Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Psychological Sciences
Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning
Study the intersection of two forever-fascinating fields with our Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at Australia’s newest, most forward-thinking law school.
If we can understand people’s actions, we can predict their behaviour and help to prevent harm. Learn how you could help do both with this intellectually challenging double degree.
Gain an accredited qualification in Australian law plus learn behavioural analysis and research skills. Delve into current psychological theories to examine local and global criminality and traditional and emerging, tech-enabled responses to crime. Learn how to formulate unshakeable arguments.
Prepare for a career in legal practice, law enforcement, corrections, offender rehabilitation, victim support and policy development, or pursue further studies in forensic psychology and forensic counselling.
Every international student application is considered for a scholarship
Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
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- Semester 1 - 27 February 2023
- Semester 2 - 31 July 2023
- 3400213091 (CSP)
- 3400213093 (IFP)
A$37520 (annual for 2023)*
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International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
- Course structure and career opportunities.
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Psychological Sciences requires students to complete units of study to the value of 500 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.
View course rules and special requirements
|Units||Unit codes||Credit points|
|Introduction to Australian Law & Statutory Interpretation||LAW10010||12.5|
|Contract Law - # Priestley unit||LAW10011||12.5|
|Torts 1 - # Priestley unit||LAW10014||12.5|
|Criminal Law & Procedure - # Priestley unit||LAW10015||12.5|
|Torts 2 - # Priestley unit||LAW10025||12.5|
|Evidence - # Priestley unit||LAW20009||12.5|
|Administrative Law - # Priestley unit||LAW20010||12.5|
|Trade Marks and Related Rights *||LAW20011||12.5|
|Federal and State Constitutional Law - # Priestley unit||LAW20012||12.5|
|Property Law - # Priestley unit||LAW20013||12.5|
|Land Law - # Priestley unit||LAW20014||12.5|
|Legal Technology and Innovation||LAW20040||12.5|
|Patents & Designs *||LAW30011||12.5|
|Equity & Trusts * - # Priestley unit||LAW30012||12.5|
|Company Law * - # Priestley unit||LAW30013||12.5|
|Legal Practice & Professional Conduct * - # Priestley unit||LAW30015||12.5|
|Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution - # Priestley unit||LAW30029||12.5|
*Outcome unit – completion demonstrates the attainment of course learning outcomes
|Units||Unit codes||Credit points|
|Introduction to Research Methods||PSY10005||12.5|
|Brain and Behaviour||PSY10007||12.5|
|Fundamentals of Psychology||PSY10008||12.5|
|Foundations of Statistics||STA10003||12.5|
|Units||Unit codes||Credit points|
|Cognition and Human Performance||PSY20006||12.5|
|Analysis of Variance and Regression||STA20006||12.5|
|Psychology of Personality||PSY30008||12.5|
|History and Philosophy of Psychology||PSY30013||12.5|
|Mental health diversity, diagnosis and treatment||PSY30016||12.5|
Placement for Bachelor of Laws
3 units (0 credit points)
|Units||Unit codes||Credit points|
|Professional Experience in Law 1||LAW10016||0|
|Professional Experience in Law 2||LAW20018||0|
|Professional Experience in Law 3||LAW30016||0|
8 units (100 credit points)
Choose from a combination of the following course components to complete 100 credit points of other study. Students may also select elective units (12.5 credit points each).
Work Integrated Learning
Swinburne's Work Integrated Learning program provides additional opportunities for you to gain valuable skills and real industry experience in the form of placements, internships or study tours - all while earning credit towards your degree.
Choose a Work Integrated Learning option:
You'll get paid to work in an area related to your field of study for 12 months, where you'll combine hands-on learning with academic submissions, workplace reflection and feedback from your host organisation. Most students undertake their placements in the third year of their degree, so you’ll want to map out your electives as soon as you can and register for a placement at least 6 months before your preferred start date.
The Professional Placement co-major has four 25 credit point units.
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You'll get paid to work in an area related to your field of study for 6 months, where you'll combine hands-on learning with academic submissions, workplace reflection and feedback from your host organisation. Most students undertake their placements in the third year of their degree, so you’ll want to map out your electives as soon as you can and register for a placement at least 6 months before your preferred start date.
The Professional Placement minor has two 25 credit point units.
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A Professional Internship is all about gaining valuable real-world skills in your area of study all while earning credit points towards your degree. Plus, it looks great on your CV as it shows you’ve had real industry experience before you’ve even graduated!
You might choose to complete your internship part-time over a semester or in a more intensive block during Summer or Winter terms.
Travel overseas, discover other cultures, enrich your professional experience and enhance your CV all while gaining credit towards your course.
- Full-time study: 100 credit points/eight standard units of study per year
- Part-time study: 50 credit points/four standard units of study per year
- One credit point is equivalent to one hour of study per week per semester (including contact hours and private study)
- See the course planner for an example degree structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of this Course students will be able to:
- Bachelor of Laws - Describe and demonstrate the application of the fundamental areas of Australian law and the Australian legal system and of the principles and doctrines that underpin them
- Bachelor of Laws - Describe and demonstrate the application of ethical and professional responsibility in the practice of the law and a commitment to the pursuit of justice
- Bachelor of Laws - Analyse and evaluate the interdisciplinary contexts in which legal issues arise and the disciplines and policy considerations that influence the content and operation of the law
- Bachelor of Laws - Describe and compare the international legal order and the law and legal systems of Australia’s major trading partners
- Bachelor of Laws - Critically evaluate events or factual situations, identify the legal issues to which they give rise and develop and articulate appropriate and creative responses
- Bachelor of Laws - Undertake and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to make judgements to solve complex legal problems with intellectual independence
- Bachelor of Laws - Demonstrate effective and persuasive communication capabilities with legal and non-legal audiences
- Bachelor of Laws - Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a team and critically reflect on individual performance and professional development
- Bachelor of PSY - Systematically review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in psychology
- Bachelor of PSY - Formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in psychology
- Bachelor of PSY - Critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of psychology
- Bachelor of PSY - Define and integrate theoretical principles and apply these in their disciplinary areas of expertise
- Bachelor of PSY - Apply knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, individually and in collaboration with others
- Bachelor of PSY - Interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in modes suitable to a range of audiences using a range of media
- Bachelor of PSY - Coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international context
Graduates with a degrees in psychology and law can work in many fields such as public affairs, education, health, business, sales, service industries. Graduates will also have the ability to start a legal practice career.
At Swinburne scholarships are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students.
How to enter this course
- Entry requirements and English language requirements.
How to apply
Find out more about how to apply.