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Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Curtin University
3 to 5 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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Program description

The Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science (Psychology) double degree is ideal for students who want to combine a career in law with a deeper understanding of human behaviour. In addition, this degree is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in psychology in areas such as the criminal and justice systems.

The Bachelor of Laws degree is a qualification approved by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia. It offers you a foundation in essential areas of law and legal knowledge, and will help you develop core skills, with a strong practical emphasis, that are essential to effective legal practice.

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will teach you about perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behaviour and interpersonal relationships and how to examine, explain and predict what people do as individuals and in groups.

In this double degree, you will cover a broad range of subjects, including criminal law, constitutional law, legal research and writing, law society and justice, social psychology, brain and behaviour, abnormal psychology and criminal responsibility and procedures.

Curtin’s Bachelor of Laws offers a rich and professionally relevant coverage of foundational areas of legal knowledge as well as developing the core skills essential to effective legal practice. It will give you a professional legal qualification allowing you admission to practise as a lawyer, including the giving of legal advice and appearing in court. It will also give you a strong commercial awareness and the opportunity to focus on industry.

This course is strongly commercially focused and has an emphasis on industry connectedness and innovative teaching,  with students being exposed from early in their studies to the culture, community and ethics of legal practice. In their second and third years of study, students will study in trimesters, enabling them to complete 300 credits in each year. Overall, students can complete the equivalent of 4 years of academic study in three calendar years.

Students will gain practical legal experience at our state of the art city campus at 57 Murray Street, complete with digital moot court and John Curtin Law Clinic, near the District Court and in the heart of Perth’s legal precinct. The course can only be completed internally.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Program content

  • apply knowledge of the Australian legal system, statutory rules and case law principles in both the fundamental areas of legal knowledge and a range of elective fields to the resolution of legal problems; apply psychological theory to evidence based practice and extend the boundaries of knowledge through research; discriminate between valid discipline knowledge and questionable esoteric theory and practice
  • critically and creatively analyse legal problems to articulate the issues involved and apply legal reasoning to make aconsidered choice between competing solutions; apply logical and rational processes to critically analyse problems and generate innovative solutions to psychological questions
  • identify, access, assess and synthesise relevant information from primary legal sources such as cases and legislation and secondary sources such as journal articles and commentaries (including electronic versions of these sources) and gather relevant oral and documentary evidence; access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information and evidence from a range of sources applicable to psychology
  • communicate the outcomes of legal research and analysis effectively, appropriately and persuasively to colleagues, to clientsand to other professionals and the broader community; communicate effectively with individuals, groups and communities
  • use appropriate electronic legal databases for research purposes and be able to communicate effectively in electronic forms; select and effectively use appropriate technologies relevant to psychological research and practice
  • maintain intellectual curiosity as to justice and its practical application in the legal system, be able to identify areas wheretheir legal knowledge and skills require further development, and to critically reflect on their own performance as legalprofessionals, making use of feedback as appropriate; demonstrate ability for self directed learning and reflective practice
  • articulate the similarities and differences between local and other jurisdictions, including interstate and overseas ones, and beaware of the principles of public and private international law; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of international perspectives in psychology
  • articulate distinct concepts of law, justice and human rights, with an awareness of different legal traditions and cultures,particularly indigenous cultures; identify how and where indigenous persons and other identifiable social groups aredifferentially impacted by the legal system; demonstrate understanding and respect for human rights and cultural diversity
  • work independently, as well as collaboratively, with a developing sense of the ethical issues that arise in legal practice andhow these may be resolved; independently and collaboratively apply professional skills in an ethical manner

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