The Law and Society major examines broad theoretical issues about the nature of law and society as well as how the relationship plays out in particular fields of legal and social policy at both domestic and international levels.


This major should allow students to understand, apply and adapt a coherent body of knowledge, the underlying principles and concepts in socio-legal studies and the adjacent areas of law and criminology in a range of contexts to a level necessary for many areas of vocational and professional employment.

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Course description, features and facilities

What impact does law have on our lives? To what extent does law either control what we do or allow us to achieve what we want? Is the law the same thing as justice? Can the world be saved by law? These are some of the questions examined in this major.

While this major is not a required pathway to the Juris Doctor (JD), it is a very appropriate pathway in that it allows students to have contact with the Faculty of Law which may assist them to make more informed choices about further study.

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Student profile – Tiffany Lau

The Law and Society major provides an in-depth insight into contemporary social issues and their interaction with the law. I have particularly enjoyed how the flexible structure of the major gave me the opportunity to focus my studies on areas of law which interest me.

For instance, the level three Investigating Law and Society unit enabled me to undertake a semester-long research assignment on the public's perception on whether Australia should adopt a bill of rights.

Combining my Law and Society major with a second major in Political Science and International Relations gave me a broader insight into current national and international issues. My studies in these majors have involved learning about the past, investigating issues of the present, and equipped me with an analytical lens to view the future.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

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Career opportunities

Graduates in this major will have a solid foundation for career options in a variety of roles in the private sector and in government. These include law-related policy and research roles in law reform and justice agencies, and various positions in those sectors that draw on an appropriate level of knowledge of law, such as human resources, industrial relations and a range of government organisations and non government organisations involved in areas such as human rights, equal opportunity, health care, social services, law enforcement and legal assistance and legal administration.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Law and Society major may pursue further studies by undertaking a Graduate Diploma or Masters in Criminal Justice. Alternatively, students may choose to study Law as a professional qualification by taking the Juris Doctor.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Law and Society: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
3 hours of classes, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law M253, University of Western Australia, Hackett Entrance 1, Crawley, WA 6009
(+61 8) 64882945