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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

  • Equivalent units

    24

  • Indicative Fee


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.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Apply appropriate research to analyse legal issues and challenges in paralegal, professional, social and political context as well as generating reasoned responses.

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on social justice and legal ethical issues and exercise ethical judgement in professional context.

GA2: Creativity

Apply appropriate research to analyse legal issues and challenges in paralegal, professional, social and political context as well as generating reasoned responses.

GA3: Ethical practice

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on social justice and legal ethical issues and exercise ethical judgement in professional context.

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on how law, justice and the legal environment can contribute to sustainability and sustainable development.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Apply appropriate research to analyse legal issues and challenges in paralegal, professional, social and political context as well as generating reasoned responses.

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on social justice and legal ethical issues and exercise ethical judgement in professional context.

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on how law, justice and the legal environment can contribute to sustainability and sustainable development.

Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate a broad 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.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on social justice and legal ethical issues and exercise ethical judgement in professional context.

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on how law, justice and the legal environment can contribute to sustainability and sustainable development.

Develop self-management skills to learn and work independently and reflect on one's own capabilities and performance.

Demonstrate appropriate and effective collaborations and communications with others, orally and in writing, and use feedback to support professional development.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Demonstrate appropriate and effective collaborations and communications with others, orally and in writing, and use feedback to support professional development.

GA7: Cultural competence

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on how law, justice and the legal environment can contribute to sustainability and sustainable development.

Demonstrate appropriate and effective collaborations and communications with others, orally and in writing, and use feedback to support professional development.

Develop the ability to recognise and reflect on Australian indigenous perspectives in law, justice and the legal environment.

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 Term 1 , Term 3 N/A N/A
Online Term 1 , Term 3 , Term 5 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies (Conveyancing major) conducted by Southern Cross University is an approved educational qualification as provided for in Schedule 1 of the Conveyancers Licensing (Qualifications) Order 2006.  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.

The subject ‘LEGL2012 – Mediation Practice and Procedure’, meets the training and assessment threshold requirements as specified in the National Mediator Accreditation System. As such, Southern Cross University is recognised as an Education and Training Provider Member of the Mediation Standards Board. Upon successful completion of the unit, students may apply to a Registered Mediation Accreditation Body (RMAB) to finalise their accreditation.

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),
  • 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 of Law (Paralegal Studies) after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:

  • 8 core Law units (96 credit points) and
  • Conveyancing Major (96 credit points) or
  • 6 Law electives (72 credit points) and 2 Law or University-wide electives (24 credit points).

Entry requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

Language 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),
  • 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 of Law (Paralegal Studies) after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:

  • 8 core Law units (96 credit points) and
  • Conveyancing Major (96 credit points) or
  • 6 Law electives (72 credit points) and 2 Law or University-wide electives (24 credit points).

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

First Year

LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
Term1,3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
LEGL1004 Australian Legal System
Term1,3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2055 Criminal Process
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
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
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2001 Introduction to Land Law
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
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
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
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.
LAWS2056 Family Law Practice
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
LEGL2007 Principles of Contract Law
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
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.

Second Year

POLT1001 Australian Politics
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
LAWS2024 Commercial Law
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
LAWS2022 Competition and Consumer Law
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Melbourne N/A
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Perth N/A
Term2
Sydney N/A
Term2
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
LEGL2008 Conveyancing Law
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System OR LEGL1005 - Legal Process
SOCI1005 Social Policy
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Law Electives
LAWS2018 Wills and Estates
Summer Term
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term4
Summer Term
Term4
Online
Summer Term
Term4
Summer Term
Term4
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System OR LEGL1005 - Legal Process
LAWS2014 Local Government and Planning Law
Term1,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term5
Term5
Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System

Third Year

LEGL2005 Legal and Conveyancing Practice
Term1,3
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
Law Electives
POLT3004 Global Social Movements
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
N/A
SOCI2007 Global Inequality and Development
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
Term2
Law Electives
Law Electives
LEGL2004 Conveyancers Professional Practice
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2001 Company Law
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Melbourne N/A
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Perth N/A
Term4
Sydney N/A
Term4
Pre-requisites Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1003 - Introduction to Business Law OR LEGL2007 - Principles of Contract Law
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
Term1,3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
LEGL1004 Australian Legal System
Term1,3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2055 Criminal Process
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
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
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2001 Introduction to Land Law
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
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
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
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.
LEGL2007 Principles of Contract Law
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
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.
LAWS2056 Family Law Practice
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System

Second Year

POLT1001 Australian Politics
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Law Electives
SOCI2007 Global Inequality and Development
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
Term2
Law Electives
Law Electives
SOCI1005 Social Policy
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Law Electives
Law Electives

Third Year

Law Electives
Law Electives
POLT3004 Global Social Movements
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
N/A
Law Electives
Law Electives
Law Electives
Law Electives OR Elective
Law Electives OR Elective

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

LEGL1001 Legal Research and Writing
Term1,3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
LEGL1004 Australian Legal System
Term1,3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2055 Criminal Process
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
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
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisites Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2001 Introduction to Land Law
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
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
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
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.
LEGL2007 Principles of Contract Law
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
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.
LAWS2056 Family Law Practice
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisites LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System

Second Year

POLT1001 Australian Politics
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Shared Major Unit
SOCI2007 Global Inequality and Development
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
Term2
Shared Major Unit
Law Electives
SOCI1005 Social Policy
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Shared Major Unit
Shared Major Unit

Third Year

Shared Major Unit
Shared Major Unit
POLT3004 Global Social Movements
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
N/A
Law Electives
Shared Major Unit
Shared Major Unit
Law Electives
Law Electives

Note 1:

Attendance and participation in the practicums/residentials for this unit is mandatory. A student who cannot attend at the scheduled time must contact the Unit Assessor promptly to negotiate to determine if an acceptable alternative arrangement can be put in place, documenting reasons that warrant Special Consideration, or else the student may fail the unit.

Note 2:

Attendance at a compulsory 3-day practicum/residential is required in order to meet the training and assessment requirements prescribed by the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

Note 3:

STEM Option Units equip students with knowledge and skills in the discipline of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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
SOCI2007 Global Inequality and Development
POLT3004 Global Social Movements
SOCI1005 Social Policy

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
LEGL2005 Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LEGL2008 Conveyancing Law
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

Electives

Students are strongly encouraged to select 1 STEM Option Unit which can count as either a Law Elective or University-Wide Elective. Note 3

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
LAWS2060 Drugs, Crime and the Law
JUST2005 EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2019 Employment and Industrial Relations Law
LAWS2010 Environmental Law
JUST2004 Human Rights
LAWS2020 Intellectual Property
LAWS2021 International Business Law
LAWS2023 International Law
LEGL2005 Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LAWS2014 Local Government and Planning Law
LEGL2011 Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 2
LEGL2009 Mooting
LAWS2004 Paralegal Placement
LEGL2017 Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2025 Stock Exchange and Finance Law
ACCT2001 Taxation
LAWS2057 Welfare Law
LAWS2018 Wills and Estates
LAWS2066 Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2035 International Business Negotiations
LAWS2011 Statutory Interpretation

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
COMP1001 Data Communications and Networks
COMP1002 Foundations of Computing
ERTH2004 Career Development and Professional Practice
HLTH1005 Understanding Wellbeing and Mental Health
INDG2001 Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
INDG2010 Indigenous Health Promotion I
INFO1001 Essentials of Information and Communication Technology
ISYS1001 Web Development I
ISYS1006 Introduction to Computing for Data Analytics
ISYS1002 Cybersecurity
ISYS1004 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
ISYS1005 Systems Analysis and Design
ISYS2004 Business and Market Intelligence
ISYS2005 Information Systems for Accounting
ISYS3006 Business Analysis Project
MATH1001 Foundation Mathematics
MATH1002 Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy: Numbers that Count
MATH1003 Quantitative Methods with Economics
MRNE1001 Marine Science and Management
NUTR1001 Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity
PBHL1003 Foundations of Health and Health Care Systems
PHYS1002 Introductory Physics and Maths for Health Sciences
PHYS1004 Physics I: Motion, Mechanics and Waves
PROG1001 Programming I
SCIN1001 Nature of Science
SCIN1004 Earth Systems
SCIN1005 Organisms and Environments
SCIN3004 Integrated Project
STAT1001 Statistical Analysis
STAT1002 Scientific Data Management and Analysis
ENGN1003 Engineering Technology and Design
ENGN1004 Engineering Governance
ENGN1005 Planning and Delivering Engineering Projects
MRKT2007 Digital Marketing Strategies
Note 3