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Bachelor of Laws with Honours

Bachelors Honours Degree (C/w)

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    LLB(Hons)

  • Course code

    3508002

  • Credit points

    96


Overview

The Bachelor of Laws with Honours is an additional year of study designed for high-achieving law students interested in research and in bolstering their undergraduate law degree. An Honours year offers an opportunity to work on a piece of specialised scholarship that accords with a student’s particular interest in law reform. Students are encouraged to take an explicit doctrinal or theoretical position on their topic.

It is a thorough preparation for the demands of a career in law, and the basis for a career in academia and research. It may enhance career prospects, be a pathway to a PhD or further study at the postgraduate level. Eligible graduates may be considered for a University Medal.

Southern Cross is home to a dynamic and supportive community of legal scholars with a strong interdisciplinary focus in research. Under the supervision of a qualified legal scholar, students will undertake an extensive project and produce an original thesis which may lie in the exploration and deeper understanding of research methodologies, legal theories and legal scholarship, or in the wide gamut of legal practice from family and civil law to criminal and specialist legal practice. 

To be eligible for Honours, you must:

  • Confirm you have completed an Australian Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree (AQF level 7) with a minimum GPA of 5.50 on 20 of the highest 12-credit point law units (or equivalent) that are credited toward the LLB degree, unless approved by the Law Honours Coordinator.
  • Contact a prospective Academic Supervisor to discuss a potential research project. Once the Supervisor has agreed to supervise you and the research project, contact the Law Honours Coordinator to confirm your enrolment.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Apply advanced scholarship of theoretical and relevant research principles and methods in legal areas.

Demonstrate advanced cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise material and show initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in complex factual, legal and policy issues.

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning in the application of advanced knowledge and skills to complex legal issues and independence in planning and executing a project of research and scholarship.

GA2: Creativity

Apply advanced scholarship of theoretical and relevant research principles and methods in legal areas.

Demonstrate advanced cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise material and show initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in complex factual, legal and policy issues.

GA3: Ethical practice

Apply advanced scholarship of theoretical and relevant research principles and methods in legal areas

Demonstrate advanced cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise material and show initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in complex factual, legal and policy issues.

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning in the application of advanced knowledge and skills to complex legal issues and independence in planning and executing a project of research and scholarship.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts in one or more legal areas.

Apply advanced scholarship of theoretical and relevant research principles and methods in legal areas

GA5: Lifelong learning

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning in the application of advanced knowledge and skills to complex legal issues and independence in planning and executing a project of research and scholarship.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly the solutions generated by the legal research project in oral and written forms.

GA7: Cultural competence

Demonstrate advanced cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise material and show initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in complex factual, legal and policy issues.

Communicate clearly the solutions generated by the legal research project in oral and written forms.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Term 1 N/A N/A

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 (Honours), students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points).

Class of Honours

This degree may be awarded in the following classes:

  • First Class;
  • Second Class (Division 1); or
  • Second Class (Division 2).

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.
LAWS4005 Law Honours Research and Methodology
Dual Term2
24 Note 1
Location Domestic International
Online
Dual Term2
N/A
LAWS4003 Advanced Legal Research and Writing
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term1
N/A
LAWS4004 Advanced Law in Context
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
N/A
LAWS4006 Law Honours Thesis I
Dual Term3
24 Note 1
Location Domestic International
Online
Dual Term3
N/A
Pre-requisites LAWS4005 - Law Honours Research and Methodology
LAWS4007 Law Honours Thesis II
Dual Term3
24 Note 1
Location Domestic International
Online
Dual Term3
N/A
Pre-requisites LAWS4005 - Law Honours Research and Methodology

Note 1:

Double-weighted unit.

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
LAWS4003 Advanced Legal Research and Writing
LAWS4004 Advanced Law in Context
LAWS4005 Law Honours Research and Methodology Note 1
LAWS4006 Law Honours Thesis I Note 1
LAWS4007 Law Honours Thesis II Note 1