Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws

Course summary

Professional skills in Law and Psychology open up many exciting career options with employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. Areas include education, community legal services and public interest advocacy groups. The practical skills you will learn while studying a Bachelor of Laws include critical analysis, written and oral communication, legal research, negotiation and advocacy, all of which are necessary for you to excel in the legal profession.

By adding a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), you will attain knowledge of biological and social bases of behaviour, cognition and perception, social and developmental psychology, personality, and applied psychology. This combination gives you an in-depth understanding and reasoning of the human experience that can enhance your skills as a legal practitioner.

In the first year of your Law double degree, your Bachelor of Laws subjects must be completed full-time, except where Faculty approval is given on equity grounds. In the following four years of the degree, students enrol in subjects from both courses. Refer to the Bachelor of Laws and the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) for more information about course structure.

We believe that practical experience is a vital part of your legal training. We are the only law school in New South Wales that requires you to complete a legal internship, which means you get to apply your legal knowledge to real life situations as part of your degree.

Course information

Study area

Law, Psychology

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1886

ATAR (UAI)

90

IB Score

32-33

Duration

5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent. The first year of the LLB program must be studied full-time.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

094210A

UAC Code

751200

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

6.5

7.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

20

22

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Record Check

Questions relating to personal record checks for this degree should be referred to the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English.
Recommended Studies: English Advanced

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent.
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC).
  • Minimum record of attendance equal to one year of study, or 1/3 of a Bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

As per Tertiary/Secondary Studies.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Record Check

Questions relating to personal record checks for this degree should be referred to the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

Workload

Students have a demanding workload when studying Law. They need to set aside considerable time for preparation, research, writing assignments, examination study and practical placement work.

Double degree students will be on campus four to five days per week during Sessions. Timetable clashes may occur when combining subjects from different Faculties.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International Applicants: one week before session commences.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

A number of the course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

The outcomes which are common and consolidated in this joint degree ensure that on successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate sound disciplinary knowledge in relation to psychological phenomena and the legal system;
  2. Apply ethical principles to a range of contexts, including those associated with psychological practice within the legal system;
  3. Apply critical analysis to complex issues associated with psychological phenomena in the legal context;
  4. Investigate, evaluate and interpret research sources and their application to different disciplines, in particular the relationship between behaviour and the law; 
  5. Communicate effectively to a range of audiences through a range of mediums.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws must complete each of the following:

  1. all compulsory Law subjects as set out in the table below;
  2. 40 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws Elective Law Schedule;
  3. 78 credit points of Psychology subjects as set out in the table below;
  4. a minimum of 12 credit points of elective subjects from the Faculty of Social Sciences or The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts schedules. 

Note: Students in this degree are not required to take LHA101. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
LLB 100 Foundations of Law A 8 Autumn
LLB 110 Legal Research and Writing 4 Autumn
LLB 120 Law of Contract A 8 Autumn
LLB 130 Criminal Law and Process A 8 Autumn
LLB 150 Communication Skills 2 Autumn
LLB 140 Advocacy Skills 2 Spring
LLB 160 Foundations of Law B 8 Spring
LLB 170 Law of Contract B 8 Spring
LLB 180 Criminal Law and Process B 8 Spring
LLB 197 Lawyers and Australian Society 6 Spring
Year 2
LLB 220 Property and Trusts A 8 Autumn
LLB 230 Administrative Law 8 Autumn
PSYC120 Critical Thinking and Communication Skills in Psychology 6 Autumn
PSYC121 Foundations of Psychology A 6 Autumn
LLB 270 Property and Trusts B 8 Spring
LLB 280 Constitutional Law 8 Spring
PSYC122 Foundations of Psychology B 6 Spring
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
Plus ONE of the following recommended electives, or an elective from the Faculty of Social Sciences or Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts schedule:  
PHIL107 Introduction to Philosophy 6 Autumn
PHIL151 Logic: The Art of Reasoning 6 Spring
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
Year 3
LLB 240 Law of Torts 8 Autumn
LLB 260 Dispute Management Skills 2 Autumn
PSYC234 Biological Psychology and Learning 6 Autumn
PSYC250 Quantitative Methods in Psychology 6 Autumn
LLB 250 Drafting Skills 2 Spring
LLB 290 Legal Theory 8 Spring
PSYC231 Personality 6 Autumn
PSYC236 Cognition and Perception 6 Spring
PSYC241 Developmental and Social Psychology 6 Spring
LLB 397 Legal Internship 2 Not offered in this year
Year 4
LLB 300 Remedies and Civil Procedure 8 Autumn
LLB 302 Law of Business Organisations 8 Autumn
PSYC324 Assessment and Intervention 6 Not offered in this year
LLB 301 Evidence 8 Spring
2 LLB Electives 16 Spring
Year 5
2 LLB Electives 16 Autumn
One 300-Level Psychology subject (refer to BA(Psyc) single degree for subject choices) 6 Autumn
1 LLB Elective 8 Spring
TWO 300-Level Psychology subjects (refer to BA(Psyc) single degree for subject choices) 12 Spring
Plus one ELECTIVE subject from the Faculty of Social Sciences or Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts schedules  6 Spring

Majors

Majors are not available in the Bachelor of Laws degree or the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree.

Honours

Law

High achieving students, enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws double degree, are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB Hons) (Course Code 351).

Academic requirements and credit transfer information for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Course Code 351) are available from the Course Finder.

Students accepted into this LLB (Hons) will be transferred out of their double degree and into a concurrent enrolment comprising the LLB (Hons) and their non-law degree. Students will then complete the final LLB (Hons) course structure including the Year 4 honours subjects LLB 400 Legal Research Methodology and LLB 401 Legal Research Thesis.

A student who successfully transfers into the LLB (Hons) program but does not meet the minimum performance standards required for the award of Honours will be permitted to transfer back to the Bachelor of Laws double degree in which they were enrolled immediately prior to the transfer into the Honours course, and will be awarded credit to the Bachelor of Laws for the number of credit points passed in the Honours degree.

As an alternative, students who have completed all requirements for their LLB double degree with a weighted average mark of 70% in their LLB subjects are eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)(Graduate Entry)(Course Code 359), which is a standalone honours program. Students who enrol in this LLB (Hons) must complete the subject LLB 448 Research Honours in Law (48cp). Entry must be approved by the School of Law in consultation with the LLB Honours Coordinator. The School of Law shall not approve entry into this course unless the Coordinator has agreed, in consultation with the student, on the program of study that will form the basis of the course curriculum for the degree.

Psychology Extension for Honours Eligibility

Students who complete an extended program in psychology are eligible to apply for the one year honours program to confer the Bachelor of Psychological Science with honours. To see the requirements for the extended psychology program, and for entry into the honours program, please go to the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Handbook page. The extended Psychology program will require students to exceed the normal total credit point requirements for the degree. Students should carefully plan their sequence of study and, if necessary, seek academic advice.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

By completing your Bachelor of Laws degree at UOW, you are completing an academic qualification that is recognised for admission as a lawyer in Australia, subject to completing state-approved Practical Legal Training (PLT). Further details for NSW students can be found at the Legal Profession Admission Board. Completion of four years in Psychology is required for registration as a psychologist in Australia.

The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) is accredited as the first three years of this study. Students also undertake an Honours year or a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology to meet the four year academic requirements for conditional registration as a psychologist in NSW. An additional two years of supervised practice is necessary to apply for registration as a professional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. This can be through two years supervised practice in the community or a fifth year at university plus one year of supervised practice in the community.

Why choose this course

A combined UOW Law degree is all about the experience and a multitude of career options. You are supported from day one through a system of small class sizes, easy access to dedicated teaching staff and a Judge in Residence.

You will learn from experts active in their fields and a school recognised internationally for cutting-edge research with real-world impacts. We're also passionate about social justice and making a difference. This degree combination allows you to do that.

The School of Psychology offers excellent facilities and staff who provide quality education and opportunities for first-rate research. The Northfields (Psychology) Clinic located on campus provides training and supervision of graduates in clinical psychology. It provides a range of assessment, intervention and counselling services for children, adolescents and adults.

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