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Contribute to important global and local challenges with an impactful combination of law and social sciences skills that impact policy, drive social change and make a real difference to communities.

 

Faculty

Faculty of Law and Justice

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face (includes blended)

Award

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Social Sciences

Commencing Terms

Term 1

Duration (Full Time)

5.7 Years

Overview

The Bachelor of Social Sciences/Law is a 5-year double degree program that provides the opportunity to obtain two degrees of professional importance to the public sector, community service, business and law practice. In addition, you’ll have the option to work towards a research career in a variety of disciplines.

Your fundamental knowledge and skills in law and in-depth understanding of social science specialisations will build your capacity to contribute to real world and impactful social, political and cultural change. You’ll focus on contemporary global and local challenges and issues taught by our world-class academics, utilising new and digital technologies to provide an effective, flexible and rich educational experience. 

The Bachelor of Social Sciences allows you to choose from various specialisations to build comprehensive knowledge and analytical skills alongside practical experiences throughout this double degree. Take advantage of real-world activities such as projects, work experiences and internships in Australia and overseas.

Key Features

World-class Scholarship 
Learn from Australia’s leader in progressive and rigorous legal education at UNSW Law & Justice, ranked 14th in the world*. Study at a Group of Eight (Go8) university with the highest quality teaching among Australia’s research-intensive law schools.

Flexibility and variety 
At UNSW, you’ll study undergraduate law as part of a double degree. Be part of a diverse cohort of interdisciplinary thinkers that combine their passion for law and justice with expertise in other disciplines. You’ll get to choose among a wide range of social sciences, international studies, and languages to design a degree that suits your goals and values.

Practical experience, here and overseas 
Both programs connect you with industry and offer professional development experiences unique to your passions and goals, so you’ll shape your career from the outset of your degree. Gain skills in communication, analysis, ethical decision-making and teamwork through internships and international exchange opportunities with our industry partners.  

Purpose-driven community
Become part of a collective dedicated to solving global issues. Diverse classmates, teachers, researchers, and practitioners support your goals and share knowledge. Develop influential diplomacy and collaboration skills through student-led organisations and volunteer groups.

End-to-end Legal Education 
Prepare for legal practice all in one place. UNSW's PLT program, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice will allow you to practise law in any Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction. UNSW’s PLT is the Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP), so you can graduate from one place with all the qualifications you need to launch your legal career.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Program Code
4873
CRICOS Code
110660D
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
240

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Entry requirements

2022 Lowest Selection Rank

91.65 + [LAT]

2021 A Levels

16 + [LAT]

2022 IB Diploma

35 + [LAT]

2022 Lowest ATAR

85*

    1. The 2022 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2022.
    2. The 2022 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2022 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2022. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2022 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Additional Selection Criteria

All domestic applicants*^ who wish to study an undergraduate law double degree at UNSW need to sit the Law Admission Test (LAT), including those:

  • enrolled in their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 HSC or equivalent)
  • who have already completed their secondary schooling (e.g. those on a gap year)
  • who are currently studying at another university and wish to apply to transfer to Law & Justice
  • students in Year 11 who wish to sit the LAT before their HSC year (LAT results are valid for two years)

*Domestic applicants include Australian citizens and permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens.

^Domestic applicants that aren’t required to sit the LAT as they’re assessed under multiple other criteria include:

Assumed knowledge

Refer to the relevant non-law degree entry

Adjustment Factors

We offer adjustment factor schemes that take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

Educational Access Scheme (EAS) 
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

Alternative Entry
Not everyone applies to university straight from high school. That’s why UNSW considers a range of qualifications, life experience and pathway programs for admission into our degrees. Find out what you’ll need to apply to UNSW, depending on where you’re at in life.

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UNSW Internal Program Transfer (IPT)

Every year UNSW Law & Justice provides up to 100 places for students studying a non-law degree at UNSW to transfer into a Law double degree. Alternative entry through Internal Program Transfer (IPT) doesn’t require you to sit the LAT and providing you receive full credit for your first year of studies, it won’t take you any longer to complete a law double degree.

Find out more

Credit Transfer Policy
If you've completed prior learning at another tertiary institution or in another UNSW degree, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. Find out more in the Credit Transfer Rules and Regulations.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals.

Learn more

 

UNSW Internal Program Transfer (IPT)
Every year UNSW Law & Justice provides up to 100 places for students studying a non-law degree at UNSW to transfer into a Law double degree. Alternative entry through Internal Program Transfer (IPT) doesn’t require you to sit the LAT and providing you receive full credit for your first year of studies, it won’t take you any longer to complete a law double degree.

Find out more

 

Credit Transfer Policy
If you've completed prior learning at another tertiary institution or in another UNSW degree, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. Find out more in the Credit Transfer Rules and Regulations.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Social Sciences/Law double degree program is 5 years full-time and consists of 40 courses (240 Units of Credit). Even though you’ll complete two degrees, it doesn’t mean double the workload. Each year you’ll complete a mix of courses from each degree with the same number of units as a single degree full-time study load of eight courses across three terms. 

This double degree program includes:

  • Core courses in social sciences and law
  • Social sciences specialisation
  • Elective courses in social sciences and law

As part of your degree, you’ll undertake hands-on courses integrating industry experience into your program. You’ll also participate in interactive teaching, group work, and a clinical component in which you’ll work with clients and lawyers at Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC), a fully functioning legal centre that operates out of the UNSW Law & Justice Building.

Study areas

The Bachelor of Social Sciences allows you to explore a variety of social sciences and international studies in a flexible and tailored degree designed to give you a broad range of future career options. 

Enjoy the freedom to structure your education around subjects that fuel your passions and interests. No matter your subject, you’ll build essential career skills in effective communication, teamwork, and leadership.

You can choose from the following social sciences specialisations:

  • Economics
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Gender Studies
  • Geographical Studies
  • Global Development
  • Humanitarian Engineering
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Marketing
  • Media, Culture & Technology
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Innovation, Strategy & Entrepreneurship 
  • Policy Studies
  • Languages (available as a minor)

When you complete a bachelor’s degree, you’ll be eligible for further study at a postgraduate level. If you’d like further information about this degree and its learning outcomes have a look at our student handbook.

Future careers

Study law as a double degree to be a well-rounded graduate prepared for a career practicing law or applying your legal mind and skills to other industries. 

UNSW Law & Justice is ranked 1st in Sydney for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings by Subject (Law and Legal Studies), 2022). That’s because we teach our students to think outside the box, so when it comes to your career, employers will seek you out for your critical thinking, persuasive communication, creative problem solving and analytical skills.

With flexible course options, your Social Sciences degree from UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture includes opportunities to experiment with professional roles in internships and work placements. You’ll build a network of contacts among your classmates and lecturers, and you’ll be able to reach out to a global network of UNSW graduates.  

End-to-end legal Education at UNSW

Completing a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at UNSW will take you a step towards becoming a lawyer, followed by Practical Legal Training (PLT). UNSW's PLT program, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice will allow you to practise law in any Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction. UNSW's PLT will allow you to practice law in the New South Wales jurisdiction. UNSW’s PLT is the Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP), so you can graduate from one place with all the qualifications you need to launch your legal career.

        Step 1 – Complete your Bachelor of Laws (LLB).

        Step 2 – Complete your GDLPP at UNSW.

        Step 3 – Apply to the Supreme Court for admission to         practice.

UNSW Law & Justice students also have the opportunity to fast track their entry to the legal profession by completing their PLT while finishing their undergraduate degree.

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Potential careers

Potential careers

  • Government and public policy adviser 
  • In-house legal counsel 
  • Social science researcher 
  • Human rights lawyer

Career opportunities in the social sciences include:

  • Advocate 
  • Campaign manager 
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official 
  • International business consultant 
  • Local government official 
  • Non-government organisation official 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Political adviser 
  • Political journalist 
  • Project officer 
  • Program manager 
  • Research consultant 
  • Research officer 
  • Tourism and trade adviser 
  • United Nations official

Accreditation

Legal Profession Admission Board (NSW)

How to apply

 

To apply for our Law double degrees at UNSW, you will need to apply for Double Law (426000) through the UAC application portal. Upon receiving an offer to for this degree, you will choose the second degree to pair with Bachelor of Laws during the acceptance process.


Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students* are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

When applying for UNSW Bachelor of Social Science/Law through UAC, you’ll need your Law Admission Test (LAT) registration number to ensure your LAT results are considered in the admission process. The LAT registration opens in May and is held in September each year. Keep up to date with LAT key dates and requirements here.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, most offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Find out more information on how to apply here.

*Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$14,630
2022 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$73,215

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$37,680
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$224,245

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

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