Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Approved Abbreviation: BSocSc/LLB

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2538.10

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 018941G

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 to 2021.

Students commencing in 2022 should use the link to the new handbook for details.

Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

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 - 2538.9 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year Spring 2014 - 2016 - 2538.8 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year Autumn 2014 - 2538.7 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2013 - 2538.6 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2012 - 2538.5 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Years 2010 to 2011 - 2538.4 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2009 - 2538.3 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Years 2007 to 2008 - 2538.2 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Years 2001 to 2006 - 2538.1 Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

The double degree program permits students to undertake multi-skilling and offers diverse career paths providing high marketability in multiple areas of expertise. 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.

Study Mode
Five years full-time or ten years part-time. Social Science units are offered at Liverpool and Penrith 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.

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.

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 Social Science/Bachelor of Laws is based on the following requirements:

Assumed Knowledge: any two 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 and International 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 the 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 Certificate 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 • 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 2538 Bachelor of Social Science/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 Social Science 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).

Commencing from Spring 2021 - Students may early 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 the Social Science units required please see course 1667 - Bachelor of Social Science. Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws students are required to complete the following social science units:

  • A major in social science (chosen from the specified list of approved majors) of 80 credit points;
  • An 80 credit point core comprised of eight common core units that will be spread out over the three year degree.

Note that instead of the minimum of 80 credit points of elective units required to be completed by Bachelor of Social Science students enrolled in course 1667, students in this Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws course are required to complete the eight law units listed in the first three years of the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
200010Criminal Law
101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

Spring session

200978Legal Analysis and Critique
200008Torts Law
102170People, Place and Social Difference

From Spring 2021 unit 101900 Working with Communities replaced by equivalent unit 102815 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies.

102815Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies

Year 2

Autumn session


From Autumn 2021 unit 400337 Social Research Methods replaced by equivalent unit 102816 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems.

102816Investigating and Communicating Social Problems

Two Social Science major units

Spring session

200811Alternative Dispute Resolution
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Two Social Science major units

Year 3

Autumn session

200020Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
101552Applied Social Research

Two Social Science major units

Spring session

200984Government and Public Law
102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

Two Social Science major units

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.

200021Land Transactions Law
200019Revenue 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
201089Legal, Economic and Social Transformation in Taiwan

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

School of Law Honours Award Level guidelines

Equivalent Core Units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2020 or earlier.

101900 - Working with Communities

400337 - Social Research Methods

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