Bachelor of Laws
About this course
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a recognised degree for admission as a lawyer throughout Australia. Whatever your field of interest, the LLB will equip you with the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law. This four-year degree can also be studied as a five-year double degree.
The Bachelor of Laws is offered on campus and by distance education. Some units may include face-to-face workshops.
Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for the Bachelor of Laws are encouraged to apply for the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. If students achieve the required grade point average, they can then apply for transfer into the Bachelor of Laws.
Graduates typically work 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, entertainment law and sporting law.
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 for admission.
Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission 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 electives to suit their career aspirations. Core units range Civil Litigation and Procedure; The Philosophy of Law; Environmental Law; to Evidence; and Australian Criminal Law. Elective units cover areas as diverse as Restorative Justice; Cyberlaw; Victimology; Human Rights; Public Interest Advocacy; Animal Law; and Climate Law and Policy.
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 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.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you cut months or years off 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, the University has evaluated the learning within some Australian and overseas qualifications/courses, visit SCU Pathways. If your previous study or educational institution is not listed, we still encourage you to apply for advanced standing because you might still be eligible.
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 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 the Lismore campus 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
Applicants for admission to candidature shall have either:
- Undergraduate Entry — satisfied the requirements prescribed in Rule 2 Section 2 of the Rules Relating to Awards; or
- have qualifications which in the opinion of the School Board are equivalent to the above.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Laws - Undergraduate Entry a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty-two (32) units, comprising:
- all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units;
- six (6) units from Part B or Part C of the Schedule of Units, with no more than 2 Units being from Part C; and
- six (6) elective units, which may include units from Part B of the Schedule of Units.
- Units in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to the Rules for the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies may not be included unless these units are in Part B or C of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules, or have been completed prior to admission to candidature.
- 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 Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) may be granted advanced standing for up to a total of thirteen (13) units into the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws degree.
Schedule of units
How to apply
Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.
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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