Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Laws

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 5 August

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
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July, October
Course code
3207007
Course abbreviation
BPsychSc, LLB
Credit points
480
Equivalent units
40
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

Examining the criminal mind is a fascinating and revealing journey. In this double degree, you’ll experience the mindsets of criminals, the perspectives of victims and the motivations of people working within the legal process.

The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to embark on a career in law, as well as a strong grounding in psychology and psychological theory, providing insights into the workings of the human mind. Through an optional professional placement you can develop networks and gain vital insight into career possibilities.

Graduates may choose to pursue a career in one of the many facets of law, from health, social and disability services to youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies and in education; or you can pursue postgraduate training for registration as a psychologist.

This degree 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 be eligible to practise as a lawyer.

The course also has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training. 

Examining the criminal mind is a fascinating and revealing journey. In this double degree, you’ll experience the mindsets of criminals, the perspectives of victims and the motivations of people working within the legal process.

The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to embark on a career in law, as well as a strong grounding in psychology and psychological theory, providing insights into the workings of the human mind. Through an optional professional placement you can develop networks and gain vital insight into career possibilities.

Graduates may choose to pursue a career in one of the many facets of law, from health, social and disability services to youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies and in education; or you can pursue postgraduate training for registration as a psychologist.

This degree 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 be eligible to practise as a lawyer.

The course also has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training. 

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

You'll study core units in both law and psychology, and select units from an extensive range of electives to suit your career aspirations.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourTerm  1
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5

Students attend compulsory on-campus workshops.

International students

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

Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our Early Offer program. You may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation.

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 40 units (480 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Laws after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), as per the Bachelor of Laws Schedule of Units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Psychological Science after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points),  the Bachelor of Psychological Science Schedule of Units.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005Legal Process Note 2
LEGL1006Jurisprudence
LAWS2011Statutory Interpretation
LAWS2002Contract Law I
LAWS2003Contract Law II
LAWS2015Torts
LAWS2007Corporations Law
LAWS2012Property Principles
LAWS2017Principles of Equity
LAWS2010Environmental Law
LAWS2009Criminal Law
LAWS2006Administrative Law
LAWS2005Constitutional Law
LAWS2016Evidence
LAWS2008Criminal Procedure
LAWS2013Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS3003Professional Conduct Note 1
LAWS3006Public Law Remedies
LAWS3007Private Law Remedies
PSYC1001Psychology Foundations: Brain and Cognition
PSYC1002Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
PSYC2001Psychological Assessment
PSYC3001Social Psychology
PSYC3003Learning and Memory
STAT2002Quantitative Methods in Psychology
STAT3001Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC2002Understanding Psychological Diagnoses
PSYC2004Lifespan Psychology
PSYC3004Biological Psychology
PSYC2005Psychological Investigation I
PSYC3002Psychological Investigation II
PSYC3005Culture and Psychology
PSYC1009Introducing Health Psychology
PSYC1010Positive Psychology
HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Select four (4) Law Option Units
JUST2004Human Rights
JUST2005EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LAWS2019Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2020Intellectual Property
LAWS2021International Business Law
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LAWS2023International Law
LAWS2024Commercial Law
LAWS2028Animal Law
LAWS2032Comparative Law
LAWS2035International Business Negotiations
LAWS2038Advanced Advocacy
LAWS2056Family Law Practice
LAWS2057Welfare Law
LAWS2063Race and the Law
LAWS2065Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2066Climate Law and Policy
LAWS3001Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS3002Law Placement
LAWS3004Jessup Moot
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law Note 2
LEGL2009Mooting
LEGL2011Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 3
LEGL2017Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2060Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS4001Independent Legal Research
LAWS2052Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LAWS4002Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method


Notes

Note 1: Attendance and participation in the workshop/s for this unit is mandatory. A student who cannot attend at the scheduled time must contact the Unit Assessor promptly to negotiate to determine if an acceptable alternative arrangement can be put in place, documenting reasons that warrant Special Consideration, or else the student may fail the unit.
Note 2: Participation in the workshop/s for this unit is normally expected and strongly encouraged. However, any students who cannot participate at the scheduled time may be able to view or download a recording from MySCU Blackboard.
Note 3: Attendance at a compulsory 3 day workshop is required in order to meet the training and assessment requirements prescribed by the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

Unit groups

Law Option Units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Select four (4) Law Option Units
JUST2004Human Rights
JUST2005EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LAWS2019Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2020Intellectual Property
LAWS2021International Business Law
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LAWS2023International Law
LAWS2024Commercial Law
LAWS2028Animal Law
LAWS2032Comparative Law
LAWS2035International Business Negotiations
LAWS2038Advanced Advocacy
LAWS2056Family Law Practice
LAWS2057Welfare Law
LAWS2063Race and the Law
LAWS2065Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2066Climate Law and Policy
LAWS3001Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS3002Law Placement
LAWS3004Jessup Moot
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law Note 2
LEGL2009Mooting
LEGL2011Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 3
LEGL2017Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2060Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS4001Independent Legal Research
LAWS2052Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LAWS4002Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method

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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

Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychological principles, theories, and concepts using a scientific, evidence-based approach

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

Demonstrate independence and integrity in scholarly inquiry and creative problem-solving in psychology

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 sustainability in service to the community

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and sustainability.

Demonstrate the capacity to evaluate evidence, tolerate ambiguity, recognise biases, and apply values and ethics necessary for professional conduct in psychology.

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.

Apply appropriate research and assessment methods in psychology.

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

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

Apply knowledge and skills of psychology to meet personal, professional, and societal needs

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

Analyse and evaluate information, theory, and research in the discipline of psychology and apply academic literacy skills to communicate these in a variety of written and oral forms

Employ interpersonal and communication skills conducive to effective collaboration

Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice

Demonstrate a reflexive manner appropriate to a range of socially and culturally diverse people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


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.

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

Employment opportunities exist as barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate, or government organisations. There is a range of career opportunities in government departments, particularly those connected with health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies and in education. Graduates may also pursue further training to become a registered clinical psychologist with career options in health services, education, research and more.

Professional placement

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 fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession, and is accredited with the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB). 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 refer to the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their admission requirements.

The course also has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training. 

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