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Course summary

There's so much more to sport than the action on the playing field. Player contracts, broadcast rights, sponsorships, behaviour, health and safety, and the rights and responsibilities of sporting organisations make modern sport as dynamic off the field as on it.

This unique double degree will enable you to practise as an exercise science professional and a lawyer. You'll develop abilities across commercial and employment contracts, litigation and tax and a solid preparation for a career in the sport  and exercise industries.

During the course you complete a 140-hour exercise science placement and you can also undertake professional placement with legal firms or offices. This is a rare opportunity to explore the health and legal issues that impact the athletes we admire and the sports we love.

Diverse career opportunities exist, whether specialising in exercise science or the law. The health, sport, fitness and leisure industries are increasingly recognising the value of exercise professionals with a depth of legal understanding. Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in the first instance.



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There are no majors in this double degree, however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available.

Honours is embedded in the Bachelor of Laws degree and requires the completion of two specific Law units in addition to a high academic achievement overall. See course structure for details.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.


Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and an ability to recognise, reflect upon, and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.

Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community.

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and sustainability.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.

Demonstrate an understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.

Lifelong learning

Learn and work independently.

Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements.

Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice

Communication and social skills

Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences.

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

Cultural competence

Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.

The assessment methods used in the Bachelor of Laws vary from unit to unit. They may include research proposals, research essays, reports, oral and written presentations, case studies, online and class participation, and examinations. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations also varies. Assessment methods in the Bachelor of Exercise Science also vary from unit to unit.

The Bachelor of Sport Science and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Laws double degree is not offered online. However, law students may be able to complete units online.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. 

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Attendance at on-campus workshops is a requirement of the Bachelor of Laws for on-campus and online students. The workshops provide students with an opportunity to network, engage in a range of learning experiences and skills required at an LLB level that cannot be taught effectively solely online, and meet key representatives of the legal profession who address issues of contemporary legal practice and professional conduct. For more information, go to law workshops.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of health, sport, fitness or leisure industries and law; and those specific to each discipline. For health, sport, fitness or leisure industries: sport administration, sport facility management, health and fitness centre management, health promotion. For law: as barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate or government organisations.

Law students can undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices, to complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working lawyers.

Students complete a 140-hour exercise science professional placement in the third year of the course. Placements might be in health and sporting centres, clubs, schools and academies or sport and recreation centres.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession, but professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to be eligible to practise as a lawyer.

Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their practising requirements.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science is accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at the Exercise Science level. All graduates will be eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA.

Please note: In order to apply to be an Accredited Exercise Scientist, ESSA requirements for English language must be met.

The course is also recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of America. 

Graduates are eligible for registration as an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia (FA) and as a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'