Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Creative Industries (Creative Writing and Publishing) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Creative Industries (Creative Writing and Publishing)

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Creative legal thinking

*This program is not currently open for application.

Semester 1, Semester 2
Program length (full-time)
5 years
Annual tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • ^ It is recommended that students planning to study part-time apply for the Bachelor of Laws rather than a double degree
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 75.70 OP - 11 Rank - 77
USC program code
Semester 1, Semester 2
5 years full time or equivalent part time ^
Study mode
Blended Learning
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
Total courses
Total units
  • ^ It is recommended that students planning to study part-time apply for the Bachelor of Laws rather than a double degree

Prepare for work as a legal practitioner and pursue your passion for writing and publishing with this double degree.

From your first year you will engage in active-learning experiences and gain practical legal skills such as observing volunteer lawyers conduct client interviews at an advice clinic operated by Suncoast Community Legal Service.

In this program you will:

  • Develop advanced written communication and analytical skills for a career in law or other fields such as government, arts, media or the creative industries.
  • Cover all the academic courses required for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.
  • Research answers to legal problems, prepare advice, present legal argument, observe court proceedings, and take part in simulated court presentations in USC's Moot Court.
  • Further develop your skills by working with Legal Service clients under legal supervision in law professional practice, or undertake a legal internship.
  • Have the option to complete Law Honours, usually without extending the time required to complete your degree.
Career opportunities:
  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Government legal officer
  • Journalist
  • Technical writer

Program structure

Law courses
Introductory courses (4) 48 units

LAW101 Foundations of Australian Law A
LAW102 Foundations of Australian Law B
LAW103 Criminal Law and Procedure A
LAW104 Criminal Law and Procedure B

Developing and Graduate courses (20) 240 units

14 required courses (168 units)

LAW201 Torts A
LAW202 Torts B
LAW203 Contracts A
LAW204 Contracts B
LAW205 Property A
LAW206 Property B
LAW301 Constitutional Law
LAW302 Equity & Trusts
LAW303 Corporations Law
LAW304 Civil Procedure
LAW401 Administrative Law
LAW402 Professional Conduct
LAW403 Evidence
LAW404 Regulation

PLUS select 6 elective courses (72 units) from:

Not all electives are offered every year. For a list of current Law elective courses click HERE.

LAW307 Commercial Law
LAW310 Children & the Law
LAW311 Law Professional Practice
LAW312 Competition and Consumer Law
LAW313 Building & Construction Law #
LAW315 Indigenous Legal Issues #
LAW318 Advocacy
LAW405 Legal Dispute Resolution
LAW406 Planning and Environment Law
LAW407 Elder Law and Succession
LAW408 Intellectual Property
LAW409 Taxation #
LAW410 Public International Law
LAW411 Private International Law
LAW412 International Human Rights Law
LAW414 Legal Internship
LAW415 Sports Law
LAW416 International Commercial Disputes
LAW417 Employment Law
LAW418 Health Law
LAW419 Family Law
LAW420 Anti-Discrimination Law
LAW421 Cyber Laws and the Rules of Evidence

The following 2 elective courses (24 units) are only available to students who have been accepted into honours in Law:
LAW440 Honours Research Methods, Design and Confirmation
LAW441 Law Honours Thesis

Creative Industries courses
Introductory courses (5) 60 units

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
CMN103 Introduction to the Creative Industries
CMN107 Communication for the Creative Professional
CMN116 Playing with Words : an Introduction to Creative Writing Craft
CMN117 Playing with Genre

Developing and Graduate courses (10) 132 units

CMN200 Writing for Screen
CMN213 Editing for the Communication Professional
CMN246 Writing for Children and Young Adults
CMN247 Creative Writing for the Illustrated Book
CMN260 Writing the Short Story
CMN266 Writing Poetry
CMN304 Writing Your Novel
CMN320 Creative Writing and Editing for Publication
CMN352 Professional Creative Writing Practice: Industry Engagement(24 units)
CMN313 Creativity, Design and Communication Project

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 480

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 480 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 15 introductory level courses, including core courses
Program Notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 units per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on Student visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses
  • Semester offerings for Law elective courses are subject to change and are dependant on student demand. For more information on elective availability please contact your Program Coordinator
  • Honours in Law is available for high performing students and approval from the Program Coordinator

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