Combined Law - The Sydney LLB

(UAC Course Code: 511801 - CSP)

The Combined Law program allows students to study the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in conjunction with another degree. It works by spreading out the first year of the Sydney LLB over three years of an Arts, Commerce, Economics, Engineering, or Science degree. Students enrol with our partner faculties for the first 3 years (or 4 years for Engineering) and then transfer to the Law School at the completion of their other degree to finish the last 2 years of their law studies.

The following combinations are available:

  • Arts/Law
    (CRICOS CODE: 006441D)(Course Code: BPARTLAW4000)
  • Commerce/Law
    (CRICOS CODE: 017835F)(Course Code: BPCOMLAW5000)
  • Economics/Law
    (CRICOS CODE: 06443B)(Course Code: BPECNLAW7000)
  • Engineering Honours/Law
    (CRICOS CODE: 083634A)(Course Code: BHENGLAW2000)
  • Science/Law
    (CRICOS CODE: 016237C)(Course Code: BPSCILAW2000)

Sydney Law School Undergraduate Guide

Sydney Law School
Undergraduate Guide 2018

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Each combination is five years in duration with the exception of Engineering Honours/Law.

Program Structure

The number of credit points required for completion is dependent on the other degree. Please consult the relevant sections of the following Faculty websites for details:

Engineering Honours/Law

The program structure for Combined Law is listed below:


Year 1
Selected Arts, Commerce, Economics, Engineering or Science units of study
Foundations of Law
Legal Research I
Year 2
Selected Arts, Commerce, Economics, Engineering or Science units of study
Civil and Criminal Procedure
Criminal Law
Year 3
Selected Arts, Commerce, Economics, Engineering or Science units of study
Public International Law
Legal Research II
Public Law
Torts & Contracts II

Year 4* or Year 5* Engineering Honours/Law

Administrative Law
Federal Constitutional Law
Introduction to Property and Commercial Law
The Legal Profession
Corporations Law
Real Property

*You may choose, instead, to do a maximum of two electives and take the remaining compulsory units of study in Year 5 or Year 6 for Engineering/Law.

Year 5 or Year 6 Engineering Law
Private International Law A, and
 42 credit points of the following elective subjects:
(a) a maximum of 36 credit points from table 1 units
(b) a minimum of 6 credit points from table 2 units

For more details visit Undergraduate LLB Course Information

Elective Program

Sydney Law School offers one of Australia's most diverse undergraduate elective programs in law, with around 50 units of study taught in any given year. Students can select to undertake advanced study in core and compulsory areas such as Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Corporate Law and International Law. Alternatively, they may select to undertake study in specialist areas such as Intellectual Property, Environmental Law, Health Law, Taxation, and Media Law. Students must complete seven units of study in their final year, although they may elect to substitute two compulsory units for an elective in Combined Law Year 4 or 5 (depending on their degree combination). They must complete at least one unit in a Jurisprudence or Legal Philosophy area. The Law School's elective units are therefore organised into two sets. A maximum of 36 credit points are taken from Table 1, and a minimum of 6 credit points are taken from Table 2 electives. The list of elective units is below:

Table 1

Unit of Study Pre-requisites
Advanced Commercial Law Contracts; Equity; Introduction to Property & Commercial Law; Corporations Law
Advanced Constitutional Law Public Law; Fed Con Law
Advanced Corporate Law Corporate Law
Advanced Criminal Law Criminal Law
Advanced Obligations and Remedies Torts, Contracts, Equity
Advanced Public International Law International Law
Advanced Taxation Law Australian Income Tax
Animal Law  
Anti-Discrimination Law  
Australian Income Tax  
Banking & Financial Instruments Contracts; Equity; Real Property
Bioethics & the Law  
Canadian Constitutional Law  
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems   
Commercial Dispute Resolution  
Commercial Land Law Real Property
Comparative Constitutional Law Public Law; Federal Constitutional Law
Competition Law  
Contemporary Issues in Health Law  
Contract & Equity in Land Dealings  
Conveyancing Real Property
Corporate & Securities Regulation Corporations Law
Death & Inheritance Law  
Development, Law & Human Rights  
Environmental Law  
Equity & Financial Risk Allocation Equity
External Placement Program  
Family Law  
Independent Research Project   
Indigenous People & the Law  
Insolvency Law Corporations Law
International Commercial Arbitration Contracts
International Commercial Transactions Contracts 
International Economic Law International Law
International Human Rights Law International Law
International Moot International Law
Interpretation Public Law; Contracts
Introduction to Islamic Law  
Investment & Financial Services Law Corporations Law
IP: Copyright and Designs  
IP: Trademarks and Patents  
Japanese Law   
Labour Law Contracts; Federal Constitutional Law
Law & Society in Indonesia  
Mabo, Constitutions, Ideas of Property Property Law

Media Law: Contempt & Open Justice

Media Law: Defamation & Privacy  
Medical Law  
Migration Law Public Law, Administrative Law, Federal Constitutional Law
Policing Crime & Society  
Private International Law B  
Refugees & Forced Migration Admin Law; Federal Constitutional Law; Public Law
Roman Law  
Secured Transactions in Commercial Law Introduction to Property and Commercial Law
Social Justice Clinical Course  
Sports Law  
Sydney Law Review  
The High Court of Australia Public Law, Federal Constitutional Law
Topics in Legal History  
United States Constitutional Law  

Table 2

Unit of Study Pre-requisites
International & Comparative Jurisprudence  
Law & Economics  
Law, Morals & Politics  
Philosophy of Law  
Sociological Theories of Law  
The Rule of Law & its Value  
Theories of Justice  
Theories of Law  
Theories of Legal Authority  
Theories of Legal Reasoning  
Theories of Obedience  

For all details on units of study please visit LLB Course Information of the website.

LLB Course Information

Teaching and Learning

Units of study are taught seminar-style and this structure permits an opportunity for active participation, to share ideas, experiment and innovate. Lecturers facilitate clinical and problem-based learning approaches, as well as skills development. Assessment emphasises individual autonomy, creativity, and academic freedom.


Sydney Law School now offers an integrated honours research program incorporated in its Bachelor of Laws (LLB). This honours program is intended to provide research training opportunities for motivated and capable students and to reward and recognise outstanding academic ability.

You will not be required to complete an additional honours year, but you will enrol in research units in lieu of two elective units of study. You will also be expected to submit a thesis demonstrating independent, advanced and original research.

Admission to honours will be on a competitive basis, and it is anticipated that only the top 20% of the student cohort will be offered places in the honours program. Admission will be assessed on your performance in compulsory law units. You will be required to complete a dissertation of 12,000 words, and attend a nonassessed Research Workshop, but no other coursework component will be required. You will complete the dissertation over one semester in your final year, which will allow you to complete all your honours requirements in one semester at Sydney, and take advantage of overseas opportunities such as an exchange or the Oxford BCL in the other semester.

Proficiency in English

While there is no assumed knowledge for law, the Sydney Law School suggests that future local students study the highest level of HSC English or equivalent of which they are capable. Weakness in the English language and its expression will adversely affect your studies and assessment results. If your first language is not English, you may care to seek assistance through the University's Learning Centre. Phone: +61 2 9351 3853.

Professional Recognition

A Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Sydney satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW.

Additional requirements must be met before a Law graduate can practise as a lawyer in NSW. Refer to our diagrammatic guide to admission to legal practice.

If you have received credit in your Sydney LLB for units of study undertaken in a law degree taught by another institution you must consult with the LPAB to ensure that you have satisfied all academic requirements. It is not the responsibility of the Sydney Law School to do so. For further information on practising law in NSW, please visit the relevant section on Professional Recognition.

If you intend to practise in another State or overseas, you must consult the relevant professional body or equivalent to determine whether the Sydney LLB is acceptable as a legal qualification. It is not the responsibility of the Sydney Law School to do so. For further information on recognition in a range of common jurisdictions, please visit the relevant section on Professional Recognition.