The USC Law School welcomed its first students in 2014 and offers programs in Law and Criminology. The School currently offers fourteen Bachelor of Laws programs and a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice program.
The Bachelor of Laws programs have been accredited for admission to legal practice in Queensland and throughout Australia. Throughout these programs students have the opportunity to observe how the legal system operates and how the law affects people in their daily lives, while studying and critically evaluating the many laws which govern our community.
The Bachelor of Criminology and Justice gives students an authentic view of the social problems that relate to law, justice and crime. This degree will give students the skills they need to help the world understand the nature and causes of crime and play a role preventing it.
Bachelor of Laws students are introduced to legal practice in their foundation law courses by working with local legal practitioners during advice sessions at the Suncoast Community Legal Service assisting clients with their legal problems. The University's Law Clinic and Suncoast Community Legal Service operate in partnership from purpose-built premises in Maroochydore.
Other opportunities to become involved in legal practice are available in later courses. In Law Professional Practice students work with the School’s clinical lecturer/lawyers when working for clients of the Suncoast Community Legal Service and in Legal Internship students undertake a placement with solicitors, barristers, judges, magistrates and government agencies for 90 hours over 13 weeks during semester.
The USC Law School offers small classes and approachable, experienced full-time lecturers who are joined in some classes by senior members of the local legal profession. The Law School has drawn upon our experiences at many other law schools to offer USC law students interesting and modern law courses which will provide a sound foundation for the many careers available to law graduates.
In addition to the courses required for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia, students have the opportunity to study elective courses to suit the needs of lawyers working at the local, national or global level. Students may also have the opportunity to complete some courses internationally.
In the final year of their Bachelor of Criminology and Justice, students are offered the choice of a professional placement or research project where they can apply what they've learnt and begin to make a difference.
Criminology students can expand their career options by studying one of three double degrees on offer - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal and Justice, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Criminology and Justice, or Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.
Further studies in this field can be completed through postgraduate studies in the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.
We look forward to working with our students and providing them with legal education programs that are practical, relevant and rigorous.
Professor Pamela O'Connor
Head of School
USC Law School
For more information about the programs on offer, please contact:
USC Law School
Tel: +61 7 5456 5294
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