Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies

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

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
60 / 15
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July, November
Course code
3006110
Course abbreviation
BLJSt
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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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

In the fight for justice, you need knowledge, integrity and perseverance. This degree embraces all these qualities as you learn how the law works, why specific laws exist, and how our laws impact on others.

The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies is an excellent degree for those wanting to work in policy development, paralegal positions, conveyancing, and in the justice sector. It provides a thorough practical grounding in legal knowledge and a strong understanding of Australian and international politics and society. If you have already been working professionally in the fields of law and justice, this course will extend your knowledge, skills and expertise. The conveyancing major, which is accredited by New South Wales Fair Trading, enables you to become a licenced conveyancer in NSW.

Our graduates can envisage career roles across the justice and social policy sector, as well as the public service. Students who want to become lawyers may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Laws during or at the completion of their studies.

Alternatively, students can choose to graduate with the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) after completing the required 16 units.

In the fight for justice, you need knowledge, integrity and perseverance. This degree embraces all these qualities as you learn how the law works, why specific laws exist, and how our laws impact on others.

The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies is an excellent degree for those wanting to work in policy development, paralegal positions, conveyancing, and in the justice sector. It provides a thorough practical grounding in legal knowledge and a strong understanding of Australian and international politics and society. If you have already been working professionally in the fields of law and justice, this course will extend your knowledge, skills and expertise. The conveyancing major, which is accredited by New South Wales Fair Trading, enables you to become a licenced conveyancer in NSW.

Our graduates can envisage career roles across the justice and social policy sector, as well as the public service. Students who want to become lawyers may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Laws during or at the completion of their studies.

Alternatively, students can choose to graduate with the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) after completing the required 16 units.

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

Candidates who have completed an Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units towards the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.

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China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300-349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 external exam
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 external exam
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India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 in academic
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International Baccalaureate24
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Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
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Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
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Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13 (4 subjects)
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410, ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 academic average

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

The course consists of core and elective units, including Australian Politics, the Australian Legal System, Global Social Movements and Social Policy. Students can choose to study a major in Conveyancing.

Additional information: Some elective units, when studied online, require students to attend on-campus workshops.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2
Online1, 2, 3

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold Coast1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)022342G
 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 2 July 2021

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
Session 2 June 2021
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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

Apply critical judgement including analysis, reasoning, and appropriate directed research to legal issues and challenges in paralegal, professional social and political contexts.

Apply these skills to a broad and diverse range of legal topics.

Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems in paralegal, professional and political contexts.

Apply these skills to a broad and diverse range of legal topics.

Demonstrate an understanding and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and legal ethical frameworks.

Understanding the relationship between law and sustainability.

Apply these skills to a broad and diverse range of legal topics

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the paralegal, professional and social contexts of the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts.

Learn and work independently within broad parameters.

Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance.

Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal issues in social and political contexts.

Communicate appropriately and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

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 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.

The following elective units require attendance at on-campus workshops:

Career opportunities

Law-related work In legal firms, government policy making, corporate firms, government legal departments, law enforcement agencies, legal aid offices, court administration, public prosecutions, and in the corporate sector in banking, insurance and conveyancing.

Professional placement
Students can undertake voluntary legal experience and para-professional placement with legal firms or offices to complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working paralegals.
Professional recognition
When studied with the conveyancing major, this is a recognised educational qualification for a licensed conveyancer in NSW and is accredited by NSW Fair Trading. For licensing requirements, and details of mandatory additional work experience required to enable registration, enquiries should be made to NSW Fair Trading.

Note that each Australian state or territory has its own legislation regulating conveyancing practice, except QLD where only qualified solicitors are legally permitted to engage in conveyancing.

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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 Legal and Justice Studies students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Exit Award

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising 8 core units and 8 elective or major units.


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleNote

Core Units

LEGL1004 -  Australian Legal System
LAWS2055 -  Criminal Process
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1002 -  Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
LEGL2007 -  Principles of Contract Law
LEGL2001 -  Introduction to Land Law
LEGL2002 -  Foundations of Torts
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
POLT2004 -  Analysing Policy Problems
POLT2003 -  Global Social Movements
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy

Electives

TitleNote
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2028 -  Animal Law
LAWS2024 -  Commercial Law
LAWS2032 -  Comparative Law
LAWS2001 -  Company Law
LAW30004 -  Comparative Criminal Law
LAWS2022 -  Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2004 -  Conveyancers Professional Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2054 -  Criminology
LAWS2060 -  Drugs, Crime and the Law
JUST2005 -  EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019 -  Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment Law
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
JUST2004 -  Human Rights
LEGL2010 -  Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2020 -  Intellectual Property
LAWS2021 -  International Business Law
JUST2002 -  International Criminal Justice
LAWS2059 -  International Human Rights Law
LAWS2023 -  International Law
LEGL2006 -  Introduction to Evidence and Advocacy
LEGL2013 -  Law and Government Decision Making
LEGL2005 -  Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LAW00058 -  Litigation Practice
LAWS2014 -  Local Government and Planning Law
LEGL2018 -  Mediating Across Cultures
LEGL2011 -  Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LEGL2009 -  Mooting
JUST2003 -  Restorative Justice
LAWS2004 -  Paralegal Placement
LEGL2017 -  Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2031 -  Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2025 -  Stock Exchange and Finance Law
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
LAW10490 -  Trials and Witnesses
LAW10069 -  Veterans Law I
LAW10070 -  Veterans Law II
JUST2001 -  Victimology
LAWS2057 -  Welfare Law
LAWS2018 -  Wills and Estates
LAWS2066 -  Climate Law and Policy
POLT2005 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2037 -  Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2034 -  The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2035 -  International Business Negotiations
LAWS2042 -  Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009 -  The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 -  Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 -  Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law


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 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 1.
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1004 -  Australian Legal System
LAWS2055 -  Criminal Process
LEGL1002 -  Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 2. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 2.
LEGL2001 -  Introduction to Land Law
LEGL2007 -  Principles of Contract Law
LEGL2002 -  Foundations of Torts
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
Year 2, Session 1
From Year 2 choose either the Conveyancing Major and four (4) Law Electives OR twelve (12) elective units (ten(10) units must be from Law Electives), OR a shared major and four (4) Law Electives.
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
POLT2004 -  Analysing Policy Problems
1st Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
2nd Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
Year 2, Session 2
POLT2003 -  Global Social Movements
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy
3rd Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
4th Conveyancing major OR Law ElectivesOR Shared majors unit
Year 3, Session 1
5th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
6th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
Law Electives
Law Electives
Year 3, Session 2
7th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
8th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
1 Law Electives OR University-wide Elective
1 Law Electives OR University-wide Elective

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 3
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1004 -  Australian Legal System
Year 2, Session 1 follow the course progression for Session 1 commencement excluding the completed units.


Notes

Note 1: Unit requires attendance at a compulsory workshop.

Unit groups

Law Electives

TitleNote
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2028 -  Animal Law
LAWS2024 -  Commercial Law
LAWS2032 -  Comparative Law
LAWS2001 -  Company Law
LAW30004 -  Comparative Criminal Law
LAWS2022 -  Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2004 -  Conveyancers Professional Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2054 -  Criminology
LAWS2060 -  Drugs, Crime and the Law
JUST2005 -  EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019 -  Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment Law
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
JUST2004 -  Human Rights
LEGL2010 -  Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2020 -  Intellectual Property
LAWS2021 -  International Business Law
JUST2002 -  International Criminal Justice
LAWS2059 -  International Human Rights Law
LAWS2023 -  International Law
LEGL2006 -  Introduction to Evidence and Advocacy
LEGL2013 -  Law and Government Decision Making
LEGL2005 -  Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LAW00058 -  Litigation Practice
LAWS2014 -  Local Government and Planning Law
LEGL2018 -  Mediating Across Cultures
LEGL2011 -  Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LEGL2009 -  Mooting
JUST2003 -  Restorative Justice
LAWS2004 -  Paralegal Placement
LEGL2017 -  Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2031 -  Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2025 -  Stock Exchange and Finance Law
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
LAW10490 -  Trials and Witnesses
LAW10069 -  Veterans Law I
LAW10070 -  Veterans Law II
JUST2001 -  Victimology
LAWS2057 -  Welfare Law
LAWS2018 -  Wills and Estates
LAWS2066 -  Climate Law and Policy
POLT2005 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2037 -  Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2034 -  The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2035 -  International Business Negotiations
LAWS2042 -  Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009 -  The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 -  Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 -  Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law

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