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Undergraduate

Law and Psychology Double Degree

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - BB-LAWPSY - BB-LAWPSY Business and Law
Guaranteed ATAR 90 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley or Perth City This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 5.5 years full-time

Course overview

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 note: this course is pending registration for international onshore students on student visas. Please contact the Curtin International office to determine availability for international students.

Want to know more? Our psychology information evening and webinar on 15 May provides a great opportunity to speak to the experts about your study options. Register online to attend.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 90 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 90 or completed 8 or more undergraduate level units with a course weighted average (CWA) of 70% or above; or
  • attained an ATAR of 90 or completed an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent with a CWA of 65% or above; or
  • attained an ATAR of 90 or completed an Australian masters degree with a CWA of 70% or above.
Other higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 90 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR
  • Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 90 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$8,550*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

An undergraduate degree in law is the first qualification you need if you want to practise as a lawyer in Australia. Further practical legal training must be undertaken after completing the Bachelor of Laws to be eligible for admission as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia.
To be eligible for admission as a lawyer in Western Australia you must either undertake the Practical Legal Training course or complete 12 months articles of clerkship. For further details about admission as a lawyer in Australia, refer to the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia website.
 
The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as meeting the first three years of study in psychology. A further year in psychology is necessary to apply for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and for provisional registration as a psychologist.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Why Law and Psychology Double Degree?

Law and Psychology is a natural combination that reflects the day-to-day challenges of the legal professional and the growing role of psychology in numerous legal, forensic, and criminal processes. 
 
At Curtin University, working practitioners bring degree programs to life. You'll be motivated by the real-life stories and industry exposure. In the Law school, high-quality teaching staff aim to give you first-hand insight and knowledge of the legal profession. In the School of Psychology & Speech Pathology, the undergraduate teaching team includes many registered psychologists. Students will develop their knowledge of human behaviour from a scientist-practitioner model perspective from teaching staff who are active researchers and psychologists. 

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.