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- Be in demand – 90% of our Law graduates are in full time work within 4 months of graduation.
- QUT’s law degree prepares you to think ahead and take advantage of employment opportunities in growth areas or newly emerging sectors, such as mining and resources, intellectual property and technology.
- Gain a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
- Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading and internationally renowned law experts.
- Practical and effective hands-on learning experiences from day one.
|QTAC course code||417601 internal; 417605 external|
|QUT course code||LW34|
|Course duration||4 years full-time|
|Start month||2014 February, July|
Why choose this course?
You will be sought after by employers and prepared for the real world of law, as 90% of our graduates are in full-time employment within 4 months of completing their degree.
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:
- a course that has been designed in consultation with industry to have a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience
- meaningful connections with high profile industry employers
- practical and effective hands-on learning experiences during your studies
- classes with leading and internationally renowned law experts
- international study and placement opportunities
- our high quality Clayton Utz Law Library, expert librarians and eMoot Court facilities
- the convenience of a city-based campus.
We also offer the widest range of undergraduate double degrees with law so you can fast-track and broaden your career possibilities and interests:
- creative industries
- creative and professional writing
- information technology
- media and communication
QUT Law is also dedicated to your successful career in legal practice as we are Brisbane’s only university to offer a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course and have offered this course for over 30 years.
Entry to the distance (external) mode of the course is available to students who live outside Brisbane City Council boundaries.
If you are a distance (external) student, at the start of your first semester of the course you will undertake a compulsory orientation attendance school dedicated to preparing you for legal study. 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.
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 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.
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.
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 within 4 months of their graduation.
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.
This degree gives you the opportunity to choose elective units that align with your career interests.
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.
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.
Assessment Items, Practicum
Our programmes support and develop students to successfully transition from university to their legal career.
Students benefit from innovative, scholarly teaching and learning through:
- progressive assessments and open book exams
- an emphasis on independent learning and research skills
- small groups in core subjects
- practical skills and industry connections from work placements, industry projects, mock trials, mooting competitions and analysis of real cases and legislation.
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
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Minimum English language requirements
Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.
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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)
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
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- Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
- Checked important dates
- Checked you meet the entry requirements
- Checked costs and scholarships
- Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
- Gathered supporting documents
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