Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 3:16 PM on Wed, 21 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

ATAR/OP
80 / 9
Duration
5 years full-time; 10 years part-time
5 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July, November
Course code
3206101
Course abbreviation
BA, LLB
Credit points
480
Equivalent units
40
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects through this double degree that both fosters the arts and lays down the law.

You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as media studies, social sciences and politics, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms, or undertake community arts learning opportunities, helping you build practical skills and develop professional networks.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine proficiency in the arts and law; and those specific to each discipline. This may include working in private practice as a solicitor or barrister, in government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations or careers in the media, public relations and creative industries.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for this double degree are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Arts. If a student achieves the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects through this double degree that both fosters the arts and lays down the law.

You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as media studies, social sciences and politics, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms, or undertake community arts learning opportunities, helping you build practical skills and develop professional networks.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine proficiency in the arts and law; and those specific to each discipline. This may include working in private practice as a solicitor or barrister, in government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations or careers in the media, public relations and creative industries.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for this double degree are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Arts. If a student achieves the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

About the course

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

See the Bachelor of Arts for majors available.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2
Online1, 2, 3

Students attend a compulsory on-campus workshop.

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Gold Coast
Session 2 July 2021
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

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.

Course Learning Outcome

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

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


Assessment methods

The assessment methods for 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.

The assessment methods used in the Bachelor of Arts vary from unit to unit.

Teaching methods

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 promotes 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.

Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of arts and law; and those specific to each discipline.

For arts: communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, education, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights.

For law: barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate, or government organisations. 

Professional placement

Law students can undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices to build their practical legal skills and develop their professional networks.

In the Bachelor of Arts, students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units as well as through assessment opportunities.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession. 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.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete 40 units (480 credit points), comprising:

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, students must:

Class of Honours

The Bachelor of Laws with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:

Exit Award

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Arts upon completion of the requirements of the single degree. 


Course structure


Schedule of units

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Core Units

LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 1
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication Note 2
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
CLST1004 -  Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CLST1005 -  Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
LAWS2015 -  Torts
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct Note 1
INDG3001 -  Caring for Country
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change

Electives

Students should ensure at least two (2) of the following units are advanced

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ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2057 -  Welfare Law
LAWS2060 -  Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2018 -  Wills and Estates
LAWS2019 -  Employment and Industrial Relations Law
JUST2005 -  EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2014 -  Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2001 -  Victimology
LAWS2020 -  Intellectual Property
LAWS3001 -  Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS3002 -  Law Placement
LAWS2021 -  International Business Law
LEGL2010 -  Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2022 -  Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2011 -  Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LAWS2054 -  Criminology
LAWS2038 -  Advanced Advocacy
LAWS2023 -  International Law
JUST2004 -  Human Rights
LAWS2024 -  Commercial Law
LAWS4001 -  Independent Legal Research
JUST2002 -  International Criminal Justice
JUST2003 -  Restorative Justice
LAWS2025 -  Stock Exchange and Finance Law
LEGL2017 -  Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment Law
LAWS2063 -  Race and the Law
LEGL2018 -  Mediating Across Cultures
LAWS4002 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LAWS2052 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LEGL2009 -  Mooting
LAWS2059 -  International Human Rights Law
LAWS2028 -  Animal Law
LAWS2031 -  Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2032 -  Comparative Law
LAWS2050 -  International Trade and Development Law
LAWS2065 -  Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2046 -  Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2048 -  International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAW73003 -  Remedies
LAWS2037 -  Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2066 -  Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2034 -  The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
POLT2005 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
INDG2012 -  Indigenous Rights
LAWS2035 -  International Business Negotiations
LAWS3004 -  Jessup Moot Note 1
LAWS2042 -  Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009 -  The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 -  Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 -  Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law

Arts Majors

Choose eight (8) units for a major


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

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Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 1. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 1.
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication Note 2
CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 2. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 2.
LAWS2015 -  Torts
CLST1004 -  Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CLST1005 -  Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
1st Unit from Law Electives
Year 2, Session 1
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
INDG3001 -  Caring for Country
Year 2, Session 2
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
Year 3, Session 1
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
1st Arts Major
2nd Arts Major
Year 3, Session 2
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
3rd Arts Major
4th Arts Major
Year 4, Session 1
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
5th Arts Major
6th Arts Major
Year 4, Session 2
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct Note 1
2nd Unit from Law Electives
3rd Unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 1
4th Unit from Law Electives
5th Unit from Law Electives
7th Arts Major
8th Arts Major
Year 5, Session 2
6th Unit from Law Electives
7th Unit from Law Electives

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Year 1, Session 3
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 1
Year 2, Session 1 follow the course progression for Session 1 commencement excluding the completed units.


Notes

Note 1: Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.
Note 2: A student who receives an absent fail or fail for WRIT1003 - Written Communication will need to complete EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline. If a student passes EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline they will not need to complete WRIT1003 - Written Communication.

Unit groups

Law Electives

TitleNote
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2057 -  Welfare Law
LAWS2060 -  Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2018 -  Wills and Estates
LAWS2019 -  Employment and Industrial Relations Law
JUST2005 -  EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2014 -  Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2001 -  Victimology
LAWS2020 -  Intellectual Property
LAWS3001 -  Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS3002 -  Law Placement
LAWS2021 -  International Business Law
LEGL2010 -  Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2022 -  Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2011 -  Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LAWS2054 -  Criminology
LAWS2038 -  Advanced Advocacy
LAWS2023 -  International Law
JUST2004 -  Human Rights
LAWS2024 -  Commercial Law
LAWS4001 -  Independent Legal Research
JUST2002 -  International Criminal Justice
JUST2003 -  Restorative Justice
LAWS2025 -  Stock Exchange and Finance Law
LEGL2017 -  Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment Law
LAWS2063 -  Race and the Law
LEGL2018 -  Mediating Across Cultures
LAWS4002 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LAWS2052 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LEGL2009 -  Mooting
LAWS2059 -  International Human Rights Law
LAWS2028 -  Animal Law
LAWS2031 -  Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2032 -  Comparative Law
LAWS2050 -  International Trade and Development Law
LAWS2065 -  Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2046 -  Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2048 -  International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAW73003 -  Remedies
LAWS2037 -  Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2066 -  Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2034 -  The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
POLT2005 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
INDG2012 -  Indigenous Rights
LAWS2035 -  International Business Negotiations
LAWS3004 -  Jessup Moot Note 1
LAWS2042 -  Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009 -  The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 -  Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 -  Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law

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