Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, 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
80
Duration
5 years full-time; 10 years part-time
5 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, November
February, June
Course code
3206107
Course abbreviation
BLJSt, LLB
Credit points
480
Equivalent units
40
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

If you want a legal degree with a difference and to make a difference as a legal professional, you need to know how the law operates and why. This double degree expands your career opportunities in law to encompass social justice, policy development, politics and analysis.

Together with core units that prepare you for qualification as a lawyer, you can choose elective units in areas such as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law, and ecological jurisprudence.

There is an option to complete electives at academically rigorous and rewarding summer law schools in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

As a graduate, you may consider a career not just in the legal profession, but also in government service, law enforcement and the corporate sector.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. Students who achieve the required grade point average may then apply to transfer to the double degree.

If you want a legal degree with a difference and to make a difference as a legal professional, you need to know how the law operates and why. This double degree expands your career opportunities in law to encompass social justice, policy development, politics and analysis.

Together with core units that prepare you for qualification as a lawyer, you can choose elective units in areas such as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law, and ecological jurisprudence.

There is an option to complete electives at academically rigorous and rewarding summer law schools in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

As a graduate, you may consider a career not just in the legal profession, but also in government service, law enforcement and the corporate sector.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. Students who achieve the required grade point average may then apply to transfer to the double degree.

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.

No non-standard admission requirements recorded.

Credit for prior learning

  1. Candidates will not be granted advanced standing for more than the equivalent of twenty (20) units in total, or eleven (11) law units, or nine (9) non-law units, except for candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies,Bachelor of Laws course, who may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty (20) law units. A law unit is one offered by the School of Law and Justice.
  2. Advanced standing will be determined by the School Board responsible for the unit for which advanced standing is being sought, or in the case of unspecified advanced standing, by the School Board responsible for the award in which it is sought.
  3. In exceptional cases advanced standing greater than the above limits may be granted by the relevant School Board, which shall notify the Academic Board of all instances.
  4. Units from the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) and the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies may only be credited if they are units in this course or were completed prior to admission.

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 program 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 the Bachelor of Laws degree; however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available. Students may choose elective units to suit their interests and professional aspirations including areas as diverse as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence. 

The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies consists of a range of law units and elective units, including areas such as Australian politics, the Australian legal system, global social movements and social policy.

Domestic students

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

Students attend compulsory on-campus workshops.

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)026999M
 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
Online
Session 3 November 2021

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
View domestic application details View international application details

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.


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.

Please note some online elective units require attendance at on-campus workshops.

Career opportunities

This double degree meets the requirements for admission as a lawyer in Australia with wide and varied career opportunities not only in the legal profession but also in government service, law enforcement and in the corporate sector.

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 fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Australia. 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 admission body to confirm their practising requirements.

Ask a question

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, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 40 units (480 credit points), comprising:

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, students must:

Class of Honours

This degree may be awarded in the following classes:

      1. First Class;
      2. Second Class (Division 1);
      3. Second Class (Division 2); or
      4. Third Class

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies upon completion of the requirements of the single degree.


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleNote

Core Units

LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct Note 2
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
POLT2004 -  Analysing Policy Problems
POLT2001 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy
LAWS2015 -  Torts
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles

Electives

Choose one Shared Major and 10 Law electives OR Choose 18 elective units, a minimum of 12 must be Law elective units. Note 1

TitleNote
Students should ensure at least two (2) of the following units are advanced
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law Note 2
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 Note 2
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 2
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
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment Law
LAWS2063 -  Race and the 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
LAWS2065 -  Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2046 -  Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2048 -  International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAW73003 -  Remedies
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
INDG2012 -  Indigenous Rights
LAWS3004 -  Jessup Moot Note 1
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
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 2
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
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
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 2
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
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.
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2015 -  Torts
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
Year 2, Session 1
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
Year 2, Session 2
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy
Year 3, Session 1
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
POLT2004 -  Analysing Policy Problems
1st Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit
Year 3, Session 2
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct Note 2
POLT2001 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics
2nd Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit
Year 4, Session 1
3rd Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit
4th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit
5th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit
6th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit
Year 4, Session 2
7th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit
8th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit
9th Unit from Law Electives
10th Unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 1
11th Unit from Law Electives
12th Unit from Law Electives
1st University-wide Elective OR Law Electives Note 1
2nd University-wide Elective OR Law Electives Note 1
Year 5, Session 2
3rd University-wide Elective OR Law Electives Note 1
4th University-wide Elective OR Law Electives Note 1
5th University-wide Elective OR Law Electives Note 1
6th University-wide Elective OR Law Electives Note 1

TitleNote
Year1, Session 3
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process Note 2
Year 2, Session 1 follow the course progression for Session 1 commencement excluding the completed units.


Notes

Note 1: University-wide Electives include electives from any degree at Southern Cross University but does not include the following units: LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System, LEGL2007 - Principles of Contract Law, LEGL2001 - Introduction to Land Law, LEGL2002 - Foundations of Torts, LAWS2055 - Criminal Process, LEGL1002 - Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics, LEGL1003 - Introduction to Business Law, LAWS2001 - Company Law, LEGL2003 - Litigation Practice, LEGL2004 - Conveyancers Professional Practice, LEGL2005 - Legal and Conveyancing Practice, LEGL2013 - Law and Government Decision Making, and LEGL2006 - Introduction to Evidence and Advocacy. However, candidates who have completed any of these units prior to enrolment in this degree may apply for advanced standing in up to a maximum of six of the above as “University-wide electives” but not as “Law Electives”.
Note 2: Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.

Unit groups

Law Electives

TitleNote
Students should ensure at least two (2) of the following units are advanced
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law Note 2
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 Note 2
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 2
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
LAWS2026 -  Entertainment Law
LAWS2063 -  Race and the 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
LAWS2065 -  Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2046 -  Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2048 -  International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 -  Statutory Interpretation
LAW73003 -  Remedies
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
INDG2012 -  Indigenous Rights
LAWS3004 -  Jessup Moot Note 1
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
JUST2010 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 2
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
LAWS3005 -  European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 -  Troubling Transactions in Private Law

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