Overview

With a double degree in Data Science and Decisions/Law you will blend mathematical methods, statistics, computing, business decisions and communication with Law to train you for one of the most in-demand and lucrative careers in the world.

Data science is playing an increasingly important and controversial role in legal practice and the legal system more broadly. However, the number of lawyers with expertise in data analysis or machine learning is small.

This has implications for the delivery of justice as inappropriate methods are often employed by those who do lack sufficient knowledge of the legal domain. However, it also creates opportunities for those with dual expertise to find better ways to use data science to enhance access to justice, increase rates of settlement, and improve the efficiency of legal practice and the broader legal system.

Data Science and Decisions/Law is jointly offered by UNSW Law and UNSW Science.

Program Code

4795

UAC Code

426000

Total units of credit (UOC)

264

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

N/A

Why choose this degree?

Gain knowledge and skill in both data science and law to equip yourself for one of the fastest growing fields within legal practice and the legal system.

Who should choose this degree?

Students who keen to pursue a career that will utilise their data science skills within the legal system.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank

ATAR + LAT

2019 Guaranteed Entry

N/A

2018 A Levels

A Levels + LAT

2018 IB Diploma

IB + LAT

2018 QLD OP

OP + LAT

Additional selection criteria

All domestic applicants* who wish to study an undergraduate Law double degree at UNSW need to sit the Law Admission Test (LAT). This includes:

  • Those enrolled in their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 HSC or equivalent)
  • Those who have already completed their secondary schooling (e.g. those on a gap year)
  • Those who are currently studying at another university and wish to apply to transfer to Law
  • Year 11 students who wish to sit the LAT prior to their HSC year (LAT results are valid for two years) *Australian citizens and permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. ^Indigenous students undertaking the Pre-Law Program at UNSW are not required to sit the LAT as they are assessed under multiple criteria in the Pre-Law Program. For more information about the Pre-Law Program, visit Nura Gili or contact Jeni Engel (Director of Indigenous Legal Education at UNSW Law).

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

Please see this degree's Additional Selection Criteria and ensure you also complete these requirements.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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