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Overview

As the Information Technology component of this course is being implemented progressively over time, prospective students who intend to apply for advanced standing should contact the Science and Engineering Faculty to seek advice on whether suitable units will be available for enrolment.
  • Be in demand – 90% of our Law graduates are in full time work within 4 months of graduation.
  • Prepares you to practise law in complex environments that now require graduates with an information technology background.
  • Complete 2 separate degrees in 5.5 years full-time.
  • Study in a specialty area such as computer science or information systems.
  • Meets academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
QTAC course code419622
QUT course code IX53
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2014 February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code066292D
Careers
  • Barrister
  • Crown Law Officer
  • Database Manager
  • Electronic Commerce Developer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Programmer
  • Public Servant
  • Software Engineer
  • Solicitor
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Manager
  • Systems Programmer
  • Web Designer

Details

Why choose this course?

Combining law and information technology puts you at the cutting edge of the growth area of legal issues arising from the advances of information technology. Technology is increasingly becoming a part of everyday business; for example, political campaigns now use a wide range of technologies, including social networking, to deliver their message. Staff from both the information technology and law areas have contributed to the rapid developments in this area. 

This double degree will give you the ability to practise law in light of the complex information and technology environments generated by manufacturers, data processing consultancies and private and government organisations. Because more legal issues are arising from the Internet every day, the legal industry requires more graduates with an information technology background to help tackle these issues.

Alternatively, you can choose to practise as a computing professional specialising in legal applications, information systems or security. IT students receive a comprehensive, work-integrated curriculum, giving you the opportunity to explore a wide range of areas within IT and gain a deep understanding within your chosen specialty.

QUT’s contemporary law degree prepares you to think ahead and allows you to take advantage of employment opportunities in growth areas or newly emerging sectors, such as mining and resources, intellectual property and technology.

As a QUT law student, you will benefit immediately and into the future from:

Real world learning

As a QUT law student, you will benefit from a course that is designed for the real world, with a wide range of study choices so you can tailor the degree to your career and personal interests.

QUT's law degree will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to apply the law in an array of careers. Through your study you will understand key areas of law and develop a broad range of skills and values in areas such as legal research, problem solving, and oral and written communication. Our course will also help you understand and promote the ethical standards of the legal profession and to appreciate international and Indigenous perspectives.

As our courses are designed in consultation with industry to ensure you acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, you will also gain skills needed to address legal issues in ways that reflect modern community, corporate and government practices. For example, you will learn collaboration and mutually beneficial decision-making skills from the wide variety of work placements, internships, legal clinics and volunteering opportunities we provide.

In addition, you will have unique mentoring and effective learning opportunities available to you through Crime Club, peer-to-peer mentoring and when competing in international and national mooting competitions.

Cooperative Education Program

An optional six or 12-month period of paid work experience in an area of science and technology is available to eligible full-time students. The Cooperative Education Program, which is a joint venture between employers and the Science and Engineering Faculty, gives you the opportunity to better prepare for future employment. The program is available to Australian citizens and permanent residents only. For more information, see work experience opportunities in the Science and Engineering Faculty.

 

Career outcomes

Graduates may develop careers in cyberlaw, intellectual property and privacy, dealing with the legal regulation of the Internet including downloading music, mobile phone camera use or copyright issues. You may become a legal practitioner, barrister, in-house counsel, government lawyer, policy adviser or IT specialist or entrepreneur within the legal or justice fields. There is also increased demand for roles in edemocracy both in egovernment service delivery and political campaigning. You could work in software development, maintenance or IT system building as a business analyst, computer scientist, data communications specialist, database manager, electronic commerce developer, system analyst or web designer.

QUT law graduates have an excellent track record of securing exciting positions. Over the past five years more than 90 per cent of QUT law graduates have been in full-time work within 4 months of their graduation.

Professional recognition

If you want to become a lawyer at the end of your degree, you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) before you can apply for admission to practice. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values required to become a competent entry-level legal practitioner. The course is available full-time or part-time online or full-time on campus study (International students are eligible for full-time on campus study only). The course complies with the Law Admissions Consultative Council’s Competency Standards for entry-level lawyers and is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

The Bachelor of Laws is also recognised for solicitor’s admission in East Malaysia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and in India and West Malaysia after completion of these countries’ qualifying examinations.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

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We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

When you apply for this course, we'll recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

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Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 5

Rank 92


Subject pre-requisites

  • English

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies (English (4,SA) and Maths A, B or C (4,SA)).

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
speaking6.0
writing6.0
reading6.0
listening6.0
overall6.5

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You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.

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Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: $12,000 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Laws

You're ready to apply if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
  2. Checked important dates
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

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