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Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws

Bachelors Double Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    BSocSc, LLB

  • Course code

    3207006

  • Credit points

    480


Overview

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 AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

Creativity

Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems.

Ethical practice

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.

Lifelong learning

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.

Cultural competence

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.

There are no majors in the Bachelor of Laws degree, however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available.

Go to Bachelor of Social Science for majors offered in that course.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 336162 056561
Lismore Session 1 336113 051071
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

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.

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.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws a candidate shall successfully complete forty (40) units (480 credit points), comprising:
    1. all units from Part A; and
    2. one (1) eight (8) unit Social Science Major from Part B; and
    3. five (5) Law Elective units from Part B; and
    4. two (2) Social Science Electives from Part B of the Schedule of Units for the Bachelor of Social Science.
  2. Any Rules governing unit selection relating to a single degree named in the Double Degree Schedules are deemed to have been met by compliance with that Double Degree Schedule.
  3. The Social Science elective units in Year 5 must be chosen from the majors listed in Part B of the schedule of units for the Bachelor of Social Science degree and may not be units previously completed as part of the major.
  4. The nominated schedule of Bachelor of Social Science units may be varied in accordance with the Bachelor of Social Science program rules, unit offerings and pre-requisites.

Law Degree with Honours

  1. A candidate for the award of Bachelor of Laws with Honours shall fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws award, and in addition must:
    1. complete the units LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research; and
    2. achieve such standard of academic performance as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.
  2. For the award of Honours, consideration shall be given to a candidate’s academic record throughout the course of study. A candidate who has reached the required standard of academic performance may, on the recommendation of the School Board in the School of Law and Justice, be awarded Honours in one of the following grades:
    • First Class Honours
    • Second Class Honours – Division I
    • Second Class Honours – Division II

Course structure

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
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-Views
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 Part B 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 Part B 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 Part B Law Electives
4th Unit from Part B 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 Part B 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

Note 1:

Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 Legal Process Introductory
COM10001 Effective Communication Introductory
SOC00118 Introduction to Sociology Introductory
LAW00112 Constitutional Law Intermediate
SOC10296 Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 Critical Thinking for Digital Times Introductory
CUL00401 Indigenous World-Views Introductory
LAW10001 Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
LAW72002 Torts Intermediate
POL10244 Australian Politics Introductory
LAW10003 Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW10004 Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
LAW71005 Property Principles Introductory
LAW00118 Environmental Law Intermediate
SOC20001 Doing Social Research Intermediate
BHS30003 Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
LAW72009 Principles of Equity Advanced
LAW72005 Evidence Advanced
LAW00520 The Philosophy of Law Intermediate
LAW00527 Corporations Law Intermediate
LAW72001 Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
LAW00117 Administrative Law Advanced
LAW00519 Professional Conduct Advanced Note 1

Part B

Choose one (1) major from:

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
Choice of eight (8) units from the following:
SOC01123 Deviance in Society Introductory
SOC10274 Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia Intermediate
SOC10027 Networked Society Intermediate
SOC00115 Global Inequality Intermediate
SOC20002 Economy, Ecology, and Social Life: Local and Global Perspectives Intermediate
SOC10400 Gender, Sexuality and Culture Intermediate
SOC10430 Religions and the State Intermediate
SOC20003 Society, Health and Illness Intermediate
SOC30001 Advanced Social Research Advanced
COM00471 Professional Placement Advanced
SOY10114 Independent Project Advanced
COM30001 Community Engagement Project Advanced
COM30002 Community Partnerships for Social Change II Advanced

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
Choice of eight (8) units from the following:
SOC00112 Social Policy Introductory
POL00005 Ideas and Ideals in Politics Intermediate
POL00010 Local Government Intermediate
POL00013 Global Social Movements Intermediate
POL10024 Justice in World Politics Advanced
POL20001 Analysing Policy Problems Intermediate
POL10023 Peace, War and International Politics Advanced
POL30001 Environmental Politics Advanced
SOC30001 Advanced Social Research Advanced
COM00471 Professional Placement Advanced
SOY10114 Independent Project Advanced
COM30001 Community Engagement Project Advanced
COM30002 Community Partnerships for Social Change II Advanced
Choose five (5) Law elective units from:

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
ACC00132 Taxation Advanced
ACC00134 Advanced Taxation Advanced
LAW00054 Family Law Practice Intermediate
LAW00057 Conveyancing Law Intermediate Note 1
LAW00059 Welfare Law Intermediate
LAW00061 Drugs, Crime and the Law Intermediate
LAW00062 Wills and Estates Intermediate
LAW00104 Employment and Industrial Relations Law Advanced
LAW00106 EEO and OH&S Law and Practice Advanced
LAW00119 Local Government and Planning Law Intermediate
LAW00120 Victimology Intermediate
LAW00121 Intellectual Property Advanced
LAW00122 Clinical Legal Experience Intermediate
LAW00123 Law Placement Advanced
LAW00124 International Business Law Intermediate
LAW00125 Information Technology and the Law Advanced
LAW00126 Competition and Consumer Law Intermediate
LAW00214 Mediation and Dispute Resolution Introductory Note 1
LAW00216 Mediation Practice and Procedure Intermediate Note 1
LAW00514 Criminology Intermediate
LAW00516 Advanced Advocacy Intermediate
LAW00521 International Law Intermediate
LAW00522 Human Rights Advanced
LAW00523 Commercial Law Intermediate
LAW00524 Independent Legal Research Advanced
LAW00525 Cyberlaw Intermediate
LAW00526 International Criminal Justice Advanced
LAW00529 Restorative Justice Intermediate
LAW01125 Stock Exchange and Finance Law Intermediate
LAW10160 Public Interest Advocacy Advanced
LAW10166 Entertainment Law Advanced
LAW10167 International Intellectual Property Law and Public Policy Intermediate
LAW10168 Privacy Law and the Private Sector Intermediate
LAW10169 Human Rights and the Global Economy Advanced
LAW10170 Race and the Law Intermediate
LAW10171 Mediating Across Cultures Introductory
LAW10181 Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method Advanced
LAW10206 The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law Intermediate
LAW10207 Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law Advanced
LAW10288 Mooting Advanced
LAW10292 Education and the Law Intermediate
LAW10472 International Human Rights Law Intermediate
LAW10487 Animal Law Intermediate
LAW10488 Crime, Globalisation and Governance Intermediate
LAW10489 Australian Military and National Security Law Intermediate
LAW10490 Trials and Witnesses Intermediate
LAW10491 Sexual Orientation and the Law Intermediate
LAW10527 Comparative Law Advanced
LAW10698 International Trade and Development Law Advanced
LAW10727 Marine Animal Protection Law Intermediate
LAW30001 Ecological Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW30002 Advanced Sports Law Advanced
LAW30003 International Humanitarian Law Intermediate
LAW30004 Comparative Criminal Law Advanced
LAW30005 Statutory Interpretation Advanced
LAW73003 Remedies Advanced
LAW72006 Climate Law and Policy Intermediate
LAW72011 Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authority Intermediate
LAW72010 Property in Land Intermediate
LAW72014 Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism Intermediate
LAW72015 Law, Film and Ideology Intermediate
Choose two (2) Social Science elective units from:

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
SOC01123 Deviance in Society Introductory
SOC10274 Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia Intermediate
SOC10027 Networked Society Intermediate
SOC00115 Global Inequality Intermediate
SOC20002 Economy, Ecology, and Social Life: Local and Global Perspectives Intermediate
SOC10400 Gender, Sexuality and Culture Intermediate
SOC10430 Religions and the State Intermediate
SOC20003 Society, Health and Illness Intermediate
SOC00112 Social Policy Introductory
POL00005 Ideas and Ideals in Politics Intermediate
POL00010 Local Government Intermediate
POL00013 Global Social Movements Intermediate
POL10024 Justice in World Politics Advanced
POL20001 Analysing Policy Problems Intermediate
POL10023 Peace, War and International Politics Advanced
POL30001 Environmental Politics Advanced
SOC30001 Advanced Social Research Advanced
COM00471 Professional Placement Advanced
SOY10114 Independent Project Advanced
COM30001 Community Engagement Project Advanced
COM30002 Community Partnerships for Social Change II Advanced