Bachelor of Laws
About this course
The graduate entry Bachelor of Laws at Southern Cross University is a three-year degree which meets the requirements for admission as a lawyer throughout Australia. Some graduate-entry students may choose to specialise in fields of law relevant to their previous degree.
A small number of units include compulsory on-campus workshops for all students.
As barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate or government organisations. During their careers they can further develop a specialisation in many fields of law such as family law, wills and estate planning, criminal law, corporate law, property and conveyancing law, town planning and environmental law, employment and industrial relations, commercial law, compensation law, entertainment law and sporting law.
The Bachelor of Laws graduate entry 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 practise as a lawyer.
Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country's admissions body to confirm their admission requirements.
Law students can undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices to build their practical legal skills and develop their professional networks.
Major areas of study
Students study core units, plus select elective units to suit their career aspirations. Core units include areas such as Civil Litigation and Procedure; The Philosophy of Law; Environmental Law; Professional Conduct; Evidence; and Australian Criminal Law. Elective units may include areas as diverse as Cyberlaw; Entertainment Law; Victimology; Human Rights; Public Interest Advocacy; Race and the Law; Animal Law; and Ecological Jurisprudence. There is a full list of units on the course structure tab.
Honours is embedded in the Bachelor of Laws degree and requires the completion of two specified Law units in addition to a high academic achievement overall.
The assessment methods used in this course 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.
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 online 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 online students. During the workshop students meet key representatives of the legal profession who address issues of contemporary legal practice and professional conduct. For more information, go to law workshops.
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.
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 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. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Students at Lismore also have access to a moot court with a two-way viewing room, which is used for teaching practical skills in a court setting.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Laws - Graduate Entry a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points), comprising:
- all units listed in Part A; and
- seven (7) units from Part B or Part C, with no more than two (2) units being from Part C; and
- have completed a degree or hold equivalent qualifications as specified in the Admission Requirements.
- A candidate who, while enrolled for a double degree with law, has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Laws following withdrawal from candidature for the Double degree.
Law Degree with Honours
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:
- complete the units LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research; and
- achieve such standard of academic performance as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.
- 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
A candidate who has completed the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies may be granted advanced standing for up to a total of eight (8) units into the graduate Bachelor of Laws degree.
Schedule of units
How to apply
Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.
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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'