Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Laws
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.
The course gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the law as it applies to sport and exercise. The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science prepares students with the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to practise as professionals in the field of exercise and sports science.
Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. If those students achieve the required grade point average during the course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.
Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of health, sport, fitness or leisure industries and law; and those specific to each discipline. For health, sport, fitness or leisure industries: sport administration, sport facility management, health and fitness centre management, health promotion. For law: as barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate or government organisations.
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 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. Students should check the professional recognition requirements for the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
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.
Major areas of study
There are no majors in this double degree, however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available.
The assessment methods used in 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. Assessment methods in the Bachelor of Exercise Science also vary from unit to unit.
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 Bachelor of Sport Science and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Laws double degree is not offered online. However, law students may be able to complete units online.
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. 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 audio-visual 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.
See the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science for equipment and facilities particular to that course.
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 Sport and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Laws a candidate shall successfully complete forty (40) units (480 credit points), comprising:
- all units in Part A; and
- Six (6) Law Elective units from Part B
- 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.
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
Schedule of units
How to apply
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