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

Whether it's defending a client in court, challenging a ruling in a sport tribunal, building a case to protect the environment or kick-starting a corporate career, a degree in law or legal studies from Southern Cross can get you there. Our double degrees in law can double your employment opportunities and with a focus on social justice, critical thinking, academic rigour and work-ready skills, our professionally accredited qualifications, delivered by the School of Law and Justice open the way to a range of careers in law and justice:

  • Lawyer (specialist or generalist)
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Property conveyancer
  • Criminology
  • Entertainment lawyer
  • Court officer
  • Environmental lawyer (one of the fastest growing fields of legal research)
  • Human rights and social justice advocate.

What makes Southern Cross different to other universities

  • Supervised work placements build networks
  • Accelerated study options at Law Summer Schools in Byron Bay and Gold Coast
  • Moot Court facility on campus to gain courtroom practice
  • Lecturers who are internationally recognised experts
  • Gain academic qualifications for admission to the legal profession
  • Five-star rating in law and paralegal studies - Good Universities Guide 2019

Meet our graduates

Johanna Byrne

Law and Justice

Johanna Byrne knows love. Once a florist – a career of passion and empathy – Johanna experienced the sudden loss of her husband in 2014, leaving her a single mother to seven children.

Amid it all, she left floristry and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2017, quickly becoming an essential figure in the Australian legal system.

After working roles in Legal Aid then corporate law, Johanna was appointed the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights’ State Convenor for Tasmania and the National Indigenous co-chair. “Law is a people profession,” says Johanna.

“I can help people in a different way than what I was doing with flowers.” 

Read more about Johanna and her legal career.

Video Transcript

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 10 years I want to have my own chambers and be practicing 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.