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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

  • Bachelor

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects through this double degree that both fosters the arts and lays down the law. You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as media studies, social sciences and politics, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
5 years full-time, 10 years part-time
Course Code
3206101
Study Mode
In person, Online
ATAR
80

About this course

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects through this double degree that both fosters the arts and lays down the law.

You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as media studies, social sciences and politics, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms, or undertake community arts learning opportunities, helping you build practical skills and develop professional networks.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine proficiency in the arts and law; and those specific to each discipline. This may include working in private practice as a solicitor or barrister, in government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations or careers in the media, public relations and creative industries.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for this double degree are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Arts. If a student achieves the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Study locations

Gold Coast

Lismore

Online

What you will learn

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

See the Bachelor of Arts for majors available.

Career pathways

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

For arts: communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, education, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights.

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

Course structure

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

  • 23 core units (276 credit points); and
  • 1 listed 8-unit Arts major (96 credit points); OR
  • 1 shared major (96 credit points)
  • 7 Law electives (84 credit points); and
  • 2 University-wide electives (24 credit points).

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, students must:

  • fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws; and
  • complete the units LAWS4002 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAWS4001- Independent Legal Research; and
  • achieve a satisfactory standard of academic performance in law units as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.

Class of Honours

The Bachelor of Laws with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:

  • First Class Honours;
  • Second Class Honours (Division I); or
  • Second Class Honours (Division II).

Exit Award

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