Course summary

The media mantra tells us that content is all. At Southern Cross, we’re taking that idea a step further.

This unique four-year combined degree in laws and creative writing provides you with clear professional pathways as both legal and writing practitioners. You'll develop fluency in written and oral expression, reading and research skills, and above all, writing across a range of genres, both professional and imaginative – complementing the rigor, research and writing skills developed by studying the law.

Such skills are invaluable to today’s media companies, advertising agencies, film companies and many other organisations. The University has strong links to the writing and publishing industry and is a partner in the Byron Writers Festival and other literary events, with diverse work placement opportunities for students.

Career options include intellectual property, commercial or academic publishing, corporate communications, and legal work in a range of creative industries, government departments and professional practices.

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 practise as a lawyer.

Students study core units, plus select units from electives to suit their career aspirations. These can include human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence.

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.

Creatively and critically analyse a broad range of socio-cultural issues relevant to arts practices, using persuasive argumentation that is historically informed.

Creativity

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.

Challenge and reinvent pre-existing methodologies relevant to national and global arts industries

Ethical practice

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.

Demonstrate an understanding of cross-cultural difference and the presence of ethical standards in the arts and social sciences

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 broad knowledge of arts industries/creative practices and their associated social and theoretical contexts.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate an understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.

Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice.

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.

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.

Demonstrate critical multi-cultural perspectives, and an ability to reflect upon indigenous/non-indigenous and local/international methods of cultural production.

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.

The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) of NSW and satisfies the academic requirements for admission to the practice of law in Australia. 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

3207008

Course abbreviation

LLBCreatWrite

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A
Lismore 1 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $26,800 ($3,350 per unit) 096002D

Course requirements

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

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

  • 23 core units (276 credit points); and
  • 6 Law electives (72 credit points); and
  • 3 Creative Writing electives (36 credit points).

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core Units

LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
LAW30005 - Statutory Interpretation Advanced
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
LAW72005 - Evidence Advanced
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
WRI10001 - Introduction to Creative Writing Introductory
LAW72002 - Torts Intermediate
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Advanced
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Advanced
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced
LAW71006 - The Rhetoric of Law Introductory
LAW73004 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law Advanced

Electives

Choose six (6) units from the following Law Electives

Title Level of learning Note
ACC00132 - Taxation Advanced
ACC00134 - Advanced Taxation Advanced
LAW00054 - Family Law Practice Intermediate
LAW00057 - Conveyancing Law Intermediate
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
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
LAW00216 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Intermediate
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
LAW00529 - Restorative Justice Intermediate
LAW01125 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law Intermediate
LAW10160 - Public Interest Advocacy Advanced
LAW10166 - Entertainment Law Advanced
LAW10167 - International Intellectual Property Law and Public Policy Intermediate
LAW10168 - Privacy Law and the Private Sector Intermediate
LAW10170 - Race and the Law Intermediate
LAW10169 - Human Rights and the Global Economy 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
LAW30001 - Ecological Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW30002 - Advanced Sports Law Advanced
LAW30003 - International Humanitarian Law Intermediate
LAW30004 - Comparative Criminal Law Advanced
LAW73003 - Remedies Advanced
LAW72006 - Climate Law and Policy Intermediate
LAW72010 - Property in Land Intermediate
LAW72007 - International Business Negotiations Intermediate
LAW72008 - Indigenous Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW72011 - Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authority Intermediate
LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law Intermediate
LAW72014 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism Intermediate
LAW72015 - Law, Film and Ideology Intermediate
LAW73051 - Global Legal Pluralism Advanced
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW73050 - Jessup Moot Advanced
LAW73049 - Information Environmentalism Advanced
LAW72016 - Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Intermediate
LAW72013 - Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Intermediate
LAW72021 - Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Intermediate
LAWS2027 - Introduction to Chinese Business Law Intermediate
LAW72018 - Performances and Power in Literature and the Law Intermediate
LAW72019 - Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics Intermediate
JUST2006 - Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism Intermediate
JUST2012 - The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric Intermediate
LAWS2068 - Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century Intermediate
LAWS2067 - Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction Intermediate
Choose three (3) units from the following Creative Writing Electives

Course progressions

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

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 1. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 2.
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
LAW72002 - Torts Intermediate
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
WRI10001 - Introduction to Creative Writing Introductory
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
LAW30005 - Statutory Interpretation Advanced
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
LAW71006 - The Rhetoric of Law Introductory
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
LAW72005 - Evidence Advanced
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Advanced
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Advanced
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 2
LAW73004 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law Advanced
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW72002 - Torts Intermediate
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
WRI10001 - Introduction to Creative Writing Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
LAW30005 - Statutory Interpretation Advanced
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Advanced
LAW71006 - The Rhetoric of Law Introductory
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
LAW72005 - Evidence Advanced
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Select unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 2
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Advanced
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced
LAW73004 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law Advanced
Select unit from Creative Writing Electives
Year 5, Session 1
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives
Select unit from Law Electives

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 3
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
Year 2 Session 1 follow the course progression for Session 1 commencement excluding the completed units.

Unit groups

Law Electives

Title Level of learning Note
ACC00132 - Taxation Advanced
ACC00134 - Advanced Taxation Advanced
LAW00054 - Family Law Practice Intermediate
LAW00057 - Conveyancing Law Intermediate
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
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
LAW00216 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Intermediate
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
LAW00529 - Restorative Justice Intermediate
LAW01125 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law Intermediate
LAW10160 - Public Interest Advocacy Advanced
LAW10166 - Entertainment Law Advanced
LAW10167 - International Intellectual Property Law and Public Policy Intermediate
LAW10168 - Privacy Law and the Private Sector Intermediate
LAW10170 - Race and the Law Intermediate
LAW10169 - Human Rights and the Global Economy 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
LAW30001 - Ecological Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW30002 - Advanced Sports Law Advanced
LAW30003 - International Humanitarian Law Intermediate
LAW30004 - Comparative Criminal Law Advanced
LAW73003 - Remedies Advanced
LAW72006 - Climate Law and Policy Intermediate
LAW72010 - Property in Land Intermediate
LAW72007 - International Business Negotiations Intermediate
LAW72008 - Indigenous Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW72011 - Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authority Intermediate
LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law Intermediate
LAW72014 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism Intermediate
LAW72015 - Law, Film and Ideology Intermediate
LAW73051 - Global Legal Pluralism Advanced
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW73050 - Jessup Moot Advanced
LAW73049 - Information Environmentalism Advanced
LAW72016 - Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Intermediate
LAW72013 - Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Intermediate
LAW72021 - Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Intermediate
LAWS2027 - Introduction to Chinese Business Law Intermediate
LAW72018 - Performances and Power in Literature and the Law Intermediate
LAW72019 - Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics Intermediate
JUST2006 - Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism Intermediate
JUST2012 - The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric Intermediate
LAWS2068 - Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century Intermediate
LAWS2067 - Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction Intermediate