Course summary

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a recognised degree for admission as a lawyer throughout Australia. Whatever your field of interest, the LLB will equip you with the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law. This four-year degree can also be studied as a five-year double degree.

The Bachelor of Laws is offered on campus and by distance education. Some units may include face-to-face workshops.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for the Bachelor of Laws are encouraged to apply for the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or  Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. If students achieve the required grade point average, they can then apply for transfer into the Bachelor of Laws. 

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a recognised degree for admission as a lawyer throughout Australia. Whatever your field of interest, the LLB will equip you with the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law. This four-year degree can also be studied as a five-year double degree.

The Bachelor of Laws is offered on campus and by distance education. Some units may include face-to-face workshops.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for the Bachelor of Laws are encouraged to apply for the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or  Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. If students achieve the required grade point average, they can then apply for transfer into the Bachelor of Laws. 

Students study core units, plus select electives to suit their career aspirations. Core units range Civil Litigation and Procedure; The Philosophy of Law; Environmental Law; to Evidence; and Australian Criminal Law. Elective units cover areas as diverse as Restorative Justice; Cyberlaw; Victimology; Human Rights; Public Interest Advocacy; Animal Law; and Climate Law and Policy. 

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

Creativity

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

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 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.

Lifelong learning

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.

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. 

The Bachelor of Laws 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 for admission.

Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their admission requirements.


Course overview

Course code

3007083

Course abbreviation

LLB (4 year UG entry)

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

Duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 336060 056661
Lismore Session 1 336000 056601
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast Session 1 $22,560 ($2,820 per unit) 050150E
Lismore Session 1 $22,560 ($2,820 per unit) 050150E

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Laws - Undergraduate Entry a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty-two (32) units, comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units;
    2. six (6) units from Part B or Part C of the Schedule of Units, with no more than 2 Units being from Part C; and
    3. six (6) elective units, which may include units from Part B of the Schedule of Units.
  2. Units in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to the Rules for the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies may not be included unless these units are in Part B or C of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules, or have been completed prior to admission to candidature.
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled for a double degree with law, has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Laws following withdrawal from candidature for the Double degree.

Law Degree with Honours

  1. 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:
    1. complete the units LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research; and
    2. achieve such standard of academic performance as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.
  2. 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

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
LAW72002 - Torts Intermediate
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW73003 - Remedies Advanced
LAW72010 - Property in Land Intermediate
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Intermediate
LAW72012 - Trusts Intermediate
LAW72005 - Evidence Intermediate
LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law Intermediate
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Intermediate
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced Note 1

Part B

Title Level of learning Note
ACC00132 - Taxation Advanced
ACC00134 - Advanced Taxation Advanced
LAW00054 - Family Law Practice Intermediate
LAW00057 - Conveyancing Law Intermediate Note 1
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
LAW00061 - Drugs, Crime and the Law Intermediate
LAW00062 - Wills and Estates Intermediate
LAW00104 - Employment and Industrial Relations Law Advanced
LAW00106 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice Advanced
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW00119 - Local Government and Planning Law Intermediate
LAW00120 - Victimology Intermediate
LAW00121 - Intellectual Property Advanced
LAW00122 - Clinical Legal Experience Intermediate
LAW00123 - Law Placement Advanced
LAW00124 - International Business Law Intermediate
LAW00125 - Information Technology and the Law Advanced
LAW00126 - Competition and Consumer Law Intermediate
LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution Introductory Note 1
LAW00216 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Intermediate Note 1
LAW00514 - Criminology Intermediate
LAW00516 - Advanced Advocacy Intermediate
LAW00521 - International Law Intermediate
LAW00522 - Human Rights Advanced
LAW00523 - Commercial Law Intermediate
LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research Advanced
LAW00525 - Cyberlaw Intermediate
LAW00526 - International Criminal Justice Advanced
LAW00528 - Law Review Intermediate
LAW00529 - Restorative Justice Intermediate
LAW01125 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law Intermediate
LAW10160 - Public Interest Advocacy Advanced
LAW10168 - Privacy Law and the Private Sector Intermediate
LAW10170 - Race and the Law Intermediate
LAW10169 - Human Rights and the Global Economy Advanced
LAW10167 - International Intellectual Property Law and Public Policy Intermediate
LAW10166 - Entertainment Law Advanced
LAW10171 - Mediating Across Cultures Introductory
LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method Advanced
LAW10206 - The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law Intermediate
LAW10207 - Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law Advanced
LAW10288 - Mooting Advanced
LAW10292 - Education and the Law Intermediate
LAW10472 - International Human Rights Law Intermediate
LAW10487 - Animal Law Intermediate
LAW10488 - Crime, Globalisation and Governance Intermediate
LAW10489 - Australian Military and National Security Law Intermediate
LAW10490 - Trials and Witnesses Intermediate
LAW10491 - Sexual Orientation and the Law Intermediate
LAW10527 - Comparative Law Advanced
LAW10698 - International Trade and Development Law Advanced
LAW10727 - Marine Animal Protection Law Intermediate
LAW30002 - Advanced Sports Law Advanced
LAW30001 - Ecological Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW30003 - International Humanitarian Law Intermediate
LAW30004 - Comparative Criminal Law Advanced
LAW30005 - Statutory Interpretation Advanced
LAW72007 - International Business Negotiations Intermediate

Part C


Course progressions

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. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
1st Part B Law Elective
Year 2, Session 1
LAW72002 - Law of Torts I Intermediate
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
LAW73003 - Law of Torts II Advanced
LAW72010 - Property in Land Intermediate
LAW72012 - Trusts Intermediate
2nd Part B Law Elective
Year 3, Session 1
LAW72005 - Evidence Intermediate
LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law Intermediate
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
3rd Part B Law Elective
Year 3, Session 2
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Intermediate
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced Note 1
4th Part B Law Elective
Year 4, Session 1
5th Part B Law Elective OR Part C
6th Part B Law Elective OR Part C
7th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
8th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
Year 4, Session 2
9th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
10th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
11th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
12th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
1st Part B Law Elective
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
LAW72002 - Law of Torts I Intermediate
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
Year 3, Session 2
LAW73003 - Law of Torts II Advanced
LAW72010 - Property in Land Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
LAW72012 - Trusts Intermediate
2nd Part B Law Elective
Year 5, Session 1
LAW72005 - Evidence Intermediate
LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law Intermediate
Year 5, Session 2
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Intermediate
Year 6, Session 1
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
3rd Part B Law Elective
Year 6, Session 2
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced Note 1
4th Part B Law Elective
Year 7, Session 1
5th Part B Law Elective OR Part C
6th Part B Law Elective OR Part C
Year 7, Session 2
7th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
8th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
Year 8, Session 1
9th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
10th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
Year 8, Session 2
11th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2
12th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective Note 2

Title Level of learning Note
Students commencing their studies in Session 2 are limited to part time, external study for their first session. It may be possible to study on campus and or full time in subsequent sessions.
Year 1, Session 2
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
It is recommended that students undertake at least one elective unit in Session 3 over their course duration to allow for completion in the equivalent of 4 years of study.
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in this session and the remaining two units in Session 1 of Year 3.
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW72002 - Law of Torts I Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units in this session and the remaining two units in Session 2 of Year 3.
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
LAW73003 - Law of Torts II Advanced
Year 3, Session 1
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Intermediate
LAW72005 - Evidence Intermediate
1st Part B Law Elective
Year 3, Session 2
LAW72010 - Property in Land Intermediate
LAW72012 - Trusts Intermediate
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
2nd Part B Law Elective
Year 4, Session 1
LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law Intermediate
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
3rd Part B Law Elective
4th Part B Law Elective
Year 4, Session 2
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Intermediate
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced Note 1
5th Part B Law Elective OR Part C
6th Part B Law Elective OR Part C
Year 5, Session 1
7th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective
8th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective
9th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective
10th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective
Year 5, Session 2
11th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective
12th Part B Law Elective OR University-wide Elective

Notes

Note 1: Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.
Note 2: University-wide Electives include electives from any degree at Southern Cross University but does not include the following units: LAW10157 Australian Legal System, LAW10159 Principles of Contract Law, LAW00052 Introduction to Land Law, LAW00053 Foundations of Torts, LAW00050 Criminal Process, LAW00128 Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics, LAW00150 Introduction to Business Law, LAW00004 Company Law, LAW00058 Litigation Practice, LAW00107 Conveyancers Professional Practice, LAW00108 Legal and Conveyancing Practice, LAW10068 Law and Government Decision Making, and LAW10158 Introduction to Evidence and Advocacy. However, candidates who have completed any of these units prior to enrolment in this degree may apply for advanced standing in up to a maximum of six of the above as “University-wide electives” but not as “Part B Law Electives”.

Unit groups

Part B Law Elective

Title Level of learning Note
ACC00132 - Taxation Advanced
ACC00134 - Advanced Taxation Advanced
LAW00054 - Family Law Practice Intermediate
LAW00057 - Conveyancing Law Intermediate Note 1
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
LAW00061 - Drugs, Crime and the Law Intermediate
LAW00062 - Wills and Estates Intermediate
LAW00104 - Employment and Industrial Relations Law Advanced
LAW00106 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice Advanced
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW00119 - Local Government and Planning Law Intermediate
LAW00120 - Victimology Intermediate
LAW00121 - Intellectual Property Advanced
LAW00122 - Clinical Legal Experience Intermediate
LAW00123 - Law Placement Advanced
LAW00124 - International Business Law Intermediate
LAW00125 - Information Technology and the Law Advanced
LAW00126 - Competition and Consumer Law Intermediate
LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution Introductory Note 1
LAW00216 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Intermediate Note 1
LAW00514 - Criminology Intermediate
LAW00516 - Advanced Advocacy Intermediate
LAW00521 - International Law Intermediate
LAW00522 - Human Rights Advanced
LAW00523 - Commercial Law Intermediate
LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research Advanced
LAW00525 - Cyberlaw Intermediate
LAW00526 - International Criminal Justice Advanced
LAW00528 - Law Review Intermediate
LAW00529 - Restorative Justice Intermediate
LAW01125 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law Intermediate
LAW10160 - Public Interest Advocacy Advanced
LAW10168 - Privacy Law and the Private Sector Intermediate
LAW10170 - Race and the Law Intermediate
LAW10169 - Human Rights and the Global Economy Advanced
LAW10167 - International Intellectual Property Law and Public Policy Intermediate
LAW10166 - Entertainment Law Advanced
LAW10171 - Mediating Across Cultures Introductory
LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method Advanced
LAW10206 - The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law Intermediate
LAW10207 - Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law Advanced
LAW10288 - Mooting Advanced
LAW10292 - Education and the Law Intermediate
LAW10472 - International Human Rights Law Intermediate
LAW10487 - Animal Law Intermediate
LAW10488 - Crime, Globalisation and Governance Intermediate
LAW10489 - Australian Military and National Security Law Intermediate
LAW10490 - Trials and Witnesses Intermediate
LAW10491 - Sexual Orientation and the Law Intermediate
LAW10527 - Comparative Law Advanced
LAW10698 - International Trade and Development Law Advanced
LAW10727 - Marine Animal Protection Law Intermediate
LAW30002 - Advanced Sports Law Advanced
LAW30001 - Ecological Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW30003 - International Humanitarian Law Intermediate
LAW30004 - Comparative Criminal Law Advanced
LAW30005 - Statutory Interpretation Advanced
LAW72007 - International Business Negotiations Intermediate