Undergraduate Certificate in Legal Studies - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Undergraduate Certificate in Legal Studies

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This undergraduate certificate is your introduction to Australia's legal and criminal justice systems, including parliament, law enforcement, the courts, and custodial and community corrections.

Study location
  • Sunshine Coast
USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
6 months full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
Total courses
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Not available to international students on a Student visa.

In this program you will:

  • Learn about the roles and functions of police, parliament, the courts, and corrections
  • Build introductory knowledge on the reasons for criminal behaviour
  • Research answers to legal problems, and present legal arguments
  • Develop problem solving skills in law and crime-related issues
  • Study different perspectives on the law's role in society
Career opportunities

Graduates will extend their career pathways in paralegal work, law administration, law enforcement, corrections and youth justice.

This program also offers a pathway for further study into the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice or the Bachelor of Laws.

Fees for short courses

USC is offering a limited number of Commonwealth supported places in the Undergraduate Certificate in Legal Studies in 2021. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be a domestic student, and meet the citizenship and residency requirements. For more information visit Commonwealth supported places. Eligible students are able to defer payment through HECS‑HELP.

Commonwealth supported places for this short course initiative are only available for 2021. Any remaining short course units that are commenced in 2022 would not be Commonwealth supported, and would be charged at the cost of a full fee paying place, payable upfront.*

Admission requirements

Completion of Year 12 or be 17 years of age; and meet minimum selection threshold ATAR 55.

How to apply

To apply for the Undergraduate Certificate in Legal Studies, submit the completed online application form via Apply USC. Commonwealth supported places will be allocated to eligible students who meet the entry requirements in order of application date, so apply as soon as possible.

*Note: The information provided above is correct as at 23 December 2020 and may be subject to change without notice.

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