Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 5 August

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
View full English language requirements
ATAR
80
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July, October
Course code
3207011
Course abbreviation
BA, LLB
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
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 with a double degree in arts and law. You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as history, digital media or politics and international relations, 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 with a double degree in arts and law. You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as history, digital media or politics and international relations, 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.


Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

See the Bachelor of Arts for majors available.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5

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

Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our Early Offer program. You may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation.

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Arts after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), as per the Bachelor of Arts Schedule of Units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Laws after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), as per the Bachelor of Laws Schedule of Units.

 


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005Legal Process Note 2
LAWS2011Statutory Interpretation
LEGL1006Jurisprudence
LAWS2002Contract Law I
LAWS2003Contract Law II
LAWS2007Corporations Law
LAWS2012Property Principles
LAWS2017Principles of Equity
LAWS2015Torts
LAWS2013Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2016Evidence
LAWS2008Criminal Procedure
LAWS2006Administrative Law
LAWS2010Environmental Law
LAWS2005Constitutional Law
LAWS2009Criminal Law
LAWS3003Professional Conduct Note 1
LAWS3007Private Law Remedies
LAWS3006Public Law Remedies

Arts Majors

Select one (1) major

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
WRIT1001Introduction to Written Texts
WRIT1002Introduction to Creative Writing
WRIT2001Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
WRIT2004Short Story Writing
WRIT2005Writing Genre
WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
Select one (1) unit from the following:
WRIT2003Writing Lives
WRIT2006Writing for Young People
WRIT2007Writing Poetry
WRIT3002Introduction to Editing and Publishing
and
COMM3002Professional Placement
or
COMM3004Independent Project

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
CLST1001Perspectives on Australia
CLST1003Doing Cultural Studies
CLST2001Culture, Technology and the Senses
CLST2004Gender, Sexuality and Culture
CLST2005Space, Place and Travel
CLST3002Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging
CLST3003EcoCultural Studies
COMM3004Independent Project

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
COMM3002Professional Placement
MDIA1001Media Studies
MDIA1002Visual Communication and Design
MDIA1003Digital Media Practices
MDIA1004Journalism in the Digital Age
MDIA2002Essential Screen Skills
MDIA2006Film Studies
MDIA3001Advanced Screen Production

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
CLST2003Australian Cultural History
CLST2006Road Trip
EDUC3016Interdisciplinary Studies of History and Time
HIST1001Making History
HIST1002US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization
HIST2001Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History
HIST3001Community History Research Project
INDG1009Colonising Histories

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
POLT1001Australian Politics
POLT2001Ideas and Ideals in Politics
POLT2002Local Government
POLT2004Analysing Policy Problems
POLT3001Peace, War and International Politics
POLT3004Global Social Movements
ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
Select one (1) unit from the following:
COMM3002Professional Placement
COMM3001Community Engagement Project
COMM3004Independent Project

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology
SOCI1002Understanding Community
SOCI1003Deviance in Society
SOCI2005Society, Health and Illness
SOCI2006Doing Social Research
SOCI3003Religions and the State
SOCI2007Global Inequality and Development
Select one (1) unit from the following:
COMM3001Community Engagement Project
COMM3002Professional Placement
COMM3004Independent Project

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Select four (4) Arts Law Option Units
LAWS2032Comparative Law
LAWS2052Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LAWS2063Race and the Law
LAWS2065Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2066Climate Law and Policy
POLT2005Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS3002Law Placement
LAWS3004Jessup Moot
LAWS2035International Business Negotiations
LAWS2028Animal Law
LEGL2009Mooting
LAWS4002Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LEGL2017Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS4001Independent Legal Research
LAWS2024Commercial Law
JUST2004Human Rights
LAWS2023International Law
LAWS2038Advanced Advocacy
LEGL2011Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 3
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LAWS2021International Business Law
LAWS3001Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS2020Intellectual Property
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2005EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LAWS2060Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2057Welfare Law
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law Note 2
LAWS2056Family Law Practice
INDG2012Indigenous Rights


Notes

Note 1: Attendance and participation in the workshop/s for this unit is mandatory. A student who cannot attend at the scheduled time must contact the Unit Assessor promptly to determine if an acceptable alternative arrangement can be put in place, with documented reasons that warrant Special Consideration, or else the student may fail the unit.
Note 2: Participation in the workshop/s for this unit is normally expected and strongly encouraged. However, any students who cannot participate at the scheduled time may be able to view or download a recording from MySCU Blackboard.
Note 3: In order to meet the training and assessment requirements prescribed by the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), students are required to attend a compulsory three-day workshop.

Unit groups

Arts Law Option Units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Select four (4) Arts Law Option Units
LAWS2032Comparative Law
LAWS2052Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LAWS2063Race and the Law
LAWS2065Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2066Climate Law and Policy
POLT2005Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS3002Law Placement
LAWS3004Jessup Moot
LAWS2035International Business Negotiations
LAWS2028Animal Law
LEGL2009Mooting
LAWS4002Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LEGL2017Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS4001Independent Legal Research
LAWS2024Commercial Law
JUST2004Human Rights
LAWS2023International Law
LAWS2038Advanced Advocacy
LEGL2011Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 3
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LAWS2021International Business Law
LAWS3001Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS2020Intellectual Property
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2005EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LAWS2060Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2057Welfare Law
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law Note 2
LAWS2056Family Law Practice
INDG2012Indigenous Rights

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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

Access, manage, research and evaluate sources of information using intellectual and practical skills relevant to legal research and policy issues in professional practice.

Apply critical analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to social and cultural situations and problems.

Demonstrate the ability to develop a persuasive independent argument incorporating a range of perspectives and evidence.

Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems.

Develop innovative and creative responses to contemporary and historical social, environmental and cultural issues.

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 sustainability in service to the community.

Investigate and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and equity and according to ethical conventions.

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 a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of society and culture in chosen disciplines of study.

Apply disciplinary knowledge to diverse contexts.

Learn and work independently by reflection and assessment of their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements.

Access, evaluate and present information using academic conventions to inform decision-making and action.

Collaborate and communicate using appropriate academic skills in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences

Communicate effectively in academic and professional settings in a variety of forms, including working autonomously or collaboratively.

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

Demonstrate a commitment to multicultural perspectives as well as specifically developing the ability to engage in a culturally competent way with Indigenous peoples.


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 lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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.

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