Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Approved Abbreviation: BCrim/LLB

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2766.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 084080M

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.

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 2015 - 2016 - 2766.1 Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

The course offers multi-skilling and highly marketable career paths in criminology 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 crime and criminal justice focusses on social and cultural definitions of criminality and reactions to it. Topics include criminology as a discipline; types and cultural depictions of crime; victimisation; crime prevention strategies and debates; law enforcement and surveillance; adult and juvenile justice; institutions and practices.

Study Mode
Five years full-time or ten years part-time. Criminology 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.

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 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 consisting of the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Early exit - Students are eligible to graduate in the Bachelor of Criminology on completion of 14 specified and two of four ‘or’ option units of the criminology units plus the eight law units specified in the first three years of the course sequence below.

Planning 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.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
200010Criminal Law
101551Understanding Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

Spring session

200978Legal Analysis and Critique
200008Torts Law
101900Working with Communities
102039Crime, Deviance and Society

Year 2

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
400337Social Research Methods

Choose one of

400684Juvenile Crime and Justice
101594Mental Health in the Community

Spring session

200811Alternative Dispute Resolution
102170People, Place and Social Difference
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102038Crime Prevention and Community

Year 3

Autumn session

200020Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
101552Applied Social Research
102037Perspectives in Criminology
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

Spring session

200013Administrative Law
102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
101562Culture and Crime

Choose one of

102036Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law

Year 4

Autumn session

200757Equity & Trusts
200012Property Law

And two LLB Alternate units

Spring session

200814Commercial Transactions 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
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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