Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Laws
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
This combined degree program provides you with an excellent foundation in both law and IT. You will be well equipped to tackle legal issues in the growing field of technology such as privacy, data collection, copyright, censorship, contracts, patents and understand the challenges of working in international markets.
IT professionals can benefit greatly from a working knowledge of law when dealing with contracts, patents, share holders or working in international markets. Bridging the gap between these two domains will be vital in the future, and graduates from this combined degree will be highly sought after in both professions.
In this six year degree, candidates spend the first three years undertaking a combination of IT and law units of study to the value of 48 credit points in each year. In the fourth year, you will take units of study from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies only, completing a stream in either information systems or computer science. In the fifth year, you will take a fixed curriculum, comprising units of study in a range of areas of law including administrative law, federal constitutional law, and property and commercial law. The sixth year will allow you to choose elective units of study from the Sydney Law School allowing you to specialise in a particular area of the law.
What is a major?
Students in the Bachelor of Information Technology will complete the requirements for a stream in either information systems or computer science. Each stream will contain core units specific to that stream and recommend electives within the stream.
Further course information
Candidates in a combined law program must successfully complete LAWS1006 Foundations of Law before enrolling in any other Bachelor of Laws units of study. Candidates are required to complete the Bachelor of Laws units of study in the order listed in the Sydney Law School Undergraduate Table. Except with the permission of the Dean of the Sydney Law School, candidates must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Information Technology before proceeding to Year Five of the Bachelor of Laws. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.
What is an elective?
An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Engineering and the Sydney Law School. Information Technology electives are often recommended within the stream as they are directly related to, or build a more comprehensive understanding of content taught in core units of study within that stream. Sydney Law School offers one of Australia's most diverse undergraduate elective programs in law. Students must complete eight elective units of study in their final year. A maximum of 42 credit points are taken from Table 1, and a minimum of 6 credit points are taken from Table 2 electives.
Eligible students may apply to take part in an international exchange program for one or two semesters. Study undertaken at a partner institution is counted towards the award of the degree.
Course outcomes and further study
The Bachelor of Information Technology will produce graduates who are IT specialists and possess an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to influence and reinforce an organisation’s technology infrastructure and to support the people who use it. They may be involved in creating and managing business applications, web sites, systems and the IT environment in all types of industries. Graduates of the combined course who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.
The Sydney Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and meets the academic requirements to practise law in the State of New South Wales. In relation to professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see our detailed information.
The Bachelor of Information Technology has been awarded professional level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
After completing the Bachelor of Information Technology, further study is available through the
Graduate School of Engineering and Information Technologies (GSE). The GSE provides a link between postgraduate students in the School of Information Technologies and other faculty disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.
The Bachelor of Information Technology with Honours is available to meritorious candidates who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the degree devoted to studying specialised areas of information technology. During the honours year students will complete advanced units of study in IT, and a semester long research project culminating in an honours thesis and oral presentation. Honours in the Bachelor of Laws is also integrated in the final year of the course and students eligible to undertake honours will enrol in two specified six credit point units of study and undertake a dissertation.
Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Applicants are guaranteed entry if they obtain an ATAR, or equivalent, of 99.5. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
If you do not obtain the ATAR into Combined Law at Sydney you may like to consider the transfer option. You can enrol in another degree at any University, including Sydney.
You will be assessed according to either your tertiary grades or your secondary qualifications, whichever is higher. If you have not studied at tertiary level for at least one year full-time in the same degree, you will be assessed according to your secondary qualifications only. Entry into Combined Law is competitive and places are limited.
Applications open in August each year for courses commencing in March the following year. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of first year you can reapply after second year. The credit transfer policies of the Law School and its partner faculties are used when determining the amount of credit for previous studies. However, it may be difficult to complete Combined Law within the five years and you may wish to consider completing your first degree and then apply for the Juris Doctor.
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Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2015 your student contribution may differ.
For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students
This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.
For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.