A Law alumni is standing in front of a tiled wall looking over her shoulder

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March, July, October

  • Duration

    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Online

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

  • Course abbreviation

    BLaws,BBEnt

  • Course code

    3207100

  • Credit points

    384

  • Equivalent units

    32

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

  • Duration

    4 years full-time

  • Location

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Overview

Knowledge of the intricacies of the law and of business can give you a competitive edge, regardless of the field you work in.

Our four-year double degree takes you into many areas of the law relevant to Australian organisations – from industrial relations to corporate finance.

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of career opportunities extending across the law and business in the private and public sectors. The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession. 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 for a double degree in law are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Business and Enterprise in the first instance.

Smiling law graduate, Sarah Ashley sitting at the Gold Coast campus

“I chose Southern Cross because I wanted somewhere where the lecturers knew me by name and provided one-on-one assistance. The course was definitely challenging but I learned so much and the staff were always so willing to help.”

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

Learn more

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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Access, manage, research and evaluate sources of information using intellectual and practical skills relevant to legal research and policy issues in professional practice.

Critically evaluate and apply practical and responsible business and enterprise solutions from a range of related disciplines to both inform and justify critical decisions.

GA2: Creativity

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

Apply knowledge and skills creatively in devising innovative, effective and responsible solutions to challenges related to a business or enterprise.

GA3: Ethical practice

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.

Develop and apply recognised ethical frameworks to influence responsible business behaviours within an organisational context.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate and apply in-depth and responsible discipline-specific knowledge and skills within a local, regional and global perspective.

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.

GA5: Lifelong learning

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

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for ongoing learning in business and enterprise settings.

GA6: Communication and social skills

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

Prepare and deliver, individually and/or in a team, well developed and justified discipline-specific advice through both written and oral communication.

Investigate and identify a broad range of responsible leadership practices in the management of people and self.

GA7: Cultural competence

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

Demonstrate responsible cultural competence in local, national, and international settings as applied in business and social situations.

Bachelor of Laws 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.

See the Bachelor of Business and Enterprise for professional placement.

This double degree comprises the core units from the Bachelor of Laws and the Bachelor of Business and Enterprise. Students will build their legal knowledge while developing their business acumen.

Location Teaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5

Career Outcomes

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

For business and enterprise: advertising, marketing, public relations, product management, management, international business, human resource management, investment, banking, accounting and finance

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

The Bachelor of Laws is accredited with the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and fulfils  the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training 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.

See the Bachelor of Business and Enterprise for professional recognition.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

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

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Business and Enterprise, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • 31 core units (384 credit points)

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 Business and Enterprise after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), as per the Bachelor of Business and Enterprise Schedule of Units.

Other things to consider

The Early Offer program allows Year 12 students to secure a place in a Southern Cross University undergraduate degree before Year 12 results are released. It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and provide a pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on Year 12 results.

Learn more

There are different pathways into an undergraduate degree.

Whether you are returning to study after some time or you have just finished school and you need some extra academic preparation before embarking on a degree, Southern Cross University offers two excellent, fee-free academic preparation programs that develop the skills you need to be successful at university.

SCU College also offers a range of one-year Diplomas that provide extra academic support as you commence university. Diplomas are a great pathway to a degree and may also prepare you for diverse paraprofessional roles.

Learn more

Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

Learn more


Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

View Student Handbook

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete units in the following year order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
LEGL1005Legal Process
Term1,3,5
12 Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
BUSN1007The Interconnected World
Summer Term
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
MelbourneN/A
Summer Term
Term2,4
Online
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
Term2,4
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term2,4
PerthN/A
Summer Term
Term2,4
SydneyN/A
Summer Term
Term2,4
BUSN1008Business Practice and Impact
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
MelbourneN/A
Term4
Online
Term2,4
Term2,4
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term4
PerthN/A
Term4
SydneyN/A
Term4
LAWS2002Contract Law I
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationStudents admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
BUSN1004Starting a Business
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1,3
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
LAWS2009Criminal Law
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
LAWS2003Contract Law II
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesLAWS2002 - Contract Law I
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationStudents admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au

Second Year

LAWS2015Torts
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
LAWS2013Civil Litigation and Procedure
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1005 - Legal Process AND LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
Anti-requisitesThis unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
LAWS2005Constitutional Law
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
LAWS2011Statutory Interpretation
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
LEGL1006Jurisprudence
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
LAWS2006Administrative Law
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesLEGL1005 - Legal Process AND LAWS2005 - Constitutional Law
LAWS2017Principles of Equity
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesThis unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
LAWS2012Property Principles
Term2,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,5
Term2,5
Online
Term2,5
Term2,5
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies

Third Year

LAWS2016Evidence
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1005 - Legal Process AND LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
Anti-requisitesThis unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
LAWS2010Environmental Law
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesLEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
BUSN2001Professional Development for the Workplace
Term2,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,5
Term2,5
MelbourneN/A
Term2,5
Online
Term2,5
Term2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby
Term5
Term2,5
PerthN/A
Term2,5
SydneyN/A
Term2,5
Anti-requisitesSPRT3001 - Professional Preparation
LAWS2007Corporations Law
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationStudents admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
BUSN1006Solving Wicked Problems
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1,3
PerthN/A
Term1,3
SydneyN/A
Term1,3
LAWS3007Private Law Remedies
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesLAWS2002 - Contract Law I, LAWS2003 - Contract Law II, LAWS2012 - Property Principles, LAWS2017 - Principles of Equity, LAWS2015 - Torts LAWS2007 - Corporations Law
BUSN3003Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Dual Term4
Term2,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
China - Guangxi USTN/A
Term5
China - TUSTN/A
Dual Term4
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term2,3,5
Term2,3,5
MelbourneN/A
Term2,3,5
Online
Term2,3,5
Term2,3,5
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby
Term5
Term3,5
PerthN/A
Term2,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term2,3,5
LAWS3006Public Law Remedies
Term5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term5
Term5
Online
Term5
Term5
Pre-requisitesLAWS2005 - Constitutional Law, LAWS2010 - Environmental Law, LAWS2006 - Administrative Law LAWS2009 - Criminal Law

Fourth Year

LAWS6003Global Business Law
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Term2
Term2
LAWS6009The Law of Corporate Governance
Summer Term
12
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Summer Term
Summer Term
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
MelbourneN/A
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
PerthN/A
Term2
SydneyN/A
Term2
Pre-requisitesLEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
LAWS2019Employment and Industrial Relations Law
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System OR LEGL1003 - Introduction to Business Law
LAWS2008Criminal Procedure
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationStudents admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
LAWS3003Professional Conduct
Term4
12 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesLAWS2013 - Civil Litigation and Procedure, LAWS2016 - Evidence, LAWS2008 - Criminal Procedure
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment informationThis unit requires attendance, for all students, at a compulsory two-day residential school held on the Gold Coast campus. Students may attend the residential in person or online. Students who can demonstrate that attendance at the residential will cause hardship, may apply to the Unit Assessor for an exemption.
BUSN3005 -  Internship A OR BUSN3007 -  Industry Project I


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 determine if an acceptable alternative arrangement can be put in place, with documented 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:

This unit requires students to complete a 225 hour internship

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Unit
LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005Legal Process Note 2
LAWS2011Statutory Interpretation
LEGL1006Jurisprudence
LAWS2002Contract Law I
LAWS2003Contract Law II
LAWS2007Corporations Law
LAWS2012Property Principles
LAWS2015Torts
LAWS2017Principles of Equity
LAWS2010Environmental Law
LAWS2005Constitutional Law
LAWS2006Administrative Law
LAWS2009Criminal Law
LAWS2008Criminal Procedure
LAWS2013Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2016Evidence
LAWS2019Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LAWS6003Global Business Law
LAWS6009The Law of Corporate Governance
LAWS3003Professional Conduct Note 1
LAWS3006Public Law Remedies
LAWS3007Private Law Remedies
BUSN1004Starting a Business
BUSN1006Solving Wicked Problems
BUSN1008Business Practice and Impact
BUSN1007The Interconnected World
BUSN2001Professional Development for the Workplace
BUSN3003Entrepreneurship and Innovation
BUSN3005Internship A Note 3
Or
BUSN3007Industry Project I

Why Law at SCU

5-star rating

We're rated 5-stars for teaching quality and student support

(Good Universities Guide 2023: Law)

Postgraduate experience

We're rated 5-stars for postgraduate overall experience, student support and teaching quality

(GUG 2023)

Entry pathways

Entry pathways available into Bachelor of Laws from the Associate Degree in Law

(Paralegal Studies)

Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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