Bachelor of Laws - Graduate entryBachelors Graduate Entry
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.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems.
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 in service to the community.
Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and sustainability.
|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 an understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.
Learn and work independently.
Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements.
Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice.
|Communication and social skills|
Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences.
Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.
Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.
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.
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.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||Session 1 , Session 2||336766||056761|
|Lismore||Session 1 , Session 2||336100||056001|
|Online||Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3||N/A||N/A|
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.
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.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws - Graduate Entry, students must complete 288 credit points, comprising:
- 17 core units; and
- 7 Law electives.
Bachelor of Laws with Honours
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, students must:
- fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws; and
- complete the units LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research; and
- achieve a satisfactory standard of academic performance in law units as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.
Class of Honours
The Bachelor of Laws with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:
- First Class Honours;
- Second Class Honours (Division I); or
- Second Class Honours (Division II).
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||Level of learning||Notes|
|Year 1, Session 1|
|LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing||Introductory|
|LAW00111 - Legal Process||Introductory|
|Year 1, Session 2|
|LAW72002 - Torts||Intermediate|
|1st Unit from Law Electives|
|Year 2, Session 1|
|LAW10001 - Contract Law I||Introductory|
|LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I||Introductory|
|Year 2, Session 2|
|LAW10003 - Contract Law II||Intermediate|
|LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II||Intermediate|
|Year 3, Session 1|
|LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law||Intermediate|
|LAW00118 - Environmental Law||Intermediate|
|Year 3, Session 2|
|LAW00112 - Constitutional Law||Intermediate|
|2nd Unit from Law Electives|
|Year 4, Session 1|
|LAW72005 - Evidence||Advanced|
|LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure||Intermediate|
|Year 4, Session 2|
|LAW71005 - Property Principles||Introductory|
|LAW72009 - Principles of Equity||Advanced|
|Year 5, Session 1|
|LAW00527 - Corporations Law||Intermediate|
|3rd Unit from Law Electives|
|Year 5, Session 2|
|LAW00117 - Administrative Law||Advanced|
|LAW00519 - Professional Conduct||Advanced||Note 1|
|Year 6, Session 1|
|4th Unit from Law Electives|
|5th Unit from Law Electives|
|Year 6, Session 2|
|6th Unit from Law Electives|
|7th Unit from Law Electives|
Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Level of learning||Notes|
|LAW00051||Legal Research and Writing||Introductory|
|LAW00111||Legal Process||Introductory||Note 1|
|LAW10001||Contract Law I||Introductory|
|LAW10002||Australian Criminal Law I||Introductory|
|LAW10003||Contract Law II||Intermediate|
|LAW10004||Australian Criminal Law II||Intermediate|
|LAW72009||Principles of Equity||Advanced|
|LAW00520||The Philosophy of Law||Intermediate|
|LAW72001||Civil Litigation and Procedure||Intermediate|
|LAW00519||Professional Conduct||Advanced||Note 1|
|Select seven (7) elective units from the following, ensuring at least two (2) are advanced|