Laws and Engineering - L3002

Laws and Engineering

Bachelor degree (honours)/Bachelor degree (honours)

Deepening your understanding of how technology and the law interact, this double degree course produces engineers skilled in the legal, corporate and commercial fields. The need for legally trained engineering graduates continues to grow, with opportunities arising in areas such as project management, research and development, consulting and construction law.

The study of law develops problem-solving skills and powers of analysis. It teaches precise and imaginative use of language. The study of engineering develops creative thinking, your problem solving skills and team-based skills alongside technical savvy. The combination is a winner.

This course leads to two separate degrees. Depending upon your specialisation, you will be awarded one of:

  • the Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours), or
  • the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours), or
  • the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours), or
  • the Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (Honours),

or

  • the Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Honours), or
  • the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), or

and also

  • the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

You will gain all the benefits of each degree course and be fully equipped to pursue a career in either separately or both in combination. Law firms need lawyers with technical expertise and the engineering industry needs technical specialists with legal knowledge. Demand for these skills is high.

For example, graduates may work in legal teams at large engineering, manufacturing and technology firms. This could be as a specialist construction and engineering solicitor or barrister, or in intellectual property law focusing on patents and designs, copyright and competition law. Alternatively, graduates may work as an engineer with national and multinational engineering and construction corporations or in areas such as project management, minerals exploration and mining.

This course requires students to complete a total of 420 hours of continuous professional development, in order to graduate. This professional development may be in the form of 12 weeks of relevant vacation employment or an equivalent combination of approved professional development and/or engineering employment, taken throughout the duration of the course. Students are required to submit a series of reflections on their experience, with particular reference to development of each of the key Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies.

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At a glance

ATAR

98 Note Lowest Selection Rank to which an offer was made
96.65 Note Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made

^All domestic applicants with a score above the Lowest Selection Rank who meet the course prerequisites are offered a place. This is an estimate of what the the Lowest Selection Rank will be in 2018.

Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration This course is equivalent to 6.25 years of full-time study and offered only in accelerated mode to complete in 6 years.

Part-time study is also available.
Start date First Semester (February)
Course Handbook

A Monash Law degree offers the idealistic person a realistic way to make a difference in the world.

Whether you aspire to work in a top-tier law firm, commercial or international law, a community legal centre or as an advocate for justice, a Monash Law degree lets you take the first step.

You will be building a solid foundation for a legal career, with your training beginning on day one.

In this practical Bachelor degree course, you'll also have the option of studying overseas, taking one of many different double degrees and gaining applied legal experience.

In your first year, you'll begin mastering the concepts, procedures and reasoning underpinning the Australian legal system.

Alongside this rigorous training in the basics, throughout your degree you'll also be able to pursue the areas of the law that interest you. You'll benefit from a range of specialist law electives as diverse as 'Negotiation and Conflict Resolution,' 'Media Law' or 'Animal Law.'

This freedom to craft a course that perfectly matches your interests and aspirations extends to a choice of non-law electives across the University, and the option of double degrees in fields as diverse as Arts, Music or Science. You'll have a degree that is recognised by the Council of Legal Education and includes the prerequisite studies to prepare you for admission to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Factor in significant opportunities for hands-on practical experience (including our clinical legal education program); international study (including at the Prato Centre in Italy); a supportive and industry-focused community (including a dynamic Law Students' Society); and the prestige that comes with a degree from a leading law school and you'll have the ideal foundation for a lifelong career.

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Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

ATAR requirements

ATAR

98 Note Lowest Selection Rank to which an offer was made
96.65 Note Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made

^All domestic applicants with a score above the Lowest Selection Rank who meet the course prerequisites are offered a place. This is an estimate of what the the Lowest Selection Rank will be in 2018.

Subject prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

Australian VCE subjects

English
Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 30 in English other than EAL

Maths
Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (any) or Specialist mathematics

Sciences/Other
Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry or Physics

IB subjects

English
At least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL

Maths
At least 4 in Mathematics SL or 3 in Mathematics HL or 3 in Further mathematics HL

Sciences/Other
At least 4 in Chemistry SL or 3 in Chemistry HL or 4 in Physics SL or 3 in Physics HL.

Applicants will not be admitted to this course solely on the basis of a VET qualification.

This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

Entire academic record
This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Applicants who have partially completed an undergraduate degree must have completed the equivalent of one year of full-time study (a minimum of 48 credit points) and a maximum of two years (96 credit points) of a recognised university degree and achieved a distinction average or better across all the university units, irrespective of discipline. A distinction average is the minimum entry criterion to be eligible for admission, and the average will then be the basis for ranking candidates.

Multiple pathways to this course

Applicants who have successfully completed Year 12 are eligible to apply for this course.

Applicants with no formal secondary or tertiary qualifications are not eligible to apply for this course. This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Domestic Students:

We recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course, provided you meet the course prerequisites above. More about special admissions schemes...

If you don't meet the initial entrance requirements, you'll be able to gain entry to this course by transferring to Monash Law from a recognized undergraduate course at Monash or from another university. Please refer to the requirements for non-school leavers above.

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 (no band lower than 6.5); or
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 587 with a TWE of 4; or
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 94 overall with Writing: 24, Listening: 20, Reading: 19, Speaking: 20; or
  • Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Extra requirements for Laws:

Not applicable


Extra requirements for Engineering:

Not applicable

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code L3002.

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:

A$9950

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$39,000

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) course is a specialist course that develops through themes: legal methodology and legal practice; public law; and private law. The specialised knowledge and advanced skills are imparted in later year elective units, including a final year project involving intensive research and writing.

A. Legal methodology and legal practice

B. Public law

Public law includes constitutional law, administrative law and criminal law. It concerns the powers and procedures of the legislative, executive and judicial organs of government, and how they are regulated and controlled by "the rule of law". It also concerns the legal relationship between government and individuals, including the protection of the individual rights.

C. Private law

Private law deals with legal relationships between legal persons, including corporations as well as individuals. It includes the study of property rights, contractual rights and obligations, wrongs (called "torts") such as trespass and the negligent infliction of injury, and the law of equity and trusts.

D. Extending specialized knowledge and advanced skills: Law electives

In later years of the course, you will be able to choose from a broad range of elective law units. High achieving students may also include one or two Master's units in their final year of study. Elective law units enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of law that suit your own interests, skills and career goals. In addition to public and private law, these include international law, commercial law and human rights law. You will have opportunities to study overseas, and to undertake work-based learning, for example, in our clinical legal education program and in local and international internships.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course is a specialist course that develops through four themes that combine to underpin engineering practice: Fundamentals and foundational skills, Design, Knowledge and applications, and Professional Practice.

A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills

These will develop your understanding of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin all engineering disciplines.

B. Engineering design

This will develop the engineering techniques, tools and resources for the conduct, design and management of engineering design processes and projects, both in the industrial setting and in the development of research experiments.

C. Engineering knowledge and application

This will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific engineering methods of a branch of engineering, and will integrate the specific engineering methods and discipline knowledge into practice. You will develop skills to identify and apply knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. Additionally, your studies will focus on your understanding and application of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in your discipline.

D. Professional practice

This will develop your skills in readiness for the engineering workplace. You will develop skills in effective team membership and team leadership, the use and management of commercially relevant data, and the legal responsibilities of engineers. This study will integrate the theme 'Engineering knowledge and application' with your specialist field of engineering.