Bachelor of Laws
Become a lawyer in just three years
Develop legal reasoning and research skills that are essential for a career in law. Deep dive into the Australian legal system. Offering diverse electives and professional work placements, this degree prepares graduates for a range of legal careers.
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Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Access, manage, research and evaluate sources of information using intellectual and practical skills relevant to legal research and policy issues in professional practice
- Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems
- Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and sustainability in service to the community
- 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 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
- Learn and work independently by reflection and assessment of their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements
- Collaborate and communicate using appropriate academic skills in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences
- Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.
This course will equip graduates with the skills to start a legal career and practise as a lawyer, and for a wide range of careers in corporate management, legal aid and in the community sector or the private sector.
During their careers, graduates may choose to specialise in fields such as family law, wills and estate planning, criminal law, corporate law, property and conveyancing law, town planning and environmental law, employment and industrial relations, commercial law, compensation law, entertainment law and sporting law.
Southern Cross University offers a number of Pathway Programs which would allow you to gain direct entry to this degree.
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ATAR: 80 or equivalent
English Proficiency 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:
- Overall: 6.0
- Listening: minimum 5.5
- Reading: minimum 5.5
- Speaking: minimum 5.5
- Writing: minimum 5.5
Law students can undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices to build their practical legal skills and develop their professional networks.
A candidate who has completed the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) may be granted advanced standing for up to a total of eight (8) Law units into the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws degree.
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing.
More information can found in https://www.scu.edu.au/current-students/student-administration/recognition-of-prior-learning/.
Complete the academic prerequisites to become a lawyer in just three years with the Bachelor of Laws, developing the intellectual, critical, and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law.
In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the course includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law, that reflect our focus on justice and critique.
Elective units cover areas as diverse as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence. An elective in mediation meets national requirements, setting you on the way to becoming a nationally accredited mediator.
You may also complete electives via rewarding and academically rigorous Summer or Winter School intensives and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws - Undergraduate Entry, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:
• 17 core units (204 credit points), and
• 7 Law electives (84 credit points).
Students wishing to complete the Bachelor of Law (Honours) should refer to the rules for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).