University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science

Course code/s: LWLPY Melbourne

Course Details
Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LWLPYB LWLPY
Available to International Students No No
CRICOS NA
Course Duration 5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 600
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science is a five year combined degree providing a professional qualification in Law and a degree in Psychology. The program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. It includes all the compulsory Law subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession in Victoria and a wide range of Law electives, many with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education, International Advocacy and Negotiation. It also includes a compulsory specialised Law subject relevant to Psychology – Mental Disorder and Criminal Responsibility. For further information about Law electives, please refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) in this Handbook. The Bachelor of Psychological Science degree includes a focus on all of the core content areas of the discipline from biological foundations to social influences on affect, behaviour and cognition, as well as strong training in research methods, but does not qualify a graduate to work as a psychologist. The course is also available at the Bendigo Campus. See this Handbook entry for Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science LWLPSB Bendigo.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

For the Bachelor of Laws Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), please see the entry in this Handbook for Bachelor of Laws LVLUE (Melbourne). For Bachelor of Psychological Science CILOs please see the entry for Bachelor of Psychological Science SBPSB in this Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are VCE units 3 and 4, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Course Requirements

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

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Laws -Bachelor of Psychological Science (LWLPY) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 130 KB]

First year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM PSY1EFP PSY1HPM
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Experimental Foundations of Psychological Science History, Philosophy and Methodology of Psychological Science
Semester 2 LAW1CRL LAW1PPL PSY1CFP STA1PSY
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law Clinical Foundations of Psychological Science Statistics for Psychology

Second year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT PSY2PRM PSY2COG
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Psychological Research Methods Cognition
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL PSY2DEV PSY2ACH
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law Developmental Psychology Abnormal, Clinical and Health Psychology

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2STA LAW2FPL OPTION PSY3PAS
Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law One Law Elective (15cps) Psychological Assessment
Semester 2 LAW2CIV LAW2RPT LAW3MDC PSY2SOC
Civil Procedure Real Property Law  Mental Disorder and Criminal Responsibility Social Psychology

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP OPTION PSY3RPA OPTION
Evidence and Criminal Procedure One Law Elective (15cps) Research project in Psychology A Level year 1, 2 or 3 Psychology elective or an approved free elective (15cps)
Semester 2 LAW3ADN OPTION PSY3PIN PSY3RPB

Principles of Administrative Law

One Law Elective (15cps) Psychological Interventions Research Project in Psychology B

Fifth year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts One Law Elective (15cps) Third Year Psychology Elective (15cps)
Semester 2 LAW3REM LAW3LPC OPTION OPTION
Remedies Legal Practice and Conduct One Law Elective (15cps) Third Year Psychology Elective (15cps)

Elective Law Subjects

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the Law Electives page. Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2018. 

Elective Psychology Subjects

For elective Psychology subjects, refer to lists under Bachelor of Psychological Science (SBPS) in this handbook. Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2018.

Honours

Students may be permitted to undertake Honours in the Law program in the final year of their Law studies. Normally an average grade of B+ over two full-time years of
Law study is required. Honours comprises a research component and a compulsory research seminar. Students must complete a 10,000 word thesis (which takes the place of two Law electives) on a topic to be approved by the Convenor of Honours. The compulsory research seminar is conducted throughout the year. Students must attend ten sessions and are required to present a paper on their individual research project.

Students who wish to apply for Honours in Psychological Science must complete a further full-time year of study if accepted. For further information, please consult the relevant entry for the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences in this Handbook.

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