Engineering / Law - 4778

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Law


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 6.5 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 312

UAC Code: 426000

ATAR: 99.65  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

This program is for new 2013 commencing students. If you are a continuing student please contact the Faculty of Law for advice.

The Bachelor of Laws degree may be combined with a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Manufacturing Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Mining Engineering, Naval Architecture, Petroleum Engineering, Photonics Engineering, Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering, Surveying and Spatial Information Systems or Telecommunications.

Please note: This degree is not offered in Bioinformatics and Software Engineering.

The program is intended for potential engineers who wish to become more aware of legal and social aspects of the engineering profession, and skilled in technical management, or potential legal practitioners who wish to add a strong technical dimension to their education and training.

This is normally a six and a half year full-time concurrent degree program leading to the award of the two degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Laws (BE/LLB). With judicious choice of Law electives and final year thesis topic, this may be reduced to six years.

Assumed Knowledge
A prescribed standard in mathematics for entry to the Faculty of Engineering and to individual courses in that faculty. Further details are available in the UAC Guide.

Transferring Engineering Majors (Plans)
Student must nominate an engineering major (plan code) at enrolment. Subsequent transfers to another engineering major may be possible subject to the approval of both Faculties.

(i) A student who completes the requirements for both the BE and LLB degrees shall receive at graduation a separate testamur for each of the degrees.
(ii) A student may apply to discontinue the combined BE LLB program and elect to complete the BE degree in accordance with all of the rules governing award of that degree. Following discontinuation of the combined BE LLB program, courses which count toward that program will not in general count toward the single BE degree unless they meet the single degree requirements in their own right.
(iii) A student will not be eligible to graduate from the LLB until requirements for both the BE and the LLB have been satisfied.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

At the completion of this combined degree students will have obtained a sound knowledge base in the disciplines of both engineering and law.

Program Structure

Total Unit Requirements
  • Law compulsory courses - 96 UOC

  • Law prescribed course - 6 UOC
  • Law elective courses - 42 UOC
  • Engineering courses - 168 UOC
  • Total 312 UOC
Approved Sequence of Study:
Students must study engineering courses in a sequence approved by the Faculty of Engineering and law courses in a sequence approved by the Faculty of Law. Approved sequences are given below; other sequences may be approved under special circumstances.

(a) Engineering - from the consolidated course schedule in the Faculty of Engineering:
168 units of credit of Engineering courses from an Engineering major, at least 60 days of approved Industrial Training for the BE degree.

(b) Law
96 UOC of Law compulsory courses
42 UOC of Law electives
6 UOC Law prescribed elective

Note: The program structure for the law component is essentially the same for each specialisation.

The approved sequence of Law courses in the Engineering/Law program can be seen here:

Plans for Engineering/Law
For details of the recommended sequence of courses in each Engineering major, please refer to the following plans. Substitution of engineering courses may be permitted at the discretion of the discipline authority.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in combined law degrees (with exception to Jurisprudence/Law) are not required to complete general education courses unless they wish to graduate with a BE after 4 years of study. In this case students will be required to complete general education courses as for the single BE.


Honours in Engineering
Engineering: In the Bachelor of Engineering degree programs, honours are awarded for meritorious performance over the degree program with special attention paid to a candidate's performance in the final year courses and thesis project, please see link to Honours Policy.

Honours in Laws
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) will be awarded with the following levels of Honours:

Honours Class 1
Honours Class 2, Division 1
Honours Class 2, Division 2

To be awarded Honours in Law, students are not required to complete an additional year. Honours in Law is based on academic excellence throughout the degree. There are three criteria relevant for awarding Honours:

Honours Weighted Average Mark (WAM)
Honours WAM will be calculated using the WAM from core courses as 60 percent of the Honours WAM and the WAM from the prescribed elective courses as 40 percent of Honours WAM.
Satisfactory performance in written research
To demonstrate satisfactory performance in written research, a student must complete one long substantial piece (i.e. research thesis) or three shorter substantial pieces of research (i.e. 3000 words or more) in their program that is awarded a credit or more.
Not been found guilty of plagiarism or serious misconduct on more than one occasion and not more than one failure in the law program

For more information, please visit Honours Page on the Law website

Academic Rules

For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws
For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws component of this combined degree program, please refer to program 4701. Although 4701 program is no longer on offer, all combined law students enrolled in the LLB will need to comply with the rules stated here.

A direct link is given below:
Bachelor of Laws 4701


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