Member Details

Name Southern Cross University, School of Law & Justice
Address PO Box 157 Lismore, New South Wales 2480, AUSTRALIA
Join Date 19/01/2007
The School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University, Australia, was established in 1993. Southern Cross University has campuses located at Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads/Gold Coast, with a new campus being developed on the Gold Coast.

The School has responsibility for a unique paralegal program – the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies), a Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies degree and a Graduate Diploma in Law, as well as a three-year graduate Bachelor of Laws degree, a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Laws degree and nine Double Degrees with Law. In addition, the School offers short courses in Dispute Resolution, Information Technology and the Law, Criminal Justice, Conveyancing, Legal Research, Local Government and Planning Law and Veterans’ Law. A highly popular intensive Summer School program offering innovative and niche subjects has also been operating since 1998.

All courses are currently offered at the Lismore campus (with the ADL and BLJS programs also available at Tweed/Gold Coast) and most are also available for study via distance education. Distance education study is supported by study materials and on-line learning and where on-campus lectures are held, these are normally recorded and made available in mp3 format for students to download. There are plans to expand and provide on campus study options for some courses at the new Gold Coast campus in 2010.

Articulation pathways exist between courses such as the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) and the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws degree. This enables students to enter study via the lesser degree and work their way towards a law degree, provided they meet the required academic results.

Postgraduate studies are available at Masters and Doctoral level and the School has particular strengths in the areas of education law, criminology, corporations law, constitutional law, human rights including indigenous rights, environmental law, and international law. Most postgraduate law candidates are enrolled in one of the two Centres for Research Excellence: the Centre for Peace and Social Justice, and the Centre for Children and Young People.