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Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Gain the knowledge and confidence for a range of legal careers. You’ll be prepared for traditional and new law fields that emerge as a result of innovation and technology.
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Guide to entry thresholds

OP
6
Selection
rank
89
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Campus
Gardens Point
Campus
Gardens Point
Duration
4 years full-time
8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Delivery
On-campus or external
Course starts
February and July
February and July
QTAC code
417601 Internal; 417605 External
CRICOS
083020J

Entry to the external mode of the course is restricted to applicants living outside the Brisbane City Council boundaries and within Australia.

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

 

Highlights

  • a course 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
  • the option to tailor your degree to your interests with a wide range of law electives and a minor in law, technology and innovation
  • classes with leading and expert teachers
  • international study and placement opportunities
  • high quality law library, expert librarians and Law Moot Court facilities.

Highlights

  • a course 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
  • the option to tailor your degree to your interests with a wide range of law electives and a minor in law, technology and innovation
  • classes with leading and expert teachers
  • international study and placement opportunities
  • high quality law library, expert librarians and Law Moot Court facilities
  • the convenience of a city-based campus

Why choose this course?

The QUT law degree will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to apply the law in an array of legal careers. Through your study you will understand key areas of law and develop advanced knowledge in areas that interest you. Your study will also develop necessary legal skills such as legal research, problem solving, dispute resolution, 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.

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 intellectual property and technology.

New Law, Technology and Innovation Minor

Our minor in law, technology and innovation covers topics including how the law is responding to new developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles. The minor complements the core law program and prepares our graduates to be adaptable legal professionals who are skilled for new careers which will evolve as a result of innovation and technology disruption.

Real-world learning

As you progress through your degree you will complete a number of compulsory units including contracts, torts, real property law, evidence, constitutional law, equity and trusts, criminal law and corporate law. You will also choose from a range of introductory, general and advanced elective units that match your career interests such as:

  • intellectual property, technology and innovation law
  • international law, human rights and immigration law
  •  international private law and commercial arbitration
  • comparative law such as the Chinese legal system
  • commercial law including taxation, banking and finance, and environmental and planning law
  • private law including family law and criminal law.

Your advanced studies will conclude with a legal research capstone unit that includes a virtual internship with a top-tier firm. Through the virtual internship you will have the opportunity to undertake authentic legal tasks and to engage with experienced lawyers. In 2019 students are undertaking the internship with MinterEllison. As part of the course, you may study up to four non-law electives to align with your planned career. It is possible that the four non-law electives can be studied as a minor.

What to expect

The defining nature of our law degree is the unique balance between theory and practice. During your degree, you will complete the academic law units required for admission to legal practice, plus choose elective units that align with your career interests. Crucially, you will develop legal skills such as interviewing, negotiation, drafting and advocacy. You can also elect to complete the new law, technology and innovation minor which covers topics including how the law is responding to new developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles. You will complete assessment tasks that prepare you for the work you will undertake in the real world. You can also opt for a work placement in law firms, government departments and community organisations. There are opportunities for virtual work placements where you will complete an online project for a real client. And you can sign up for the career mentor scheme to be matched with an industry professional to guide and support you.

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 2 to 4 and will ensure that our graduates remain ahead of the pack in a competitive legal industry. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career, or future research and study.
 

Flexible delivery

We offer a flexible approach to your learning with online learning environments have been specially designed using video, feedback modules and face-to-face role play so you can apply your learning in a fictional environment. For example, our Air Gondwana program helps you learn about contract dealings of a fictional airline.

Flexible delivery

We offer a flexible approach to your learning with full-time and part-time, on-campus and online learning available. Blended learning environments have been specially designed using video, feedback modules and face-to-face classes. Entry to the external mode of the course is available to students who reside within Australia. You may be required to be present at up to two attendance schools per year, depending on the units studied. The attendance schools are an integral component of the external course and are compulsory in units where, for example, skills such as negotiation are taught. The law course makes extensive use of online resources and access to the internet is essential.

Assessment items or practicum

Designed in consultation with industry to ensure you acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, our programs support and develop students to successfully transition from university to their 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

In the first-year unit Dispute Resolution, students participate in a mediation role play to explore a case and reflect on their performance within it.

Peer support programs

We provide a variety of peer support programs so first-year students are encouraged to learn from students studying in their second and third year. These programs give you extra support in your transition to university. First-year students gain insight and perspective, while second-year and third-year students gain leadership experience.

Summer program

You can accelerate your studies or reduce your workloads during the year by taking full-fee summer program units. We recognise the need for flexibility in your study and strive to ensure that there is a range of units offered during the summer holidays. These units are often offered in intensive mode (two to three weeks of classes) to allow you to make the most of your summer.

Career outcomes

Career outcomes

Although many of our graduates become legal practitioners, a law degree provides the foundation for a career in government, a community organisation or business.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. 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.

Possible careers

  • Barrister
  • Commercialisation Officer
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Crown Law Officer
  • Digital Economy Lawyer
  • Government Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Academic
  • Legal Risk Manager
  • Legal Technology Specialist
  • Policy Officer
  • Solicitor

Details and units

To meet the course requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree, you must complete 384 credit points of core and elective units made up of

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 2 introductory law elective* (24 credit points)
  • 8 general law electives** (96 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*Students commencing from 2019 may select a general law elective in place of one introductory law elective

** Students commencing from 2019 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).

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

Year 1

Your first year provides a holistic, comprehensive and transitional learning experience, laying a solid foundation and assisting you to develop the skills and capabilities necessary to be a successful learner and legal professional. Gaining a strong understanding of the law of torts (negligence, damages and no fault compensation schemes), legal interviewing, legal problem solving, criminal law, the variety of contexts in which Australian law operates and developing a positive professional identity through the dispute resolution unit is the focus of first year. You can also choose two introductory law elective units OR one introductory law elective and one general law elective.

Year 2

You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in contract law, legal research, equity and trusts, constitutional law, administrative law and commercial and personal property law. You can also select two general law elective units to develop your knowledge and skills in your particular area of interest or undertake a minor such as the law, technology and innovation minor.

Year 3

In third year, you can choose another two general law electives to study alongside real property law, corporate law, evidence, ethics, civil procedure and commercial remedies.

Year 4

Your final year of study includes four general electives and two advanced electives where you can further advance your practical legal knowledge and skills through such units as commercial contracts in practice, health law, public international law and theories of law. You will also undertake a legal research capstone project, which brings all of your acquired advanced legal knowledge and skills together.

 

To meet the course requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree, you must complete 384 credit points of core and elective units made up of

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 2 introductory law elective* (24 credit points)
  • 8 general law electives** (96 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*Students commencing from 2019 may select a general law elective in place of one introductory law elective

** Students commencing from 2019 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).

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

Year 1

Your first year provides a holistic, comprehensive and transitional learning experience, laying a solid foundation and assisting you to develop the skills and capabilities necessary to be a successful learner and legal professional. Gaining a strong understanding of the law of torts (negligence, damages and no fault compensation schemes), legal interviewing, legal problem solving, criminal law, the variety of contexts in which Australian law operates and developing a positive professional identity through the dispute resolution unit is the focus of first year. You can also choose two introductory law elective units OR one introductory law elective and one general law elective.

Year 2

You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in contract law, legal research, equity and trusts, constitutional law, administrative law and commercial and personal property law. You can also select two general law elective units to develop your knowledge and skills in your particular area of interest.

Year 3

In third year, you can choose another two general law electives to study alongside real property law, corporate law, evidence, ethics, civil procedure and commercial remedies.

Year 4

Your final year of study includes four general electives and two advanced electives where you can further advance your practical legal knowledge and skills through such units as commercial contracts in practice, health law, public international law and theories of law. You will also undertake a legal research capstone project, which brings all of your acquired advanced legal knowledge and skills together.

 

Requirements

OP 6
Rank 89

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

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Course code
LW36
QTAC code
417601 Internal; 417605 External
CRICOS code
083020J
Delivery
  • On-campus or external

Entry to the external mode of the course is restricted to applicants living outside the Brisbane City Council boundaries and within Australia.

Campus
  • Gardens Point
Campus
  • Gardens Point
Duration
4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Duration
4 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
OP 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 in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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Note

Entry to the external mode of this course is restricted to applicants living outside the Brisbane City Council boundaries and within Australia.

Guaranteed entry

If you receive an adjusted OP 1-5 (or equivalent selection rank), 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.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

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Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2018

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

417605 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - external

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
* "<5" - indicates less than 5 OP- based offers were made
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*
OP <5*
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 4
Selection rank <5*
OP 3
Selection rank <5*
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

417601 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - internal

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 1
Selection rank 99
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 5
Selection rank 91
OP 4
Selection rank 93
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 9
Selection rank 81
OP 6
Selection rank 89

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

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).

Minimum academic requirements

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.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

OP
6
Rank
89
Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the January offer round

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, Singapore, 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
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English 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 within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
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.

2020 fees

2020 CSP $11,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $30,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

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Scholarships

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

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QUT Faculty of Law Founders' Scholarship

A scholarship for undergraduate law students studying in the Faculty of Law.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

QUT Excellence Scholarship (Academic)

QUT's premier offering for students with outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Equity scholarships scheme

A scholarship for low-income students studying in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

QUT Sport Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

A scholarship for future and current undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

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