The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science is a five year combined degree providing an accredited professional qualification in Law as well as a degree in Psychology. The program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a global and social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. Students undertake their first two years of full-time study at Bendigo Campus and then normally transfer into the equivalent combined degree program at Melbourne Campus, where they complete the remainder of their course. At Bendigo, law lectures in the first eight core subjects are normally provided online with face-to-face tutorials or seminars in all core subjects. However, students who wish to remain in Bendigo are offered the ability to complete their later year core law subjects and a limited number of law electives through blended learning and some face-to-face delivery. Law electives are also available in intensive delivery at Melbourne in summer and winter semesters. The program includes all the compulsory law subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession in Victoria and a wide range of law electives (in Melbourne), many with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education, International Advocacy, and Negotiation. It also includes a compulsory specialised law subject relevant to Psychology, Mental Disorder and Criminal Responsibility. For further information about law electives, please refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) in this Handbook. The Bachelor of Psychological Science degree provides students with broad knowledge and skills in Psychology as well as biological and social aspects of behaviour but does not qualify a graduate to work as a psychologist. Further education, training and supervised experience is required for registration as a professional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and also for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Law & Paralegal Studies courses at La Trobe University.