Highlights

  • This double degree combines our new Bachelor of Data Science, and our respected Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
  • The Data Science component has been specifically designed and built from the ground up as a specialist data science degree – the only one of its kind in Australia.
  • Our law course is designed in consultation with industry to have a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills being demanded by employers in emergent roles.
  • Analyse and interrogate data to provide meaningful insights, crucial to a multitude of industries.

Highlights

  • This double degree combines our new Bachelor of Data Science, and our respected Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
  • The Data Science component has been specifically designed and built from the ground up as a specialist data science degree – the only one of its kind in Australia.
  • Our law course is designed in consultation with industry to have a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills being demanded by employers in emergent roles.
  • Analyse and interrogate data to provide meaningful insights, crucial to a multitude of industries.

Why choose this course?

Data scientist, as an occupation, has experienced a growth of 492 per cent from 2015 to 2019 (Burning Glass Technologies, National Skills Commission Analysis, 2020). It is widely acknowledged as one of the most desirable careers, not just in Australia, but globally.

Across the world, we are collecting massive amounts of data. It’s the new currency. But that data means very little if we’re not able derive meaningful insights from it. We need skilled data scientists to create meaning with the data.

The legal industry is not immune from that trend. As data stores in the sector grow, so will the latent value within that collected data. Law firms have an opportunity to collect and analyse the right data to improve the client experience, to mitigate risk, and to understand the legal implications of data collection.

Some progressive corporate legal teams have created formal roles for legal data scientists,and they are investing in data strategies and new techniques to harness value from this data.

Data science is an ever-changing landscape and at the completion of this course, you’ll be able to move with it having developed a set of fundamental tools and techniques to lead in transforming industry. This is your opportunity to be at the forefront into one of emerging careers in contemporary times.

Real-world learning

You will be encouraged to become an independent learner through discussion, debate and interaction with peers and teaching staff, independent studies and self-reflection. You will apply theoretical frameworks to real-world problems, so you can make clear connections between what is learned in the classroom, and your future practice.

Learning opportunities and environments across the double degree include:

  • use of case studies, data sets, and legislation
  • use of industry software applications and tools
  • use of authentic assessment tasks
  • incorporation of industry-based projects
  • opportunities to engage with industry guest speakers and leading data science researchers in both face-to-face and online environments, and the availability of internships
  • work placements in law firms, government departments and community organisations, mock trials, mooting competitions, and analysis of real cases and legislation.

Learn from the best

Across both disciplines, you’ll be learning from the experts with many years of real-world experience and industry contacts, and who are grounded at the cutting-edge of their areas of knowledge.

As an acknowledged leader in data science research and with our Centre of Data Science, QUT is well-placed to provide you with the expertise at the forefront of this exciting discipline.  Our researchers leading the research in the Centre are also the unit coordinators and lecturers in the course.

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What to expect

The Data Science component of your course covers the theory and the practical tools for data acquisition, storage, management, processing, analysis and visualisation.  Ethical considerations, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills are all given detailed coverage.

Your course progression has been carefully crafted to cater for the diversity of specialist mathematics skills, to scaffold your development in coding – particularly in data science relevant languages. In addition, a suite of four-unit minor offerings are available so you can specialise in a number of complementary areas, including Optimisation and Stochastic Modelling, Computational and Simulation Science, and Information Systems. 

Your Data Science studies will culminate with the Capstone Project, where you’ll work on an extensive project with an industry partner to synthesise your learned skills and techniques to solve more complex authentic problems

QUT’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree, as it has honours-level content integrated throughout the course. The honours units are integrated from years two to four, and help our graduates remain ahead of the pack in a competitive legal industry. You will complete the academic law units required for admission to legal practice and will develop legal skills such as interviewing, negotiation, drafting and advocacy. You will also choose from a range of introductory, general and advanced elective units to suit your career goals and gain practical skills and experience. 

Your Laws Capston Unit includes a work placement in range of different legal workplaces or a virtual internship with a top-tier firm, providing you with the opportunity to engage with experienced lawyers and undertake authentic legal tasks.

Flexible delivery

We offer a flexible approach to your learning with online and on-campus options. This is a digitally enhanced course where technology is integrated into all aspects of online and on-campus teaching, learning and assessment.

You will be able to access learning resources, activities and assessment remotely. External learners may be required to undertake key activities at designated locations, including some invigilated assessment such as at hosted assessment centres. As part of your law studies, you may be required to be present at up to two attendance schools per year, depending on the units. 

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

As a graduate, you will be an agile problem-solver, capable of tackling real-world problems by applying the insights gained from extracting knowledge from data.  Your comprehensive knowledge of data science tools and techniques will be employed to design new solutions that drive progress and innovation, guided at all times by your appreciation of the ethical considerations concerning the use of data in decision-making, particularly in the legal industry.

Although many of our graduates become solicitors or barristers, a law degree provides a perfect foundation for a range of careers in business, government, management consulting, accounting, recruitment, community sector, research, journalism, and politics.

You will be more than capable of effectively communicating your insights to broader audiences, expert and non-expert alike.  You will be experienced at interacting effectively within teams, working independently, and in appraising your own continuing professional development. 

Possible careers

  • Barrister
  • Business Risk and Governance Consultant
  • Corporate Executive
  • Crown Law Officer
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Digital Economy Lawyer
  • Government Officer
  • In-house Counsel
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Risk Manager
  • Legal Technology Specialist
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Policy Officer
  • Pricing analyst
  • Risk Analyst

Details and units

Students are required to complete 528 credit points, comprised of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Data Science program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program. You will study data science and law units in your first four years and for the remainder of this course you will concentrate on law studies.

Under the data science component, students will complete 192 credit points (16 units) consisting of :

  • 14 core units (168 credit point) 
  • 2 data science elective units (24 credit points)

Under the law component, you will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of law electives made up of:

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 1 introductory law elective* (12 credit points)
  • 5 general law electives** (60 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*Students may select a general law elective in place of the introductory law elective

 **Students have the option to complete the Law, Technology and Innovation minor or 4 non-law electives (48 credit points) or a university wide minor in place of  4 general law electives (48 credit points). Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the academic record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Honours-level units

96 credit points of the following honours units will be used to determine the honours levels of the LLB (Hons):

  • Legal Research (LLH201)
  • Administrative Law (LLH206)
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession (LLH302)
  • Corporate Law (LLH305)
  • Legal Research Capstone (LLH401) (24 credit points)
  • two 12-credit point Advanced Law Electives

Students are required to complete 528 credit points, comprised of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Data Science program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program. You will study data science and law units in your first four years and for the remainder of this course you will concentrate on law studies.

Under the data science component, students will complete 192 credit points (16 units) consisting of :

  • 14 core units (168 credit point) 
  • 2 data science elective units (24 credit points)

Under the law component, you will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of law electives made up of:

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 1 introductory law elective* (12 credit points)
  • 5 general law electives** (60 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*Students may select a general law elective in place of the introductory law elective

 **Students have the option to complete the Law, Technology and Innovation minor or 4 non-law electives (48 credit points) or a university wide minor in place of  4 general law electives (48 credit points). Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the academic record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Honours-level units

96 credit points of the following honours units will be used to determine the honours levels of the LLB (Hons):

  • Legal Research (LLH201)
  • Administrative Law (LLH206)
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession (LLH302)
  • Corporate Law (LLH305)
  • Legal Research Capstone (LLH401) (24 credit points)
  • two 12-credit point Advanced Law Electives

Requirements

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Course code
ID33
QTAC code
419982
Delivery
  • External
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
5.5 years full-time
Duration
5.5 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

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Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

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Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

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Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank will be applied to this course.

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Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2020

419982 Bachelor of Data Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2020 information is not available.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Subject prerequisites
  • Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $8,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $33,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

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