Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws

Approved Abbreviation: BSocSc/LLB

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2538.9

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 2017 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 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. Law units are available at Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. Social Science units are available at various campuses (mainly Bankstown and Penrith), depending on the units chosen.

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.

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. 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
101900Working with Communities

Year 2

Autumn session

400337Social Research Methods

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

200013Administrative 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

200814Commercial Transactions 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
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
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

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.


A Law Honours program is offered - Criteria for admission and for the award of Honours levels can be found in the School of Law Honours Award level Guidelines, published with the Honours in Bachelor Awards Policy at:

Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy

Students in the Law Honours program must satisfactorily complete the 20 credit point unit 200700 Law Honours Dissertation as one of their LLB alternate units.

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