The media mantra tells us that content is all. At Southern Cross, we’re taking that idea a step further.
This unique four-year combined degree in laws and creative writing provides you with clear professional pathways as both legal and writing practitioners. You'll develop fluency in written and oral expression, reading and research skills, and above all, writing across a range of genres, both professional and imaginative – complementing the rigor, research and writing skills developed by studying the law.
Such skills are invaluable to today’s media companies, advertising agencies, film companies and many other organisations. The University has strong links to the writing and publishing industry and is a partner in the Byron Writers Festival and other literary events, with diverse work placement opportunities for students.
Career options include intellectual property, commercial or academic publishing, corporate communications, and legal work in a range of creative industries, government departments and professional practices.
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 practise as a lawyer.
Students study core units, plus select units from electives to suit their career aspirations. These can include human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence.
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 Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
Creatively and critically analyse a broad range of socio-cultural issues relevant to arts practices, using persuasive argumentation that is historically informed.
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.
Challenge and reinvent pre-existing methodologies relevant to national and global arts industries
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 cross-cultural difference and the presence of ethical standards in the arts and social sciences
|Knowledge of a discipline|
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 broad knowledge of arts industries/creative practices and their associated social and theoretical contexts.
Demonstrate an understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.
Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice.
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.
|Communication and social skills|
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.
Demonstrate critical multi-cultural perspectives, and an ability to reflect upon indigenous/non-indigenous and local/international methods of cultural production.
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.
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 strives to promote 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.
Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of creative writing and law; and those specific to each discipline.
Graduates will be skilled as lawyers who can write well and as writers who can think and argue strategically. They can pursue opportunities in fields such as intellectual property, commercial or academic publishing, corporate communications, as well as legal work in a range of creative industries, government departments and professional practices.
Law students can undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices, to complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working lawyers.
The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) of NSW and satisfies the academic requirements for admission to the practice of law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to be eligible for admission.
Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their admission requirements.