Understanding how to help improve the lives of others frequently requires an understanding of the law. Many leading advocates for progressive social policies are equipped with law degrees and also require a strong understanding of processes and ideas that could improve people’s lives.
This five-year double degree provides you with the opportunity to dive deep into both social science policy and the law – developing a strong fundamental understanding of the factors that shape social justice and community progression.
Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Laws degree as well as a Bachelor of Social Science degree – preparing themselves for a wide range of careers in legal practice, social policy, or public leadership.
Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of social science and law; and those specific to each discipline. For social science: professional roles in social welfare, community development, or in policy-related areas of government departments and the private sector. For law: as barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate, or government organisations.
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.
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 details about majors and streams offered in this course.
The assessment methods vary from unit to unit. They may include research proposals, research essays, reports, oral and written presentations, case studies, online and class participation, and examinations. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations also varies.
Go to Bachelor of Social Science for assessment methods in that course.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Attendance at on-campus workshops is a requirement of the Bachelor of Laws for on-campus and online students. The workshops provide students with an opportunity to network, engage in a range of learning experiences and skills required at an LLB level that cannot be taught effectively solely online, and meet key representatives of the legal profession who address issues of contemporary legal practice and professional conduct. For more information, go to law workshops.