Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Laws
About this course
This unique five-year double degree provides graduates with a clear professional pathway to become a legal practitioner with a thorough understanding of human psychological factors.
The course offers a flexible mix of units both online and on-campus, with psychology units delivered on-campus in Coffs Harbour and law units delivered on-campus in Lismore. A compulsory three-day workshop at the Lismore campus gives students a unique opportunity to learn from key representatives of the legal profession, while the option of professional placement during their studies provides vital insight into career opportunities and professional networks.
As barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate, or government organisations. There are a range of career opportunities in government departments, particularly those connected with health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies such as the CSIRO, and in education.
During their careers graduates 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.
Students will also be able to pursue postgraduate training to become registered psychologists to provide clinical services.
This degree is designed to fulfil 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 refer to 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 units from an extensive range of electives to suit their career aspirations.
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 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.
Psychology units are available for on-campus study at the Coffs Harbour campus. Law units are available for on-campus study at the Lismore campus. All psychology and law units are available for online study, with the exception of the Professional Conduct unit. This unit is a requirement of the Bachelor of Laws for both on-campus and online students that includes compulsory attendance at a three-day on-campus workshop. 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 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.
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 Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.
The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
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.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
To be awarded the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Laws, students must successfully complete forty (40) units (480 credit points) comprising:
- Thirty-two (32) core units (384 Credit points)
- Eight (8) Law electives (96 Credit points)
Schedule of units
How to apply
Applications for this course to study online are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'