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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws

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Are you passionate about improving people's lives and the societies we inhabit? This double degree boosts your grasp of processes and ideas that can make all the difference. This degree fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Australia.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
5 years full-time, 10 years part-time
Course Code
3207006
Study Mode
In person, Online
ATAR
80

About this course

Are you passionate about improving people's lives and the societies we inhabit? This double degree boosts your grasp of processes and ideas that can make all the difference.

Graduates of this course can anticipate a wide range of careers specific to the law or social science, or as a combination of both. Spanning the public and private sectors, options include legal practice as a barrister or solicitor, social welfare, community development, social policy, social justice, research and analysis.

This degree 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 be eligible to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science. If those students achieve 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.

Go to Bachelor of Social Science for details about majors and streams offered in this course.

Career pathways

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

For social science: professional roles in social welfare, community development, or in policy-related areas of government departments and the private sector.

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

Course structure

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

  • 33 core units (396 credit points); and
  • 7 Law electives (84 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

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 Award

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