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Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Combine science and law to work as a barrister, intellectual property lawyer or inventor, or in areas including trade secrets, genetic modification and environmental law disputes.
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Guide to entry thresholds

OP
6
Selection rank
89
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Campus
Gardens Point
Campus
Gardens Point
Duration
5.5 years full-time
5.5 years full-time
Entry
February and July
February and July
QTAC code
419712
CRICOS
083029M

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2018.

 

Why choose this course?

This double degree covers all major areas of the law, as well as allowing students to choose one of the following majors offered in the Bachelor of Science course: biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, environmental science and physics. You will be educated in the content and processes of science to prepare you for the complexities of legal issues with a range of scientific and technological dimensions.

Whether you choose biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, environmental science or physics, your major within the science component of this double degree will provide you with in-depth knowledge and expertise, preparing you for entry into the workforce or further study.

You will explore real-world problems from multiple science perspectives and learn the tools of the trade. Depending on your choices you may find yourself out in the field, working in the laboratory or learning about the impact of scientific theory on people, policy, industry and the planet.  Working with data you have collected, you’ll study how to apply fundamental methods of scientific practice, perform scientific analysis, and learn the tools to present your findings.

The law component of this double 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 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 Indigenous 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 mining and resources, intellectual property and technology.

As a QUT 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 expert teachers
  • international study and placement opportunities
  • our high quality law library, expert librarians and Law Moot Court facilities
  • the convenience of a city-based campus.

Real-world learning

You will study a combination of science and law units in the first four years, with law units only in the final three semesters.

From the beginning of your science component, you can expect to spend time in QUT's state-of-the-art laboratories, learning the latest scientific techniques and using equipment found in industry.  You will learn at QUT and in the workplace. Our work integrated learning program gives you the opportunity to combine workplace activities with academic study, assessment and support.

In the law degree, you will complete core units and a mixture of introductory, general and advanced electives.

In your first year, you will study four science units and be introduced to law, the law of torts (negligence, damages and no-fault compensation schemes), legal problem solving and criminal law.

In your second year, you can choose an introductory law elective unit and two units from your science major. You will gain advanced understanding and skills in legal research, dispute resolution and the variety of contexts in which Australian law operates.

Your third year of study will further develop your chosen science area of specialisation, with four units in your selected major. You will also expand your knowledge and skills in the law by studying contract law, constitutional law, equity and trusts, and commercial and personal property law.

In fourth year, you can pick a general law elective to study alongside real property law, administrative law and evidence, as you advance your chosen science major.

In your final three semesters, you will study law units only and the course allows you to choose general and advanced elective units that interest you. You will also study civil procedure, ethics, commercial remedies and corporate law, before undertaking a legal research capstone project.

Highlights

  • QUT’s law degree prepares you to think ahead and take advantage of employment opportunities in growth areas or newly emerging sectors, such as intellectual property and technology.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading law experts.
  • Learn to develop practical solutions that impact on the real world.
  • Be at the cutting edge of international science education with access to QUT’s new multimillion dollar research and teaching facilities, including our $230 million Science and Engineering Precinct.
  • Enhance your career prospects with skills like analytical and writing skills that can be applied in both a science and/or legal profession.
  • Complete 2 separate degrees in 5.5 years full-time.

Highlights

  • QUT’s law degree prepares you to think ahead and take advantage of employment opportunities in growth areas or newly emerging sectors, such as intellectual property and technology.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading law experts.
  • Learn to develop practical solutions that impact on the real world.
  • Be at the cutting edge of international science education with access to QUT’s new multimillion dollar research and teaching facilities, including our $230 million Science and Engineering Precinct.
  • Enhance your career prospects with skills like analytical and writing skills that can be applied in both a science and/or legal profession.
  • Complete 2 separate degrees in 5.5 years full-time.

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 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.

By combining your law degree with a science degree, you could help develop solutions in the areas of climate change, long-term ecological impacts, energy and geosystems, food security and water resource management. Our science degree is designed in consultation with industry, government and the professions. You will apply theories to real-world situations.

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 advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career, or future research and study.

Assessment items or practicum

Designed in consultation with industry to ensure you acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, 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.

Peer support programs

QUT Law provides a variety of peer support programs so first-year law 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

As a graduate, you may enter legal practice with an education in both the content and process of science and data analysis. This will enable you to deal with the complexities of litigation that have a scientific or technological focus such as inventions, trade secrets, quantitative evidence, genetic modification and constitutional disputes giving rise to environmental issues.

On the other hand, you may choose to follow a career path in the sciences, enhancing your opportunities in a particular discipline such as environmental science or biotechnology through your knowledge of the law.

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.

Graduates will satisfy the requirements for membership in the relevant professional body for their science major.

Possible careers

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Barrister
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Chemist Industrial
  • Coastal Scientist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Contract Administrator
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Crown Law Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental manager
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Forensic Biologist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Government Officer
  • Hydrogeologist
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Industrial Chemist
  • Inventor
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Risk Manager
  • Life scientist
  • Mapping Scientist/Photogrammetrist
  • Marine Scientist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Microbiologist
  • Mine Geologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Natural Resource Scientist
  • Physicist
  • Plant Biotechnologist
  • Policy Officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Population Ecologist
  • Project Manager
  • Public Servant
  • Scientist

Requirements

OP 6
Rank 89

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2018.

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Course code
IX80
QTAC code
419712
CRICOS code
083029M
Campus
  • Gardens Point
Duration
  • 5.5 years full-time
  • 5.5 years full-time
Entry
  • February and July
  • February and July
OP Guarantee
Yes

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English
  • Maths B

Recommended Study: At least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, Earth Science or Maths C. 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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Guaranteed entry

If you receive an adjusted OP 1-5 (or equivalent selection rank), you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

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.

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 4
Selection rank 93
OP 3
Selection rank 95
Lowest OP/selection rank to receive an offer
OP 7
Selection rank 86
OP 6
Selection rank 89

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

Minimum academic requirements

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
  • Maths B

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies. Recommended Study: At least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, Earth Science or Maths C.

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, 2018.

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 English Advanced (CAE)
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.

2019

2019: CSP $10,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2019

2019: $33,500 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.

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

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out more about government loans

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

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic)

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

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Equity scholarships scheme

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

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

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

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

Undergraduate Indigenous Fee Waiver Commencing Student Scholarship

A scholarship for Indigenous undergraduate students studying in the Science and Engineering Faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent

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