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Bachelor of Engineering Honours/Bachelor of Laws

Course code Y66

This double degree combines a full engineering degree with a full law degree program that satisfies the academic requirements for the admission of law graduates as legal practitioners in Western Australia.

The result of this challenging educational initiative is an internationally recognised double degree that will create opportunities in the global marketplace. It provides students with lifelong transferable skills, equipping them for employment in a wide range of professions, and for further study in a variety of disciplines.

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Entry requirements

85 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y66

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $12,900

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Duration

6 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y66

CRICOS code

083194J

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $36,800

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Duration

6 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete: 31 Engineering units, comprising of 15 Core Engineering units, an Engineering Practicum unit, and a 15-unit Engineering Major; plus 29 Law units, comprising of 22 Core Law units and 7 Law Elective units.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1111Contract Law I15
LAW1600Legal Writing and Research15
LAW1117Torts I15
ENM1102Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design15
MAT1250Mathematics 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1212Contract Law II15
LAW1116Legal Process15
LAW1218Torts II15
MAT1251Mathematics 215
ENS1162Electrical Engineering 1A15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1113Criminal Law I15
LAW2102Property Law I15
CSP2151Programming Fundamentals15
ENS1154Introduction to Engineering15
ENS5170Engineering Systems15

Note: Students undertaking the Chemical Engineering Major should enrol in SCC1111 General Chemistry in place of CSP2151 Programming Fundamentals.

Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1214Criminal Law II15
LAW2312Property Law II15
ENS1101Engineering Mechanics15
ENS1115Materials and Manufacturing 115
ENS1253Electrical Engineering 1B15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2104Constitutional Law I15
LAW2350Administrative Law15
ENS2159Engineering Innovation and Ethics15
Unit from Major1 x Engineering Major Unit15
Elective Unit1 x Law Elective Unit15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2314Constitutional Law II15
LAW3106Evidence15
Unit from Major2 x Engineering Major Units30
Elective Unit1 x Law Elective Unit15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW3103Equity15
LAW3102Corporations Law15
LAW3855Human Rights Law15
Unit from Major2 x Engineering Major Units30
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW3107Law of Trusts15
Elective Unit2 x Law Elective Units30
Unit from Major2 x Engineering Major Units30
Year 5 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW4604Civil Procedure I15
ENS5253Control Systems15
Unit from Major2 x Engineering Major Units30
Elective Unit1 x Law Elective Unit15

Note: Students completing the Civil Engineering Major should not enrol in ENS5253 Control Systems in this semester, they should enrol in an Engineering Major unit instead, and enrol in ENS5106 Hydrology and Hydraulics in Year 5 Semester 2 in place of an Engineering Major unit.

Year 5 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW4614Civil Procedure II15
LAW4625Statutory Interpretation15
LAW4704Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility15
Unit from Major2 x Engineering Major Units30
Year 6 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS4152 ^Project Development15
Or
ENS5145 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 115
ENS5111Engineering Practicum
and
Unit from Major2 x Engineering Major Units30
Elective Unit1 Law Elective Unit15

Engineering Honours

Note: Students with not more than 10 units of study left to complete and who have achieved a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher will be invited to complete a graded engineering Honours degree. Students who accept the offer to undertake the graded Engineering Honours pathway should enrol in ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 1 in place of ENS4152 Engineering Project and ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

Law Honours

Note: Students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher (in the LAW component of this degree only) after the fifth year of study may be invited to complete an Honours program. Those students will transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering Honours/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) for their sixth and final year of study.

Year 6 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5543Engineering Management15
and
ENS4253 ^Engineering Project15
Or
ENS5146 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 215
Unit from Major2 x Engineering Major Units30
Elective Unit1 x Law Elective Unit15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Engineering Honours pathway should enrol in ENS5146 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

7 elective units are to be selected from any of the following streams.

Criminal Law/Social Justice Electives
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI3120Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System15
LAW2345Jurisprudence15
LAW2605Security and the Law15
LAW3105Alternative Dispute Resolution15
LAW3600Coronial Law and Mortuary Practice15
LAW3602Community Legal Practice15
LAW3650National and International Mooting Competitions15
LAW3700Supervised Legal Research Paper15
LAW3788Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond15
LAW4108International Law15
LAW4130Innocence Project15
LAW4206Advanced Criminal Law15
Commercial Law Electives
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2106Intellectual Property Law15
LAW2601Planning and Development Law I15
LAW3105Alternative Dispute Resolution15
LAW3109Taxation Law15
LAW3201Law of Banking and Credit III15
LAW3221Trade Practices, Competition and Consumer Protection Law15
LAW3405Law of Corporate Insolvency and External Administration15
LAW3608Advanced Taxation Law15
LAW3650National and International Mooting Competitions15
LAW3700Supervised Legal Research Paper15
LAW3788Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond15
LAW4110International Trade Law15
LAW4601Mining and Resource Law15
LAW4609Remedies15
LAW4620Commercial Practice, Conveyancing and Drafting15
FBL3501Business Practicum15
Government/Private Law Electives
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW2105Employment Law15
LAW2602Environmental Law and Administration15
LAW3105Alternative Dispute Resolution15
LAW3602Community Legal Practice15
LAW3650National and International Mooting Competitions15
LAW3700Supervised Legal Research Paper15
LAW3788Contemporary Legal Issues in Australia and Beyond15
LAW4108International Law15
LAW4607Family Law15

^ Core Option

Y66|5

For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. ENGINEERING - Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  2. ENGINEERING - Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  3. ENGINEERING - Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  4. ENGINEERING - Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  5. ENGINEERING - Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the [specialist] engineering discipline.
  6. ENGINEERING - Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  7. ENGINEERING - Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  8. ENGINEERING - Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex engineering problem solving.
  9. LAW - Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical legal issues.
  10. LAW - Communicate legal knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  11. LAW - Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural sensitivity.
  12. LAW - Demonstrate initiative and autonomy to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values through appropriate professional practice.
  13. LAW - Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate legal solutions/responses.
  14. LAW - Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex legal matters.
  15. LAW - Use digital and hard copy indexes to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant legal principle and policy from cases and peer reviewed articles.
  16. LAW - Work collaboratively and accountably and be responsible for own learning.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Engineers Australia

Accredited by: Legal Practice Board of Western Australia (LPBWA)

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $12,900 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $36,800 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be able to practise in areas where both technical and legal knowledge is applied to the analysis of complex legal issues dealing with elements of design, construction and operation of engineering systems, operations and management, and intellectual property. The knowledge and skills required of a lawyer in a technologically advancing society are more challenging and intellectually adventurous than they have ever been. This program gives graduates the edge to conduct court work as a legal practitioner dealing with multi-national corporations on advanced technological issues in an international context. The program also provides graduates with the skills to contribute to technological developments that are environmentally friendly and safe for the community. They will be more employable in industry, government, commerce, community organisations, or academic institutions than engineering graduates without law qualifications.

Possible future job titles

Intellectual Property Lawyer, Technology Licensing Expert, Technology Law Enforcement Agent

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