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Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws

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Overview

Many industries need professionals who can understand and translate complex science the legal profession is one of these. With a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws, you will graduate with two degrees and a suite of specialist skills that will allow you to carve out a niche in the legal sector, with jobs across patents, intellectual property and even forensics.

As a science student at Sydney, you will be taught by dedicated scientific thinkers, including members of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Research Council Fellows, winners of prestigious prizes such as the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science and the Eureka Prizes which reward excellence in research and innovation, leadership, and science engagement. You will study in world-class facilities, including the multimillion-dollar Sydney Nanoscience Hub and the Charles Perkins Centre, which is dedicated to research into diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

With over 40 majors, programs and streams to choose from and a flexible degree plan, the three-year Bachelor of Science allows you to find your own path. In your first year, you"ll gain essential knowledge in the fundamental sciences with broad subjects. Your second and third years will be for specialising in your chosen stream, program, majors and minors, with the option to take elective subjects from other faculties.

You will complete the equivalent of the first year of the Bachelor of Laws over the course of your three year science degree. In the fourth year, you will undertake the remaining compulsory law units of study followed by elective units in the fifth year.

You will graduate with the skills to embark on a broad range of careers in law and the sciences.

Majors

Within the Bachelor of Science course there are over 40 Science majors, as outlined in Table A Science. You must complete one major or program from Table A Science and an additional minor or major from Science or from Table S of the Shared Pool for Undergraduate Degrees. A major consists of 48 credit points. There are two ways a major can be structured, either: (i) A 2-2-4 structure (2x1000 level units, 2x2000 level units, 4x3000 level units), or (ii) A 2-3-3 structure (2x1000 level units, 3x2000 level units, 3x3000 level units).

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

In this five year degree, you will spend the first three years undertaking a combination of Science and Law units of study, to the value of 48 credit points in each year, and complete a science major in the subject area of your choice. You will also undertake 12 cp of mathematics degree core units and 12cp of Open Learning Environment units. In the fourth 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 fifth 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.

Year 1

  • Science degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Science degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Combined Law core 6cp
  • Combined Law core 6cp
  • Science Elective 6cp
  • Science Elective 6cp


Year 2

  • Science Major 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Combined Law core 6cp
  • Combined Law core 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Science Elective 6cp
  • Science Elective 6cp


Year 3

  • Science Major 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Science Major 6cp
  • Sciences Major 6cp
  • Combined Law core 6cp
  • Combined Law core 6cp
  • Combined Law core 6cp
  • Combined Law core 6cp

For Year 4 and 5 course structure tables, refer to the sample table in the 2018 Law Undergraduate Guide

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. All students undertake some study in mathematics.

 

Admission requirement

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. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule, the Coursework Policy, and Faculty Resolutions.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program.

Professional accreditation

Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board and meet the academic requirements for practising law in New South Wales. For professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see detailed information here.

Graduate opportunities

Science graduates from the University of Sydney have distinguished themselves in many fields, including research, education, business, policy and government. If you wish to practise law, you will need to complete an accredited program of practical legal training after completing your degree. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry. They demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy combined with ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities that are highly sought after by leading employers the world over.
Future study options

Eligible candidates may enrol for an honours year in the Bachelor of Science or for integrated honours within the Bachelor of Laws. You may also wish to take up postgraduate study in either discipline. Sydney Law School is an international leader in postgraduate legal education and, in addition to the Master of Laws, offers master's degrees and graduate diplomas in 16 specialist areas, including: taxation; business; commercial and corporate law; labour relations; health; the environment; international law; criminology and jurisprudence. The University of Sydney offers a rich postgraduate program of coursework and research opportunities in the sciences, across natural science, agricultural science, medical science and the health sciences, in association with award winning centres of research excellence.

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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