|Science / Law - 4770|
This program is for new 2012 commencing students. If you are a continuing student please refer to the 2011 Handbook entry for 4770
This program combines the professional LLB program with the large number of majors offered within the Faculty of Science. The Science programs provide opportunities for students to prepare themselves for careers in research, technology, science, mathematics and education, or areas of management or public policy which involve the use of science or mathematics.
(i) Students may select any major from those offered in the Bachelor of Science (3970). Students who are interested in taking a major in Computer Science should refer to program Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)/Bachelor of Laws 3984
(ii) For the majority of majors students are required to complete only 2 law courses in Year 1. For the PSYCHOLOGY major students are required to complete 5 law courses. See plan structure at Plan for Science/Law 4770
The program is a five year full-time combined program leading to the award of the two degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (BSc LLB).
Students must satisfy the normal assumed knowledge requirements for entry to the Faculty of Science and to individual courses in that Faculty.
The degree of Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws is not awarded until the completion of the full five year program, but students unable to complete the full program may apply to transfer to the three year Bachelor of Science program with advanced standing where appropriate.
At the completion of this program, students will have obtained a sound knowledge base in the disciplines of both Science and Law.
Total Unit Requirements
Approved Sequence of Study
Students must study Science courses in a sequence approved by the Faculty of Science and Law courses in a sequence approved by the Faculty of Law. A typical structure of a combined Science/Law program is set out below. Subject to timetable restrictions, the full range of Science majors are normally available to Law students.
An approved sequence can be found here:
Plan for Science/Law 4770
For details of the requirements for Science majors, please see the hyperlinked majors on the
3970 Bachelor of Science program page.
Students enrolled in combined law degrees (with exception to Jurisprudence/Law) are not required to complete general education courses.
Honours in Science
Students wishing to complete the BSc degree program at Honours level must obtain prior approval from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Law. A standard Honours program in Science requires an additional year of study. Students may commence a Science Honours program only when they have completed the requirements for the equivalent of a single Bachelor of Science degree (i.e. completion of at least 96 uoc Science core degree plus 48 uoc for the Law degree such that a total of 144 uoc has been completed). Alternatively students may consider completing a BSc degree program at Honours level (4 years) and then seek admission to the three year Juris Doctor degree program for graduates. For further information on Honours in Science, please contact the relevant Science School or the Science Student Centre.
Honours in Laws
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) will be awarded with the following levels of Honours:
Honours Class 1
Honours Class 2, Division 1
Honours Class 2, Division 2
To be awarded Honours in Law, students are not required to complete an additional year. Honours in Law is based on academic excellence throughout the degree. Honours in Law is based on academic excellence throughout the degree. There are three criteria relevant for awarding Honours:
• Honours Weighted Average Mark (WAM)
Honours WAM will be calculated using the WAM from core courses as 60 percent of the Honours WAM and the WAM from the prescribed elective courses as 40 percent of Honours WAM.
• Satisfactory performance in written research
To demonstrate satisfactory performance in written research, a student must complete one long substantial piece (i.e. research thesis) or three shorter substantial pieces of research (i.e. 3000 words or more) in their program that is awarded a credit or more.
• Not been found guilty of plagiarism or serious misconduct on more than one occasion and not more than one failure in the law program
For more information, please visit http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/Current_Students/honours/index.asp
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in concurrent mode
When taken concurrently a Bachelor of Science is comprised of 96 units of credit which includes:
• An approved major from the Bachelor of Science program; and
• Science elective courses.
Academic rules relating to the Bachelor of Science in concurrent mode are as follows:
1. Students must complete a minimum of 96 units of credit for the Bachelor of Science;
2. Students must complete at least one approved Bachelor of Science major, and this must be declared before enrolling in level II courses. Details of approved Bachelor of Science majors and how to declare a major can be found on the 3970 Bachelor of Science program page;
3. In addition to the courses required for a student's chosen major, students must take 'science' courses so that the major plus 'science' courses total 96 units of credit. Details of what courses constitute ‘Science’ courses can be found in Table 1 on the 3970 Bachelor of Science program page;
4. Students must complete at least 24 units of credit of ‘science’ level I courses;
Most majors in the Bachelor of Science already satisfy this requirement, for example, the Molecular Biology major requires BIOS1101, BABS1201, CHEM1011, CHEM1021 and 6 units of credit of Mathematics. This is a total of 30 units of credit of science level I courses, therefore, no more level I science courses are required. Where a major does not include at least 24 units of credit of science level I courses, students will need to choose additional level I science courses to bring the total to 24 units of credit. For example, Psychology requires PSYC1001 and PSYC1011, therefore, students will need to choose an additional 12 units of credit of science level I courses. These science level I courses also count towards the 96 units of credit requirement at rule number 3.
5. No student may commence level II courses until 30 units of credit of level I courses have been successfully completed. (This is 30 units of credit of courses taken towards the entire concurrent program and not just courses for the Science component);
6. Students may commence Science level III courses upon successful completion of 72 units of credit (This is 72 units of credit of courses taken towards the entire concurrent program and not just courses for the Science component).
Students wishing to complete a double major in the Bachelor of Science when taken concurrently with another degree program at UNSW, should be aware that it will be very difficult to complete two majors within 96 units of credit. Therefore where a concurrent degree student would like to undertake a double major, they should be aware that it may involve extra time and cost to complete, and may have visa implications for international students.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Laws
For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws component of this combined degree program, please refer to progam 4790. Although 4790 program is no longer on offer, all combined law students enrolled in the LLB will need to comply with the rules stated here. A direct link is given below:
Bachelor of Laws 4790
For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website: https://my.unsw.edu.au/student/fees/FeesMainPage.html
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