Tailor your studies and graduate with two degrees. You'll get excellent practical legal skills and criminal justice skills relevant to professional employment.
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Criminal and Community Justice and Laws at Western
The criminal and community justice and laws double degree structure allows concurrent study in the two degrees in the first three years, with the last two years dedicated to completing the Law component.
The Law component provides you with professional legal skills, including the ability to analyse legal material, understand fundamental legal principles, understand the relationship between law and society, and gain general analytical skills for critical thinking and problem-solving.
Our extensive range of elective units allows you to further develop your skills in advocacy, mediation, legal drafting and legal research. Your skills will be developed using our extensive law library and moot courts located on our Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses.
Fight for community justice through the Pro Bono Students Australia program. Experience providing real legal advice to real people at Western’s Parramatta Community Justice Clinic.
University Law Library
Access to the fourth largest e-law library in NSW, with over 50,000 titles and links to international resources.
Learn how to successfully present a case in a moot court setting at our Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. Get practical experience. Be prepared to step into any legal environment you choose.
The course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
Please note: Criminology and Community Justice units are offered at Bankstown, Penrith and Parramatta campuses and Law units are offered at both Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. You will be required to travel between campuses in order to complete your core units.
HSC True Reward
At Western, we recognise that you are much more than your ATAR. Our unique Early Offer Program - HSC True Reward, focuses on your HSC subject results that reflect your strongest skills and relevant to the degree you want to do.
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As a Criminal and Community Justice and Laws graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities as a:
- Legal Practitioner
- Solicitor or Barrister
- Criminal prosecutor
- Human rights advocate
- Judge's associate
- Legal advisor to an interest group such as the Aboriginal Legal Service
Correctional Officers work in prisons and correctional centres to ensure the safe supervision of inmates. Their duties involve observing prison behaviour, providing advice, administering first aid, assessing risk factors and preparing reports.
Solicitors provide legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, and conduct negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with the law.
Barristers receive briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from Solicitors, other specialist Legal Professionals and clients to plead cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals.
Welfare Support Workers provide support, information and advice to clients on emotional, financial, recreational, health, housing and other social welfare matters, and evaluate and coordinate the services of welfare and community service agencies.
Our Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice / Bachelor of Laws graduates are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training.
Further study options
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.