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Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Laws

Combine engineering expertise with a knowledge of the law

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  • Top 60

    Ranked 56th globally for engineering and technology by the 2019 QS University Rankings by Subject

  • 12th in the world

    Ranked 12th in the world for law by the 2019 QS University Rankings by Subject

Overview

This six-year combined degree will provide an excellent foundation for a career in law or engineering. From wi-fi to space travel, engineering and technology professionals develop innovative and sustainable solutions to society's greatest problems. Your law studies will focus on interpreting and applying the legal system and you will develop invaluable critical thinking skills and legal expertise.

Engineers create smarter ways of running the planet, and in this program you can combine any of the engineering streams (AeronauticalBiomedicalChemical and BiomolecularCivilElectricalMechanicalMechatronic, and Software) with studies in law. 

As part of your engineering degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection and extra-curricular activities throughout your degree.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is one of the most reputable law programs in Australia, highly regarded overseas and your first step towards admissions as a legal practitioner in NSW.

Today’s law graduates need to be equipped with an agile mindset, and the ability to draw on legal and non-legal insights to solve multi-faceted problems, amidst unprecedented change, shifting client expectations and rapid technological advancements.

Focused on the modern legal environment, you will develop the complex problem solving and analytical skills required to meet the challenges of a contemporary global landscape.

You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, criminal, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.

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What you'll study

Sample study plan: Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Laws

A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points, with a maximum of 48 credit points during the first year. Students undertake an Honours thesis in the fourth year.  

In the fourth year, you will complete your engineering steam by taking only units of study offered by the Faculty of Engineering. Your detailed course structure will depend on which stream of engineering you select and what, if any, major:

Upon completion of your engineering units, you will complete the remaining nine law core units in your fifth and sixth year as well as seven electives which will allow you to specialise in a particular area of the law.

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP). The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the first four years of the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

  • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree for the first four years.
1 1 Engineering stream core Integrated Engineering 1 Foundations of Law Mathematics
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Torts Mathematics
Legal Research 1 (0 credit points)
2 1 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Civil and Criminal Procedure
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core
Integrated Engineering 2 (2 credit points)
Summer   Contracts
3 1 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Public International Law
Integrated Engineering 3 (2 credit points)
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Torts and Contracts II Public Law
Legal Research II (0 credit points)
4 1 Thesis Engineering stream core Engineering stream core  
Integrated Engineering 4 (2 credit points)
  2 Thesis Engineering stream core Engineering stream core  
5 1 Administrative Law Federal Constitutional Law Introduction to Property and Commercial Law The Legal Profession
  2 Corporations Law Equity Evidence Real Property
6 1 Private International Law A Law elective unit Law elective unit Law elective unit
  2 Law elective unit Law elective unit Law elective unit Law elective unit

More detail is available on the Course and Unit Study Portal.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics and Chemistry. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course.

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken)

In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside Australia).

For details, including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Transfer

You can apply to transfer into the Combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours/Bachelor of Laws after your first year of tertiary study. You will be assessed on either your tertiary or secondary grades, 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. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of the first year you can reapply after the 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 is not possible to complete Combined Law within five years if you  transfer after more than one year of university study.

Consider completing your first degree and then applying for the Juris Doctor. This graduate entry degree includes study of all required areas of knowledge to practice law in NSW. Find out more.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

In addition to your Professional Engagement Program (PEP) commitments, there are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering and law student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Graduates of the combined course who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements. 

Dalyell Scholars

If you are eligible for entry into this degree then it is very likely you will also be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

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

Career Pathways

  • Risk management
  • Contractual negotiation
  • Property transactions
  • Project manager
  • Supply chain specialist
  • Government policy advisor
  • IP lawyer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Biomedical device patent lawyer
  • Humanitarian lawyer
  • Sustainability lawyer
  • Contracts litigator
  • Tech-startups
Future study options

After completing this degree, further study is available via research or coursework. The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different engineering and computer science disciplines. We offer a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. Our postgraduate coursework and research is focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics. 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. These include taxation; business; commercial and corporate law; labour relations; health; the environment; international law; criminology and jurisprudence.

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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.