Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science

School of Law, Fremantle Campus

Scientists and lawyers have much in common. Scientific minds are curious, questioning the status quo and looking for new answers and ways of thinking. Similarly, legal professionals espouse that same sense of enquiry, constantly searching for innovative ways to solve legal problems.  When you undertake a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science from The University of Notre Dame Australia, you have the opportunity to explore the many synergies between these two exciting fields.

  • Why study this degree?

    The field of science is continuously evolving, with fields such as genetics, biotechnology and public health and safety being underpinned by a rigorous legal framework. Designed to be completed over five years of full-time study, the combined Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science is perfect for students who wish to combine their love of the law with their passion for science.

    When you undertake the legal component of your degree, you will receive an education that has been planned in collaboration with some of Australia’s top judges, barristers and solicitors. A focus on experiential learning also means that you have multiple opportunities to develop valuable skills such as public speaking, advocacy, dispute resolution and mooting.

    The scientific elements of your double degree are equally practical. Over the course of your studies, you may choose to major in a scientific discipline such as Archaeology, Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, or Human Biology. Developing your skills in data analysis and research, you will then undertake a Science Internship in your third year. Held over six weeks, this industry placement assigns you to a government department or private organisation in Western Australia, nationally, or internationally, where you are expected to apply the expertise you have gained so far.

    As a graduate of the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science, you will gain a sound practical and theoretical understanding of both scientific and legal disciplines. As such, graduates can expect to find employment in a variety of roles including pharmaceutical and biotechnical research and development, environment regulation, scientific patents and more.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • Introduction  to Philosophy
    • Introduction  to Theology
    • Ethics and  the Law

    Year One

    • Legal  Research and Writing
    • Legal  Process and Statutory Interpretation
    • Legal  History
    • Introduction  to Biological Sciences
    • Introduction  to Physical Sciences
    • Two  Science Major Subjects

    Year Two

    • Criminal  Law A
    • Contract  Law A
    • Torts A
    • Criminal  Law B
    • Contract  Law B
    • Torts B
    • Data  Analysis and Experimental Design
    • Two  Science Major Subjects

    Year Three

    • Property  Law A
    • Property Law  B
    • Four  Science Major Subjects
    • Science  Internship

    Year Four

    • Advocacy
    • Constitutional  Law
    • Equity
    • Corporations  & Partnerships
    • Evidence
    • Administrative  Law
    • Trusts
    • Law  Elective One

    Year Five

    • Remedies
    • Civil  Procedure
    • Legal  Philosophy
    • Alternative  Dispute Resolution
    • Commercial  Practice & Ethics
    • Law  Elective Two
    • Law  Elective Three
    • Law  Elective Four

    Law Electives*

    • Advanced  Administrative Law
    • Advanced  Civil Procedure
    • Advanced  Constitutional Law
    • Advanced  Evidence Law
    • Advanced  Research Project (i.e. Honours Research)
    • Bioethics  and the Law
    • Advanced  Taxation Law
    • Commercial  Law
    • Commercial  Drafting
    • Construction  and Building Contract Law
    • Contemporary  Legal Issues
    • Directed  Research Project
    • Employee  Relations Law
    • Entertainment  Law
    • Environmental  Law
    • Family Law
    • Health Law
    • Human  Rights Law
    • Indigenous  law
    • Insolvency
    • International  Commercial Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual  Property Law
    • Introduction  to Canon Law (i.e. Church Law)
    • Law and  Religion
    • Law in  Context (Externships) – involves work experience
    • Legal  History
    • Mining and  Petroleum Law
    • Occupational  Safety and Health Law
    • Introduction  to Australian Taxation Law
    • Succession
    • Competition  and Consumer Law
    • Trial  Advocacy

    *Available law electives are subject to change and may vary  depending on your campus and year of study. Please check with your school for  the current electives on offer.
    Science Majors

    • Archaeology
    • Biology
    • Environmental  Science
    • Geography
    • Human  Biology

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 90 or equivalent with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD); or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 33

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects with at least a 65% average grade or higher;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 90 or above
      OR
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    HECS-HELP
    HECS-HELP is a loan scheme intended for students enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. The scheme will pay your student contribution amounts, but not additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Although there is no interest charged on HECS-HELP loans, your debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    FEE-HELP
    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index and also includes a loan fee of 25 per cent for all undergraduate programs of study.

    For the purpose of calculating the fees applicable to this Program, the volume of learning for this Program is 5.25 years.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Career opportunities

    BACHELOR OF LAWS/SCIENCE

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Barrister
    • Judge’s associate
    • Research assistant
    • Solicitor
  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2020

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5 N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    <5 N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    <5 N/A
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    <5 100%
    International students<5N/A
    All students<5100.0%

    TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offersATAR
    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer 93.60 N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer 93.60 N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    93.60 N/A

    Notes:  

    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science, please call our Prospective Students Officer on +61 8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All International enquiries should contact the International Students Office on international@nd.edu.au.

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