Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
An entry point for professional legal work and the justice sector
Get to know the Australian legal system. Develop legal reasoning and research skills. This legal degree hones your knowledge and approach to law. Graduate and work in justice and policy, or continue your legal studies towards a Bachelor of Laws.
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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
- 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.
Law-related work In legal firms, government policy making, corporate firms, government legal departments, law enforcement agencies, legal aid offices, court administration, public prosecutions, and in the corporate sector in banking, insurance and conveyancing.
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.
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 now 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.
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: 60 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
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.
Candidates who have completed an Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units towards the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
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/.
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.
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.
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.