Students who undertake a double degree with Law are candidates for both degrees and are able to complete the two degrees with five years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.
The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies brings together studies in law and politics. It is an excellent degree for those wanting to work in policy, paralegal positions, and in the fields of justice. It provides a thorough practical grounding in legal knowledge and a strong understanding of Australian and international politics and society.
Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. If those students achieve the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.
As part of their Law studies, students study core units, plus select units from an extensive range of electives 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 are no majors in the Bachelor of Laws degree; however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available.
The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies consists of a range of law units and elective units , including areas such as Australian Politics, the Australian Legal System, Global Social Movements and Social Policy.
|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 complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working lawyers.
The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession, but 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 admission body to confirm their practising requirements.
The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, with a major in Conveyancing, is accredited by NSW Fair Trading. See Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies for more information.
5 years full-time; 10 years part-time
5 years full-time
|Location||Session||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Lismore||1||$24,000 ($3,000 per unit)||026999M|
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 Legal and Justice Studies, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete 480 credit points, comprising:
- 22 core units; and
- 1 University-wide major, excluding the Law and Justice Major and 120 credit points in Law electives; or
- 144 credit points in Law electives and 72 credit points in Law or University-wide 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).
Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies upon completion of the requirements of the single degree.
Units from the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) and the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies may only be credited if they are units in this course or were completed prior to admission.
Schedule of units
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 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|
|Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 2. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 2.|
|LAW10003 - Contract Law II||Intermediate|
|LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II||Intermediate|
|LAW72002 - Torts||Intermediate|
|LAW00054 - Family Law Practice||Intermediate|
|Year 2, Session 1|
|LAW00520 - The Philosophy of Law||Intermediate|
|LAW00118 - Environmental Law||Intermediate|
|LAW00527 - Corporations Law||Intermediate|
|POL10244 - Australian Politics||Introductory|
|Year 2, Session 2|
|LAW00112 - Constitutional Law||Intermediate|
|LAW71005 - Property Principles||Introductory|
|LAW72009 - Principles of Equity||Advanced|
|SOC00112 - Social Policy||Introductory|
|Year 3, Session 1|
|LAW72005 - Evidence||Advanced|
|LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure||Intermediate|
|POL20001 - Analysing Policy Problems||Intermediate|
|1st Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit|
|Year 3, Session 2|
|LAW00117 - Administrative Law||Advanced|
|LAW00519 - Professional Conduct||Advanced Note 2||Note 2|
|POL00005 - Ideas and Ideals in Politics||Intermediate|
|2nd Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit|
|Year 4, Session 1|
|3rd Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit|
|4th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit|
|5th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit|
|6th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit|
|Year 4, Session 2|
|7th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit|
|8th Unit from Law Electives OR University-wide Major Unit|
|9th Unit from Law Electives|
|10th Unit from Law Electives|
|Year 5, Session 1|
|11th Unit from Law Electives|
|12th Unit from Law Electives|
|1st University-wide Elective OR Law Electives||Note 1||Note 1|
|2nd University-wide Elective OR Law Electives||Note 1||Note 1|
|Year 5, Session 2|
|3rd University-wide Elective OR Law Electives||Note 1||Note 1|
|4th University-wide Elective OR Law Electives||Note 1||Note 1|
|5th University-wide Elective OR Law Electives||Note 1||Note 1|
|6th University-wide Elective OR Law Electives||Note 1||Note 1|
|Note 1:||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”.|
|Note 2:||Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.|
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|Students should ensure at least two (2) of the following units are advanced|
|ACC00132 - Taxation||Advanced|
|ACC00134 - Advanced Taxation||Advanced|
|LAW00057 - Conveyancing Law||Intermediate Note 2||Note 2|
|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 Note 2||Note 2|
|LAW00216 - Mediation Practice and Procedure||Intermediate Note 2||Note 2|
|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|
|LAW10169 - Human Rights and the Global Economy||Advanced|
|LAW10170 - Race and the Law||Intermediate|
|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|
|LAW30005 - Statutory Interpretation||Advanced|
|LAW73003 - Remedies||Advanced|
|LAW72011 - Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authority||Intermediate|
|LAW72006 - Climate Law and Policy||Intermediate|
|LAW72010 - Property in Land||Intermediate|
|LAW72014 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism||Intermediate|
|LAW72015 - Law, Film and Ideology||Intermediate|
|LAW72008 - Indigenous Jurisprudence||Intermediate|
|LAW71006 - The Rhetoric of Law||Introductory|
|LAW73004 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law||Advanced|
|LAW72007 - International Business Negotiations||Intermediate|
|HUM72020 - Indigenous Rights||Intermediate|
|LAW73051 - Global Legal Pluralism||Advanced Note 1||Note 1|
|LAW73050 - Jessup Moot||Advanced Note 1||Note 1|
|LAW73049 - Information Environmentalism||Advanced Note 1||Note 1|