Bachelor of Laws and Creative Writing

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

updated 3:27 PM on Wed, 21 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Lismore
Start date
March, July, November
February
Course code
3207008
Course abbreviation
LLBCreatWrite
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

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.

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.

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

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.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2, 3

Students attend a compulsory on-campus workshop

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)096002D
 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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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 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.

Career opportunities

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.

Professional placement

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.

Professional recognition

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.

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students

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International future
students

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Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
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Course requirements

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


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Core Units

LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
ENG00400 -  Introduction to Written TextsIntroductory
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Criminal ProcedureIntroductory
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW10004 -  Criminal LawIntermediate
WRI10003 -  Short Story WritingIntermediate
LAW30005 -  Statutory InterpretationAdvanced
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
WRI10001 -  Introduction to Creative WritingIntroductory
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the EnvironmentIntermediate
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced

Electives

Choose six (6) units from the following 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
LAW00525 -  CyberlawIntermediate
LAW00526 -  International Criminal JusticeAdvanced
LAW00529 -  Restorative JusticeIntermediate
LAW01125 -  Stock Exchange and Finance LawIntermediate
LAW10160 -  Public Interest AdvocacyAdvanced
LAW10166 -  Entertainment LawAdvanced
LAW10167 -  International Intellectual Property Law and Public PolicyIntermediate
LAW10168 -  Privacy Law and the Private SectorIntermediate
LAW10170 -  Race and the LawIntermediate
LAW10169 -  Human Rights and the Global EconomyAdvanced
LAW10171 -  Mediating Across CulturesIntroductory
LAW10181 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and MethodAdvanced
LAW10206 -  The Holocaust, Genocide and the LawIntermediate
LAW10207 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the LawAdvanced
LAW10288 -  MootingAdvanced
LAW10292 -  Education and the LawIntermediate
LAW10472 -  International Human Rights LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10488 -  Crime, Globalisation and GovernanceIntermediate
LAW10489 -  Australian Military and National Security LawIntermediate
LAW10490 -  Trials and WitnessesIntermediate
LAW10491 -  Sexual Orientation and the LawIntermediate
LAW10527 -  Comparative LawAdvanced
LAW10698 -  International Trade and Development LawAdvanced
LAW10727 -  Marine Animal Protection LawIntermediate
LAW30001 -  Ecological JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW30002 -  Advanced Sports LawAdvanced
LAW30003 -  International Humanitarian LawIntermediate
LAW30004 -  Comparative Criminal LawAdvanced
LAW73003 -  RemediesAdvanced
LAW72006 -  Climate Law and PolicyIntermediate
LAW72010 -  Property in LandIntermediate
LAW72007 -  International Business NegotiationsIntermediate
LAW72008 -  Indigenous JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW72011 -  Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authorityIntermediate
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW72014 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of CommunismIntermediate
LAW72015 -  Law, Film and IdeologyIntermediate
LAW73051 -  Global Legal PluralismAdvanced
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW73050 -  Jessup MootAdvanced
LAW73049 -  Information EnvironmentalismAdvanced
LAW72016 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in ContextIntermediate
LAW72013 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual PropertyIntermediate
LAW72021 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business LawIntermediate
LAW72018 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the LawIntermediate
LAW72019 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/ComicsIntermediate
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After PostmodernismIntermediate
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance RhetoricIntermediate
LAWS2068 -  Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st centuryIntermediate
LAWS2067 -  Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in FictionIntermediate
Choose three (3) units from the following Creative Writing Electives


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
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 2.
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
ENG00400 -  Introduction to Written TextsIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
WRI10001 -  Introduction to Creative WritingIntroductory
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Australian Criminal Law IIntroductory
LAW30005 -  Statutory InterpretationAdvanced
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW10004 -  Australian Criminal Law IIIntermediate
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
WRI10003 -  Short Story WritingIntermediate
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the EnvironmentIntermediate
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced
Year 4, Session 1
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 2
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 2
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW00111 -  Legal ProcessIntroductory
LAW10004 -  Australian Criminal Law IIIntermediate
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 -  Contract Law IIntroductory
LAW10002 -  Australian Criminal Law IIntroductory
ENG00400 -  Introduction to Written TextsIntroductory
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 -  Contract Law IIIntermediate
LAW72002 -  TortsIntermediate
LAW00112 -  Constitutional LawIntermediate
WRI10001 -  Introduction to Creative WritingIntroductory
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00527 -  Corporations LawIntermediate
LAW30005 -  Statutory InterpretationAdvanced
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 -  Property PrinciplesIntroductory
LAW72009 -  Principles of EquityAdvanced
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
WRI10003 -  Short Story WritingIntermediate
Year 4, Session 1
LAW72005 -  EvidenceAdvanced
LAW72001 -  Civil Litigation and ProcedureIntermediate
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the EnvironmentIntermediate
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 2
LAW00117 -  Administrative LawAdvanced
LAW00519 -  Professional ConductAdvanced
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Year 5, Session 1
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select 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.


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
LAW00525 -  CyberlawIntermediate
LAW00526 -  International Criminal JusticeAdvanced
LAW00529 -  Restorative JusticeIntermediate
LAW01125 -  Stock Exchange and Finance LawIntermediate
LAW10160 -  Public Interest AdvocacyAdvanced
LAW10166 -  Entertainment LawAdvanced
LAW10167 -  International Intellectual Property Law and Public PolicyIntermediate
LAW10168 -  Privacy Law and the Private SectorIntermediate
LAW10170 -  Race and the LawIntermediate
LAW10169 -  Human Rights and the Global EconomyAdvanced
LAW10171 -  Mediating Across CulturesIntroductory
LAW10181 -  Legal Research: Context, Perspective and MethodAdvanced
LAW10206 -  The Holocaust, Genocide and the LawIntermediate
LAW10207 -  Psychiatry, Psychology and the LawAdvanced
LAW10288 -  MootingAdvanced
LAW10292 -  Education and the LawIntermediate
LAW10472 -  International Human Rights LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10488 -  Crime, Globalisation and GovernanceIntermediate
LAW10489 -  Australian Military and National Security LawIntermediate
LAW10490 -  Trials and WitnessesIntermediate
LAW10491 -  Sexual Orientation and the LawIntermediate
LAW10527 -  Comparative LawAdvanced
LAW10698 -  International Trade and Development LawAdvanced
LAW10727 -  Marine Animal Protection LawIntermediate
LAW30001 -  Ecological JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW30002 -  Advanced Sports LawAdvanced
LAW30003 -  International Humanitarian LawIntermediate
LAW30004 -  Comparative Criminal LawAdvanced
LAW73003 -  RemediesAdvanced
LAW72006 -  Climate Law and PolicyIntermediate
LAW72010 -  Property in LandIntermediate
LAW72007 -  International Business NegotiationsIntermediate
LAW72008 -  Indigenous JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW72011 -  Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authorityIntermediate
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW72014 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of CommunismIntermediate
LAW72015 -  Law, Film and IdeologyIntermediate
LAW73051 -  Global Legal PluralismAdvanced
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW73050 -  Jessup MootAdvanced
LAW73049 -  Information EnvironmentalismAdvanced
LAW72016 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in ContextIntermediate
LAW72013 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual PropertyIntermediate
LAW72021 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business LawIntermediate
LAW72018 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the LawIntermediate
LAW72019 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/ComicsIntermediate
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After PostmodernismIntermediate
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance RhetoricIntermediate
LAWS2068 -  Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st centuryIntermediate
LAWS2067 -  Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in FictionIntermediate

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