"I witnessed a powerful momentum for change at the UN and I am hopeful I can advocate for women’s rights here from the Northern Rivers."

Angela Powditch

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) graduate

Welcome to the School of Law and Justice

A law school with a difference that makes a difference.

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For what matters …

social justice through progressive law

For the student who wants more than a standard law degree. 

The student who is willing to challenge the conventional, think critically and stand up for what is right.

The student who celebrates a ‘fair go’ for all and is passionate about equitable outcomes.

The student who believes in what matters.

Academic rigour

We value dedication to robust academic values, and the primacy of rigorous, interdisciplinary and socially relevant research

Critical thinking

Our vision is to provide an innovative and thought-provoking educational environment that instils in its students the capacity for critical thinking

Ethically engaged

We encourage independent thought and critical capacity to the highest academic, ethical and professional standards

Practice ready

Our mission is the academically rigorous education of highly-skilled, practice-ready legal professionals, informed by the highest standards of conduct

Where impact occurs, ideas matter and careers in law are created

Southern Cross University’s School of Law and Justice offers flexible and pioneering modes of delivery, a diverse array of academic, professional and paraprofessional law programs, and a strong sense of community engagement.

Students learn from highly regarded legal academics and practitioners who instil in their students a profound respect for the Rule of Law, human rights and the realisation of social justice.

Whether you are embarking on a career as a lawyer, as a non-law professional seeking legal credentials, as a practising legal professional wanting to bolster your skills, or as an overseas-trained lawyer transitioning to legal practice in Australia, the School of Law and Justice has the right course for you and will prepare you for the serious legal issues confronting the world in the 21st century.

The University’s internationally renowned annual Summer Law School - now in its 22nd year - and Winter Law School bring students, practitioners and interested persons to our beachside Gold Coast campus and to iconic Byron Bay for study in bespoke intensive units not found elsewhere in the country. They are taught by outstanding international and national thought leaders in their fields.

As well, legal practitioners can advance their careers through postgraduate study, and the School of Law and Justice offers both research degrees in law and postgraduate coursework degrees.

Explore our study options

5-Star Learning Resources

90.4% of Law students were satisfied with the learning resources provided

5-Star Student Support

86.4% of Law students were satisfied with the support they received

5-Star Graduate Salary

Our Law graduates earn at or above the median salary

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"A large focus of study was the consideration that law is about more than just money and business; it’s about people."

Tom Lynch

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Contemporary Music graduate

My name is Tom Lynch. I work at Kay & Hughes Arts & Entertainment lawyers in Surry Hills and I am a junior solicitor. So basically I'm a lawyer.

The thing I like most about the legal industry is that it touches every aspect of our lives. I like it because it's so dynamic... I like the fact that it never gets stale. The thing I most look forward to every day is not knowing what I'm gonna get in front of me. I get to work with new people every day, with new and interesting cases and matters.

So I work in art and entertainment law and the thing I love most about that industry is that it combines my passions of music and art with my passion for the law.

When I first started studying music and law I thought it was black and white, one or the other, but I soon found there was lot over overlap, especially in intellectual property law and in commercial law, in contracts and I soon found that I wanted to be able to develop those skills and use that to help other artists and other musicians in their commercial dealings and protect their art.

Some good advice I can give to any law student is to really get involved in networking groups, such as the Southern Cross University Law Society. That can really lay a good foundation for your networking and social life and skills. Really, really important especially when it comes to a city like Sydney.

So now my legal offices are in Surry Hills and I live just up the road in Redfern. So I get to walk to work 10 minutes 15 minutes every day and I don't have to sit in traffic. I love it.


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The School of Law and Justice is pleased to announce that its unit, LAW00216 Mediation Practice and Procedure, meets the training and assessment threshold requirements as specified in the National Mediator Accreditation System.

As such, the School of Law and Justice is now recognised as an Education and Training Provider Member of the Mediation Standards Board. Upon successful completion of the unit, students may apply to a Registered Mediation Accreditation Body (RMAB) to finalise their accreditation. 

The School of Law and Justice has a Resolutions Institute Accreditation Pathway agreement with the Resolution Institute for an accreditation pathway for our students.

Find out more about the Mediation and Procedure unit

Intensive programs

Our intensively taught Summer and Winter Law Schools enjoy well-deserved reputations for their innovative and unique units on a range of timely and topical subjects. Spanning the interdisciplinary, the doctrinal and the skills-based, these units are taught by distinguished visiting international scholars and experts from some of the world’s leading universities, as well as by our own faculty members.

Each year, these programs deliver compelling learning experiences for lawyers, paralegals, professionals, students and interested persons seeking to broaden and deepen their legal knowledge.

They are taught in intensive mode (over 4 days, 3 hours per day) and count as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for legal practitioners, as well as provide an accelerated study option for enrolled students.

Explore the intensive programs

Key dates - Summer Law School

Featured eventTime and Date
The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance, Rhetoric (JUST2012) 5pm - 8pm (AEST), 25 - 28 November 2020, Online
International Business Negotiations (LAW72007) 9am - 1pm (AEST), 29 Nov - 2 December 2020, Online
Justice Framed: Law in films and in graphic novels/comics (LAW72019) 5pm - 8pm (AEST), 2 - 5 December 2020, Online

Featured courses

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Bachelor of Laws

Explore your legal future with our Bachelor of Laws degree. Whether it be defending your client’s rights in court, brokering equitable commercial and corporate transactions, mediating private conflicts and public disputes, or striving for social or environmental justice, this law degree ensures you have the skills and knowledge to make an impact in your legal career.

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Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)

Paralegals are a highly valued part of the legal industry and there is increasing demand, in a world of digital disruption, for paralegal professionals who can think outside the box. This course provides an ideal pathway to working in the law, and lays the foundation for career progression.

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Master of Law, Business - LLM (Bus)

This online, accelerated, postgraduate degree is designed for professionals who are legally trained, and is intended to deepen and enhance their expertise in the kinds of legal issues they will confront in the course of their careers. Throughout their studies, students will be taught by outstanding industry experts and connect with legal and business professionals from various backgrounds across the country and around the world.

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Master of Business Law - MBL

This online, accelerated, postgraduate degree is designed for busy professionals who are not lawyers, and is intended to familiarise them, broadly, with the kinds of legal issues they will confront in the course of their business careers - contractual, commercial, consumer, employment, risk management, and so on.


Contact the School of Law and Justice

Professor William MacNeil BA (Tor), MA (Tor), LLB (Dal), LLM (Lond), JSD (Col)

T: +61 2 6620 3375

E: lawhos@scu.edu.au

Future students

T: 1800 626 481


Current students

T: 1800 005 687

E: lawenquiry@scu.edu.au