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Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Laws

Southern Cross University


About the Course

The Bachelor of  Music, Bachelor of Laws gives students the opportunity to study two disciplines concurrently.

This double degree gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the law as it applies to the entertainment industry. Students study a broad range of music industry and music professional units, and can choose from a comprehensive suite of law electives.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a recognised degree for admission as a lawyer throughout Australia. Whatever their field of interest, the LLB will equip students with the intellectual, critical and practical skills needed in the professional practice of law.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for a double degree in law are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Music. If those students achieve the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine knowledge of music and law; and those specific to each discipline. For music: music-related business management, music event promotion, copyright law, contract law, entertainment law, advertising, marketing; and as a performer, composer, private music teacher, or recording and mastering engineer. For law: as barristers or solicitors; or in law-related areas in private, corporate, or government organisations.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession. Professional admission authorities 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.

Professional placement

Law 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.

Music students can undertake placements in a variety of music industry contexts in the NSW North Coast and south east Queensland region. Opportunities include working in  recording studios, with live sound engineering companies, music education facilities, and with major festivals (e.g., organisation, marketing and publicity).

Major areas of study

There are no majors in the Bachelor of Laws degree; however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available.

The Bachelor of Music offers a range of music industry and audio production units.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods for the Bachelor of Laws 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.

The assessment methods used in the Bachelor of Music vary from unit to unit.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music, Bachelor of Laws double degree is not offered by distance education. However, law students may be able to complete some units by distance education.

The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Attendance at an on-campus workshop for the unit Professional Conduct is a requirement of the Bachelor of Laws. During the workshop students meet key representatives of the legal profession who address issues of contemporary legal practice and professional conduct. For more information, go to law workshops.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

Learning resources

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 study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and 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 School of Law and Justice resident tutor assists first year students who experience difficulties in understanding their study tasks and/or adapting to tertiary study.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides on-campus 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 in Lismore have access to a moot court with a two-way viewing room, which is



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