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Law and Psychology

Bachelor Double Degree

BB-LAWPSY

Course
Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 90
Duration
5 years, 6 months full-time
Credit
1200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

In this double degree, you will be prepared for legal practice and gain a strong understanding of human behaviours, actions and motivations.

Highly ranked course

  Curtin ranks in the top 10 nationally for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Subjects.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Curtin’s Bachelor of Laws degree provides the first qualification you need to practise as a lawyer in Australia. Combining this with our psychology degree is ideal if you want to develop a deeper understanding of human behaviour, or pursue a career in psychology in areas such as the criminal and justice systems.

Our law degree offers a rich and professionally relevant foundation in legal knowledge. You’ll learn core skills essential to effective legal practice and build a strong commercial awareness. From early on in your studies, you’ll start to recognise the importance of respecting the rule of law, along with the responsibilities and ethics of legal practice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from optional law elective units focusing on topics such as forensic advocacy, family law, human rights law, native title law and policy or European Union law. With a wide range of optional units to choose from, you can tailor your degree to suit your interests.

In the Bachelor of Science (Psychology), you will gain a strong understanding of emotion, behaviour, cognition, interpersonal relationships, perception and personality. You’ll learn how to examine, explain and predict what people do as individuals and in groups.

The first four years are delivered in semesters at Curtin Perth, while the fifth year, plus one trimester, is delivered at Curtin Law School in Perth city. If you choose to study full time, you can graduate with two degrees in five-and-a-half years.

While studying in Perth city, you can gain practical experience by undertaking simulated proceedings in our high-tech moot court and working on real cases at the John Curtin Law Clinic. You’ll also greatly benefit from the relationships you form with academics, practising solicitors and barristers based at Curtin Law School, as well as the proximity of the Supreme Court, the District Court and the Federal Court.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Law and psychology are a natural combination that reflect the day-to-day challenges of the legal professional and the growing role of psychology in numerous legal, forensic and criminal processes.
  • You’ll gain first-hand insight and knowledge of the legal profession from high-quality teaching staff.
  • You’ll develop your knowledge of human behaviour from teaching staff who are registered psychologists and active researchers in the field of psychology.
  • You can undertake a legal internship in which you can gain experience working under the supervision of an employer in a professional legal environment. The internship unit puts your law studies into context and provides opportunities to develop and apply your legal practice skills, critically analyse and reflect on the law in practice, and gain an appreciation of legal ethics.
  • Later in your degree, you can enrol in the Law Clinic unit to put your legal skills into practise through professional activities. Under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners, you will meet and prepare advice for eligible clients.
  • You can participate in simulated court proceedings at our moot court facility. This will hone your skills in public speaking and debating, and enhance your understanding of how a real court environment operates.
  • You can study at Ghent University in Belgium as part of our Ghent summer law program.
  • You can choose optional units that focus on high-demand areas for law graduates.

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.

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) or to apply for post graduate training (pathway to registration) in psychology.

Career information

  • Lawyer (further study required)
  • Policy Adviser
  • Social Researcher
  • Psychologist (further study required)
  • Support Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Program Officer
  • Mental Health Advocate

What you'll learn

  • 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 a considered 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 clients and 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 where their legal knowledge and skills require further development, and to critically reflect on their own performance as legal professionals, 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 be aware 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 are differentially 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 and how these may be resolved; independently and collaboratively apply professional skills in an ethical manner

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 90
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

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

Other admission options

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 webpage.

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.

I have 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
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

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

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

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 OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Methods ATAR
  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

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

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • 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.

Higher education course switcher criteria

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

Other requirements and notes for this course


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.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Commonwealth supported $11,200*

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 does 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.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Semester 1
  • On campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

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  • Curtin course code: BB-LAWPSY
  • CRICOS code: 096308G
  • Last updated on: August 2, 2021