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Program summary

Where law and science intertwine.

Graduate after five years with two degrees and gain practical legal and scientific skills. You’ll have the flexibility to choose from a range of science majors such as biology, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, food and biosecurity, mathematics.

You will cover all the academic courses required for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia. You will engage in active learning experiences and gain practical skills right from your first year. For example, you will observe volunteer lawyers conducting client interviews at an advice clinic operated by Suncoast Community Legal Service.

You will research answers to legal problems, prepare advice, present legal argument, observe court proceedings, and take part in simulated court presentations in our new Moot Court venue. You can further develop your skills by working with Legal Service clients under legal supervision in law professional practice, or undertake a legal internship.

This diverse double degree is designed to nurture your problem-solving and analytical skills and rewards attention to detail. If you have a passion for science and aspire to a career outside the laboratory, open up opportunities to work as a legal practitioner, patent attorney, scientist or government legal officer.

Law Honours is available, usually without extending the time required to complete your degree.

Majors

Science majors: Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Ecology; Food and Biosecurity; Mathematics.

Career opportunities

This double degree program develops skills applicable to many areas of employment including as a solicitor, barrister, patent attorney, government legal officer, scientist or others depending on the science major studied.

Registration

The degree is an approved academic qualification for admission to the legal profession. Graduates must undertake a further period of practical legal training before being admitted as a legal practitioner.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

USC Law School courses
Introductory courses (5)

COR109 Communication and Thought
LAW101 Foundations of Australian Law A
LAW102 Foundations of Australian Law B
LAW103 Criminal Law and Procedure A
LAW104 Criminal Law and Procedure B

Advanced courses (20)

14 required courses:

LAW201 Torts A
LAW202 Torts B
LAW203 Contracts A
LAW204 Contracts B
LAW205 Property A
LAW206 Property B
LAW301 Constitutional Law
LAW302 Equity & Trusts
LAW303 Corporations Law
LAW304 Civil Procedure
LAW401 Administrative Law
LAW402 Professional Conduct
LAW403 Evidence
LAW404 Regulation

PLUS select 6 elective courses from:

LAW307 Commercial Law
LAW310 Children & the Law
LAW311 Law Professional Practice
LAW312 Competition and Consumer Law
LAW318 Advocacy
LAW405 Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAW406 Planning and Environment Law
LAW407 Elder Law and Succession
LAW408 Intellectual Property
LAW410 Public International Law
LAW411 Private International Law
LAW412 International Human Rights Law
LAW414 Legal Internship
LAW415 Sports Law
LAW416 International Commercial Disputes
LAW417 Employment Law
LAW418 Health Law
LAW419 Family Law
LAW420 Anti-Discrimination Law

The following 2 elective courses are only available to students who have been accepted into Honours in Law:
LAW440 Honours Research Methods, Design and Confirmation
LAW441 Law Honours Thesis

Please note: Semester offerings for Law elective courses are subject to change and are dependent on student demand. For more information on elective availability please contact your Program Coordinator.

Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering courses
Introductory courses (6)

LFS100 Cell Biology
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
SCI105 Chemistry
SCI110 Science Research Methods
SCI113 Discovering Science

PLUS select 1 course from:
MTH100 Introduction to Mathematics
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus

Major courses (8)
Elective course (1)

Select 1 elective course from the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 480

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 480 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 15 introductory level (100 coded) courses in total, including the core course
  • For students wishing to complete Honours in Law, they must complete a minimum of 2 Law elective courses at a 400 coded level
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
Program notes
  • MTH100 does not assume you have successfully completed Years 11-12 Mathematics B (or equivalent). MTH100 does not meet the prerequisite necessary to enrol in advanced level mathematics courses. Should you wish to proceed to 200 or 300 coded mathematics courses, you would first need to successfully complete MTH100 and then MTH103 and MTH104
  • MTH103 and MTH104 assumes you have successfully completed Years 11-12 Mathematics B (or equivalent). Note that MTH103 and MTH104 are a prerequisites for advanced level (200/300 coded) mathematics courses
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Semester offerings for Law elective courses are subject to change and are dependent on student demand. For more information on elective availability please contact your Program Coordinator
  • Honours in Law available for high performing students
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Use the relevant QTAC code specified on the program summary

Exceptions
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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