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The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a recognised degree for admission as a lawyer throughout Australia. Whether students have an interest in business, international relations, the environment or social justice, the LLB will equip them with the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law.
This four-year degree is offered on-campus and by distance education or a combination of both. Double Degrees with Law are also available.
Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for the Bachelor of Laws are encouraged to apply for the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. If students achieve the required grade point average, they can then apply for transfer into the Bachelor of Laws.
Graduates typically work as barristers, solicitors and in private, corporate or government legal departments. During their careers they can further develop a specialisation in many fields of law 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, entertainment law and sporting law.
The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to be eligible for admission.
Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their admission requirements.
While studying at Southern Cross University, LLB 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.
There are no majors in this degree, however, a diverse range of law-based units is available.
Honours is embedded in the Bachelor of Laws degree and requires the completion of two specified Law units in addition to a high academic achievement overall.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Laws a total of 384 credit points (usually 32 units) must be completed.
Please note that some units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
|Locations||If studying by Distance education, see Teaching Methods below for additional information.|
|Distance Education||Session 1|
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
This course may be completed in a shorter duration subject to unit availabilities.
|Fees and Charges||• Domestic fees
• International fees
• Additional fee information
|School||School of Law and Justice|
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||www.scu.edu.au/enquiries|
|Further Information||Domestic students: Ph: 1800 626 481
International students: Ph: +61 2 6620 3876; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Total Units:||Award Abbreviation:||2013 ATAR equivalent/OP:|
|32||LLB (4 year UG entry)||89/7|
|UAC Course Code||QTAC Course Code||CRICOS Course Code|
|Gold Coast: 336060
|Gold Coast: 056661
|Gold Coast QLD: 069412K
Lismore NSW: 050150E
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Attendance at two four-day on-campus workshops is a requirement of the Bachelor of Laws for both on-campus and distance education students. The workshops are designed to improve students’ capacities in critical analysis, legal theory, social critique, legal argument, and communication. For more information, go to law workshops.
The School of Law and Justice delivers courses in a blended learning environment using innovative and emergent technologies.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
The Resident Tutor assists first year students who experience difficulties in understanding their study tasks and/or adapting to tertiary study.
The School of Law and Justice has a professional and dedicated Student Support Team who provide a diverse range of enrolment advice and support services to internal, external, and international students.
The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. They may include research proposals, research essays, reports, oral and written presentations, case studies, online and class participation, and examinations. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations also varies.
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well-equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Students at the Lismore campus also have access to a moot court with a two-way viewing room, which is used for teaching practical skills in a court setting.
Pre-requisite Year 12 subjects
There are no pre-requisite subjects required for this course.
On-campus Undergraduate applications
To apply to study an undergraduate degree at a SCU campus, apply online through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). For more information please visit either the UAC or QTAC websites: www.uac.edu.au or www.qtac.edu.au. A late fee applies for UAC and QTAC applications received after the 30th of September.
The following applications to study can be made online, directly to SCU:
Online applications for the Bachelor of Laws involve four key steps:
Once registered you can exit and return to your application at any time.
Please refer to the International Office website.
Your previous study may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Contemporary Music, Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies
Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Laws
Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Qualification for Admission
Applicants for admission to candidature shall have either:
First Class Honours
Second Class Honours – Division I
Second Class Honours – Division II
* To undertake these units, students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws course as well as satisfy all pre-requisites requirements.