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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

Bachelors Double Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    BA, LLB

  • Course code

    3207011

  • Credit points

    384


Overview

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects with a double degree in arts and law. You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as history, digital media or politics and international relations, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms, or undertake community arts learning opportunities, helping you build practical skills and develop professional networks.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine proficiency in the arts and law; and those specific to each discipline. This may include working in private practice as a solicitor or barrister, in government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations or careers in the media, public relations and creative industries.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for this double degree are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Arts. If a student achieves the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Access, manage, research and evaluate sources of information using intellectual and practical skills relevant to legal research and policy issues in professional practice.

Apply critical analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to social and cultural situations and problems.

Demonstrate the ability to develop a persuasive independent argument incorporating a range of perspectives and evidence.

GA2: Creativity

Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems.

Develop innovative and creative responses to contemporary and historical social, environmental and cultural issues.

GA3: Ethical practice

Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and an ability to recognise, reflect upon, and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.

Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and sustainability in service to the community.

Investigate and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and equity and according to ethical conventions.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.

Demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of society and culture in chosen disciplines of study.

Apply disciplinary knowledge to diverse contexts.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Learn and work independently by reflection and assessment of their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements.

Access, evaluate and present information using academic conventions to inform decision-making and action.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Collaborate and communicate using appropriate academic skills in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences

Communicate effectively in academic and professional settings in a variety of forms, including working autonomously or collaboratively.

GA7: Cultural competence

Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.

Demonstrate a commitment to multicultural perspectives as well as specifically developing the ability to engage in a culturally competent way with Indigenous peoples.

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.

In the Bachelor of Arts, students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units as well as through assessment opportunities.

See the Bachelor of Arts for majors available.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Term 1 , Term 3 N/A N/A
Online Term 1 , Term 3 , Term 5 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Laws is accredited with the the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and 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.

The optional subject ‘LEGL2012 – Mediation Practice and Procedure’, meets the training and assessment threshold requirements as specified in the National Mediator Accreditation System. As such, Southern Cross University is recognised as an Education and Training Provider Member of the Mediation Standards Board. Upon successful completion of the unit, students may apply to a Registered Mediation Accreditation Body (RMAB) to finalise their accreditation.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • 20 core units (240 credit points), and
  • 1 Arts Major (96 credit points), and
  • 4 Arts Law Option units (48 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Laws after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), as per the Bachelor of Laws Schedule of Units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Arts after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), as per the Bachelor of Arts Schedule of Units.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
Term1,3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
LEGL1005 Legal Process
Term1,3,5
12 Note 2
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
LAWS2011 Statutory Interpretation
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
LAWS2005 Constitutional Law
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
LAWS2002 Contract Law I
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment information Students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
LAWS2008 Criminal Procedure
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment information Students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
LAWS2003 Contract Law II
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisites LAWS2002 - Contract Law I
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment information Students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
LAWS2009 Criminal Law
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process

Second Year

LAWS2010 Environmental Law
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
LAWS2015 Torts
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
Arts Law Option Units
LAWS2007 Corporations Law
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment information Students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies are not permitted to enrol in this unit. For further information contact: law.enquiry@scu.edu.au
LEGL1006 Jurisprudence
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Arts Law Option Units
LAWS2017 Principles of Equity
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisites This unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
LAWS2012 Property Principles
Term2,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2,5
Term2,5
Online
Term2,5
Term2,5
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies

Third Year

LAWS2013 Civil Litigation and Procedure
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1005 - Legal Process AND LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
Anti-requisites This unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
LAWS2016 Evidence
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1005 - Legal Process AND LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
Anti-requisites This unit is not available for students admitted to 2206351 - Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies) OR 3006110 - Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
Arts Law Option Units
Arts Law Option Units
LAWS2006 Administrative Law
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisites LEGL1005 - Legal Process AND LAWS2005 - Constitutional Law
LAWS3007 Private Law Remedies
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisites LAWS2002 - Contract Law I, LAWS2003 - Contract Law II, LAWS2012 - Property Principles, LAWS2017 - Principles of Equity, LAWS2015 - Torts LAWS2007 - Corporations Law
LAWS3003 Professional Conduct
Term4
12 Note 1
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisites LAWS2013 - Civil Litigation and Procedure, LAWS2016 - Evidence, LAWS2008 - Criminal Procedure
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
Enrolment information This unit requires attendance, for all students, at a compulsory two-day residential school held on the Gold Coast campus. Students may attend the residential in person or online. Students who can demonstrate that attendance at the residential will cause hardship, may apply to the Unit Assessor for an exemption.
LAWS3006 Public Law Remedies
Term5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term5
Term5
Online
Term5
Term5
Pre-requisites LAWS2005 - Constitutional Law, LAWS2010 - Environmental Law, LAWS2006 - Administrative Law LAWS2009 - Criminal Law

Fourth Year

Major Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit
Major Unit

Note 1:

Attendance and participation in the workshop/s for this unit is mandatory. A student who cannot attend at the scheduled time must contact the Unit Assessor promptly to determine if an acceptable alternative arrangement can be put in place, with documented reasons that warrant Special Consideration, or else the student may fail the unit.

Note 2:

Participation in the workshop/s for this unit is normally expected and strongly encouraged. However, any students who cannot participate at the scheduled time may be able to view or download a recording from MySCU Blackboard.

Note 3:

In order to meet the training and assessment requirements prescribed by the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), students are required to attend a compulsory three-day workshop.

Unit Code Unit Title Notes

Core Units

LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 Legal Process Note 2
LAWS2011 Statutory Interpretation
LEGL1006 Jurisprudence
LAWS2002 Contract Law I
LAWS2003 Contract Law II
LAWS2007 Corporations Law
LAWS2012 Property Principles
LAWS2017 Principles of Equity
LAWS2015 Torts
LAWS2013 Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2016 Evidence
LAWS2008 Criminal Procedure
LAWS2006 Administrative Law
LAWS2010 Environmental Law
LAWS2005 Constitutional Law
LAWS2009 Criminal Law
LAWS3003 Professional Conduct Note 1
LAWS3007 Private Law Remedies
LAWS3006 Public Law Remedies

Arts Majors

Select one (1) major

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
WRIT1002 Introduction to Creative Writing
WRIT1001 Introduction to Written Texts
WRIT2004 Short Story Writing
WRIT2005 Writing Genre
WRIT2001 Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
WRIT3001 Theories of Text and Culture
One unit from the following:
WRIT2003 Writing Lives
WRIT3002 Introduction to Editing and Publishing
WRIT2006 Writing for Young People
WRIT2007 Writing Poetry
And
COMM3004 Independent Project
Or
COMM3002 Professional Placement

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
CLST1003 Doing Cultural Studies
CLST2005 Space, Place and Travel
CLST3002 Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging
CLST3003 EcoCultural Studies
COMM3004 Independent Project
CLST2001 Culture, Technology and the Senses
CLST2004 Gender, Sexuality and Culture
CLST1001 Perspectives on Australia

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
MDIA1001 Media Studies
MDIA1003 Digital Media Practices
MDIA1002 Visual Communication and Design
MDIA1004 Journalism in the Digital Age
MDIA2006 Film Studies
MDIA2002 Essential Screen Skills
MDIA3001 Advanced Screen Production
COMM3002 Professional Placement

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
HIST1001 Making History
HIST2001 Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History
HIST1002 US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization
CLST2003 Australian Cultural History
HIST3001 Community History Research Project
CLST2006 Road Trip
INDG1009 Colonising Histories
HIST3002 Freedom and Tyranny in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
POLT1001 Australian Politics
SOCI1005 Social Policy
SOCI2007 Global Inequality and Development
POLT2002 Local Government
POLT3004 Global Social Movements
POLT3001 Peace, War and International Politics
ENVR5007 Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
Choose 1 unit from the following:
COMM3002 Professional Placement
COMM3001 Community Engagement Project
COMM3004 Independent Project

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
SOCI1001 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI1002 Understanding Community
SOCI1003 Deviance in Society
SOCI2005 Society, Health and Illness
SOCI2006 Doing Social Research
SOCI2007 Global Inequality and Development
SOCI3003 Religions and the State
Choose one (1) unit from the following:
COMM3002 Professional Placement
COMM3004 Independent Project
COMM3001 Community Engagement Project

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
Select four (4) Arts Law Option Units
LAWS2032 Comparative Law
LAWS2052 Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LAWS2063 Race and the Law
LAWS2065 Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2066 Climate Law and Policy
POLT2005 Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS3002 Law Placement
LAWS3004 Jessup Moot
LAWS2035 International Business Negotiations
LAWS2028 Animal Law
LEGL2009 Mooting
LAWS4002 Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LEGL2017 Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS4001 Independent Legal Research
LAWS2024 Commercial Law
JUST2004 Human Rights
LAWS2023 International Law
LAWS2038 Advanced Advocacy
LEGL2011 Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 3
LAWS2022 Competition and Consumer Law
LAWS2021 International Business Law
LAWS3001 Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS2020 Intellectual Property
LAWS2014 Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2005 EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019 Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2018 Wills and Estates
LAWS2060 Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2057 Welfare Law
LEGL2008 Conveyancing Law Note 2
LAWS2056 Family Law Practice
INDG2012 Indigenous Rights