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Law & Justice

Just because you've got an interest in law or justice, you don't necessarily have to aim for a career in the courtroom. Your desire to make a difference in this world will service you well in a career in law, politics, the police force, business, social work or the growing area of dispute resolution.

ECU has the newest law school in Western Australia.

Groundbreaking study on the internet habits of teenagers

A recent study by ECU researchers found that almost a quarter of teenagers are online for four or more hours a day on non-school-related work. The report found that 85 per cent of respondents used social networks, while 75 per cent accessed sites such as Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis.

On the issue of unsolicited contact, 43 per cent of teenagers who had first met someone online, later met them in real life. However, teenagers were aware of the risks of interacting online – 60 per cent said they would tell someone before the meeting, usually a friend (82 per cent) or a parent (70 per cent).

The Tech Use and Safety Project was conducted by Dr Julian Dooley and Dr Adrian Scott from ECU's Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change. They collected data from nearly 800 West Australian high school students. The project was one of several innovative research initiatives undertaken by the newly created Social Wellbeing and Technology Laboratory (SWAT), part of the Sellenger Centre based at the ECU’s Joondalup Campus.

SWAT carry out research that focuses on social and group processes in the context of technology use, to further understand impacts on psychological and social health, wellbeing and safety.

Prescription drug use study

Researchers from ECU's School of Law and Justice have designed and helped implement a national study examining the use of prescription drugs among police detainees.

The survey found that nearly one in five respondents used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past 12 months, suggesting that the misuse of legal drugs is a growing concern in Australia.

The study is part of the Australian Institute of Criminology’s (AIC's) ongoing Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program. The program operates quarterly, with researchers around Australia surveying those detained by police to collect demographic, substance use history and criminal justice-related information.

The ECU team collected data from the East Perth watch house and also analysed the national data. Following an approach by the WA Police, the ECU team collaborated with the AIC to develop additional questions on the use of prescription drugs that provided further insights.

"The best aspect of my course has been the network of support.

"From a young age I have enjoyed learning about human behavior and the thought processes behind peoples actions. I decided to complete my masters in criminal justice at ECU so I could gain a broader understanding of the criminal justice system, policy reform and how implemented changes can impact upon social issues.

"The masters program has proved challenging, but with the help, motivation and support of the law and justice teaching staff behind me, I feel confident in finishing a thesis I will be proud of.

"I have acquired indispensable skills such as conflict resolution, public speaking, working within a team, case management, learning how to present papers or reports and so much more than I had anticipated."

Kara Wright
Criminal Justice graduate

Graduate Entry into Law

We offer a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) which is designed for graduates with a recognised degree in any discipline. This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission of law graduates as legal practitioners in Western Australia.



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