Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Choose Law and Psychology at La Trobe

  • Be prepared for a career where law, psychology and mental health intersect.
  • Unique five-year double degree allows you to specialise in certain areas of psychology and gives you access to leading researchers in both Law and Psychology.
  • Enjoy opportunities to learn from specialists at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) and participate in a judicial mentoring program.

Career opportunities

Once you graduate, you could work in:

  • practicing law – family law, criminal law and elder law
  • counselling
  • research
  • marketing
  • recruitment and human resources
  • government and policy.

What you'll learn

Law graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • broad knowledge of Australian legal systems, institutions and procedures, including fundamental legal principles and concepts, substantive areas of law and international and comparative contexts
  • analytical and practical skills in identifying legal issues, applying legal doctrine and solving legal problems using innovative and creative thought
  • a capacity to reflect on their own learning approaches, work independently, manage and foster personal and professional development, and collaborate effectively in a team environment.

Psychology graduates will be able to apply:

  • key principles to design, implement or evaluate basic and applied psychological research programs by demonstrating knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes
  • psychological concepts, theories, and research findings to design or evaluate methods to solve problems in everyday life and in society
  • academic integrity and scientific rigour in conducting and evaluating psychological research, and empathy and value for diversity when engaging with others.

Cost

Students from Australia and New Zealand

AUD$10,596 per year (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

Course structure

Students must:

  • complete a total of at least five years of full-time study or its equivalent
  • complete in sequence the compulsory Law subjects
  • complete in sequence the compulsory Psychology subjects
  • complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in Law, 225 credit points in Psychology and 15 credit points in either Psychology or other approved free elective counting towards Psychology)
  • complete a total of 24 subjects in Law (19 compulsory subjects and 5 electives) and 16 Psychology subjects

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

First year subjects

Semester 1Semester 2
Dispute ResolutionPrinciples of Criminal Law
Legal Institutions and MethodsPrinciples of Public Law
Experimental Foundations of Psychological ScienceClinical Foundations of Psychological Science
History, Philosophy and Methodology of Psychological ScienceStatistics for Psychology

For full details, please refer to the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.


How to apply

Direct

Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.

International

Find out about how to apply as an international student.

Pathways

There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.


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