Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


Join the ranks of highly qualified and experienced legal practitioners with a career in law.

Delivered by the Centre for Law and Justice, our laws degree is unique, incorporating Indigenous Australian content and cultural competence. You’ll have greater career opportunities in rural and remote regions, as well as metropolitan settings. At Charles Sturt you’ll also have the opportunity to study and research a range of areas of the criminal justice system, helping you find the ideal starting point for your career in areas such as policing, juvenile justice, corrections and working with refugees. Or you can extend your current skillset to make a significant contribution to the future direction of policies, practices and ethical procedures.

  • Charles Sturt's Bachelor of Laws
  • Charles Sturt's Bachelor of Criminal Justice
  • Charles Sturt's Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal Justice
  • Charles Sturt's Bachelor of Public Safety and Security
  • Charles Sturt's Bachelor of Applied Research (Honours)

Bachelor of Laws

Charles Sturt’s Bachelor of Laws is unique nationally and internationally as the first Bachelor of Laws to incorporate compulsory Indigenous Australian content and cultural competence. For the Bachelor of Laws, all of our students study online and will graduate fluent in the use of online technology and resources for legal research and practice. Students work alongside lecturers and members of the legal profession in compulsory and optional residential schools that help develop advocacy skills and increase exposure to legal practice. By focusing on Indigenous cultural competence and curriculum tailored to meet the needs and priorities of rural and regional communities, our graduates will be better able to contribute to regional Australia and better represent some of the country's most vulnerable population groups. This degree is accredited by the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board. This means that once our students have completed their Practical Legal Training they can apply for admission to practise law.

Residential Schools

Residential schools give you the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment, and meet lecturers, classmates, and practicing lawyers, barristers and Judges.

Most subjects in our law degree have optional residential schools. Two of our first year subjects and one final year subject have a three-day residential school at Charles Sturt’s Bathurst campus that you will need to attend. The only compulsory residential schools currently are:

  • LAW112- Introduction to the Australian Legal System
  • LAW116 - Writing and Communication for Legal Professionals
  • LAW314 - Community Law and Culture: Regional, Rural, Remote and Indigenous Contemporary Issues

Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Charles Sturt’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice provides an interdisciplinary approach to criminal and social justice issues offering an interesting and varied range of subjects. Graduates will be prepared for a wide variety of careers in criminal justice. Honours study and higher research degrees in this area can also be undertaken. Bachelor of Criminal Justice graduates understand the importance of reflexivity and the application of ethics enabling them to practise good citizenship and apply this to their professional career.

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Charles Sturt’s Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminal Justice is a ground-breaking double degree which equips students with a diverse skill set and specialist expertise to become change-makers with the ability to make a lasting impact in their communities. This degree opens up diverse careers in the legal and criminal justice sectors.

Bachelor of Public Safety and Security

Charles Sturt’s Bachelor Public Safety and Security prepares students for a wide variety of careers in criminal justice and related professions. Students will gain maximum academic recognition of their degree in the NSW Police Force recruitment process and will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue a more generalist criminal justice pathway.

Bachelor of Applied Research (Honours)

Building on the knowledge and skills you gained in your undergraduate degree, the Honours program lets you pursue in-depth study in an area of interest and develop your own original research project. Working with Criminology, Policing, Law & Criminal Justice academics and professionals in your chosen field, you'll contribute to research in a field of national and international importance.