Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws

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

updated 3:18 PM on Wed, 26 May

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
View full English language requirements
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
3207006
Course abbreviation
BSocSc, 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

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives and the societies we inhabit? This double degree boosts your grasp of processes and ideas that can make all the difference.

Graduates of this course can anticipate a wide range of careers specific to the law or social science, or as a combination of both. Spanning the public and private sectors, options include legal practice as a barrister or solicitor, social welfare, community development, social policy, social justice, research and analysis.

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.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science. If those students achieve the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives and the societies we inhabit? This double degree boosts your grasp of processes and ideas that can make all the difference.

Graduates of this course can anticipate a wide range of careers specific to the law or social science, or as a combination of both. Spanning the public and private sectors, options include legal practice as a barrister or solicitor, social welfare, community development, social policy, social justice, research and analysis.

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.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science. If those students achieve the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into 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.

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

There are no majors in the Bachelor of Laws degree, however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available.

Go to Bachelor of Social Science for details about majors and streams offered in this course.

Domestic students

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

Students attend compulsory on-campus workshops.

International students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2

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
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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.

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 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.

Go to Bachelor of Social Science for assessment methods in that course.

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

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of social science and law; and those specific to each discipline.

For social science: professional roles in social welfare, community development, or in policy-related areas of government departments and the private sector.

For law: as barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate, or government organisations.

Professional placement

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices, to complement your practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working lawyers; or within environments suited to the exploration of social science careers such as government departments or non-government community organisations.

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 be eligible 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 Social Science, 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 Award

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Social Science upon completion of the requirements of the single degree.


Course structure


Schedule of units

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Core Units

LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process
SOCI1001 -  Introduction to Sociology
SOCI1002 -  Understanding Community
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
SOCI1003 -  Deviance in Society
SOCI2005 -  Society, Health and Illness
SOCI2004 -  Religions and the State
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
LAWS2015 -  Torts
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
SOCI2003 -  Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia
SOCI2006 -  Doing Social Research
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct Note 1
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
POLT2001 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics
POLT3001 -  Peace, War and International Politics
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy
POLT2004 -  Analysing Policy Problems
POLT2003 -  Global Social Movements
POLT2002 -  Local Government
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
PLUS either
COMM3004 -  Independent Project
OR
COMM3002 -  Professional Placement
Select seven (7) law elective units

TitleNote
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law Note 1
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 1
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
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
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
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process
SOCI1001 -  Introduction to Sociology
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
Year 1, Session 2
LAWS2015 -  Torts
SOCI1002 -  Understanding Community
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy
SOCI1003 -  Deviance in Society

Year 2, Session 1
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
Year 2, Session 2
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
SOCI2003 -  Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia
Year 3, Session 1
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
SOCI2006 -  Doing Social Research
POLT2002 -  Local Government
Year 3, Session 2
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
POLT2001 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics
SOCI2004 -  Religions and the State
Year 4, Session 1
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
POLT2004 -  Analysing Policy Problems
SOCI2005 -  Society, Health and Illness
Year 4, Session 2
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct Note 1
POLT2003 -  Global Social Movements
1st unit fromLaw Electives
Year 5, Session 1
2nd unit from Law Electives
3rd Unit from Law Electives
4th Unit from Law Electives
5th Unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 2
POLT3001 -  Peace, War and International Politics
PLUS either
COMM3004 -  Independent Project
OR
COMM3002 -  Professional Placement
6th unit from Law Electives
7th unit from Law Electives
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.

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 2
LEGL1001 -  Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 -  Legal Process
LAWS2009 -  Criminal Law
SOCI1005 -  Social Policy
Year 2, Session 1
LAWS2002 -  Contract Law I
LAWS2008 -  Criminal Procedure
SOCI1001 -  Introduction to Sociology
POLT1001 -  Australian Politics
Year 2, Session 2
LAWS2003 -  Contract Law II
LAWS2015 -  Torts
SOCI1003 -  Deviance in Society
SOCI1002 -  Understanding Community
Year 3, Session 1
LAWS2010 -  Environmental Law
LEGL1006 -  Jurisprudence
CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
SOCI2006 -  Doing Social Research
Year 3, Session 2
LAWS2012 -  Property Principles
LAWS2017 -  Principles of Equity
LAWS2005 -  Constitutional Law
SOCI2003 -  Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia
Year 4, Session 1
LAWS2007 -  Corporations Law
LAWS2016 -  Evidence
LAWS2013 -  Civil Litigation and Procedure
POLT2004 -  Analysing Policy Problems
Year 4, Session 2
LAWS2006 -  Administrative Law
LAWS3003 -  Professional Conduct Note 1
POLT2001 -  Ideas and Ideals in Politics
SOCI2004 -  Religions and the State

Year 5, Session 1
SOCI2005 -  Society, Health and Illness
POLT2002 -  Local Government
1st Unit from Law Electives
2nd Unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 2
POLT3001 -  Peace, War and International Politics
POLT2003 -  Global Social Movements
PLUS either
COMM3004 -  Independent Project
OR
COMM3002 -  Professional Placement
3rd Unit from Law Electives
Year 6, Session 1
4th Unit from Law Electives
5th unit from Law Electives
6th unit from Law Electives
7th unit from Law Electives

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


Notes

Note 1: Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.

Unit groups

Law Electives

TitleNote
ACCT2001 -  Taxation
ACCT3001 -  Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 -  Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 -  Conveyancing Law Note 1
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 1
LEGL2012 -  Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
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
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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