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- Be in demand – the majority of our Law graduates are in full time work or further study within 4 months of graduation.
- Meets academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
- Flexible learning options such as downloadable lectures, 24 hour computer labs, electronic moot court.
- Our city location means strong links with the legal profession, government departments and the courts so you can be in touch with the daily workings of the legal community.
- QUT's law degree has a unique balance between theory and practice to create an engaging and real-worl learning experience for you.
|QTAC course code||417601 internal; 417605 external|
|QUT course code||LW34|
|Course duration||4 years full-time|
|Start month||2013 & 2014 February, July|
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Why choose this course?
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 four-year 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.
Be sure to consider a double degree with another discipline. With most double degrees, you will study a combination of law and units from the other degree in the first four years, and law alone in the final semesters.
You may like to visit the Faculty of Law's home page to find out more about what the faculty has to offer via scholarships, work placements, research and international exchanges.
Alignment with career interests
As you progress through your degree you will complete the 18 compulsory units required for admission as a legal practitioner, which include: contracts, torts, constitutional law, trusts, criminal law and corporate law.
You will also choose elective units that align with your career interests. The law course provides many opportunities for study in elective areas. Although many of our graduates become practising lawyers, we recognise that a law degree may also provide the foundation for a career in government, a community organisation or business.
We offer elective study relevant to the following career paths:
- general legal practice – work as a lawyer across a wide range of different legal areas
- specialist legal practice – work as a lawyer specialising in a particular area of the law, such as property, family or media law
- advocacy and dispute resolution – act for clients in court or resolve disputes through negotiation and mediation processes
- public sector – work in policy, research or administration in a government department
- private enterprise – work in management or administration in a business.
QUT law graduates have an excellent track record of securing exciting positions. Over the past five years more than 90 per cent of graduates have been in full-time work or further full-time study within four months of their graduation.
Up-to-date study areas
We constantly review and update our range of elective offerings to ensure that they are in step with the real world. We currently offer elective study in the following areas:
- technology and intellectual property
- human rights
- property and environment
- commercial and consumer
- legal skills
- research and theory
- work placements
- Indigenous legal issues.
Admission to practice
At the end of your law degree you will have completed the necessary units for admission to legal practice in Australia. If you want to become a practising lawyer you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) and then apply for admission.
QUT’s PLT, 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 in full-time, internal mode and part-time, online mode. 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.
External and part-time mode
QUT's Bachelor of Laws is available externally for Australian students outside Brisbane. If you are a distance (external) student, at the start of your first semester you will undertake a compulsory orientation attendance school dedicated to preparing you for legal study. Subsequently, you may be required to be present at up to two attendance schools per year, depending upon the units studied. The attendance schools are an integral component of the distance education course and are compulsory in units where, for example, skills such as advocacy are taught. The law course makes extensive use of online resources and access to the internet is essential.
You will complete 18 compulsory law units that cover the areas of knowledge required for admission as a legal practitioner. You will also choose 14 elective units that align with your desired career path and areas of interest.
You will initially undertake a two-week intensive program followed by a suite of units introducing you to foundation legal concepts. You will learn about the Australian legal system and legal principles that you will build upon in later years. You will develop important legal knowledge and skills, such as research, problem solving, legal interviewing and negotiation. You also undertake contextual units that will enhance your understanding of how the law operates in practice and provide foundation knowledge in the areas of human rights and international law. You will be introduced to ethical, international and Indigenous legal perspectives.
You will study key legal areas such as criminal, property and constitutional law. You will build upon the knowledge gained from your first year of study and extend the range of your legal skills by practising court advocacy and document drafting. You may develop an interest in a particular area of law and will start choosing elective units that align with your areas of interest.
Years 3 and 4
In the final years of your degree you will learn about principles relevant to legal practice, such as court procedure, the rules of evidence and how to act for clients in an ethical and professional manner. You will further develop legal skills, such as negotiation and advocacy, and will have a better understanding of the work of lawyers as professionals and officers of the court. You may also participate in workplace learning where you can apply what you have studied in legal settings, such as in law firms, government departments or community organisations.
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Minimum academic requirements
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Guide to entry cut-offs
Note: Applicants for external studies must also satisfy the External Studies prerequisite. Please refer to Entry Requirements.
Minimum English language requirements
Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.
|IELTS (International English Language Testing System)|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)|
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You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.
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: $11,600 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
2013: $11,000 (indicative) per Semester (subject to annual review)
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
How to apply for Bachelor of Laws
You're ready to apply if you have:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
- Checked important dates
- Semester 1
201318 January Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 3, 4 and 5 applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.8 February Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 1 and 2 applicants and onshore applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.
- Semester 2
20137 June Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 3, 4 and 5 applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.5 July Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 1 and 2 applicants and onshore applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements
- Checked costs and scholarships
- Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
- Gathered supporting documents
All done? Then you're ready to apply.