Law and Creative Writing program details
Our unique Southern Cross University Law and Creative Writing program aims to produce professionals who can write, and writers with a profession.
The structure of the course, including full lists of core units and electives, is available on the Bachelor of Laws and Creative Writing course page.
Innovative and industry-leading program
Comprises all the core units and electives which make up the 4-year, fully-accredited law degree - Bachelor of Laws and Creative Writing
A unique partnership between two schools
Units in the program are run by both the School of Law and Justice and the School of Arts and Social Sciences
Opportunity for accelerated learning
The program includes an eclectic range of electives, some of which are run as intensives during our popular Winter and Summer Law Schools
Jonathan Harlen, Director, Law and Creative Writing Program
According to Course Director, novelist and lawyer Jonathan Harlen, the new combined degree is designed “to enrich students’ understanding of the narratives of law and fiction by developing their skills in cultural and legal criticism, and their ability as writers. Students who love language, and who would like to explore the intersections between law, literature, and culture -- whilst at the same time expanding their own writing talents -- will find the courses in this program an extremely rewarding experience.”
Core units include The Rhetoric of Law, a close study of the discursive tools used to such powerful effect by all good lawyers, and Legal Fictions: Writing the Law, an invigorating investigation of ways in which images of law in popular culture depict, distort, and critique the legal process. Students will find themselves studying the classical rhetorical traditions of Quintillian and Socrates one moment, and Zombie Jurisprudence and the Lex Vampirica – the Law of the Living Dead – the next!
The program also includes an eclectic range of electives, some of which are run as intensives, over four days. These intensives currently include units on Law and Morality, presented by Walkley-Award winning journalist and novelist Sarah Armstrong, and Writing About Family, presented by prize-winning South African novelist Eben Venter. Two new intensive units, Writing Crime Fiction and Writing True Crime, will be added in 2021.
Patrons and featured writers
The Hon. Justice Nicholas Hasluck
Formerly a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Author of many distinguished novels including The Bellarmine Jug and The Country Without Music.
Professor Bernhard Schlink
Lawyer, academic and novelist. Author of the world-wide best-seller The Reader, formerly a Judge of the Constitutional Court of North Rhine-Westphalia, and a Professor of Public Law. Photo: Alberto Venzago / © Diogenes Verlag.
Walkley Award-winning journalist and novelist. Author of Salt Rain (shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award), His Other House, and Promise.
Award-winning South African journalist and novelist. Author of Wolf, Wolf, and Santa Gamka (winner of the M-Net Literary Award).