Course

Bachelor of Communication Studies/Bachelor of Laws

Approved Abbreviation: BCommSt/LLB


Western Sydney University Course Code: 2723.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 054282E


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced.  This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2010 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2009 - 2723.2 Bachelor of Communication Studies/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Years 2005 to 2008 - 2723.1 Bachelor of Communication Studies/Bachelor of Laws

The law double degree programs permit students to undertake multi-skilling, and offer diverse career paths providing high marketability in multiple areas of expertise. The LLB provides students with: professional legal skills including the ability to analyse legal material and understand fundamental legal principles; an understanding of the relationship between law and society; the skills to analyse and solve legal and non-legal problems; and specialised study into the Australian legal system.

Study Mode
Five years full-time. Law units are available at Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. Communication units are available at Penrith campus.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Sarah Hookcourseadvicelaw@westernsydney.edu.au

Accreditation
Graduates from the Bachelor of Laws are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training.

Admission

Eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Communication Studies/Bachelor of Laws is based on the following requirements:

Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of HSC English

Recommended studies: HSC English standard or equivalent

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

UAC

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC).

UAC

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for a double degree in law requires the successful completion of 400 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequences for the relevant double degree programs.

Students are eligible to graduate in the associated degree at the end of three years of full-time study, only when they have completed all non-law units plus the eight law units specified in the study sequence as being in the first three years of the relevant double degree.

It may be possible to vary the sequence of units so that students study a greater concentration of either law or their second discipline of study each semester to minimise travel between campuses and to overcome timetabling problems. Students should speak to their academic advisor as needed.

Students considering varying their recommended course sequences outlined below, should also refer to the separate Bachelor of Laws (course code 2501 or 2502) and Bachelor of Communication Studies (course code 1613) recommended course sequences, to ensure that they are completing their studies in a manner which will avoid problems due to a lack of prerequisites or prior knowledge. Continuing students should refer to the earlier versions of the above courses.

Students taking the Bachelor of Communication Studies as part of the joint degree with the Bachelor of Laws may select four units from one of the following majors.

M1000.1 Advertising

M1001.1 Journalism

M1002.1 Media Arts Production

M1039.1 Public Relations

Recommended sequence - Parramatta campus

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

200006Introduction to Law
200008Torts Law

Two of the following four core first year Communications units

101057Writing as Communication
101055Screen Media
100706Advertising: An Introduction
101040Approaches to Communication

Spring session

200007Law Foundation
200010Criminal Law

Two of the following core first year Communications units

101041Communication Research
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
100556Introduction to Journalism
100947Design Thinking

Year 2

Autumn session

200011Contracts
101243Communication Law and Ethics

Plus the remaining two of the four Autumn first years units listed above.

Spring session

200012Property Law
101720New Media Contexts

Plus the remaining two of the four Spring first year units listed above.

Year 3

Autumn session

200020Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
101719Media Analysis

Plus two units from the student’s choice of four available major sequences:

  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Media Arts Production
  • Public Relations

Students would normally be expected to select the first two units in the sequence of their selected major.

Spring session

200009Constitutional Law
101053Researching Media Audiences

Plus two units from the student’s preferred major sequence.

As above, students would normally be expected to select Level 2 units in their chosen major sequence but may select Level 3 units as long as they meet any prerequisites.

Year 4

Autumn session

200014Commercial Law
200016Equity Trusts and Remedies 1

Two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200018Law of Associations
200200Equity Trusts and Remedies 2

Two LLB alternate units

Year 5

Autumn session

200019Revenue Law
200017Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure

Two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200013Administrative Law
200015Criminal Procedure and Evidence

Two LLB alternate units

Recommended Sequence - Campbelltown campus

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

200006Introduction to Law
200008Torts Law

Two of the following four core first year Communications units.

101057Writing as Communication
101055Screen Media
100706Advertising: An Introduction
101040Approaches to Communication

Spring session

200007Law Foundation
200010Criminal Law

Two of the following core first year Communications units.

101041Communication Research
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
100556Introduction to Journalism
100947Design Thinking

Year 2

Autumn session

200011Contracts
101243Communication Law and Ethics

Plus the remaining two of the four Autumn first year units listed above.

Spring session

200012Property Law
101720New Media Contexts

Plus the remaining two of the four Spring first year units listed above.

Year 3

Autumn session

200020Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
101719Media Analysis

Plus two units from the student’s choice of four available major sequences:

  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Media Arts Production
  • Public Relations

Students would normally be expected to select the first two units in the sequence of their selected major.

Spring session

200009Constitutional Law
101053Researching Media Audiences

Plus two units from the student’s preferred major sequence.

As above, students would normally be expected to select Level 2 units in their chosen major sequence but may select Level 3 units as long as they meet any prerequisites.

Year 4

Autumn session

200018Law of Associations
200016Equity Trusts and Remedies 1

Two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200014Commercial Law
200200Equity Trusts and Remedies 2

Two LLB alternate units

Year 5

Autumn session

200013Administrative Law
200015Criminal Procedure and Evidence

Two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200019Revenue Law
200017Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure

Two LLB alternate units

LLB Alternate Units

Students may choose 80 credit points of units from the following

200021Land Transactions Law
200186Advanced Taxation Law
200220International Criminal Law
200278Professional Legal Skills 1
200279Professional Legal Skills 2
200293Alternative Dispute Resolution
200294Mediation
200295Bioethics
200296Law Economics and Business Ethics
200297Law of Employment
200298Immigration and Refugee Law
200529Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the World
200629Advanced Family Law
200630Child Law
200631Competition Law and Policy
200632Elder Law
200633Family Law
200635Human Rights Law
200637Intellectual Property
200638International Business Transactions Law
200639International Trade Law
200640Medical Malpractice Law
200641Wills and Succession
200646Advocacy
200647Planning and Environment Law
200648Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation Law
200649Jurisprudence
200650Advanced Torts and Civil Wrongs
200652Space Law - Commercial Aspects
200653Public International Law
200654Anti-Discrimination Law
200656Conflict of Laws
200657Corporate Governance
200658Electronic Financial Transactions Law
200659Insolvency Law and Policy
200660Occupational Health and Safety Law
200661Media Law
200662Advanced Criminal Law
200697Banking and Securities Law
200699Clinical Legal Placement
200663International Moot Court
200700Law Honours Dissertation
200701Issues in the Criminal Justice System
200702Public Health Law
200704Independent Study (Law)
200741Indigenous Australians and the Law
200772Family Dispute Resolution
200773Moot Court
200774Consumer Law and Policy

Honours

An Honours award is offered - see the Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy and associated Guidelines for the admission criteria (http://policies.uws.edu.au).

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