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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

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About this course

Students who undertake a double degree are candidates for both degrees and are able to complete the two degrees with five years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

This double degree gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the law as it applies to the arts. Students can specialise with an arts major, and select from a comprehensive range of law electives.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a recognised degree for admission as a lawyer throughout Australia. Whatever their field of interest, the LLB will equip students with the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law.

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

Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine their knowledge of both disciplines to work in law-related areas of the arts. They can also pursue career paths specific to either discipline: that is, as barristers or solicitors in private, corporate or government legal departments; or depending on the arts major chosen, in 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.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession, but professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to be eligible for admission.

Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their admission requirements.

See the Bachelor of Arts for professional recognition.

Professional placement

Law 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 Arts for professional placement.

Major areas of study

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

The Bachelor of Arts has the following majors:

  • Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Governance and Society
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Writing

For more information about these majors, visit the Bachelor of Arts.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods for the Bachelor of Laws vary from unit to unit. They may include research proposals, research essays, reports, oral and written presentations, case studies, online and class participation, and examinations. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations also varies.

The assessment methods used in the Bachelor of Arts vary from unit to unit.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Attendance at an on-campus workshop for the unit Professional Conduct is a requirement of the Bachelor of Laws for both on-campus and distance education students. During the workshop students meet with key representatives of the legal profession who address issues of contemporary legal practice and professional conduct. For more information, go to law workshops.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

The School of Law and Justice delivers courses in a blended learning environment using innovative and emergent technologies.

MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.

The academic skills development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

The School of Law and Justice Resident Tutor assists first year students who experience difficulties in understanding their study tasks and/or adapting to tertiary study.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides on-campus students with modern well-equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Modern audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Students in Lismore have access to a moot court with a two-way viewing room, which is used for teaching practical skills in a court setting.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of a double degree including Law a candidate shall successfully complete not less than the equivalent of forty (40) units, including all units from Part A, and comply with the applicable Schedule attached to these Rules.

Any Rules governing unit selection relating to a single degree named in the Double Degree Schedules are deemed to have been met by compliance with that Double Degree Schedule.

The Rules for the Bachelor of Arts component require the completion of one major from Part B and three (3) Arts Elective units from Part B, Part C or Part D.

Candidates must comply with requirements relating to majors as specified in the Rules for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Please contact the School of Arts and Social Sciences regarding the Arts Majors and Arts Electives.

Duration of Course
Normally, unless the School Boards otherwise determine, a candidate shall be required to complete the requirements of the double degrees in not more than twelve (12) years from the date of commencement.

Law Degree with Honours
 

  1. A candidate for the award of Bachelor of Laws with Honours shall fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws award, and in addition:
  2. shall achieve such standard of excellence as the School Board, School of Law and Justice, may from time to time determine;
  3. shall complete the units LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research.
  4. For the award of Honours, consideration shall be given to a candidate’s academic record throughout the course of study. A candidate who has reached the required standard of excellence referred to in Rule 4.3(a) may on the recommendation of the School Board in the School of Law and Justice, be awarded Honours in one of the following grades:

    First Class Honours
    Second Class Honours – Division I
    Second Class Honours – Division II

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates will not be granted advanced standing for more than the equivalent of twenty (20) units in total, or eleven (11) law units, or nine (9) non-law units, except for candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, Bachelor of Laws course, who may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty (20) law units. A law unit is one offered by the School of Law and Justice.
  2. Advanced standing will be determined by the School Board responsible for the unit for which advanced standing is being sought, or in the case of unspecified advanced standing, by the School Board responsible for the award in which it is sought.
  3. In exceptional cases advanced standing greater than the above limits may be granted by the relevant School Board, which shall notify the Academic Board of all instances.

Schedule of units

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'