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Bachelor of Laws

Bachelors Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    LLB (3 year UG entry)

  • Course code

    3007001

  • Credit points

    288


Overview

Complete the academic prerequisites to become a lawyer in just three years with the Bachelor of Laws, developing the intellectual, critical, and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law. 

In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the course includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law, that reflect our focus on justice and critique. 

Elective units cover areas as diverse as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence. An elective in mediation meets national requirements, setting you on the way to becoming a nationally accredited mediator. 

You may also complete electives via rewarding and academically rigorous Summer or Winter School intensives and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

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

GA2: Creativity

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

GA3: Ethical practice

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

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

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

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

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

GA7: Cultural competence

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.

In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the course includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law that reflect the discipline's focus on justice and critique.

There are no majors in this degree but students can choose from a wide range of electives to suit their interests.

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 fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession, and is accredited with the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB). 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 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 Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 20 core units (240 credit points), and
  • 4 Law option units (48 credit points).

The Bachelor of Laws must be completed in no less than 3 years full-time study of law, unless exceptional circumstances apply and are approved by the Course Coordinator.

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
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
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
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
Option Units
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

Note 1:

Attendance and participation in the practicums/residentials 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:

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 practicum/residential.

Unit Code Unit Title Notes

Core Units

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

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

Double Degree Early Exit Pathways

To be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Laws from the double degrees listed below, students will need to complete the exit pathways detailed:

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1006 Jurisprudence
LEGL1005 Legal Process
LAWS2011 Statutory Interpretation
LAWS2002 Contract Law I
LAWS2003 Contract Law II
LAWS2008 Criminal Procedure
LAWS2012 Property Principles
LAWS2005 Constitutional Law
LAWS2015 Torts
LAWS2009 Criminal Law
LAWS2007 Corporations Law
LAWS2013 Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2017 Principles of Equity
LAWS2016 Evidence
LAWS2010 Environmental Law
LAWS2006 Administrative Law
LAWS3003 Professional Conduct Note 1
LAWS3006 Public Law Remedies
LAWS3007 Private Law Remedies
Select Four (4) Arts/Law option units

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
LAWS2002 Contract Law I
LAWS2003 Contract Law II
LAWS2011 Statutory Interpretation
LAWS2008 Criminal Procedure
LAWS2012 Property Principles
LAWS2005 Constitutional Law
LAWS2015 Torts
LAWS2009 Criminal Law
LAWS2007 Corporations Law
LAWS2013 Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2017 Principles of Equity
LAWS2016 Evidence
LAWS2006 Administrative Law
LAWS3003 Professional Conduct
LEGL1005 Legal Process
LAWS3007 Private Law Remedies
LAWS2022 Competition and Consumer Law
LAWS3006 Public Law Remedies
LAWS2019 Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS6009 The Law of Corporate Governance
LAWS6003 Global Business Law
LAWS2020 Intellectual Property
LAWS2025 Stock Exchange and Finance Law