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.
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
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.
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 including government, the private sector and not-for-profit sectors. The fair enables you to talk to employers or watch their presentations, hear about job vacancies or graduate programs, and get advice from career experts.
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.
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).
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.
Our inter-disciplinary degrees allow you to combine your interests into one course.
Our double degrees combine core disciplines to provide greater opportunities for graduates
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.
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.
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.
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.
Studying Law and Justice at ECU: you be the judge.
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.
We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.
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 - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!
ECU Law student, Alan Watkins talks about his experience.
"I have been able to tailor my studies to suit my work and family commitments. "
"There are so many reasons why studying law at ECU has worked for me. The flexibility of online studies has allowed me to tailor my studies to suit my work and family commitments. The access I have to senior teaching staff and online research resources is absolutely invaluable. And, the opportunity to compete in local and international competitions has enabled me to develop world class advocacy skills. In addition to this, I have taken work placements in Community Legal Centres in Bunbury, Joondalup, and Mirrabooka. Exposure to real world clients and the variety of legal issues that arise has opened my eyes to the reality of legal practice, and brought my skills together in a workplace environment."
"The work experience I undertook while at ECU helped me secure full-time employment at the department of the Attorney General. "
"Growing up hearing stories from my dad who is a police officer, I developed an interest in criminal law. I wanted to study criminal law and criminal behaviour, including but not limited to the gathering of evidence, rules of evidence and a desire to delve deeper into what drives criminal offending. I chose ECU for many reasons. Firstly, ECU offers a double degree in law and criminology and justice – a combination that is highly relevant and was to my interest. Secondly, ECU’s affiliations with the WA Police Academy right next to Joondalup campus and thirdly, the practical work experience opportunity at the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre. In my opinion, ECU has provided me with the best platform and opportunity to pursue a successful career path in law, in particular, criminal law. Participating in the Innocence Project, mooting opportunities, summer school, being lectured by industry specialists and participating in study excursions have given me a solid foundation to build my professional acumen. My work experience placements while at ECU helped me secure full‑time employment at the Department of the Attorney General even before I graduated."
Laws (Hons) and Criminology & Justice graduate
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.