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Start Date
February
August

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHLD

SATAC Code
424831 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 87.40 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 90.00 (for 2021)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): AdvDIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Degree overview

  • Study the No.1 ranked Law degree in South Australia1.
  • Ranked in the top 100 in the world for Lawand No.1 in South Australia for graduate careers in psychology2.
  • Gain a competitive edge with expertise in two fields and graduate with two degrees in just five years.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of key legal principles, processes and methods with a professional law honours degree.
  • Undertake a professional placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.
  • Gain real-world experience as part of your studies through an optional internship or student exchange opportunity.
  • Experience our on-campus moot court and learn what it’s like to act as an advocate and present before a judge.
  • Participate in our student-run Legal Advice Clinic and provide advice to clients under the supervision of a managing solicitor.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in law, and well above world-class research in psychology3.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • UniSA is number one in South Australia for teaching quality in psychology4.
  • Join our active UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) – benefit from a like-minded community and participate in a variety of social and networking events.

12020 THE Subject Rankings.   2ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.  32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 42018 QILT Student Experience Survey (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

AA190220 - pmpCopy.jpgGain a competitive edge by combining law with psychology, and graduate with two degrees in just five years.

A double degree expands your knowledge and opens doors to a broad range of career opportunities.

You will graduate with professional honours, an advanced understanding of legal principles of Australian law and the latest legal concepts in psychology. This legal expertise, combined with the knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your specialisation, will set you on track for a leadership career.

In your law studies you’ll gain practical real-world experience by undertaking an industry or clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year. You’ll also be involved in mock-trials in our moot court, learning what it’s like to be act as an advocate and argue a case before a judge. You can also gain valuable experience at our Legal Advice Clinic, solving legal problems of clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

In your psychology studies you will develop an in-depth understanding of human behaviour, social interactions and why people think the way they do. Courses are taught by world-class researchers1 in the field of psychology – in fact, the curriculum is informed by the research of our academics.

If you wish to practice law, you should also familiarise yourself with the requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in South Australia. 

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

What you'll learn

P7240096-2_1.jpgThis degree is made up of 40 courses. You will do 24 courses in law and 16 courses in psychology.

Laws (Honours)

From your first few weeks as a law student you'll do practical courses and see what it's like to argue a case and provide legal advice. You’ll gain valuable skills that you can apply in reasoning, reporting, analysis, negotiation, communication and advocacy to resolve complex legal problems.

Throughout your degree you will study core courses that teach you the fundamental legal concepts that underpin the Australian legal system. Courses such as torts, contracts, criminal law and constitutional law will give you a good understanding of basic legal principles.

Through practical learning experiences including mooting and witness examination, you will be prepared for legal practice upon graduation.

You'll also be able to choose from an industry or clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.

Psychology

In your psychology studies, you will develop a strong theoretical knowledge in the field as well as practical skills such as problem solving, planning, judgement and decision-making. 

Through your choice of electives you can expand your knowledge in an area of professional interest such as health law, sports law, family law and human rights law.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Legislation LAWS 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Torts B LAWS 1015 4.5
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS 2030 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Contracts B LAWS 1009 4.5
Land Law LAWS 2038 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Contemporary Property Law LAWS 2018 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Elective 1 Rule(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Corporations Law A LAWS 3080 4.5
Elective 2 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Corporations Law B LAWS 3081 4.5 Note(s): 3
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Rule(s): 2
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 1 4.5
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5
Elective 4 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Evidence LAWS 4003 4.5 Note(s): 3
Administrative Law LAWS 3006 4.5
Lawyers, Ethics and Society LAWS 4006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Environment and Natural Resources Law LAWS 2037 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation LAWS 4016 9 Note(s): 3
During the final year students must complete one 9 unit capstone course
Law Reform Clinic LAWS 4017 9 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3
Legal Advice Clinic LAWS 4018 9 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3,5
Law Professional Placement LAWS 4021 9 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3,5
Research Project A LAWS 4019 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3
Research Project B LAWS 4020 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. In addition, you will need to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). As a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate approximately 12 hours per week for classes and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

UniSA_Law-23 copy.jpgYour studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays and research papers
  • assignments and in-class tests
  • examinations
  • various law moots
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practical, team-based projects

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Research

Our research in the area of law is recognised as world-class1. We are committed to research that changes the profession. Our law researchers make an impact on the content, practice, administration and development of the law and legal education.

UniSA’s high-quality research shapes the thinking of society, government and the legal profession. Our specialists have extensive industry connections and experience, they examine future and emerging legal challenges and topical issues. Research concentrations at UniSA are:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law: researching corporate governance, competition and consumer law, and Chinese commercial law
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law: exploring water law, climate change and environmental regulation, and the conservation of scarce resources
  • Criminal Law and Sentencing: investigating societal issues including juries and sentencing, policing and security, digital identity and cybercrime
  • Public Law and Human Rights: leading the way in research into Indigenous law, constitutional law, judicial power, children’s rights in family law proceedings, and the rights of older people

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Psychology

0001_Michael.Mullan_7.11.13.jpgWith our Law degree ranked No.1 in South Australia1, in the top 100 in the world1, and our research in the area of law recognised as world-class2, you will be learning from experts. Learn from those at the forefront of the legal profession with our teaching staff committed to developing not only your knowledge, but your confidence.

Our innovative combination of smaller class sizes, practice-based learning and courtroom-like facilities deliver a learning experience that takes you beyond the theory of law. You will graduate with professional honours and an advanced understanding of legal principles, including the opportunity to experience an industry or clinic placement, undertake a law reform project or conduct high level research in your final year.

In our Legal Advice Clinic you’ll gain valuable experience, solving the legal problems of clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

More ways to study

Our study options and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from two study intakes, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as accelerated learning pathways.

You can also join our active student community with the UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) – an independent body that provides educational and vocational support, and hosts a variety of social and networking events.

12020 THE Subject Rankings.   22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

Become a global citizen with our overseas exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year. We collaborate with over 2,500 companies worldwide to bring our students placement, project, research and work opportunities. You can also choose to incorporate local or national internships and clerkships into your degree.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Our quality teaching, focus on developing your practical skills and opportunities to connect with industry beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

You will hold a desired skillset for a diverse range of careers including:

  • Arbitrator/Mediator: facilitating negotiation and settlement between disputing parties by providing direction and encouragement; working collaboratively with the parties and finding creative ways to reach a mutual solution
  • Crime prevention specialist: working closely with/within government departments and agencies to reduce crime, enforce the law and maintain criminal justice
  • Forensic psychologist (with further study): collecting and reporting evidence of a psychological nature for use in legal and criminal justice proceedings; undertaking psychological assessments, diagnoses and interventions; evaluating programs and conducting interviews 
  • Policy analyst: analysing policies and their effects to provide advice and guidance to governments and organisations; offering strategic policy and planning advice on programs and operations; reviewing, developing, and implementing policies and strategies
  • Project manager: ensuring projects are delivered on time and according to project plans; managing project team resources; scheduling, preparation and resource forecasting; managing vendors and suppliers; managing budgets
  • Solicitor: commercial solicitor: focusing on business-specific legal practice such as: corporate, contract, competition, communications, commercial property, finance, employment, intellectual property, transport, sports and media law
    personal solicitor: focusing on areas such as personal injury, family and tort law, criminal litigation, succession and inheritance, residential property, taxation and trusts

You can also consider other legal careers such as lawyer, judge's associate, in-house counsel and more. 

Admission to practice

If you wish to seek admission to practice law in South Australia you must satisfy a number of specified course requirements in your degree, followed by the completion of Practical Legal Training.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program covers in a comprehensive way the academic requirements for admission to practice (the Uniform Admissions Rules) as specified by the National Law Admissions Consultative Committee. Students seeking admission to practice are required to complete an approved practical legal training (PLT) program. It is expected that students will complete the law degree before commencing the PLT. Students seeking admission to practice in other Australian jurisdictions should apply to the appropriate admitting authority. There are additional course requirements for students who wish to seek professional accreditation.

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion of the program, graduates will have met the prerequisites to apply for fourth year programs in Psychology.

Industry facts

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Careers as legal professionals in Australia are predicted to grow 15.9% by 2024.

Australian Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Projections, 2019 Occupational Projections.

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Opportunities for legal professionals are becoming more diverse, with a 61% increase in the number of lawyers working in corporate and government sectors.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2018.

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The legal profession in Australia is growing, with practising solicitors increasing by 33% over the past seven years.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2018.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree.
An alternative entry option is available through the Foundation Studies program or the Diploma in Business with UniSA College, subject to Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements.
You could also consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree. You could consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).

Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

The creation of law through judgments handed down by judges over centuries makes law one of the most significant and profound intellectual achievements of our society. Law speaks to the human condition. It cements core values – integrity, loyalty, perseverance and compassion. And it has never been needed as much it is needed today. I believe that this philosophy, which is integral to the law program at UniSA, equips you with the skills, passion and commitment to excel in your future careers – the legal profession, government, business, community enterprise and postgraduate study.

Ms Jane Knowler

Program Director

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What others are saying

"I was intrigued by how practical the law degree was. In almost every subject there was a public speaking component. Not only has my degree provided me with the requisite knowledge I need to enter into the legal profession, I have also been able to improve my advocacy skills to be able to apply this knowledge. I aspire to practice in the area of Family Law, and I also consider having a background in Psychology being an advantage to help me better assist clients in the future."

Courtney Dolphin

UniSA Laws and Psychology graduate

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Courtney Dolphin

UniSA Laws and Psychology graduate

I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in law but I think having an additional degree is a way to differentiate yourself from other law graduates. It also provides flexibility if you decide to change your mind about the career path you want to take.  I’ve developed strong advocacy and research skills in my law degree. I believe these skills, in combination with my psychology degree, will enable me to consult with clients and find solutions for them.

Ella Cameron

UniSA Laws and Psychology graduate

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Ella Cameron

UniSA Laws and Psychology graduate

Employers often tell us that UniSA law graduates show strength in taking initiative with a ‘can do’ attitude, and are prepared for the  challenges of the legal profession – this is testament to our teaching ethos and culture of engagement. Our industry connections allow students to hear from experts about how the law is applied, which adds an invaluable element to their learning.

Dr Michelle Fernando


Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA

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Dr Michelle Fernando


<br />Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA