Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Psychological Science

La Trobe University

This five-year double degree prepares you to work in fields where law, psychology and mental health intersect. You'll study topics like criminal law, the relationship between mental disorder and criminal responsibility, social psychology and psychological intervention. You'll have access to over 20 psychology subjects and the chance to complete a subject on Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning from specialists at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC). Students can attend regular guest lectures from expert researchers and practitioners, building their understanding of biological and social aspects of human behaviour. Through these law studies, you'll gain practical experience through La Trobe's judicial mentoring program that allows students to spend a semester shadowing a judge or magistrate. They also have the opportunity to participate in additional studies including Honours in Laws and subjects from La Trobe's Global Business Law program at a postgraduate level. The subjects will also help you build practical legal skills in advocacy, mediation and negotiation. Only the first two years of this course are offered in Bendigo. While it is possible to arrange long-distance learning, La Trobe recommends transferring to the Melbourne Campus to complete a degree with a wider selection of subjects. Law electives are also available in intensive delivery at Melbourne in summer and winter schools.

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Structure:

Students are required to complete compulsory law and psychology subjects in sequence, and a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in law, 225 credit points in psychology and 15 credit points in either psychology or another approved free elective counting towards psychology). Students complete a total of 24 law subjects (20 compulsory subjects and 4 electives), and 16 psychology subjects.

Subjects you can Study:

Law; Psychology

Study Pathways:

Honours is offered to high-achieving students.

Further information:

Law electives are available in intensive delivery mode at the Melbourne Campus in Summer and Winter School.

Recognition:

All La Trobe University Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to qualify for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer. Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training either by a 12-month period of Supervised Legal Training or by completing an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practise must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practise. The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by APAC until 2018. Professional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia will require an APAC-accredited fourth year and additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree as well as an application to the professional body.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Related Careers:

Counsellor, Lawyer, Psychologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bendigo No info No Full time 5 years
Bendigo No info No Part time 10 years
Melbourne 90.85 No Full time 5 years
Melbourne 90.85 No Part time 10 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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