Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of LawsBachelors Double Degree
Students who undertake a double degree are candidates for both degrees and are able to complete the two degrees with five years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.
This double degree gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the law as it applies to the social sciences. Students can also major in a selected social science discipline and choose from a comprehensive suite of law electives.
Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science. If those students achieve the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems.
Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and an ability to recognise, reflect upon, and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.
Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community.
Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and sustainability.
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.
Demonstrate an understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.
Learn and work independently.
Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements.
Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice.
|Communication and social skills|
Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences.
Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.
Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.
Law students can undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices, to complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working lawyers.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||Session 1 , Session 2||336162||056561|
|Lismore||Session 1 , Session 2||336113||051071|
|Online||Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3||N/A||N/A|
The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession, but professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to be eligible to practise as a lawyer.
Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their practising requirements.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete 480 credit points, comprising:
- 25 core units; and
- 1 Social Science Major; and
- 60 credit points in Law electives; and
- 24 credit points in Social Science electives from the majors in the Bachelor of Social Science (which are not previously completed units).
Bachelor of Laws with Honours
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, students must:
- fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws; and
- complete the units LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research; and
- achieve a satisfactory standard of academic performance in law units as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.
Class of Honours
The Bachelor of Laws with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:
- First Class Honours;
- Second Class Honours (Division I); or
- Second Class Honours (Division II).
Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Social Science upon completion of the requirements of the single degree.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Available||Credit points||Level of learning||Notes|
|Year 1, Session 1|
|Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 1. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 1.|
|LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing||Introductory|
|LAW00111 - Legal Process||Introductory|
|COM10001 - Effective Communication||Introductory|
|SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology||Introductory|
|Year 1, Session 2|
|Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 2. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 2.|
|LAW72002 - Torts||Intermediate|
|SOC10296 - Understanding Community||Introductory|
|SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television||Introductory|
|Year 2, Session 1|
|LAW10001 - Contract Law I||Introductory|
|LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I||Introductory|
|LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law||Intermediate|
|POL10244 - Australian Politics||Introductory|
|Year 2, Session 2|
|LAW10003 - Contract Law II||Intermediate|
|LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II||Intermediate|
|LAW00112 - Constitutional Law||Intermediate|
|1st Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major|
|Year 3, Session 1|
|LAW00118 - Environmental Law||Intermediate|
|LAW00527 - Corporations Law||Intermediate|
|SOC20001 - Doing Social Research||Intermediate|
|BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan||Intermediate|
|Year 3, Session 2|
|LAW71005 - Property Principles||Introductory|
|LAW72009 - Principles of Equity||Advanced|
|2nd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major|
|1st Unit from Law Electives|
|Year 4, Session 1|
|LAW72005 - Evidence||Advanced|
|LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure||Intermediate|
|3rd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major|
|2nd Unit from Law Electives|
|Year 4, Session 2|
|LAW00117 - Administrative Law||Advanced|
|LAW00519 - Professional Conduct||Advanced||Note 1|
|4th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major|
|5th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major|
|Year 5, Session 1|
|3rd Unit from Law Electives|
|4th Unit from Law Electives|
|6th Unit Sociology or Policy and Governance Major|
|1st Social Science Unit from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major|
|Year 5, Session 2|
|5th Unit from Law Electives|
|7th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major|
|8th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major|
|2nd Social Science Unit from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major|
Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Level of learning||Notes|
|LAW00051||Legal Research and Writing||Introductory|
|SOC00118||Introduction to Sociology||Introductory|
|SOC10399||Critical Thinking for Digital Times||Introductory|
|LAW10001||Contract Law I||Introductory|
|LAW10002||Australian Criminal Law I||Introductory|
|LAW10003||Contract Law II||Intermediate|
|LAW10004||Australian Criminal Law II||Intermediate|
|SOC20001||Doing Social Research||Intermediate|
|BHS30003||Development across the Lifespan||Intermediate|
|LAW72009||Principles of Equity||Advanced|
|LAW00520||The Philosophy of Law||Intermediate|
|LAW72001||Civil Litigation and Procedure||Intermediate|
|LAW00519||Professional Conduct||Advanced||Note 1|
|Select one (1) major from the following:|
|Select five (5) elective units from the following, ensuring at least one (1) is advanced:|
|Choose two (2) Social Science elective units from:|