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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, Bachelor of Laws

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If you want a legal degree with a difference and to make a difference as a legal professional, you need to know how the law operates and why. This double degree expands your career opportunities in law to encompass social justice, policy development, politics and analysis.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
5 years full-time, 10 years part-time
Course Code
3206107, 026999M, 026999M
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Fees
$26,800 per year / $134,000 total
ATAR
80

About this course

If you want a legal degree with a difference and to make a difference as a legal professional, you need to know how the law operates and why. This double degree expands your career opportunities in law to encompass social justice, policy development, politics and analysis.

Together with core units that prepare you for qualification as a lawyer, you can choose elective units in areas such as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law, and ecological jurisprudence.

There is an option to complete electives at academically rigorous and rewarding summer law schools in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

As a graduate, you may consider a career not just in the legal profession, but also in government service, law enforcement and the corporate sector.

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 practise as a lawyer. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. Students who achieve the required grade point average may then apply to transfer to the double degree.

Entry requirements

No non-standard admission requirements recorded.

Study locations

Gold Coast

Lismore

Online

What you will learn

In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the program includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law that reflect the School of Law and Justice's focus on justice and critique.

There are no majors in the Bachelor of Laws degree; however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available. Students may choose elective units to suit their interests and professional aspirations including areas as diverse as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence.

The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies consists of a range of law units and elective units, including areas such as Australian politics, the Australian legal system, global social movements and social policy.

Career pathways

This double degree meets the requirements for admission as a lawyer in Australia with wide and varied career opportunities not only in the legal profession but also in government service, law enforcement and in the corporate sector.

Course structure

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 40 units (480 credit points), comprising:

  • 22 core units (264 credit points),
  • 1 Shared Major (96 credit points), excluding the Law and Justice Major and 10 Law electives (120 credit points), or
  • 12 Law electives (144 credit points) and 6 Law or University-wide electives (72 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 LAW S4001 - 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

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 Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies upon completion of the requirements of the single degree.