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  • Objectives
    This double degree combines a law degree with an arts degree. Provides students with lifelong transferable skills equipping them for employment in a wide range of professions, and for further study in a variety of industries. Arts disciplines offered include: English, French, Geography, History, Introductory Japanese, Post TEE Japanese, Politics & Government, Social Sciences and Writing. Please note - some Arts disciplines are only available for study at our Mount Lawley campus.
  • Entry requirements
    Minimum admission requirements apply to enter this course
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts
  • Course description
    Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts

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    This course is available for on-campus study by students with an International student visa.
    Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts students can study unitsets in the following disciplines as part of this course:

        * English
        * French
        * Geography
        * History
        * Japanese
        * Japanese
        * Politics and Government
        * Social Sciences
        * Writing
        * BA MINOR

          A BA Minor comprises 90 credit points (six units) from a specified area, with at least 45 points (three (3) units) at upper levels.

          The BA minor for the LLB/BA program will be the International and Cultural Studies minor, as defined in the BA course structure. For students enrolled in the double degree in Arts and Law, Bachelor of Laws electives will substitute for three (3) of these units (four (4) if the major is Japanese).
        * International and Cultural Studies
        *

          NOTE: Apart from the majors listed above, the BA lists minors and electives in the following areas (see BA handbook entry for details):

          Minors
              o Children’s Literature
              o Editing

    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts program consists of 44 units. Each unit is valued at 15 credit points giving a total course value of 660 credit points. The program will include twenty-one (21) LLB core units and eleven (11) LLB elective units and a Bachelor of Arts major consisting of eight (8) units and a six (6) unit minor which will include three units for the minor credited from the LLB elective units. The normal two core unit requirement of the Bachelor of Arts will be deemed to have been met by completion of the unit PHR1102 Critical Thinking and one Law elective.

    Bachelor of Arts Component

    A student must complete units to a total value of 180 credit points (12 units) selected from those available in the Bachelor of Arts offered by the School of Communication and Arts so as to include one of the major sequences offered in the Bachelor of Arts and the International and Cultural Studies minor. In the minor, (3) three units will be replaced by law electives (four if the student is completing a major in Japanese). Furthermore, for all students enrolled in the double degree in Arts and Law the core unit PHR1102 Critical Thinking must be completed. The requirement of two core units within the Bachelor of Arts will be deemed to have been met by the completion of this unit plus one of the law electives.



    The Bachelor of Arts has been designed with great flexibility, to provide students with an excellent range of choices whist still maintaining a coherent program. The selection of units within the program is subject to availability, and normal University and Faculty Rules. This flexible approach does mean that students need to take great care in selecting an individual program of study which fulfils the course requirements. Additional notes and requirements relevant to choices are given below, but students are advised to consult with the School Student Support Officer or the relevant Course Coordinator in planning their course.

    Core Units

    All Bachelor of Arts students must complete two core units but in the case of the double degree in Arts and Law this requirement is deemed to be met by completing PHR1102 Critical thinking and one Law elective unit.

    Bachelor of Arts Major

    All Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least one 120 credit points (8 unit) Major as defined within the course structure for the Bachelor of Arts. Majors available at Joondalup are:

        * Philosophy and Religion
        * Social Sciences
        * Social Justice and Public Advocacy
        * Sociology/Anthropology

    A number of other majors are available in the BA program at Mount Lawley. Students undertaking the double degree in Law and Arts may enrol in any major offered as part of the BA (for example, Asian Studies, Australian Cultural Studies, or Politics and Government) but should be aware that this will require regular travel between campuses and may be subject to greater difficulty in terms of potential timetable clashes with law units.

    Bachelor of Arts Minor

    A Bachelor of Arts Minor comprises 90 credit points (six units) from a specified area, with at least 45 credit points (three (3) units) at upper levels. The BA minor for the LLB/BA program will be the International and Cultural Studies minor, as defined in the BA course structure. For students enrolled in the double degree in Arts and Law, Bachelor of Laws electives will substitute for three (3) of these units (four (4) if the major is Japanese).

    Additional notes and requirements

       1. When a unit is found in two different major or minor lists and a student wishes to complete both majors/minors, the double-listed unit may be credited in only one major or minor. An alternative unit must be completed to meet the requirement of the other major/minor, with the approval of the course coordinator.
       2. Not all units are offered each year and, where applicable, choice must be made from those timetabled in a given semester. Most upper level units are offered in a two year rotation but some individual units may be offered less frequently at the discretion of the School.
       3. Some units in the Arts degree are offered at Joondalup and a wider range at Mount Lawley. Details are published in the University timetable for the appropriate semester. A number of majors are available at one campus or the other but not both. While a double degree student is able to complete any of the majors offered within the Bachelor of Arts within timetabling constraints, in practice for most students the most appropriate majors will be those offered on the Joondalup Campus: Philosophy and Religion, Sociology/Anthropology, Social Justice and Public Advocacy, Social Sciences. The last two of these are interdisciplinary majors.
       4. The University's timetable is developed on a three-year grid to ensure avoidance of clashes over the course of a three year degree. Philosophy and Religion is timetabled as a Group C major, Sociology/Anthropology as a Group B major and the remaining two majors potentially combine units from all three groups. Given the five year span of the double degree and the range of choice available in all the Arts majors offered, students will have no problem enrolling in sufficient units to complete their chosen major if they choose one of the majors offered at Joondalup. The School of Communications and Arts will negotiate with the School of Law and Justice to ensure that the needs of double degree students are met in terms of unit availability on the timetable at Joondalup.
       5. The double degree requires enrolled students to undertake an overload of one unit in each of four semesters. The overload represents standard and accepted practice in similar double degrees offered by Western Australian universities

    Bachelor of Laws Component

    A student must complete units to a total value of 480 credit points comprising of 315 credit points of compulsory units and 165 credit points of elective units.

    Core Units
    The following units are compulsory units (each unit is 15 credit points unless otherwise indicated) having a total value of 315 credit points. Students should take care in ensuring that they satisfy the pre-requisites for any unit.


    Unit            Description                 Points
    LAW1116    Legal Process                 15
    LAW1111    Contract Law I                15
    LAW1212    Contract Law II               15
    LAW1113    Criminal Law I                 15
    LAW1214    Criminal Law II                15
    LAW1117    Torts I                             15
    LAW1218    Torts II                            15
    LAW2102    Property Law I                15
    LAW2312    Property Law II              15
    LAW2104    Constitutional Law I       15
    LAW2314    Constitutional Law II      15
    LAW3103    Equity                             15
    LAW3107    Law of Trusts                 15
    LAW2103    Administrative Law I      15
    LAW2313    Administrative Law II     15
    LAW3106    Evidence                        15
    LAW3102    Corporations Law          15
    LAW4604    Civil Procedures I           15
    LAW4614    Civil Procedures II          15
    LAW4605    Commercial Practice, Conveyancing & Drafting I          15
    LAW4615    Commercial Practice, Conveyancing & Drafting II         15
    LAW3600    Coronial Law and Mortuary Practice                             15
    LAW3510    Income Tax Framework III                                           15

    Elective Units
    Each unit is 15 credit points unless otherwise indicated and a total of 165 credit points must be completed. Students should check with the School of Law and Justice to determine which elective units are offered by the University in any semester and any pre-requisites before enrolling.


    Unit            Description                                             Points
    CRI1103     Criminology                                                 15
    LAW2106    Intellectual Property Law                           15
    LAW3109    Taxation Law                                              15
    LAW2105    Employment Law                                        15
    LAW3105    Alternative Dispute Resolution                    15
    LAW4609    Remedies                                                    15
    LAW4206    Advanced Criminal Law                               15
    LAW4108    International Law                                       15
    LAW4607    Family Law                                                  15
    LAW3260    Asian Legal and Political Systems III          15
    LAW2600    Terrorism and the Law                                15
    LAW3201    Law of Banking and Credit III                     15
    CRI3101      Professional Ethics                                     15
    LAW2601    Planning and Development Law I               15
    LAW3601    Planning and Development Law II              15
    LAW2602    Environmental Law and Administration       15
    LAW3602    Community Legal Practice                           15
    LAW3700    Supervised Legal Research Paper              15
    LAW1600    Legal Writing and Research                        15
    LAW4110    International Trade Law                             15

    HONOURS
    An undergraduate law student, who has not more than 60 points of study left to complete to qualify for a Bachelor of Laws degree and who has achieved a weighted average mark of not less than 70% across previously completed Bachelor of Laws units, may be eligible to graduate with Honours. Eligible students must complete LAW4710 - Advanced Legal Research Thesis in lieu of 30 credit points of Law elective units. Completion of LAW4710 does not guarantee a student will receive a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Except as otherwise provided, the policy Management of Honours Candidature, Grading of Honours Performance and Student Support applies. The Honours grade will be based on both completed units within the Bachelor of Laws degree as well as LAW4710. The coursework and dissertation mark are combined in proportion to the credit point values in determining the overall mark and honours grade. There is no third class honours.



    Unit            Description                                       Points
    LAW4710    Advanced Legal Research Thesis         30

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