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Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws

Approved Abbreviation: BIntlSt/LLB

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2758.5

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 079495G

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing 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 in this course is 2018 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 2017 - 2758.4 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year Spring 2014 - 2016 - 2758.3 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year Autumn 2014 - 2758.2 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2013 - 2758.1 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws

The double degree program permits students to examine and analyse the historical development of relations among nation states and contemporary political, social and cultural issues, such as globalisation, transnationalism and migration. The Bachelor of Laws 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 non-legal problems and specialised study into the Australian legal system.

Students in this double degree also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards their majors, sub majors or Bachelor of Laws alternate units. They are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a course advisor.

Study Mode
Five years full-time or ten years part-time. International Studies units are offered at Bankstown and Parramatta campuses and Law units are offered at Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. Students may be required to travel between campuses in order to complete their units.

Course Advice

Dr Sarah
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above

Graduates from this program are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent requirements


Eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of International 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). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

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

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

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.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students enrolling in these units may need to have a National Police Check and consent or prohibited employment declarations as they may be conducting their placement in circumstances where they work with minors. This would be managed on an as needs basis: • 200699 Clinical Legal Placement • 201028 Judicial Internship • 200701 Issues in the Criminal Justice System (corrective services field trip requirement) also records and identity check. The following unit requires a visa for the relevant country and the ability to travel at a specified time: • 200759 Foundations of Chinese Law • 200983 Foundations of Indian Law

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation. For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

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.

Students enrolled in the 2758 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws will only be eligible to graduate from their Bachelor of Laws degree upon completion of the entire 400 credit point course. Students enrolled in this course who wish to graduate with a standalone law degree prior to completion of the entire Bachelor of International Studies component must transfer to course 2502 Bachelor of Laws (Non Graduate Entry) which requires the completion of 320 credit points (inclusive of 80 credit points of non-LLB study).

Students may exit with the Diploma in Laws on completion of 80 credit points, comprising 20 credit points of specified Law core units and 60 credit points of Law core or alternate units, as provided in the course structure. Please refer to the links below for details.

2827- Diploma in Laws

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. However students who enrol in 200277 Fundamentals of Australian Law must also be enrolled in 200010 Criminal Law and students who enrol in 200978 Legal Analysis and Critique must also be enrolled in 200008 Torts.

For details of International Studies units required please see course 1658 Bachelor of International Studies.

1658.5 - Bachelor of International Studies

Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws students are required to complete the four level 1 Arts core units plus the eight-unit International Relations and Asian Studies major and one of the four-unit language sub-majors; together with the LLB key program (24 units). The double degree combination therefore consists of 40 units with no additional electives or choice beyond that already included within the separate Bachelor of International Studies and Law key programs.

Note that instead of the minimum of 80 credit points of elective units required to be completed by Bachelor of International Studies students enrolled in course 1658, students in this Bachelor of International Studies /Bachelor of Laws course are required to complete the eight law units listed in the first three years of the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete the four Level 1 Bachelor of Arts (BA) core units

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Equivalent Core Units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

100846 - Analytical Reading and Writing

100958 - Australia and the World

100960 - Contemporary Society

100968 - Texts and Traditions

Students must also complete units in the following, as per the chosen course structure

Major - International Relations and Asian Studies

M1055International Relations and Asian Studies


A sub-major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese must be undertaken in conjunction with the major

Note: The following sub-majors have inherent requirements, SM1078 - Chinese, & SM1080 - Japanese. Please check the inherent requirements online.

Inherent Requirements

Bankstown Campus

SM1139International English

Parramatta Campus

SM1139International English

Students may complete the Immersion Language sub-major which covers languages that are not taught at Western Sydney University. Details of this sub-major are available via the link below:

SM1128Immersion Language

* Students should seek course advice in relation to the level 2/3 language sequences

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
200010Criminal Law

Two units from the Year 1 core Arts units listed below

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Spring session

200978Legal Analysis and Critique
200008Torts Law

Two of the remaining Year 1 core Arts units from the list below

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Year 2

Autumn session

101442Asia in the World

One International Relations and Asian Studies major unit

One Language sub-major unit

Spring session

200811Alternative Dispute Resolution

Two International Relations and Asian Studies major units

One Language sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

200020Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics

Two International Relations and Asian Studies major units

One Language sub-major unit

Spring session

200984Government and Public Law

Two International Relations and Asian Studies major units

One Language sub-major unit

Year 4

Autumn session

200757Equity & Trusts
200012Property Law

Two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200013Administrative Law
200018Law of Associations

Two LLB alternate units

Year 5

Autumn session

200009Constitutional Law
200015Criminal Procedure and Evidence

Two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200813Civil Procedure and Arbitration

Two LLB alternate units

LLB Alternate Units

Students must complete 80 credit points of units from the list of Bachelor of Laws alternate units below.

200019Revenue Law
200021Land Transactions Law
200186Advanced Taxation Law
200220International Criminal Law
200271Financial Services Law

Note: From 2020, unit 200295 - Bioethics replaced by equivalent unit 201044 - Bioethics.

200296Law Economics and Business Ethics
200297Law of Employment
200298Immigration and Refugee Law
200529Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the World
200629Advanced Family Law
200632Elder Law
200633Family Law
200635Human Rights Law
200637Intellectual Property
200638International Business Transactions Law
200639International Trade Law
200641Wills and Succession
200647Planning and Environment Law
200650Advanced Torts and Civil Wrongs
200652Space Law - Commercial Aspects
200653Public International Law
200654Anti-Discrimination Law
200656Conflict of Laws
200657Corporate Governance
200659Insolvency Law and Policy
200661Media Law
200663International Moot Court
200697Banking and Securities Law
200699Clinical Legal Placement
200700Law Honours Dissertation
200701Issues in the Criminal Justice System
200702Public Health Law
200704Independent Study (Law)
200755Advanced Constitutional Law
200758Transactional Law
200759Foundations of Chinese Law
200772Family Dispute Resolution
200773Moot Court
200799Work Health and Safety Law
200800International Climate Law
200801International Environmental Law
200802Law and Public Policy (Development and Implementation)
200803Law of International Organisations
200804Law of the Sea
200856Medical Law
200858Australian Consumer Law
200900Self-Managed Superannuation and Trusts
200905Australian Competition Law
200908Human Rights and the Asia Pacific
200943Practising in the Public Interest
200944First Peoples and the Australian Legal System
200955Information and Data Governance Law and Regulation
200956Islam, International Law and Human Rights
200982Mental Health Law
200983Foundations of Indian Law
201007Revenue Law Industry Placement
201018Cyber Law and Justice
201020Elder Law Industry Placement
201027Law's Self-Understanding
201028Judicial Internship
201039Technology, Innovation and the Law
201040Designing Law Apps for Access to Justice
201080Legal Internship

Please note that the availability of Bachelor of Laws Alternate Units may vary from year to year. New units may become available and some others discontinued. The most recent version of course 2501 indicates which units are offered in the course. The School will publish information on which units are available in a session.


Students may be eligible to undertake the embedded Law Honours program as part of their course attempt. Students who meet the criteria for admission to the program must complete the 20 credit point Bachelor of Laws Alternate unit 200700 Law Honours Dissertation.

For criteria for admission to the Law Honours program and further information, see below

School of Law Honours Award Level Guidelines

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