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Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies

Bachelors Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    BLJSt

  • Course code

    3006110

  • Credit points

    288


Overview

In the fight for justice, you need knowledge, integrity and perseverance. This degree embraces all these qualities as you learn how the law works, why specific laws exist, and how our laws impact on others.

The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies is an excellent degree for those wanting to work in policy development, paralegal positions, conveyancing, and in the justice sector. It provides a thorough practical grounding in legal knowledge and a strong understanding of Australian and international politics and society. If you have already been working professionally in the fields of law and justice, this course will extend your knowledge, skills and expertise. The conveyancing major, which is accredited by New South Wales Fair Trading, enables you to become a licenced conveyancer in NSW.

Our graduates can envisage career roles across the justice and social policy sector, as well as the public service. Students who want to become lawyers may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Laws during or at the completion of their studies.

Alternatively, students can choose to graduate with the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) after completing the required 16 units.

Course Learning Outcome

Apply critical judgement including analysis, reasoning, and appropriate directed research to legal issues and challenges in paralegal, professional social and political contexts.

Apply these skills to a broad and diverse range of legal topics.

Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems in paralegal, professional and political contexts.

Apply these skills to a broad and diverse range of legal topics.

Demonstrate an understanding and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and legal ethical frameworks.

Understanding the relationship between law and sustainability.

Apply these skills to a broad and diverse range of legal topics

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the paralegal, professional and social contexts of the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts.

Learn and work independently within broad parameters.

Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance.

Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal issues in social and political contexts.

Communicate appropriately and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.

Students can undertake voluntary legal experience and para-professional placement with legal firms or offices to complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working paralegals.

The course consists of core and elective units, including Australian Politics, the Australian Legal System, Global Social Movements and Social Policy. Students can choose to study a major in Conveyancing.

Additional information: Some elective units, when studied online, require students to attend on-campus workshops.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

When studied with the conveyancing major, this is a recognised educational qualification for a licensed conveyancer in NSW and is accredited by NSW Fair Trading. For licensing requirements, and details of mandatory additional work experience required to enable registration, enquiries should be made to NSW Fair Trading.

Note that each Australian state or territory has its own legislation regulating conveyancing practice, except QLD where only qualified solicitors are legally permitted to engage in conveyancing.

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 Legal and Justice Studies students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 12 core units (144 credit points),
  • the Conveyancing Major (96 credit points) and 4 Law electives (48 credit points), or
  • 10 Law electives (120 credit points) and 2 Law or University-wide electives (24 credit points), or
  • 4 Law electives (48 credit points) and a Shared Major (96 credit points), excluding the Law and Justice Major.

Exit Award

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising 8 core units and 8 elective or major units.

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
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.
LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
Session1,2,3
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1
LEGL1004 Australian Legal System
Session1,2,3
Location Domestic International
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2055 Criminal Process
Session1
Location Domestic International
Online
Session1
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL1002 Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
Session1
Location Domestic International
Online
Session1
Session1
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
Enrolment information It is preferable to have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System.
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.
LEGL2001 Introduction to Land Law
Session2
Location Domestic International
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2007 Principles of Contract Law
Session2
Location Domestic International
Online
Session2
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2002 Foundations of Torts
Session2
Location Domestic International
Online
Session2
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2056 Family Law Practice
Session2
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
N/A
Enrolment information It is an advantage to have completed study in the Australian legal system.
Year 2, Session 1
From Year 2 choose either the Conveyancing Major and four (4) Law Electives OR twelve (12) elective units (ten(10) units must be from Law Electives), OR a shared major and four (4) Law Electives.
POLT1001 Australian Politics
Session1,3
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
POLT2004 Analysing Policy Problems
Session1
Location Domestic International
Online
Session1
Session1
1st Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
2nd Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
Year 2, Session 2
POLT2003 Global Social Movements

Not currently available

SOCI1005 Social Policy
Session2
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
3rd Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
4th Conveyancing major OR Law ElectivesOR Shared majors unit
Year 3, Session 1
5th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
6th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
Law Electives
Law Electives
Year 3, Session 2
7th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
8th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
1 Law Electives OR University-wide Elective
1 Law Electives OR University-wide Elective

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes
Year 1, Session 2
LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
Session1,2,3
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1
LEGL1004 Australian Legal System
Session1,2,3
Location Domestic International
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2001 Introduction to Land Law
Session2
Location Domestic International
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2007 Principles of Contract Law
Session2
Location Domestic International
Online
Session2
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
Year 2, Session 1
LAWS2055 Criminal Process
Session1
Location Domestic International
Online
Session1
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL1002 Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
Session1
Location Domestic International
Online
Session1
Session1
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
Enrolment information It is preferable to have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System.
POLT1001 Australian Politics
Session1,3
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
1st Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
Year 2, Session 2
LEGL2002 Foundations of Torts
Session2
Location Domestic International
Online
Session2
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2056 Family Law Practice
Session2
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
N/A
Enrolment information It is an advantage to have completed study in the Australian legal system.
POLT2004 Analysing Policy Problems
Session1
Location Domestic International
Online
Session1
Session1
2nd Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors unit
Year 3, Session 1
POLT2003 Global Social Movements

Not currently available

SOCI1005 Social Policy
Session2
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
3rd Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors Unit
4th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors Unit
Year 3, Session 2
Law Electives unit
Law Electives unit
5th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors Unit
6th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors Unit
Year 4, Session 1
7th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors Unit
8th Conveyancing major OR Law Electives OR Shared majors Unit
Law Electives OR University-wide Elective
Law Electives OR University-wide Elective

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes
Year 1, Session 3
LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
Session1,2,3
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1
LEGL1004 Australian Legal System
Session1,2,3
Location Domestic International
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
Year 2, Session 1 follow the course progression for Session 1 commencement excluding the completed units.

Note 1:

Unit requires attendance at a compulsory workshop.

Unit Code Unit Title Notes

Core Units

LEGL1004 Australian Legal System
LAWS2055 Criminal Process
LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1002 Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
LEGL2007 Principles of Contract Law
LEGL2001 Introduction to Land Law
LEGL2002 Foundations of Torts
LAWS2056 Family Law Practice
POLT1001 Australian Politics
POLT2004 Analysing Policy Problems
POLT2003 Global Social Movements
SOCI1005 Social Policy

Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
ACCT3001 Advanced Taxation
LAWS2028 Animal Law
LAWS2024 Commercial Law
LAWS2032 Comparative Law
LAWS2001 Company Law
LAWS2022 Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2004 Conveyancers Professional Practice
LEGL2008 Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2054 Criminology
LAWS2060 Drugs, Crime and the Law
JUST2005 EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019 Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2026 Entertainment Law
LAWS2010 Environmental Law
JUST2004 Human Rights
LEGL2010 Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2020 Intellectual Property
LAWS2021 International Business Law
JUST2002 International Criminal Justice
LAWS2059 International Human Rights Law
LAWS2023 International Law
LEGL2006 Introduction to Evidence and Advocacy
LEGL2013 Law and Government Decision Making
LEGL2005 Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LAWS2014 Local Government and Planning Law
LEGL2018 Mediating Across Cultures
LEGL2011 Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LEGL2009 Mooting
JUST2003 Restorative Justice
LAWS2004 Paralegal Placement
LEGL2017 Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2031 Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2025 Stock Exchange and Finance Law
ACCT2001 Taxation
JUST2001 Victimology
LAWS2057 Welfare Law
LAWS2018 Wills and Estates
LAWS2066 Climate Law and Policy
POLT2005 Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2037 Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2034 The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2035 International Business Negotiations
LAWS2042 Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049 Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009 The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010 Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 Troubling Transactions in Private Law

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
LEGL2005 Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LEGL2008 Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2018 Wills and Estates
LEGL2004 Conveyancers Professional Practice
LAWS2024 Commercial Law
LAWS2001 Company Law
LAWS2014 Local Government and Planning Law
LAWS2022 Competition and Consumer Law