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Law and Justice

If the jury's still out on your career choices, maybe you should consider Law or Criminal Justice? There are many ways you can work to ensure justice is done in society.

As a lawyer, for example, you'll be helping people to understand and enforce their legal rights, whether they are in business, dealing with property, or in family matters. Lawyers also prosecute, or defend people accused of crimes, helping to ensure our justice system operates fairly.

Criminologists tackle crime by working to understand and address the causes of crime, as well as working with government and courts, to prevent re-offending, and working one-on-one with offenders.

If you're a good communicator, enjoy problem-solving and working with people from varied backgrounds, this study area offers you many career options.

Law on-campus and online

ECU was the first University in Western Australia to offer an accredited online law degree, in addition to its well-established on-campus degree course.

We understood that sometimes you need your studies to actually fit in with the rest of your life, whether its family commitments, full time work or another reason why you can't attend a campus.

When you study law online you have access to all on-campus facilities, interactive learning spaces, recorded lectures and online discussion groups.

Online study at ECU

Forensic Investigation with a twist

If you're fascinated by shows like CSI, NCIS or Bones, our Bachelor of Forensic Investigation might be just the course for you.

This degree differs from other forensic science courses because it combines applied science with related law and justice units.

As a graduate you'll be qualified to collect, analyse and interpret forensic data and present that evidence in court.

Build relationships, build a career

At ECU, we help you build relationships with a range of employers working in the legal and justice system.

We do this by helping you find work placements with practising lawyers, through your participation in local and international industry competitions, such as mooting, and through networking events.

Law students also have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working on cases with practising lawyers at the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, located on our Joondalup campus.

We also host an annual Careers Fair so you can meet with organisations relevant to your study area, including government, the private sector and not-for-profit sectors. At the fair you can talk to employers or watch their presentations, hear about job vacancies or graduate programs, and get advice from career experts.

Access to scholarships

With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.

Why Study Online

Why Study Online?

At ECU we understand that everyone is different.

Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.

That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.

Now you can study where you want, when you want.

Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.

And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.

Why Postgrad Study

Why Postgrad Study?

Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?

Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?

Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?

Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.

And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.

Your Degree

Your Degree

With our Law and Justice degrees you have a world of possibility to investigate or cross-examine.

Courses have been developed in consultation with industry, so you know you'll be learning skills that your future employers are looking for.

You'll also benefit from our practical, hands-on approach to learning, with opportunities to participate in work placements, internships and more.

You can pursue a career in the traditional legal profession, move into something new, like our criminology courses, juvenile justice or forensic investigation, or mix it up with an inter-disciplinary degree like a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Criminology and Justice).

Study areas and degrees

To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – Law and Justice is one of those study areas.

Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Laws or a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice or a Bachelor of Forensic Investigation.

Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Criminal Justice by Research degree or complete a PhD in Criminology, Justice or Law.

Degrees across disciplines

Our inter-disciplinary degrees allow you to combine your interests into one course.

Double degrees

Includes these Arts majors – Politics & International Relations, History, English, Japanese (Introductory and Post ATAR), French (Introductory and Post ATAR), Contemporary Fashion & Textiles, Visual Arts and Writing.

Includes these Business majors – Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Planning, Project Management, Sport Management and Tourism & Hospitality Management.

Includes these Engineering majors – Electronics & Communications, Mechatronics, Instrumentation Control & Automation, Computer Systems, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Power Engineering.

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

ECU Law students may have the opportunity to work with real cases under the supervision of legal practitioners at the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre on our Joondalup campus.

The Centre provides legal information and advice to the community in the areas of family and criminal law, domestic violence, tenancy, elder abuse and some areas of civil law.

Sellenger Centre for Research

William Sellenger was the first non-commissioned Police Officer in WA to become Chief Inspector.

He reached this position despite being the son of a convicted felon and growing up poor and Catholic in a society that was class-based, Anglican and hierarchical. When he retired in 1928 he'd achieved many positive changes within the Police Force and society in general.

The Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change is based at our Joondalup campus. The Centre conducts important research and provides training related to the delivery of law, justice, corrections and policing.

The Innocence Project

ECU Law and Justice students have the opportunity to participate in the Criminal Justice Review Project – or 'Innocence Project' – pursuing the exoneration of those who've been wrongly convicted and, where appropriate, generating research that facilitates law reform.

The project normally considers requests from applicants to review a case when conviction has occurred, the appeal period has expired and DNA testing or other procedures may provide new evidence that leads to exoneration.

Case reviews are driven by students, under the careful guidance of senior legal practitioners and scholars. Students and scholars are drawn from a variety of disciplines such as law, criminology, forensic science and forensic psychology. These multi–disciplinary teams work collaboratively on a pro-bono basis.

Unique study experiences

Law and Justice students talk about the best things about studying at ECU, including the hands-on and collaborative approach to teaching they enjoy with their lecturers, and the unique travel and work experience opportunities they've experienced here.

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Studying Law and Justice at ECU: you be the judge.

The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.

We've now achieved 5-star ratings for the past six years.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills. This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

So when you graduate with a Law or Criminology and Justice degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work.

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ECU Law student, Alan Watkins talks about his experience.

Hear from our students

Brendan Liveris

"I chose ECU for their quality lecturers and facilities."

"I thrive on doing things that are mentally challenging. That's what inspired me to study Law and I loved it. I chose ECU for their quality lecturers and facilities that are complemented by the great location of their Joondalup campus. The teaching staff are fantastic. They're welcoming and share their own experiences in industry, making learning more interesting and relevant. My greatest challenges were participating in legal competitions; they're tough but very rewarding. I've graduated with Honours and use the practical and academic skills I learnt every day."

Brendan Liveris

ECU Law Honours graduate

Zenab Sultan

"The course content set it apart from similar courses at other universities."

"I have always had a vested interest in forensic science, and ECU was my first preference. The course content set it apart from similar courses at other universities since it covered different disciplines in forensics in detail without focussing too much on just one. The supportive lecturers I've had and strong friendships I've formed helped make my study experience less daunting and thoroughly enjoyable. ECU has such a positive atmosphere! The lecturers always valued my opinions and if I was having difficulties, were quick to support and encourage and praise my efforts. I found the science and laboratory units riveting. The law, psychology and criminology units that I undertook gave me a well-rounded understanding of the field and also opened up many avenues for my future career."

Zenab Sultan

Bachelor of Forensic Investigation graduate

Our student community

We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.

The Edith Cowan Student Law Society provides services for our law students, including networking opportunities, workshops, social events and presentations.

You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.

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