“Law touches every aspect of our lives and I love helping to arm artists with the tools they need to be sure that their work is valued and protected.”

Tom Lynch

Bachelor of Contemporary Music, Bachelor of Laws graduate

Justice fails in a lot of ways. There's always, you know, people they have a good case but no one can manage to do anything for them.

I want to be in the position that I can do pro bono work for people who cannot access justice.

My name is Joanna Byrne and I'm a Southern Cross University Law graduate.

I was working as a florist and I decided that I wanted to do something a bit more with my life.

I hadn't studied since like 1982 or something you know, so it was a big step to go back to university. I had a setback at the end of my first session, my husband passed away so then I was left single mother with seven children and the university gave me lecturers to help me.

They had other students contact me as well. So they put all these networks and support in place so that I can continue to get through.

All the lectures are recorded so I could listen to them in the car so gives you that flexibility to study when you want.

I won the National Indigenous Law Student of the Year in 2016. I was a bit humbled and shocked that I'd actually been nominated and won it.

I was offered a graduate job six months before I'd finished and had a contract signed so I've started work three days after I finished.

In ten years I want to have my own chambers and be practising at the bar and doing more social justice and sort of pro bono work but have a good work-life balance with the kids.

When I started studying there's no way in my wildest dreams I thought I would ever be where I was today.

You hear stories all the time that you know you're not going to get a job in Law because you're a mature age student who studied online and so I proved them all wrong I guess.



Let your studies in law fuel a new generation of social justice and equity.

Stand up for what’s important to you and personalise your degree with elective units in areas such as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychology and the law, and ecological jurisprudence.

What makes studying Law at Southern Cross different to other universities?

  • Supervised work placements build networks
  • at Summer and Winter Law Schools
  • Moot Court facility on campus to gain courtroom practice
  • Lecturers who are internationally recognised experts
  • Gain academic qualifications for admission to the legal profession.

Southern Cross University offers the following Bachelor of Laws (LLB) units that have been assessed as covering the essential 'Priestley Eleven' areas of Australian Law:

Priestley 11 area Southern Cross University LLB unit
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS2008 Criminal Procedure + LAWS2009 Criminal Law
Torts LAWS2015 Torts
Contracts LAWS2002 Contract Law I + LAWS2003 Contract Law II
Property, both Real (including Torrens System Law) and Personal LAWS2012 Property Principles
Equity (including Trusts)  LAWS2017 Principles of Equity
Company Law LAWS2007 Corporations Law
Administrative Law LAWS2006 Administrative Law
Constitutional Law of the Commonwealth, States and Territories LAWS2005 Constitutional Law
Civil Procedure LAWS2013 Civil Litigation and Procedure
Evidence LAWS2016 Evidence
Professional Conduct (including basic trust accounting) LAWS3003 Professional Conduct

Please note that other units offered in Law & Justice (other LLB units, and units in the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies (BLJS) and the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) (ADL)) do not count towards the 'Priestley Eleven'.

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Entry pathways available into Bachelor of Laws from the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)

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Our double degrees enable students to expand their career options or focus in a specialist field, with only one extra year of study

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The Faculty of Business, Law and Arts offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees which promote the rule of law, the highest standards of ethical conduct, professional responsibility and community engagement. All are fully articulated to enable students to transfer between courses depending on their grades. Our courses are intellectually rigorous, relevant, and develop fundamental graduate attributes for a successful career in law and justice.

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