Frequently asked questions

For all your enrolment questions visit our Current Students section.


Can I study law online?

Yes. Studying online is an excellent option for anyone who wants to reduce travel time, has family or work commitments, or simply prefers not to study on campus. Our online option uses leading technologies that are highly interactive and promote collaboration and a sense of community. You can start your online study at the beginning of the year or at the start of session two (mid-year), depending on your chosen course.


As an online student will I be required to attend workshops?

 The School offers workshops in two core units to support online students in the Bachelor of Laws. These units are:

  • LAW00111 Legal Process
  • LAW00519 Professional Conduct

Information about these workshops is located on the School of Law and Justice website and your unit assessor in each unit of study will provide details of workshops.

Some elective units offered by the School require students to attend compulsory workshops as these units are best taught with “hands-on”, experientially based learning strategies. These units are:

  • The mediation units LAW00214 Mediation & Dispute Resolution and LAW00216 Mediation Practice & Procedure, which both require attendance at a compulsory weekend workshop held at our Gold Coast campus
  • LAW00057 Conveyancing Law, which requires attendance at a compulsory one-day workshop. The Unit Assessor for this unit normally holds a workshop in Sydney, as well as one at our Gold Coast campus.

As an on-campus student, can I enrol in online units?

You may study a combination of on-campus and online units. You should note that Course Coordinator approval may be required to vary your study mode once you are enrolled in a unit.

You should also note that the SSAF (Student Services Amenities Fee) may vary depending on your study mode.


What do I do if I fail a core unit in my first session?

Failure of a core unit may result in your enrolment for the following session being cancelled, especially if the unit that you failed is a prerequisite unit. If this happens, please contact the Student Advice Team by emailing lawenquiry@scu.edu.au as soon as possible to ensure that you are correctly enrolled for the next study period or session.


Do I need to complete the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) before I can apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies degree?

No. However, you will need to have completed a minimum of three units in the current course if you wish to use those grades to meet the entry rank. The admissions team will rank your current study based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) over these units. Admissions will also consider other information you provide, such as previous study/work history.


Do I need to complete the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies before I can apply to do the Bachelor of Laws degree?

No. However, you will need to have completed a minimum of three units in the current course if you wish to use those grades to meet the entry rank. The admissions team will rank your current study based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) over these units. Admissions will also consider other information you provide, such as previous study/work history.


Will all the units studied in the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) and/or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies be credited to the Bachelor of Laws if I transfer?

You should contact the Student Advice Team regarding any credit you may be granted upon transfer as they can advise the best time to transfer.


Who can I contact when I need help in the units I am studying?

Each unit has a Unit Assessor responsible for administering the unit and providing academic support to those studying it. The name and contact details of your Unit Assessor are set out in the learning site under Contacts. The Unit Assessor will help you with questions about the unit.  However, school policy does not allow staff to discuss your answers or proposed answers to assessment tasks before you submit them. This is because assignments are the vehicle by which students are assessed in relation to their knowledge of the unit content. This means that your Unit Assessor and the Resident Tutor (see below) will be able to answer your questions about the topics you are studying, but will not be able to provide individual help when you are preparing an assignment for assessment. In addition, you may find support by contacting either of the following:

School of Law and Justice Resident Tutor: The Resident Tutor is appointed to assist students with content questions about units of study. Primarily, the Resident Tutor’s role is to assist first-year students who experience difficulties understanding the content of units and/or adapting to tertiary study. All other students should attempt to contact the Unit Assessor during their contact times and the Resident Tutor only if the Unit Assessor is not available. The Resident Tutor can be contacted by emailing lawtutor@scu.edu.au.

More information about the Resident Tutor, including contact times, can be obtained from the Law Student Centre in MySCU.

Academic Skills: This resource provides educational support by developing students’ critical thinking, academic language and learning skills, as well as providing strategies for effective study and time management.


Can I receive credit for work/industry experience?

The School of Law and Justice does not grant advanced standing on the basis of industry/professional experience or industry training, in service courses or seminars.


What is the conveyancing major?

The conveyancing major, which is available in the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) and the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, is accredited with NSW Fair Trading.


How do I become a licensed conveyancer?

Licences are issued by NSW Fair Trading (or other state equivalent).


Can I complete a Bachelor of Laws with Honours?

Entry to the LLB Honours program is open only to students who attain excellence in their LLB studies and are close to the completion of their degree. The Honours program involves the completion of two specific units of study which together require the preparation of a sound research methodology and a proposal to support the completion of a research thesis. To find out if you meet the requirements, visit our Honours page.


Is the Bachelor of Laws an accredited degree?

The Bachelor of Laws is professionally accredited with the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB). As a professionally accredited program, we are obliged to ensure our students graduate with certain skills and knowledge as prescribed by the rules relating to admission to the practice of law.


What are the Prescribed Academic Areas of Knowledge?

Known as the Priestley 11, these Prescribed Academic Areas of Knowledge comprise a long-established model for legal education. The following Southern Cross units are approved by the NSW Legal Professional Admission Board and must be completed by all students to meet the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law.

Prescribed areas of knowledgeCorresponding Southern Cross University units
Criminal Law and Procedure

LAW00507 Criminal Law and Procedure; OR
LAW10002 Australian Criminal Law I AND
LAW10004 Australian Criminal Law II

Torts

LAW10180 Law of Torts; OR
LAW72002 Torts

Contracts 

LAW00503 Contracts; OR
LAW10001 Contracts I AND
LAW10003 Contracts II

Property 

LAW00116 Property Law; OR
LAW71005 Property Principles 

Equity (Including Trusts) 

LAW00115 Equity; OR
LAW72009 Principles of Equity 

Company Law  LAW00527 Corporations Law 
Administrative Law  LAW00117 Administrative Law 
Federal and Constitutional Law  LAW00112 Constitutional Law
Civil Procedure 

LAW00114 Evidence and Civil Procedure; OR
LAW72001 Civil Litigation and Procedure

Evidence

LAW00114 Evidence and Civil Procedure; OR
LAW72005 Evidence

Ethics and Professional Responsibility LAW00519 Professional Conduct

What is Practical Legal Training (PLT) and is it relevant?

If you plan to practise law, you must first qualify for admission. In addition to completing an accredited Bachelor of Laws, you must complete a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course. There are a number of PLT providers in Australia and it is your responsibility to check the requirements of each legal practical experience course and decide which is most suitable for you. The following are the current PLT courses in Australia:


What happens once I complete a PLT course?

Upon successful completion of a PLT course, you will lodge an application for admission to the State or Territory that will be your principal place of practice.  Each State and Territory has a different application process and it is your responsibility to check the requirements.  Below are links to the relevant admission bodies.


Can I be admitted to practice in Queensland if I complete a Bachelor of Laws with Southern Cross University, as this degree is accredited in NSW?

Yes.


What will I need from the School of Law and Justice to include with my applications for PLT and Admission?

In addition to your official transcript, you may require a letter confirming you have completed the Priestley units, and/or a verification report from the Academic Integrity Officer.

It is very important that you apply for these documents early as they can take up to four (4) weeks.

Official academic transcripts can be ordered by emailing enquiry@scu.edu.au.


I am an overseas legal practitioner. Can I practise law in Australia?

Yes. If you’re an overseas legal practitioner, there are two steps in applying for admission to legal practice in Australia. Southern Cross University's School of Law and Justice is an accredited Law School for admission to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. The units you choose to study with us meet accreditation requirements. Find out how to apply.


Can law students study overseas?

Southern Cross University has exchange agreements with universities all over the world. These offer law students a wonderful opportunity to travel, understand new cultures and broaden their experiences. Contact the international exchange team at SCU International for information about how to apply online.


How can I get involved in law placement?

LAW00123 Law Placement is an elective in the Bachelor of Laws that involves completing a placement in a legal office environment under the supervision of a qualified legal practitioner. Download the LAW00123 Law Placement form.

LAW20001 Placement is an elective in the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies and the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies). Download the LAW20001 Law Placement form.


How do I apply for advanced standing?

If you've completed tertiary study elsewhere (TAFE or university) during the past 10 years, you may qualify for advanced standing which could reduce the duration of your study at Southern Cross University. Find out how you can apply.


Can I study any postgraduate law courses?

Yes, subject to entry requirements courses are offered for Masters in Business Law and Masters in Law, and a Graduate Certificate in Business Law. More details can be found here on the Master of Business Laws course page.


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

scu.edu.au/study-at-scu/help-and-contact/

Current students

T: 1800 005 687

E: lawenquiry@scu.edu.au

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