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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Undergraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleBE/LLB
CRICOS code017108D
Total credit points required312
Standard duration of study (years)6 years FT, 12 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Undergraduate student services, telephone +61 3 9905 3300, visit http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/ or email enquiries@law.monash.edu.au

Notes

  • Students would normally expect to complete the course in six years. Course completion can be accelerated by undertaking additional units during normal semesters or over summer semester, with the approval of the managing faculty.

Description

The study of law develops problem-solving skills and powers of analysis. It teaches precise and imaginative use of language. It also promotes ethical thinking and a focus on justice and fairness. It enhances students' thinking, reasoning and expressive abilities within legal and related contexts, leading to employment in the legal profession, law reform agencies, government service or other relevant areas of employment.

The successful completion of the engineering component aims to produce graduates with a foundation in general engineering and a detailed knowledge of a specialisation in one of the five branches of engineering: chemical, civil, electrical and computer systems, materials and mechanical engineering.

Objectives

The objectives of the LLB program at Monash are to enable students to gain an understanding of basic legal concepts and legal institutions and of the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing their development. Upon completion of the LLB, students will be able to identify, use and evaluate the concepts, principles, rules and methods used in legal argument and will have developed oral and written skills, especially of legal argument, legal research and critical analysis. Students will have gained an understanding of concepts of justice, a concern to promote justice and an appreciation of their professional responsibilities.

The successful completion of the engineering component aims to produce graduates with a foundation in general engineering and a detailed knowledge of a specialisation in one of the offered branches of engineering.

Vacation work/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering work experience and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Admission to practice: Disciplinary reports

Warning to students of consequences of cheating or general misconduct

Students should note that a local applicant applying for admission to practise law in Victoria is required by the Admission Rules 2008 to provide to the Board of Examiners:

(1.) a report from the university disclosing any disciplinary action taken against the student during the course (including any finding under the University Discipline Statute that the student has cheated in an assessment); and

(2.) an affidavit stating that the applicant has made full written disclosure of "every matter which a reasonable applicant would consider that the Board of Examiners might regard as not being favourable to the applicant". This may include an incident of academic or general misconduct, even if it did not lead to disciplinary action.

The Board of Examiners will consider these matters in assessing whether the applicant is a 'fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession'.

Structure

The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 12 compulsory units which must be completed by all students enrolled in an LLB program plus a further six 'quasi-compulsory' units which must be completed by students who wish to be qualified for admission to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Victoria. The remainder of the program consists of law elective units chosen by the student. Refer to 'Bachelor of Laws - basic course structure' at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2010handbooks/undergrad/law-08.html. The award of an honours degree in law is based on the weighted average of marks obtained in Monash law units.

The engineering component requires that students complete 144- 156 points of study (depending on specialisation chosen) including the common first year, as specified in the course requirements below, in one of the following* branches of engineering:

  • chemical engineering - 156 points of study
  • civil engineering - 150 points of study
  • electrical and computer systems engineering - 156 points of study
  • materials engineering - 150 points of study
  • mechanical engineering - 144 points of study.

* Students enrolled in the following should refer to the Handbook for the relevant year in which they commenced the course. Archived Handbooks are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks:

  • Bachelor of Engineering in the field of industrial engineering and engineering management/Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Engineering in the field of mechatronics engineering/Bachelor of Laws. Students interested in both law and mechatronics should consult a course advisor for the best way to combine these studies.

Requirements

First year - 48 points (all students)

Students undertake common studies in first year, however should pay attention to the notes below regarding suggested studies depending on their intended branch of engineering (from second year):

First year - 48 points

  • LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning
  • LAW1104 Research and writing

Two compulsory engineering core units:

Three or four (depending on the need for a foundation unit) engineering electives from:

None or one (depending on the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects completed) foundation unit from:

NOTE: 1. It is strongly recommended that students intending to undertake the electrical and computer systems engineering branch enroll in ENG1030 in their first year.

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of chemical engineering/Bachelor of Laws

Second year - 54 points

Third year - 48 points

Fourth year - 54 points

Fifth year - 54 points

Sixth year - 54 points

  • LAW3101 Administrative law
  • LAW5104 Civil procedure
  • LAW5125 Lawyers, ethics and society
  • 36 points of elective law units

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of civil engineering/Bachelor of Laws

Second year - 60 points

  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2207 Computing and water systems modelling
  • CIV2225 Design of steel and timber structures
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures
  • CIV2242 Introductory geoengineering
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • LAW2101 Contract A
  • LAW2102 Contract B

Third year - 48 points

Fourth year - 54 points

  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geoengineering
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • LAW3401 Property law A
  • LAW3402 Property law B
  • 12 points of electives from level 4 civil engineering units

Fifth year - 48 points

Sixth year - 48 points

  • LAW3101 Administrative law
  • LAW3201 Constitutional law
  • LAW5104 Civil procedure
  • LAW5125 Lawyers, ethics and society
  • 24 points of elective law units

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of electrical and computer systems engineering/Bachelor of Laws

Second year - 60 points

Third year - 54 points

  • ECE3062 Electronic systems and control
  • ECE3073 Computer systems
  • ECE3091 Engineering design
  • ECE3092 Systems engineering and reliability analysis
  • ECE3093 Optimisation, estimation and numerical methods
  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • 12 points of elective units from the ECSE elective units coded ECExxxx

Fourth year - 54 points

Fifth year - 48 points

Sixth year - 48 points

  • LAW3101 Administrative law
  • LAW3201 Constitutional law
  • LAW5104 Civil procedure
  • LAW5125 Lawyers, ethics and society
  • 24points of elective law units

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of materials engineering/Bachelor of Laws

Second year - 54 points

Third year - 54 points

  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • MTE3541 Materials durability
  • MTE3542 Microstructural design in structural materials
  • MTE3543 Microstructure to applications: the mechanics of materials
  • MTE3544 Management and practice in materials engineering
  • MTE3545 Functional materials and devices
  • MTE3546 Polymers and ceramics II
  • MTE3547 Materials characterisation and modelling

Fourth year - 54 points

  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • LAW3401 Property law A
  • LAW3402 Property law B
  • MTE4525 Material engineering project I
  • MTE4526 Materials engineering project II
  • MTE4571 Materials engineering design and practice
  • MTE4572 Polymer and composite processing and engineering
  • MTE4573 Processing and engineering of metals and ceramics

Fifth year - 48 points

Sixth year - 48 points

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of mechanical engineering/Bachelor of Laws

Second year - 54 points

Third year - 54 points

Fourth year - 48 points

  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • LAW3401 Property law A
  • LAW3402 Property law B
  • MEC4401 Project I
  • MEC4402 Project II
  • two 6-point unit (level 4 electives) set out in the course list for the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (the unit ENG4614/4616 (Schools technology project) may not be taken as one of these electives)

Fifth year - 48 points

Sixth year - 48 points

  • LAW3101 Administrative law
  • LAW3201 Constitutional law
  • LAW5104 Civil procedure
  • LAW5125 Lawyers, ethics and society
  • 24 points of elective law units

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Engineering at the end of four years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Engineering program and completed a minimum of 192 points of total study.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Electrical and Computer Systems

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Materials Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Electrical and Computer Systems

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Materials Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Mechanical Engineering

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.