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0086

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Partner facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBSc/LLB
CRICOS code017109C
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/0086
Contact details

Law: Tel 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit http://www.law.monash.edu.au/

Science: telephone +61 3 9905 4604, email sci-enquiries@monash.edu or visit http://monash.edu/science/current/undergraduate/help/

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students can complete this course in five years by overloading in one or more semesters (subject to approval), or by undertaking summer semester units.

Description

The study of law develops problem-solving skills and powers of analysis. It teaches precise and imaginative use of language. It also promotes ethical thinking and a focus on justice and fairness. It enhances students' thinking, reasoning and expressive abilities within legal and related contexts, leading to employment in the legal profession, law reform agencies, government service or other relevant areas of employment.

The science component aims to provide a broad, general science education with an emphasis on generic skills, which include numeracy, data analysis and presentation skills, and the capacity to work in teams. Graduates will also have specialist training in at least one science discipline, in preparation for honours and postgraduate study, or for employment in any of the traditional careers for scientists.

Outcomes

The objectives of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program at Monash are to enable students to gain an understanding of basic legal concepts and legal institutions and of the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing their development. Upon completion of the LLB, students will be able to identify, use and evaluate the concepts, principles, rules and methods used in legal argument and will have developed oral and written skills, especially of legal argument, legal research and critical analysis. Students will have gained an understanding of concepts of justice, a concern to promote justice and an appreciation of their professional responsibilities.

Upon completion of the science component, students will have advanced knowledge and skills in at least one area of science. Graduates will have improved life and employment skills including generic skills necessary to critically analyse and communicate ideas and information, and a capacity to apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to define and analyse problems, and develop effective solutions.

Admission to practice: Disciplinary reports

Students should note that a domestic applicant applying for admission to practise law in Victoria is required by the Admission Rules 2008 to provide to the Board of Examiners:

(1.) a report from the University disclosing any disciplinary action taken against the student during the course (including any finding under the University Discipline Statute that the student has cheated in an assessment); and

(2.) an affidavit stating that the applicant has made full written disclosure of "every matter which a reasonable applicant would consider that the Board of Examiners might regard as not being favourable to the applicant". This may include an incident of academic or general misconduct, even if it did not lead to disciplinary action.

The Board of Examiners will consider these matters in assessing whether the applicant is a "fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession".

Professional recognition

The Law component of this degree is recognised by the Council of Legal Education (CoLE). For further information refer to the Faculty of Law's professional recognition of coursesprofessional recognition of courses (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/law-03.html) webpage.

Structure

The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 156 points including 12 compulsory units which must be completed by all students enrolled in an LLB program plus a further six 'quasi-compulsory' units which must be completed by students who wish to be qualified for admission to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Victoria. The remainder of the program consists of law elective units chosen by the student from the list of undergraduate law electivesundergraduate law electives (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/law-electives) in this Handbook. Students must also refer to the Bachelor of Laws - basic course structureBachelor of Laws - basic course structure (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/law-08.html). The award of an honours degree in law is based on the weighted average of marks obtained in Monash law units.

The Science component consists of a major sequence in an area of science, along with a specified number and type of science units including a level one mathematics or statistics unit, a level two science core unit covering scientific practice and communication.

The Faculty of Science requires science studies to be chosen from the science units listed in the Science areas of study and sequencesareas of study and sequences (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/sci-aos-clayton.html) section in this Handbook.

Students in this course cannot take units from faculties other than the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Science.

Requirements

Students must complete 252 credit points - 96 credit points of Science units and 156 credit points of Law units including all of the following:

Law component

The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 12 compulsory units which must be completed by all students enrolled in an LLB program plus a further six 'quasi-compulsory' units which must be completed by students who wish to be qualified for admission to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Victoria. The remainder of the program consists of elective units chosen by the student.

Compulsory units

All compulsory units are worth 6 points:

Quasi-compulsory units

The following units are not required in order for a student to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws, however they are required by the Council of Legal Education for admission to practice as a solicitor in Victoria. If students wish to be eligible for admission to practice as a solicitor, they must complete these units:

Electives

The remainder of the law component of this degree is made up of undergraduate law electiveundergraduate law elective (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/law-electives) units selected by the student. Not all units are offered each year.

Science component

Students must complete: 16 units (96 credit points) of science units, including:

(1.) a minimum of four level-one science units (24 points) covering:

(a.) at least two level-one approved science sequences. The level one sequences are listed in the section Science level one sequencesScience level one sequences (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/sci-01a.html) in this handbook

(b.) at least one level-one mathematics or statistics unit from:

  • MTH1020 Analysis of change
  • MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science

(2.) one major sequence in a science area of study (48 points). The science major sequence must be chosen from the science areas of study for the campus on which the student is enrolled and are listed in the section Science areas of study and sequencesScience areas of study and sequences (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/sci-aos-clayton.html) in this Handbook.

(3.) the course core unit SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication or SCI2015 Scientific practice and communication (Advanced)

(4.) a minimum of ten science units (60 points) at level two and three (including either SCI2010 or SCI2015), with at least four science units at level three

(5.) additional science units to take the total credit points to 96.

Notes:

The Faculty of Science requires the science studies to be chosen from the science units listed in the Science areas of study and sequencesareas of study and sequences (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/sci-aos-clayton.html) section in this Handbook.

Within the science component a maximum of six level-one science units (36 points) can be taken overall.

The level one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on the mathematics background and interests as follows:

  • The statistics units SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning) and STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) are normally recommended for students planning to study areas where experimental design and data analysis skills are particularly important, such as life sciences
  • SCI1020 is for students without a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 requires students to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent)
  • The mathematical methods unit MTH1030 is recommended for students with an interest in mathematics and/or physics. MTH1030 requires student to have studies VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) or MTH1020
  • Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Students will need to seek permission to enrol in these units at the Faculty of Science, Student Academic Services officeStudent Academic Services office (http://www.monash.edu/science/undergraduate/help/).

Student should contact the Faculty of Science before enrolling in any stage of the double degree, to ensure that the program they wish to follow will satisfy prerequisites necessary for higher stages. For information relating to course planning, science units and sequences students should refer to the Science Faculty InformationFaculty Information (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/sci.html) section of the Handbook.

Recommended program of study

First year

  • LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning
  • LAW1104 Research and writing
  • 36 points of science units including at least one of SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning), MTH1020 (Analysis of change), MTH1030 (Techniques for modelling), MTH1035 (Techniques for modelling advanced) or STA1010 (Statistical methods for science), and the remaining science units should be taken to satisfy the level-one requirements for two level one sequences in science.

The level one science approved sequences are listed in the section Approved level one sequences in scienceApproved level one sequences in science (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/undergrad/sci-01a.html) in this Handbook.

Total: 12 points of law; 36 points of science (48 points)

Second year

  • LAW2101 Contract A
  • LAW2102 Contract B
  • six units of science (36 points) including:

SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication or SCI2015 Scientific practice and communication (advanced)

At least two units (12 points) of level-two units towards the major sequence in a science area of study. It is important that the units studied at stage two provide the prerequisites for the level-three units within the major sequence

The remaining science units at stage two should be chosen to maximise the choice of major sequences at level three and ensure that the overall science course requirement for a minimum of ten science units at level two and three (including SCI2010 or SCI2015), with at least four science units at level three, will be satisfied. It is recommended that students consider completing units at level two in more than one area of science to maximise unit choices and/or major sequences at level three.

Total: 12 points of law; 36 points of science (48 points)

Third year

  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • Four science units (24 points). The science units must complete the requirement for the major sequence in an area of study and the overall science course requirements for a minimum of ten science units at level two and three (including SCI2010 or SCI2015), with at least four science units at level three.

Total: 24 points of law; 24 points of science (48 points)

Fourth year

Note: Students intending to practice law in Victoria must complete the quasi-compulsory units below as three of their elective law units:

Total: 54 points of law

Fifth year

Note: Students intending to practice law in Victoria must complete the quasi-compulsory units below as three of their elective law units:

Total: 54 points of law

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours program in science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 credot points of units including all of the science requirements for the double degree course. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult with the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for level three. Refer to the entry for course 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the double degree.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
Bachelor of Science

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.