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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

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 titleBBiomedSci/LLB
CRICOS code054583C
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 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.

Biomedical Sciences student services, telephone +61 3 9905 1212, visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au or email biomed@med.monash.edu.au.

Notes

  • Students would normally expect to complete the course in five 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 Biomedical Science program introduces students to a range of interdisciplinary units covering areas of modern biomedical sciences and human biology. The interdisciplinary approach of the biomedical science component produces graduates who are able to make a unique contribution to both medical science and law.

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.

On completion of the Biomedical Science component, students will:

  • have a basic knowledge of the biomedical sciences in a range of important multidisciplinary areas
  • have mastered the essential analytic procedures of written and oral communication relevant to biomedical sciences
  • be graduates who are well prepared for potential employment opportunities in most facets of the health care and related industries
  • be well prepared to embark on further vocational training or postgraduate studies in the biomedical sciences or other discipline areas
  • have received training relevant to a range of knowledge-intensive health care industries
  • have acquired skills in modern information technologies
  • have been exposed to the research frontier at which advances in biomedical science are occurring
  • have an appreciation of the ethical and social attitudes and responsibilities which arise as a professional, practicing biomedical scientist.

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 biomedical science component requires that students complete 96 points of biomedical science units, consisting of 14 compulsory units and two elective units.

Requirements

First year - 48 points

Second year - 48 points

Third year - 48 points

  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease II
  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • 12 points of units elected from biomedical science discipline

Fourth year - 54 points

Fifth year - 54 points

Progression to further studies

Students may undertake honours in biomedical science at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)

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.