Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Partner facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBSc/LLB
CRICOS code017109C
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Faculty of Law Undergraduate Student Services, telephone +61 3 9905 3300, visit or email

Faculty of Science Student Academic Services Office, Telephone +61 3 9905 4604, email:


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students can complete the course in five years: This is achieved by undertaking more units than the standard 24 credit points per semester (this is subject to approval), or by undertaking summer semester units.


The study of law develops problem-solving skills and powers of analysis. It teaches precise and imaginative use of language. It also promotes ethical thinking and a focus on justice and fairness. It enhances students' thinking, reasoning and expressive abilities within legal and related contexts, leading to employment in the legal profession, law reform agencies, government service or other relevant areas of employment.

The science component aims to provide a broad, general science education with an emphasis on generic skills, which include numeracy, data analysis and presentation skills, and the capacity to work in teams. Graduates will also have specialist training in at least one science discipline, in preparation for honours and postgraduate study, or for employment in any of the traditional careers for scientists.


The objectives of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program at Monash are to enable students to gain an understanding of basic legal concepts and legal institutions and of the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing their development. Upon completion of the LLB, students will be able to identify, use and evaluate the concepts, principles, rules and methods used in legal argument and will have developed oral and written skills, especially of legal argument, legal research and critical analysis. Students will have gained an understanding of concepts of justice, a concern to promote justice and an appreciation of their professional responsibilities.

Upon completion of the science component, students will have advanced knowledge and skills in at least one area of science. Graduates will have improved life and employment skills including generic skills necessary to critically analyse and communicate ideas and information, and a capacity to apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to define and analyse problems, and develop effective solutions.

Admission to practice: disciplinary reports

Warning to students of consequences of cheating or general misconduct

Students should note that a domestic applicant applying for admission to practise law in Victoria is required by the Admission Rules 2008 to provide to the Board of Examiners:

(1.) a report from the University disclosing any disciplinary action taken against the student during the course (including any finding under the University Discipline Statute that the student has cheated in an assessment); and

(2.) an affidavit stating that the applicant has made full written disclosure of "every matter which a reasonable applicant would consider that the Board of Examiners might regard as not being favourable to the applicant". This may include an incident of academic or general misconduct, even if it did not lead to disciplinary action.

The Board of Examiners will consider these matters in assessing whether the applicant is a "fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession".

Professional recognition

The Law component of this degree is recognised by the Council of Legal Education (CoLE). For further information refer to:


The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 156 points including 12 compulsory units which must be completed by all students enrolled in an LLB program plus a further six 'quasi-compulsory' units which must be completed by students who wish to be qualified for admission to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Victoria. The remainder of the program consists of law elective units chosen by the student. Students must also refer to 'Bachelor of Laws - basic course structure' at The award of an honours degree in law is based on the weighted average of marks obtained in Monash law units.

The science component requires students to complete 96 points of science units, including:

(a.) a major sequence in a science area of study (48 points)

(b.) a minor sequence in a different science area of study (24 points)

(c.) a level-one mathematics/statistics unit (6 points) from:

  • MTH1020 Analysis of change
  • MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science

(d.) a level-two science core unit: SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication (6 points)

(e.) two elective science units (12 points)

Level-one mathematics/statistics unit

The level-one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on the mathematics background and interests as follows:

  • The statistics units SCI1020 and STA1010 are normally recommended for students planning to study areas where experimental design and data analysis skills are particularly important, such as the life sciences.
  • SCI1020 is for students without a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 requires the student to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent).
  • The mathematical methods unit MTH1030 is recommended for students with an interest in mathematics and/or physics. MTH1030 requires the student to have studied VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) or MTH1020.
  • Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the unit MTH1030 with MTH1035 (Techniques for modelling (advanced)). Students will need to seek Faculty of Science permission to enrol in this unit.

The Faculty of Science requires science studies to be chosen from the science units listed in the 'Science areas of study and sequences - Clayton' section in this handbook at In order to pursue a particular science sequence, students must take the necessary science prerequisites in their first stage of their study. Students should contact the Science faculty before enrolling in any stage of the double degree program, to ensure that the program they wish to follow will satisfy prerequisites necessary for higher stages. For information relating to course planning, science units and sequences students should refer to the Science 'Faculty Information' section of the Handbook.

Within the Science component students must complete a minimum of four level-three science units (24 points), and no more than six level-one science units (36 points) can be taken overall.


First year

  • LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning
  • LAW1104 Research and writing
  • 36 points of science units including at least one of SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning), MTH1020 (Analysis of change), MTH1030 (Techniques for modelling), MTH1035 (Techniques for modelling advanced) or STA1010 (Statistical methods for science), and satisfy the level-one requirements for a major sequence and a minor sequence in different science areas of study

Total: 48 points

Second year

  • LAW2101 Contract A
  • LAW2102 Contract B
  • SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication
  • 12 points of level-two units towards a major sequence in a science area of study
  • 12 points of level-two units towards a minor sequence in a different science area of study.
  • science elective unit

Total: 48 points

Third year

  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • 24 points of level-three science units towards a major sequence in a science area of study

Total: 48 points

Fourth year

Students intending to practice law in Victoria must complete the quasi-compulsory units below as two of their elective law units:

Total: 54 points

Fifth year

Students intending to practice law in Victoria must complete the quasi-compulsory units below as two of their elective law units:

Total: 54 points

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours program in science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements for the double degree course. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult with the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for level three. Refer to the entry for course 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
Bachelor of Science

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.