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 facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBBiomedSci/LLB
CRICOS code054583C
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

Undergraduate student services, telephone +61 3 9905 3300, visit or email

Biomedical Sciences student services, telephone +61 3 9902 9400, visit or 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.

Biomedical science studies introduce students to a range of interdisciplinary units covering areas of modern biomedical sciences and human biology. The interdisciplinary approach of the biomedical science component produces graduates who are able to make a unique contribution to both medical science and law.


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.

On completion of the Biomedical Science component, students will:

  • have a basic knowledge of the biomedical sciences in a range of important multidisciplinary areas
  • have mastered the essential analytic procedures of written and oral communication relevant to biomedical sciences
  • be graduates who are well prepared for potential employment opportunities in most facets of the health care and related industries
  • be well prepared to embark on further vocational training or postgraduate studies in the biomedical sciences or other discipline areas
  • have received training relevant to a range of knowledge-intensive health care industries
  • have acquired skills in modern information technologies
  • have been exposed to the research frontier at which advances in biomedical science are occurring
  • have an appreciation of the ethical and social attitudes and responsibilities which arise as a professional, practicing biomedical scientist.

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 biomedical science component requires that students must complete 96 points of biomedical science units, including 14 compulsory units and two elective units.


First year

Total: 48 points

Second year

Total: 48 points

Third year

  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease II
  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • 12 points of level three units elected from biomedical science disciplines*

Total: 48 points

Fourth year

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

  • LAW5104 Civil procedure
  • LAW5125 Lawyers, ethics and society
  • LAW5159 Evidence
  • 18 points of law elective units

Total: 54 points

Fifth year -

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

* Generally these units begin with the prefixes BCH, BME, DEV, GEN, HUP, IMM, MIC, MIS, PHA and PHY and can be found via

Total: 54 points

Progression to further studies

Students may undertake honours in biomedical science at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study. Refer to the entry for 3418 Honours degree of Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study.


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

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.