This double degree program allows graduates to span both the legal and scientific worlds in a way that single degree graduates cannot.
You can design your own academic program within the Bachelor of Science course structure, which must include a Science major. This can be combined with study in a wide variety of legal disciplines.
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Science and Laws at Western
Tailor your studies at Western Sydney University to your specific goals by combining our accredited Bachelor of Laws degree with another degree. When you graduate after five years, you have two degrees, and excellent legal skills relevant to professional employment.
The law component provides you with professional legal skills including the ability to analyse legal material, understand fundamental legal principles, understand the relationship between law and society, and gain general analytical skills for critical thinking and problem solving. Special emphasis is placed on the development of skills in advocacy, negotiation, legal drafting and legal research.
Your practical legal skills will be further developed using our extensive law library, computer-based law research lab and state-of-the-art moot courts located on our Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. You will have the opportunity, with supervision, to undertake projects for organisations that have limited resources.
Graduates from the Bachelor of Laws are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training. The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) for normal entry of a graduate to the Chartered Chemist qualification.
The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
The biological sciences are diverse, fascinating, rapidly changing and essential to our understanding of living systems at scales ranging from the molecular to the global. They play a vital role in our understanding of the environment, as well as animals, plants and micro-organisms, and are essential to a wide range of contemporary industries.
In this program, you can choose from these 7 majors:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The chemistry program provides a strong background in the key topic areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Graduates will develop skills applicable in contemporary chemical research and industry as well as related fields in the environment, health and medical sciences and pharmaceutical industry.
The course has a strong emphasis practical laboratory skills as well as the theoretical aspects of modern chemistry.
In this program, you can choose from 3 majors:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Mathematical Science program provides you with a strong background in key analytical techniques that have contemporary applications such as the treatment and interpretation of data and the modelling of real-world problems.
You will develop skills that allow you to model and solve real world problems using mathematical techniques and have the opportunity to specialise in mathematics, statistics or a combination of both. This will provide you with a wide range of career options in commercial and government institutions, which require highly-skilled problem-solvers.
Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Mathematical Society and the Statistical Society of Australia, depending on the units studied.
Science asks questions about how the natural world works. It does so in a systematic, yet rigorously creative way based on inquiry and evidence for ideas. This approach has led to our current understanding of nature as being (in large part) systematic and predictable, and has underpinned major advances in human welfare. A Bachelor of Science will prepare you to take part in this process of enquiry, by both contributing to it and by using scientific knowledge to solve current problems. Students will learn core concepts and skills necessary for scientific inquiry: investigating the natural world, proposing and testing ideas by experimentation and observation; quantifying and modelling processes; communicating findings, thinking independently and critically.
In this program, you can choose from 4 majors:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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With a combined degree in Science and Law, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Scientific patents
- Copyright and trademark infringements
- Scientific research
- Forensic work
Biotechnological advances which harness cellular and biomolecular processes are changing our lives and planet. As a legal expert in the field you will manage complex issues relating to intellectual property (IP), patent filings and infringement, trademarks and copyright.
University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.
Policy Advisers collect and analyse information and data to produce intelligence and to develop and analyse policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government and commercial operations and programs.
Barristers plead cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals. They are trained to provide advice on complex legal issues.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.