Students commencing from 2016 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws
Information correct as at
6th Feb 2016 2:51pm
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 5 years full time.
International - 5 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Science and Law courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis.
Students completing this combined degree program meet the academic requirements to practice law in NSW, however, they must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board if they wish to practise as a lawyer. Alternatively students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice program - see separate handbook entry - which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation. Students also have the skills and knowledge to contribute to scientific development in many areas of technology, industry, agriculture or the information revolution.
The APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited major sequence is not available to students who commence the program in 2012 or after. A Psychology major is available in the program, however is not accredited for students commencing study in 2012 onwards. Students who commence the program in 2012 or after, and who wish to complete an accredited Psychology program, are advised to apply for admission to the 4 year Bachelor of Psychology program.
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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
5 years full time up to 12 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws is undertaken over five years of full-time study. Within the 160 units of Bachelor of Science Approved Courses, there are 10 units of core (compulsory) courses, a 10 unit directed MATH course, a major consisting of 90 units (a sequence of at least 20 units at 1000 level, 30 units at 2000 level and 40 units at 3000 level in a particular discipline), and 10 units of approved Science courses at 2000 or 3000 level. Majors can be taken: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Physics, Photonics and Psychology.
The 160 units must contain a minimum of 60 units of Science Approved Courses at 1000 level and 60 units at 3000 level. Approved Courses can be selected from the lists contained in the Program Description for the Bachelor of Science and it also contains further details on course requirements within a major sequence.
Credit towards the Bachelor of Science degree is granted for the 80 units of Bachelor of Laws courses taken in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Science units to 240. Thus, on successful completion of the first three years of the combined degree program outlined above, you will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree.
To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws degree you must complete 240 units as listed. The final two years of the combined degree program study in LAWS courses only.
The Bachelor of Science underwent a review in 2012, and a minor revision to the program was implemented for 2013. Core course SCIT2000 will no longer be offered. Current students who have not yet successfully completed SCIT2000 will be required to take an alternative approved science course at 2000 or 3000 level in lieu of SCIT2000.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|LAWS1001A||Legal System and Method - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1001B||Legal Systems and Method - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS1003A||Torts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1003B||Torts - Part B||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|LAWS2004A||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS2004B||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS3004A||Contracts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS3004B||Contracts - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Procedure||10 units|
|LAWS4005||Company Law||10 units|
|LAWS4007||Professional Conduct||10 units|
|LAWS4010||Equity and Trusts||10 units|
|LAWS4012||Public International Law||10 units|
Choose 70 units from the following directed courses
|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||10 units|
|LAWS5005||Adv Legal Research and Writing||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5011||Equal Opportunity Law||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||10 units|
|LAWS5024||Indigenous People, Issues and The Law||10 units|
|LAWS5030||Legal Theory||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition Law and Policy||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Alternative Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5034||Crime and Australian Society||10 units|
|LAWS5035||Law and Religion||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||10 units|
|LAWS5041||Mining Law||10 units|
|LAWS5042||Commercial Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||10 units|
Choose 10 units from the following directed courses
|MATH1001||Preparatory Studies in Mathematics||10 units|
|MATH1002||Foundational Studies in Mathematics||10 units|
|MATH1110||Mathematics 1||10 units|
|MATH1210||Mathematical Discovery 1||10 units|
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
Students in combined degree programs are advised to consult with the relevant Program Officers for the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and the Faculty of Business and Law regarding their academic program.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.