University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science

Course code/s: LWLSC Melbourne

Course Details
Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LWLSCB LWLSC
Available to International Students No Yes
CRICOS 075226F
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 Science is a five year combined degree providing an accredited professional qualification in Law, as well as a degree in Science. 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, including – subject to availability – subjects relevant to Science such as Intellectual Property Law and Law and Medicine. For further information about law electives, please refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) in this Handbook. Students may choose Science subjects from a wide range of disciplines including Agricultural Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Psychology and Mathematics. This course is also available at the Bendigo campus, for details see the following entry for Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science  LWLSCB Bendigo in this Handbook.

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 Science CILOs please see the entry for Bachelor of Science SBS 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 and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics.

Course Requirements

Students must:

  • complete a total of at least five years full-time study or its equivalent
  • complete in sequence the compulsory Law subjects
  • satisfy the requirements of the Bachelor of Science
  • complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in Law and 240 credit points in Science)
  • complete a total of 24 subjects in Law (18 compulsory subjects and 6 electives)
  • complete 60 credit points at first year level, 90 credit points at second year level and 90 credit points at third year level in science subjects from Science, Health and Engineering
  • complete one science Major comprising 30 credit points at first year, 30 – 45 credit points at second year and 45 – 60 credit points at third year depending on the chosen discipline

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

First year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM OPTION OPTION
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods First year Science elective1(15 cps) First year Science elective from chosen Major (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW1CRL LAW1PPL OPTION OPTION
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law First year Science elective (15 cps) First year Science elective from chosen Major (15 cps)

Key: 1First year quantitative skills subject

Second year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT OPTION OPTION
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Second year Science elective2 (15 cps) Second year Science elective from chosen Major2 (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL OPTION OPTION
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law Second year Science elective2 (15 cps)

Second year Science elective from chosen Major2 (depending on the Major discipline) (15 cps)

Key: 2 Choose second year subjects from Science, Health and Engineering to the value of 90 credit points. 30 – 45 credit points must be from your chosen Major, depending upon the discipline.

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2STA LAW2FPL LAW2ECP OPTION
Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Evidence and Criminal Procedure Second year Science elective OR Second year Science elective from chosen Major2 (depending on the Major discipline) (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW2CIV LAW2RPT OPTION OPTION
Civil Procedure Real Property Law One third year law elective (15 cps) One law elective (15 cps)

Key: 2 Choose second year subjects from Science, Health and Engineering to the value of 90 credit points. 30 – 45 credit points must be from your chosen Major, depending upon the discipline.

 

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts One Law elective (15 cps) One Law elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW3ADN LAW3REM LAW3LPC OPTION
Principles of Administrative Law Remedies Legal Practice and Conduct Two law electives (do one in summer or winter semesters)

Fifth year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Second year Science elective2 (15 cps) Third year Science elective from chosen Major3 (15 cps) Third year Science elective from chosen Major3 (15 cps) Third year Science elective from chosen Major3 (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Third year Science elective3 (15 cps) Third year Science elective3 (15 cps) Third year Science elective3 (15 cps) Third year Science elective OR  Third year Science elective from chosen Major3 (depending on Major discipline)

Key: 2 Choose second year subjects from Science, Health and Engineering to the value of 90 credit points. 30 – 45 credit points must be from your chosen Major, depending upon the discipline.

Key:  3 Choose third year subjects from Science, Health and Engineering to the value of 90 credit points. 45 – 60 credit points must be from your chosen Major, depending upon the discipline. Please note that some Majors include 30 credit point subjects. Students should not take more than 2 x 30 credit point subjects in one semester.

Major Requirement

All students must complete a first year Quantitative Skills subject as part of their Science degree. Most Science Majors contain at least 1 Quantitative Skills subject, however, students undertaking a Biochemistry, Botany, Environmental geoscience, Genetics, Microbiology or Psychology Major must enrol into 1 additional subject from the list below.

First Year Quantative Skills Subjects
MAT1NLA (S1) Number Systems and Linear Algebra
MAT1DM (S1) Discrete Mathematics 2
MAT1ICA (S1) Introductory Calculus
PHY1SCA (S1) Principles of Physics A
STA1DCT (S1) Data-Based Critical Thinking
MAT1CDE (S2) Calculus and Differential Equations
MAT1MAB (S2) Mathematical Applications in Biology
PHY1SCB (S2) Principles of Physics B
STA1SS (S2) Statistical Science
STA1LS (S2) Statistics for Life Sciences
PHY1LS (S2) Physics for Life Sciences
STA1PSY (S2) Statistics for Psychology

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Key: 2 Choose second year subjects from Science, Health and Engineering to the value of 90 credit points. 30 – 45 credit points must be from your chosen Major, depending upon the discipline.

Key:  3 Choose third year subjects from Science, Health and Engineering to the value of 90 credit points. 45 – 60 credit points must be from your chosen Major, depending upon the discipline. Please note that some Majors include 30 credit point subjects. Students should not take more than 2 x 30 credit point subjects in one semester.

Science Disciplines

The selection and arrangement of the Science subjects within the program is up to the student in consultation with an adviser from Science, Health and Engineering. Subjects may be chosen from any of the following areas:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Genetics
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Psychology4
  • Statistics
  • Zoology.

Key: 4 For a major in Psychology please seek additional advice from the School of Psychology and Public Health about professional qualifications in Psychology. The Psychology Major does not lead to professional accreditation without additional study. Note that PSY3HAR, PSY3CNN, and PSY3ASD are offered as electives in odd-numbered years and PSY3RTP, PSY3NBC and PSY3CCG are offered in even-numbered years. PSY3PFP (a placement subject with 30 credit points) is offered over the extended summer period each year for eligible students who have completed sufficient credit points and second year Psychology core subjects and who have been offered a placement following an interview (a Major in Psychology student is not eligible to apply). Please seek advice from the School of Psychology and Public Health. Students will not be able to take PSY3NBC unless they have previously completed at least one Biology or Behavioural Neuroscience subject.

For further information about the Science Majors and subjects, please refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Science. Students who complete the necessary core subjects for a specialisation will be able to have their academic record and testamur annotated accordingly, e.g. Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in Statistics.

Law Electives

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the heading ‘Law Electives’ in this Handbook for LVLGE Bachelor of Laws Graduate Entry (Melbourne). Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2017.

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. Undertaking Honours takes the place of two law electives in the degree. Students must complete a 10,000 word thesis on a topic to be approved by the Convenor of Honours. The compulsory research seminar is conducted throughout the year. Students must attend 10 sessions and are required to present a paper on their individual research project.

Students invited to enrol in Honours in Science must complete a further full-time year of study. For further information, please consult the relevant entry for the Bachelor of Science.

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