Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Laws

Approved Abbreviation: BCrim&CtyJust/LLB

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2767.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 084733A

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 2018.

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 - 2767.2 Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2015 - 2016 - 2767.1 Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Laws

The course offers multi-skilling and highly marketable career paths in criminal justice and law. It equips students with professional legal skills and knowledge, which are required by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) for admission to legal practice, solve non-legal problems and undertake specialised study in topical local and international law. Applied study of Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology, Social Work and Welfare provides a foundation for working with offenders in institutions and in areas such as rehabilitation, through-care and resettlement in the community and will enable you to develop and evaluate practice with a view to enhancing working with offenders.

Study Mode
Five years full-time or ten years part-time. Criminology and Community Justice units are offered at Bankstown, Penrith and Parramatta campuses and Law units are offered at both Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. You will be required to travel between campuses in order to complete your core units.

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


Recommended studies: HSC English standard (2 units) 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. 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 the International Office 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 Checkand 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 • 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 with the award Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice when they have satisfactorily completed all units listed as sequenced within the first three years of the double degree.

Students enrolled in the 2767 Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice/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 Criminal and Community Justice 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).

It may be possible to vary the sequence of units so that students study a greater concentration of either law or criminology each semester, to minimise travel between campuses and to overcome timetabling problems. Students should speak to their Academic Course 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.

Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice /Bachelor of Laws students are required to complete the 14 specified and two optional units of the course sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
200010Criminal Law
101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

Please note: From 2019 unit 101560 replaced by equivalent unit 102709 - Introduction to Criminal Justice.

102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

Spring session

200978Legal Analysis and Critique
200008Torts Law
101900Working with Communities
102170People, Place and Social Difference

Year 2

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
400337Social Research Methods
101551Understanding Society

Spring session

200811Alternative Dispute Resolution
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies

Choose one of

102039Crime, Deviance and Society
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
102036Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

Year 3

Autumn session

200020Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
101552Applied Social Research
102037Perspectives in Criminology

Choose one of

102251Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing

Please note: From 2019 unit 102251 replaced by equivalent unit 102713 - Creating Criminal Justice Solutions.

102713Creating Criminal Justice Solutions
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing
101594Mental Health in the Community
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice

Please note: From 2019 unit 400684 replaced by equivalent unit 102699 - Youth Justice and Practice.

102699Youth Justice and Practice

Spring session

200984Government and Public Law
102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102068Assessment and Treatment of Offenders
102065Managing Offenders in the Community

Year 4

Autumn session

200757Equity & Trusts
200012Property Law

And two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200013Administrative Law
200018Law of Associations

And two LLB alternate units

Year 5

Autumn session

200009Constitutional Law
200015Criminal Procedure and Evidence

And two LLB alternate units

Spring session

200813Civil Procedure and Arbitration

And 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, students are advised to enrol in the 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

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 must meet the following criteria for admission:

Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65 or, demonstration of the likelihood, as assessed by the Dean or delegate in exercise of their discretion, of completing (or being expected to complete) the Bachelor of Laws degree with a GPA of at least 5.5; and

Statement of Intent; and

Demonstrated satisfactory academic writing skills appropriate to the discipline.

In addition, admission depends on the appointment of a Principal Supervisor by the Dean of the School.

Students must undertake the embedded School of Law honours unit, 200700 Law Honours Dissertation. This unit is a yearlong 20 credit point unit undertaken where a student has completed no less than 160 credit points of Bachelor of Laws units and no more than 200 credit points of Bachelor of Laws units (where GPA requirements are also met). Students must apply for admission to 200700 Law Honours Dissertation by way of a rule waiver.

For the Bachelor of Laws (Hons), the calculation of the Honours Award level (Class of Honours) is based on the results of Honours Research and the overall course GPA.

1. The award of Honours Class 1 for the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) requires achievement within the range of 85% - 100% for Honours Research and a GPA of 6.0 or greater in the Bachelor of Laws units.

2. The award of Honours Class 2 Division I for the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) requires achievement within the range of 75% - 100% for Honours Research and a GPA of 5.8 or greater in the Bachelor of Laws units.

3. The award of Honours Class 2 Division II for the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) requires achievement within the range of 85% - 100% for Honours Research and a GPA of 5.5 or greater in the Bachelor of Laws units.

4. Honours Class III is not awarded in the Bachelor of Laws (Hons).

School of Law Honours Award Level guidelines

Please see the Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy and associated School of Law Guidelines for the admission criteria.

Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy

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