 3

Students who wish to exit this double degree after their third year and graduate with a Bachelor of Science must have completed 240 credit points and completed the subjects as listed below in Years 1, 2 and 3 with at least 60 credit points at Level 3 or above

Students completing the Bachelor of Science portion of this double degree must complete one of the Science testamur majors listed, in the first three years of study.

Students should note that core subjects will be allocated based on the Testamur Major chosen and as indicated in the relevant Testamur Major sequence.

Bachelor of Science core subjects are:

Subject Title Credit Points
Students are required to complete the following two Subjects
CHEM 1008Introductory Chemistry10
NATS 1019Scientific Literacy10
Foundation (depending on testamur major selected):
Select two of the following:20
Cell Biology
Biodiversity
Essential Chemistry
Mathematics (depending on testamur major selected):
Select one of the following:10
Quantitative Thinking
Mathematics 1A
Biometry
Analytical Science (depending on testamur major selected):
Select one of the following:10
Advanced Calculus
Biochemistry
Forensic and Environmental Analysis
Science Research Methods
Analytical Chemistry
Epidemiology
Work Integrated Learning (depending on testamur major selected):
Select one of the following:10
Complex Case Studies in Science
Work Internship for Science Professionals
NATS 3045 is only available to students in T076 Environmental Health
Core Capstone (depending on testamur major selected):
Select one of the following:10
Laboratory Quality Management
Field Project 1
Conservation Biology
Topics in Medical Science

Bachelor of Science Testamur Majors

Students must choose one of the following testamur majors:

Please note that not all Testamur Majors are available at all campuses.

Bachelor of Laws Subjects

Students enrolled in the 2743 Bachelor of Science/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 Science 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 course structure. Please refer to the link above for details.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
LAWS 1003 Fundamentals of Australian Law 10
LAWS 2004 Criminal Law 10
BIOS 1001 Biodiversity 10
CHEM 1008 Introductory Chemistry 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 1009 Legal Analysis and Critique 10
LAWS 2013 Torts Law 10
Select one core Science Mathematics subject (depending on testamur major selected) 10
Quantitative Thinking  
Mathematics 1A  
Biometry  
Select one core Science Foundation subject (depending on testamur major selected) 10
Cell Biology  
Essential Chemistry  
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
LAWS 2003 Contracts 10
Select Two core Science subjects comprising:  
Select one Analytical Science subject (depending on testamur major selected) 10
Advanced Calculus  
Biochemistry  
Forensic and Environmental Analysis  
Science Research Methods  
Analytical Chemistry  
Epidemiology  
Select the following:  
NATS 1019 Scientific Literacy 10
Select one testamur major subject (see sequence provided with each testamur major) 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 2001 Alternative Dispute Resolution 10
Select one core Science Work Integrated learning subject: 10
Complex Case Studies in Science  
Work Internship for Science Professionals  
NATS 3045 is only available to students in T076 Environmental Health  
Select two Science testamur major subjects (see sequence provided with each testamur major) 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
LAWS 3059 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics 10
Select one Science capstone subject (depending on testamur major chosen) 10
Laboratory Quality Management  
Field Project 1  
Conservation Biology  
Topics in Medical Science  
Select Two Science testamur major subjects (see sequence provided with each testamur major) 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 2008 Government and Public Law 10
Select Three Science testamur major subjects (see the sequence provided with each testamur major) 30
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Autumn session
LAWS 3018 Equity & Trusts 10
LAWS 2011 10
Select two LLB alternate subjects: 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 4001 10
LAWS 3045 Law of Associations 10
Select two LLB alternate subjects: 20
 Credit Points40
Year 5
Autumn session
LAWS 2002 Constitutional Law 10
LAWS 4004 Criminal Procedure and Evidence 10
Select two LLB alternate subjects: 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 3064 10
LAWS 3008 10
Select two LLB alternate subjects: 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points400

LLB Alternate Subjects

Students must complete 80 credit points of subjects from the list of Bachelor of Laws alternate subjects below.

Subject Title Credit Points
LAWS 4002Advanced Constitutional Law10
LAWS 3001Advanced Family Law10
LAWS 4003Advanced Taxation Law10
LAWS 3002Advanced Torts and Civil Wrongs10
LAWS 3003Advocacy10
LAWS 3004Anti-Discrimination Law10
LAWS 3005Australian Competition Law10
LAWS 3006Australian Consumer Law10
LAWS 3007Banking and Securities Law10
LAWS 2014Bioethics10
JUST 4001Clinical Legal Placement10
LAWS 3011Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the World10
LAWS 3013Conflict of Laws10
LAWS 3014Corporate Governance10
LAWS 3015Cyber Law and Justice10
LAWS 4010Designing Law Apps for Access to Justice10
LAWS 3016Elder Law10
LAWS 3073Elder Law Industry Placement10
LAWS 3022Family Dispute Resolution10
LAWS 3023Family Law10
LAWS 2005Financial Services Law10
LAWS 2007First Peoples and the Australian Legal System10
LAWS 3024Foundations of Chinese Law10
LAWS 3025Foundations of Indian Law10
LAWS 3028Human Rights and the Asia Pacific10
LAWS 3027Human Rights Law10
LAWS 3029Immigration and Refugee Law10
JUST 3008Independent Study (Law)10
LAWS 3030Information and Data Governance Law and Regulation10
LAWS 3031Insolvency Law and Policy10
LAWS 3032Intellectual Property10
LAWS 3033International Business Transactions Law10
LAWS 4006International Climate Law10
LAWS 3034International Criminal Law10
LAWS 4007International Environmental Law10
LAWS 3035International Moot Court10
LAWS 3036International Trade Law10
LAWS 3039Islam, International Law and Human Rights10
JUST 3011Issues in the Criminal Justice System10
LAWS 3074Judicial Internship10
LAWS 3042Jurisprudence10
LAWS 3043Land Transactions Law10
LAWS 3044Law and Public Policy (Development and Implementation)10
LAWS 3079Law, Economics, Ethics and Change10
LAWS 4011Law Honours Dissertation20
LAWS 3046Law of Employment10
LAWS 3047Law of International Organisations10
LAWS 3048Law of the Sea10
LAWS 3075Law's Self-Understanding10
LAWS 3077Legal Internship10
LAWS 3078Legal, Economic and Social Transformation in Taiwan10
LAWS 3049Media Law10
JUST 2013Mediation10
LAWS 3050Medical Law10
LAWS 3052Mental Health Law10
LAWS 3053Moot Court10
LAWS 3055Planning and Environment Law10
LAWS 3056Practising in the Public Interest10
LAWS 3061Public Health Law10
LAWS 3063Public International Law10
LAWS 4008Revenue Law10
LAWS 3066Revenue Law Industry Placement10
LAWS 3067Self-Managed Superannuation and Trusts10
LAWS 3068Space Law - Commercial Aspects10
LAWS 3076Technology, Innovation and the Law10
LAWS 4009Transactional Law10
LAWS 3071Wills and Succession10
LAWS 3072Work Health and Safety Law10

Equivalent Subjects

The equivalent subject listed below counts toward completion of this program for students who passed this subject in 2019 or earlier.

JUST 2002 - Bioethics, replaced by LAWS 2014 Bioethics

Replaced Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier. 

JUST 2009, Law Economics and Business Ethics, replaced by LAWS 3079 Law, Economics, Ethics and Change

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.

Honours

Students may be eligible to undertake the embedded Law Honours program as part of their program attempt. Students who meet the criteria for admission to the program must complete the 20 credit point Bachelor of Laws Alternate unitLAWS 4011 Law Honours Dissertation.

Students may be eligible to undertake the embedded Law Honours program as part of their program attempt. Students who meet the criteria for admission to the program must complete the 20 credit point Bachelor of Laws Alternate subject.

For criteria for admission to the Law Honours program and further information, see

School of Law Honours Award Level guidelines