Bachelor of Laws

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

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 15 July

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, November
February, June
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.

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

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

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2, Session  3
OnlineSession  1, Session  2, Session  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)102591A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

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 3 November 2021
Online
Session 3 November 2021

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
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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

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

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

Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and sustainability 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

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

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

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

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:
• 17 core units (204 credit points), and
• 7 Law electives (84 credit points).

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

TitleNote

Core Units

LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 1
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
LAWS2015 -  Torts
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

Electives

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

TitleNote
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law
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
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure
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
LAWS2063 -  Race and the Law
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment 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
LAWS2046 -  Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2065 -  Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2048 -  International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAWS2066 -  Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2035 -  International Business Negotiations
LAWS2037 -  Indigenous Jurisprudence
POLT2005 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2034 -  The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
INDG2012 -  Indigenous Rights
LAWS3004 -  Jessup Moot
LAWS2042 -  Information Environmentalism
LAWS2044 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context
LAWS2049 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
JUST2011 -  DNA and the Law
JUST2009 -  The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law
JUST2013 -  True Crime


Course progressions

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

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 3
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process
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

TitleNote
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law
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
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure
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
LAWS2063 -  Race and the Law
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment 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
LAWS2046 -  Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2065 -  Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2048 -  International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAWS2066 -  Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2035 -  International Business Negotiations
LAWS2037 -  Indigenous Jurisprudence
POLT2005 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2034 -  The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
INDG2012 -  Indigenous Rights
LAWS3004 -  Jessup Moot
LAWS2042 -  Information Environmentalism
LAWS2044 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context
LAWS2049 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
JUST2011 -  DNA and the Law
JUST2009 -  The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law
JUST2013 -  True Crime

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