Bachelor of Laws

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 2:39 PM on Wed, 7 April

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International snapshot

ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Start date
November
Course code
3007001
Course abbreviation
LLB (3 year UG entry)
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
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

Complete the academic pre-requisites to become a lawyer in just three years with the Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate Entry), developing the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law.

In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the course includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law, that reflect the School of Law and Justice’s focus on justice and critique.

Elective units cover areas as diverse as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence. An elective in mediation meets national requirements, setting you on the way to becoming a nationally accredited mediator.

You may also complete electives at an academically rigorous and rewarding Summer or Winter Law School and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

Complete the academic pre-requisites to become a lawyer in just three years with the Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate Entry), developing the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law.

In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the course includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law, that reflect the School of Law and Justice’s focus on justice and critique.

Elective units cover areas as diverse as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence. An elective in mediation meets national requirements, setting you on the way to becoming a nationally accredited mediator.

You may also complete electives at an academically rigorous and rewarding Summer or Winter Law School and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

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.

Credit for prior learning

A candidate who has completed the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) may be granted advanced standing for up to a total of eight (8) Law units into the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws degree.

About the course

In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the course includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law that reflect the School of Law and Justice’s focus on justice and critique.

There are no majors in this degree but students can choose from a wide range of electives to suit their interests.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast3
Lismore3
Online3

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.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

Creativity

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

Ethical practice

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and sustainability.

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 approaches to ethical decision-making and an ability to recognise, reflect upon, and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.

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.

Lifelong learning

Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice.

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.

Learn and work independently.

Communication and social skills

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

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

Cultural competence

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


Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course 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.

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

This course will equip graduates with the skills to start a legal career and practise as a lawyer, and for a wide range of careers in corporate management, legal aid and in the community sector or the private sector.

During their careers, graduates may choose to specialise in fields such as family law, wills and estate planning, criminal law, corporate law, property and conveyancing law, town planning and environmental law, employment and industrial relations, commercial law, compensation law, entertainment law and sporting law.

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.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate Entry) 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 practise as a lawyer.

Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country's admissions body to confirm their admission requirements.

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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 Laws - Undergraduate Entry, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Students wishing to complete the Bachelor of Law (Honours) should refer to the rules for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Core Units

LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory Note 1
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Criminal ProcedureIntroductory
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW10004 -  Criminal LawIntermediate
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced Note 1

Electives

Choose Seven (7) Law elective units at least two (2) advanced.

TitleLevel of learningNote
ACC00132 -  TaxationAdvanced
ACC00134 -  Advanced TaxationAdvanced
LAW00054 -  Family Law PracticeIntermediate
LAW00057 -  Conveyancing LawIntermediate
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
LAW00061 -  Drugs, Crime and the LawIntermediate
LAW00062 -  Wills and EstatesIntermediate
LAW00104 -  Employment and Industrial Relations LawAdvanced
LAW00106 -  EEO and OH&S Law and PracticeAdvanced
LAW00119 -  Local Government and Planning LawIntermediate
LAW00120 -  VictimologyIntermediate
LAW00121 -  Intellectual PropertyAdvanced
LAW00122 -  Clinical Legal ExperienceIntermediate
LAW00123 -  Law PlacementAdvanced
LAW00124 -  International Business LawIntermediate
LAW00125 -  Information Technology and the LawAdvanced
LAW00126 -  Competition and Consumer LawIntermediate
LAW00214 -  Mediation and Dispute ResolutionIntroductory
LAW00216 -  Mediation Practice and ProcedureIntermediate
LAW00514 -  CriminologyIntermediate
LAW00516 -  Advanced AdvocacyIntermediate
LAW00521 -  International LawIntermediate
LAW00522 -  Human RightsAdvanced
LAW00523 -  Commercial LawIntermediate
LAW00524 -  Independent Legal ResearchAdvanced
LAW00526 -  International Criminal JusticeAdvanced
LAW00529 -  Restorative JusticeIntermediate
LAW01125 -  Stock Exchange and Finance LawIntermediate
LAW10160 -  Public Interest AdvocacyAdvanced
LAW10170 -  Race and the LawIntermediate
LAW10166 -  Entertainment LawAdvanced
LAW10171 -  Mediating Across CulturesIntroductory
LAW10181 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and MethodAdvanced
LAW10207 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the LawAdvanced
LAW10288 -  MootingAdvanced
LAW10472 -  International Human Rights LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10491 -  Sexual Orientation and the LawIntermediate
LAW10527 -  Comparative LawAdvanced
LAW10698 -  International Trade and Development LawAdvanced
LAW30002 -  Advanced Sports LawAdvanced
LAW30001 -  Ecological JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW30003 -  International Humanitarian LawIntermediate
LAW30005 -  Statutory InterpretationAdvanced
LAW72006 -  Climate Law and PolicyIntermediate
LAW72007 -  International Business NegotiationsIntermediate
LAW72008 -  Indigenous JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW72014 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of CommunismIntermediate
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced
HUM72020 -  Indigenous RightsIntermediate
LAW73050 -  Jessup MootAdvanced
LAW73049 -  Information EnvironmentalismAdvanced
LAW72016 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in ContextIntermediate
LAW72013 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual PropertyIntermediate
LAW72017 -  DNA and the LawIntermediate
LAW72020 -  The Legalities of Artificial IntelligenceIntermediate
LAW72021 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business LawIntermediate
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After PostmodernismIntermediate
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance RhetoricIntermediate
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal MarketAdvanced
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private LawAdvanced


Course progressions

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

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory Note 1
Year 1, Session 2
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
1st Unit from Law Electives
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Australian Criminal Law IIntroductory
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW10004 -  Australian Criminal Law IIIntermediate
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
Year 3, Session 2
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
2nd Unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 1
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
Year 4, Session 2
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
Year 5, Session 1
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
3rd Unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 2
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced Note 1
Year 6, Session 1
4th Unit from Law Electives
5th Unit from Law Electives
Year 6, Session 2
6th Unit from Law Electives
7th Unit from Law Electives

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units in this session and the raminaing two units in Session 2 of Year 2.
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory Note 1
LAW10004 -  Australian Criminal Law IIIntermediate
1st Unit from Law Electives
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Australian Criminal Law IIntroductory
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
2nd Unit from Law Electives
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced
3rd Unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 1
4th Unit from Law Electives
5th Unit from Law Electives
6th Unit fromLaw Electives
7th Unit from Law Electives

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 3
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory
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.

Unit groups

Law Electives

TitleLevel of learningNote
ACC00132 -  TaxationAdvanced
ACC00134 -  Advanced TaxationAdvanced
LAW00054 -  Family Law PracticeIntermediate
LAW00057 -  Conveyancing LawIntermediate
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
LAW00061 -  Drugs, Crime and the LawIntermediate
LAW00062 -  Wills and EstatesIntermediate
LAW00104 -  Employment and Industrial Relations LawAdvanced
LAW00106 -  EEO and OH&S Law and PracticeAdvanced
LAW00119 -  Local Government and Planning LawIntermediate
LAW00120 -  VictimologyIntermediate
LAW00121 -  Intellectual PropertyAdvanced
LAW00122 -  Clinical Legal ExperienceIntermediate
LAW00123 -  Law PlacementAdvanced
LAW00124 -  International Business LawIntermediate
LAW00125 -  Information Technology and the LawAdvanced
LAW00126 -  Competition and Consumer LawIntermediate
LAW00214 -  Mediation and Dispute ResolutionIntroductory
LAW00216 -  Mediation Practice and ProcedureIntermediate
LAW00514 -  CriminologyIntermediate
LAW00516 -  Advanced AdvocacyIntermediate
LAW00521 -  International LawIntermediate
LAW00522 -  Human RightsAdvanced
LAW00523 -  Commercial LawIntermediate
LAW00524 -  Independent Legal ResearchAdvanced
LAW00526 -  International Criminal JusticeAdvanced
LAW00529 -  Restorative JusticeIntermediate
LAW01125 -  Stock Exchange and Finance LawIntermediate
LAW10160 -  Public Interest AdvocacyAdvanced
LAW10170 -  Race and the LawIntermediate
LAW10166 -  Entertainment LawAdvanced
LAW10171 -  Mediating Across CulturesIntroductory
LAW10181 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and MethodAdvanced
LAW10207 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the LawAdvanced
LAW10288 -  MootingAdvanced
LAW10472 -  International Human Rights LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10491 -  Sexual Orientation and the LawIntermediate
LAW10527 -  Comparative LawAdvanced
LAW10698 -  International Trade and Development LawAdvanced
LAW30002 -  Advanced Sports LawAdvanced
LAW30001 -  Ecological JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW30003 -  International Humanitarian LawIntermediate
LAW30005 -  Statutory InterpretationAdvanced
LAW72006 -  Climate Law and PolicyIntermediate
LAW72007 -  International Business NegotiationsIntermediate
LAW72008 -  Indigenous JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW72014 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of CommunismIntermediate
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced
HUM72020 -  Indigenous RightsIntermediate
LAW73050 -  Jessup MootAdvanced
LAW73049 -  Information EnvironmentalismAdvanced
LAW72016 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in ContextIntermediate
LAW72013 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual PropertyIntermediate
LAW72017 -  DNA and the LawIntermediate
LAW72020 -  The Legalities of Artificial IntelligenceIntermediate
LAW72021 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business LawIntermediate
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After PostmodernismIntermediate
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance RhetoricIntermediate
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal MarketAdvanced
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private LawAdvanced

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