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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

Students who undertake a double degree study two disciplines concurrently and are candidates for both degrees.  

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) fulfils the academic requirements for admittance to the legal profession. 

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 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. 

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws 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. 

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 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.

See the Bachelor of Arts for majors available.

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

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws a candidate shall successfully complete forty (40) units (480 credit points), comprising:
    1. all units from Part A;
    2. one (1) eight (8) unit Part B Arts Major OR two (2) four (4) unit Part B Arts Minors; and
    3. six (6) Part B Law Elective units; and
    4. four (4) Arts Elective units chosen from any undergraduate degree offered by the University; and
    5. one (1) Part B Law Elective unit OR one (1) Arts Elective unit
  2. 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.
  3. Candidates must comply with requirements relating to majors as specified in the Rules for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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 must:
    1. complete the units LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research; and
    2. achieve such standard of academic performance as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.
  2. 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 academic performance 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

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

On-campus

On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Distance education (external)

Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

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