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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 and 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.

International in focus and global in perspective, the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) will provide you with a legal education that prepares you for the challenges of the modern legal world. Our LLB is recognised for the purposes of satisfying the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales.

You will complete the equivalent of the first year of the LLB 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.

Programs 
Programs in the Bachelor of Science are available in the areas of:

Majors
You will choose one major from the Bachelor of Science options below, there are no major options for the Bachelor of Laws.

Subjects marked with a * indicate that the completion of additional units can lead to a program.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws options below. There are no majors available in Law. The course structure and Units of Study for Law are as follows: The course structure for Law: First year: Foundations of law, legal research I, torts. Second year: Civil and criminal procedure, contracts, criminal law. Third year: Torts and contracts II, legal research II, public international law, public law. Fourth year: Administrative law, corporations law, equity, evidence, federal constitutional law, introduction to property and commercial law, real property and the legal profession. Final year: Private international law A and seven elective units of study.

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

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1   Maths
Maths
Science major
Science major
Foundations of Law
Torts
Legal Research I
Science elective
Science elective
2   Science major
Science major
Civil and Criminal Procedure
Contracts
Criminal Law
OLE
OLE
Science elective
Science elective
3   Science major
Science major
Science major
Science major
Science major
Public International Law
Torts and Contracts II
Public Law
Legal Research II
4   Introduction to Property and Commercial Law
Administrative Law
Federal Constitutional Law
The Legal Profession
Corporations Law
Equity
Evidence
Real Property
5   Private International Law A
Jurisprudence elective
Law elective
Law elective
Law elective
Law elective
Law elective
Law elective

Admission criteria

Admission to 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) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in 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.

Assumed knowledge

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

Transfer: 
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. 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, and you may wish to consider completing your first degree and then applying for the Juris Doctor.

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) 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 here.

Career Pathways

  • research
  • education
  • business
  • policy
  • government.

If you wish to practise law, you will need to complete an accredited program of practical legal training after completing your degree. 

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.

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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 surcharge


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


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