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Become a sessional academic

To be employed as a sessional academic staff member in the School of Law, you need to be approved to join the School of Law sessional academic staff pool.

Being part of the approved pool means that you are available for sessional work, but does not mean that you are automatically employed.

Unit Coordinators consult this pool when filling any vacancies for sessional staff positions in their teaching teams each semester.

How to apply

To join the staff pool, you should at least hold an LLB (Hons), or equivalent, and have relevant professional experience or a higher degree.

You must submit:

  • an application form
  • your CV
  • certified copies of academic records
  • at least one written reference.

To help you complete the application form, please refer to our law units listed below.

We will then review your application and, depending on current teaching requirements, an interview may be arranged.

Complete the sessional academic application form

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Our law units

  • LLB101 Introduction to Law

    Introduction to Law introduces you to the Australian legal system and explores the nature of the common law system and the processes by which law is made. This includes a focus on the major sources of law in Australia and the institutions that create, interpret and administer the law.

  • LLB102 Torts

    Torts law is part of the law of civil wrongs and developed to provide a private remedy for those who suffer loss due to the acts or omissions of others. This unit provides you with an introduction to the law of torts with a particular focus on negligence. The application of torts law to address civil wrongs and disputes dominates the litigation practice of many law firms.

  • LLB103 Dispute Resolution

    Dispute resolution is a term used to represent a number of processes for the resolution of conflict and disputes such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration. These processes are used in many areas of Australian society to resolve both legal and non-legal disputes.

  • LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice

    As future members of the legal profession, you will be expected to contextualise legal issues and critique them from various perspectives. In a changing world and in light of emerging technologies, the future of the legal profession will rely on critical thinking and evaluation skills and the ability to develop and present persuasive arguments. In this unit, you will explore critical theories and apply them to the philosophical, cultural, social, economic and global contexts in which the Australian legal system operates. You will also consider the role of lawyers in a dynamic and changing world.

  • LLB106 Criminal Law

    Criminal Law provides knowledge of the doctrines of criminal law and procedure, with a focus on offences against the person and property. An understanding of the principles of criminal law is of fundamental importance to practising lawyers as the criminal law impacts upon almost every aspect of domestic, commercial, corporate and public activity in Queensland. A study of criminal law reveals which sorts of conduct are liable to punishment and how that impacts on various sectors of the community.

  • LLB107 Statutory Interpretation

    Legislation is a central source of law in the Australian legal system. The law of statutory interpretation governs the determination of the legal meaning and effect of legislation. In this unit, you will examine the concepts that form the foundation of Australian public law, explain how legislation is interpreted by Australian courts, and apply rules and principles of statutory interpretation.

  • LLB140 Human Rights Law

    Human Rights Law focuses on the theory and practice of international human rights law. In particular, it provides an overview of the history and origins of human rights and international rights and obligations while remaining grounded in the contemporary events and challenges to the protection of human rights.

  • LLB141 Introduction to International Law

    There are many ways in which the law operates in an international context. Issues of global concern such as climate change, terrorism and economic development require cooperation between nations through agreements and treaties. The increased internationalisation of communication, financial interests and business transactions means that individuals and companies are increasingly required to engage with the laws of other countries and that domestic legal systems must operate in an international context.

  • LLB142 Regulation of Business

    This elective unit commences the process in educating legal students in matters of business and commercial law. It is intended to provide an overview of a number of critical areas in the study of business law. Further, this subject will provide theoretical and critical analysis skills for the students through the design of the learning experience.

  • LLB202 Contract Law

    Contract law is the basis for transactions involving the supply of goods and services and is the primary means by which the ownership of property is transferred. This unit provides you with an introduction to the law of contract and focuses on the formation, content and interpretation of contracts.

  • LLB203 Constitutional Law

    Constitutional Law examines the constitutional arrangements effected by the Commonwealth and State Constitutions, the division of power between the Commonwealth and States, and the relations between the different levels of government. The Commonwealth Constitution is a 'higher' law and therefore ordinary laws passed by the Commonwealth or State Parliaments may depend upon the Constitution for their validity.

  • LLB204 Commercial and Personal Property Law

    The concepts of commercial and personal property and rules concerning dealings with such property underpin a significant number of modern legal transactions in both domestic and commercial contexts. This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of property and legal principles relevant to personal property and commercial law. You will examine how a modern legal system recognises and protects interests in and dealings with property and practice skills in problem solving, effective teamwork and communication of legal concepts.

  • LLB205 Equity and Trusts

    This unit introduces you to the principles of equity and the law of trusts. These principles impact on many areas of law and legal practice including contracts, property law and family law to name just a few. An understanding of these principles and remedies is central to the work of litigation lawyers and has numerous private and commercial uses.

  • LLB242 Media Law

    This unit examines the regulation and non-regulation of freedom of speech exercised by the media. In this regard various limitations imposed by the common law, statute and self-regulation will be examined, such as defamation, restrictions on reporting courts and politics, contempt, privacy and confidentiality.

  • LLB243 Family Law

    Legal professionals assisting clients who are entering into relationships or experiencing relationship breakdown are involved in helping them plan their future financial and parenting arrangements. Their role, when assisting clients after separation, is to help their clients find the most appropriate forms of dispute resolution and to minimise conflict experienced by family members, particularly where there are children. Family lawyers are most often engaged in matters involving future arrangements for children and financial issues, such as property settlement, spousal maintenance and child support. They also assist clients in applications to seek protection for family violence. This unit aims to provide you, as a potential family law professional, with an understanding of the family law system, the various options for resolution of disputes, and the relevant legislation and case law and how it is applied in practice.

  • LLB244 Criminal Law Sentencing

    Criminal Law Sentencing provides knowledge of the doctrines of criminal law, with a focus on offences against the person and property. Defences and excuses as to liability are also covered, along with certain elements of criminal procedure.

  • LLB250 Law, Privacy and Data Ethics

    This unit will develop the knowledge and skills that you will require to evaluate the social impact of data analytics and automated decisionmaking. Major advances in data collection, data analysis, and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing many different aspects of society, and these changes create serious legal and ethical challenges. This unit will provide you with an introduction to the opportunities and emerging problems raised by the large-scale collection and aggregation of data and the increasing use of data analytics and machine learning across different social domains.

  • LLB251 Law and Design Thinking

    Technology and innovation is rapidly changing the practice of law and the way lawyers think. Significant shifts can be seen in the everyday tasks of lawyers, the business models of law firms, how community legal centres deliver services, and how people experience court rooms and the justice system. There are increasing demands for law and legal practice to adapt to the challenges brought about by fast-paced technological innovation. Future graduate lawyers will be expected to use new technologies to produce client-centred solutions in creative, innovative, and ethical ways. This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to design new solutions to improve access to justice and respond to complex legal problems.

  • LLB301 Real Property Law

    In this unit, you will examine the principles of real property law, with a focus on the Torrens Title system of registration and the creation and disposal of various estates in interests in land, including through electronic means. The focus of this unit is on both legal problem solving skills and on communicating effectively to a variety of non-legal audiences. This focus will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in the future including in law firms, community organisations, industry sectors, academia and/or government departments.

  • LLB303 Evidence

    The law of evidence is concerned with the way in which assertions of fact must be made, tested and proved in court.

  • LLB304 Commercial Remedies

    When a legal right is interfered with or a legal obligation is breached, the law provides a remedy. This unit focuses on remedial issues in the context of the law of contract, equity and breaches of statute and develops your problem solving skills in response to real world client problems.

  • LLB306 Civil Procedure

    Civil Procedure provides an understanding of procedural law and the skills to resolve disputes, when necessary, through the process of litigation.

  • LLB340 Banking and Finance Law

    Banking and Finance Law covers the principal areas of activity of lenders in commercial and consumer transactions. You will develop an understanding of the Australian financial system, the regulation of lenders and the legal relationships between lenders and their customers.

  • LLB341 Artificial Intelligence, Robots and the Law

    This unit addresses the most pressing practical legal issues that arise in relation to new technologies, and examines the theoretical principles that are likely to underpin public and private regulatory efforts in the future. To this end, the unit will encourage students to think critically about the ways in which new technology is experienced and regulated.

  • LLB344 Intellectual Property Law

    Intellectual property law has become fundamentally important to our modern, connected society. This unit will provide you with an introduction to those areas of intellectual property law that commercial legal practitioners are likely to encounter in their everyday practice. You will  also examine the current policy debates in the field of intellectual property as the law adapts to the digital age.

  • LLB345 Regulating the Internet

    This unit focuses on the knowledge that you need to understand law and regulation in the digital age. It helps you gain a thorough knowledge of the structure, governance and regulation of the Internet. You will be able to apply this knowledge to critically evaluate regulatory options for new digital technologies and to develop risk management strategies for stakeholders.

  • LLB346 Succession Law

    This unit includes the following: examination of the law with respect to wills and probate; a study of the formalities required to execute a valid will; the intestacy provisions where someone dies without having made a will; the rights of a testator's family when they have not been named as a beneficiary in the deceased's will; and a detailed examination of the provisions of the Succession Act 1981 (Qld).

  • LLB347 Taxation Law

    In this unit you will attain an overview of the Australian taxation system.

  • LLB349 Japanese Law

    In this unit, you will use Japan as a case study to develop the skills of Asia-literate analysis—the ability to discern how culture, politics, economics, institutional design and other variables impact on the operation of an Asian legal system. In the Asian Century, Asia-literate lawyering is critical to advise effectively on transnational deals and to fashion strategic international and regional policy solutions. The unit covers a wide range of contemporary issues in Japanese law, including legal system reform, litigation rates, constitutionalism, gender discrimination, criminal justice, judicial activism, law in popular culture, corporate governance, employment, contracts and commercial regulation.

  • LLB350 The Law and Ethics of War

    The Law and Ethics of War develops knowledge of legal and ethical issues relating to international law regulating recourse to violence (the jus ad bellum) and the conduct of hostilities (the jus in bello or international humanitarian law). The unit looks at some of the main ethical arguments for and against war and, drawing on past and current real-world case studies, it deals with a range of topical issues such as the use of military force against non-state terrorist groups, the responsibility to protect populations from mass atrocity crimes, and the means and methods of warfare. The unit builds on knowledge and skills developed in earlier core units and in recommended electives, including LLB141 Introduction to International Law.

  • LLB444 Real Estate Transactions

    A real estate transaction is one of the most common contracts a lawyer deals with in practice. Real Estate Transactions gives students an understanding of the operation of contract law, real property and equity in the context of a typical land transaction and develops the skills of statutory interpretation, drafting and written communication.

  • LLB460 Competition Moots A

    If students have completed the foundation units in first year, perform well under pressure and have participated in at least one internal moot as counsel, they may, when expressions of interest are called for, apply for a place on a team for a moot competition for which academic credit is granted. Places are very limited, but if students are successful, they can take their skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. International and national moots require significant preparation and attention to detail, with a very high level of commitment, research, writing and discipline knowledge. Because of the timetabling of international moots throughout the year, students may be required to work on the competition moot  for extended periods, including between November and February. The number of moots offered will vary from year to year. Academic credit for this unit is restricted to registered members of official QUT teams in designated competitions.

  • LLB461 Competition Moots B

    If students have completed the foundation units in first year, perform well under pressure and have participated in at least one internal moot as counsel, they may, when expressions of interest are called for, apply for a place on a team for a moot competition for which academic credit is granted. Places are very limited, but if students are successful, they can take their skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. International and national moots require significant preparation and attention to detail, with a very high level of commitment, research, writing and discipline knowledge. Because of the timetabling of international moots throughout the year, students may be required to work on the competition moot  for extended periods, including between November and February. The number of moots offered will vary from year to year. Academic credit for this unit is restricted to registered members of official QUT teams in designated competitions.

  • LLB463 Legal Clinic (Organised Program)

    In this unit, students are provided with the opportunity to see law in action through being involved in the delivery of community legal services, support and information. Students work with community legal centres and community support agencies in a variety of areas such as refugee, environmental, family violence and public interest law. Students' placement learning is supplemented with a weekly seminar program that deals with topics such as cultural competence, professional identity, client care, legal interviewing, and community education. Entry to this unit is via a successful application only.

  • LLB464 International Legal Placement

    In this unit students are provided with the opportunity to see law in action through participation in an overseas placement or study tour. Students' work in their placements is supplemented with a program that deals with such topics as pre-trip preparation, intercultural capabilities, global perspectives, and career planning. Entry to this unit is via a successful application only.

  • LLH201 Legal Research

    Legal research and professional judgment are an integral part of legal practice. As a legal practitioner you will need to possess research skills in order to maintain current knowledge and find solutions for legal problems in a variety of contexts that may involve new, amended or developing areas of law. Professional judgment includes the ability to act and think well in uncertain situations.

  • LLH206 Administrative Law

    Administrative law concerns the legal relationship between government and individuals and businesses. This unit considers the way in which decisions of government bodies and public officials may be challenged or reviewed.

  • LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession

    The legal profession, like any other profession, is governed not only by a set of legal rules but also by a range of ethical principles that relate particularly to the practice of the profession of law. An education in law would be incomplete without an understanding of these rules and principles and an ability to apply them in practice. The legal profession owes duties not only to clients, but also to itself, the legal system, the judicial system and to the public. It is within this framework of responsibilities that the lawyer's duties to the client must be accommodated.

  • LLH305 Corporate Law

    People who wish to embark on a commercial venture may choose from a range of forms of legal organisations provided by the legal system. A competent commercial lawyer or business person needs to be aware of the legal principles pertaining to one of the more important types of organisations, namely, the registered company.

  • LLH401 Legal Research Capstone

    The capstone unit in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) consolidates and builds on the discipline knowledge, higher order thinking, independent research, and communication and collaboration skills introduced at a foundation level in first year units and then developed in second and third year units. It prepares you for your future legal career by developing a strong foundation in contemporary legal knowledge and real-world relevant skills, with a particular focus on technology and innovation in legal practice. Specifically, the unit focuses on the way technology and innovation affects the way lawyers work.   During the capstone you will participate in a work-integrated-learning experience by undertaking a virtual internship in legal practice (VILP) through MinterEllison. The VILP modules cover four areas of legal practice including: capital markets & corporate; consulting solutions; infrastructure, construction & property; and risk, regulatory, insurance & controversy. You will draw on your experiences during the VILP, combined with legal research and reflection, to develop a recruitment resource for the firm. Acting as course mentors, three legal practitioners from MinterEllison will provide guidance on how to complete this real-world learning experience, respond to student questions during the intensive workshop, and provide general industry feedback on as

  • LLH470 Commercial Contracts in Practice

    This advanced law elective unit provides an opportunity for you to study the interaction of common law principles of contract, equity and property law and the impact of statute in the context of several common commercial transactions. You will examine key aspects of contracts such as risk allocation performance, dispositions and dispute resolution in the context of commercial sales, leases and share sales. A case study approach will be used to expose you to practical issues related to the negotiation, drafting and interpretation of common clauses within these agreements.

  • LLH471 Health Law and Practice

    Advances in medical science have yielded challenging questions concerning the rights of patients, the obligations of health care providers and the extent to which the state should intervene in the relationship. As an advanced law elective, Health Law & Practice examines contemporary issues that arise in the modern health care context, including competing public policies. You will develop advanced knowledge and appreciate the relationship between the law, medicine and ethics and apply your research and critical analysis skills within the paradigm of law and bioethics.

  • LLH472 Public International Law

    Public international law is a body of rules that governs the relations between nation states and between nation states and individuals. Public international law influences the development of many areas of domestic law, including trade and commerce, immigration and criminal law. Through the creation and implementation of public international law, nation states are able to cooperate to address global challenges like terrorism, poverty, climate change and armed conflict.

  • LLH473 Independent Research Project

    Advanced research, writing, analytical and legal reasoning skills are essential to legal professionals for the purposes of the preparation of legal advice, opinions and arguments, proposals for law reform, reference and policy documents, teaching materials, and scholarly publications. The unit should be studied at the end of the degree, as it serves as a foundation for you to enhance your academic research experience and skills prior to post-graduate study or entry into the legal profession. It is recommended that you undertake LLB348 Legal Research Methodologies prior to this unit.

  • LLH474 Insolvency Law

    This unit examines the legal issues associated with insolvency for both individuals and corporations. Insolvency Law provides you with an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge, building on your knowledge of corporate law, and skills relevant for this specialised area of the law.

  • LLH475 Theories of Law

    Legal theory, also known as jurisprudence, has exerted an enduring influence on the direction and nature of legal thought in the common law world and through all legal systems. An understanding of the underlying, and often unstated, philosophies that guide the developing law, especially through decisions at the highest level, will assist you to effectively participate in legal practice, research and law reform.

  • LLH476 Competition Law

    As an advanced law elective, Competition Law builds upon students' knowledge of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and critically examines the rules regulating anti-competitive conduct and access to essential services. The unit develops advanced knowledge, critical thinking skills and research skills within the context of commercial transactions such as mergers, joint ventures, distribution and supply arrangements and intellectual property licences.

  • LLH477 Innovation and Intellectual Property Law

    This unit explores current issues and trends in intellectual property and innovation law, so that you can situate the law within broader technological, cultural, social and commercial contexts. It provides advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in intellectual property and cyberlaw, and further develops your skills in legal research, complex problem solving and effective communication.

  • LPP111 Lawyers' Skills

    This unit introduces you to a range of lawyering skills that will enable you to apply the knowledge, skills and values that you acquired in your law degree to the practice of law. Specifically, this unit enables you to start or to consolidate your acquisition of skills in legal letter writing, legal drafting, legal interviewing, negotiation and advocacy skills. The unit will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of various areas of the law, your legal research and analysis skills, and your fact analysis skills, for such purposes as advising clients orally in and in writing in complex legal matters; achieving desired client outcomes when drafting legal documents; and representing clients effectively in negotiations and before courts.

  • LPP112 Work Skills

    The Law Admissions Consultative Committee considers that an entry-level lawyer should be able to demonstrate competence in ethical understanding and knowledge of solicitors' trust accounting and file and risk management at the level required for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.

  • LPP113 Civil Litigation

    This unit builds on your undergraduate knowledge of civil litigation, torts and contract law by providing you with an understanding of the practices and procedures involved in resolving client disputes using civil litigation. It will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of litigation practice, your legal research and analysis skills, and your fact analysis skills for the purpose of finding solutions to client problems. It will enable you to further develop and apply your letter-writing and legal drafting skills. It provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate some of the knowledge, skills and ethical values that a competent legal practitioner is expected to apply when conducting litigation.

  • LPP114 Commercial

    This unit builds on your undergraduate knowledge of corporate law principles and commercial law by providing you with an understanding of the practices and procedures involved in utilising corporations for client purposes and an understanding of practices and procedures involved in the sale of a business. It will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of corporate, commercial and revenue law, your legal research and analysis skills, and your fact analysis skills, for the purpose of finding solutions to client problems involving commercial transactions. It will enable you to further develop and apply your letter-writing and legal drafting skills. It further provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate some of knowledge, skills and ethical values that a competent legal practitioner is expected to apply to complex commercial transactions and problems.

  • LPP115 Property

    This unit builds on your undergraduate knowledge of property law by providing you with an understanding of the practices and procedures involved in property transactions such as transfers, mortgages and leases. It will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge of property, planning and revenue law, your legal research and analysis skills, and your fact analysis skills, for the purpose of finding solutions to client problems. It will enable you to further develop and apply your letter-writing and legal drafting skills. The unit will further provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate some of knowledge, skills and ethical values that a competent legal practitioner is expected to apply to complex commercial transactions and problems.

  • LPP116 Electives

    This unit extends your knowledge of the substantive law and the practices and procedures on two areas of practice that you choose from the following list. You must choose two from the list to satisfy professional admission requirements and unit requirements. The unit will provide you with the opportunity to build and apply your substantive law knowledge, your procedural knowledge, your fact analysis skills and your legal research and analysis skills. ·%emsp;Administrative law practice%emsp; ·%emsp;Criminal law practice   ·%emsp;Family law practice  %emsp; ·%emsp;Banking and finance law practice%emsp; ·%emsp;Consumer law practice ·%emsp;Employment and industrial law practice ·%emsp;Planning and environment law practice ·%emsp;Wills and estates practice

  • LPP117 Interaction

    This unit complements your study in LPP113 Civil Litigation and LPP115 Property. It provides you with an opportunity to build further your legal and fact research and analysis skills, your communication skills and your ability to manage complex legal work in a professional manner. It provides you further opportunities to exercise your professional judgement within an ethical framework appropriate for a legal professional and to apply risk management tools in legal professional work.

  • LPP118 Placement

    This unit provides a capstone to your practical legal training for admission to the legal profession. It enables you to spend the equivalent of four working weeks in a law office in Australia, in which you can observe legal practitioners delivering legal services. It enables you to observe firsthand legal professionalism in action and to conduct professional reflection on this activity.

  • LWN065 Construction and Engineering Law

    Preparation of construction and engineering contracts has now become a distinct area of legal practice, with many firms having established sections that specialise in this area. A sound knowledge of the standard forms used in the industries and the special principles of law applicable to this area is essential for those wishing to practise in the area. This unit provides the knowledge sought by current and future practitioners and those considering embarking upon research in this area.

  • LWN075 International Commercial Transactions

    This unit deals with the legal problems arising from the formation and operation of international commercial transactions. Understanding the law and practice regarding international commercial transactions is a prerequisite for the development of trade with Australian businesses.

  • LWN099 Intellectual Property Law

    This unit includes a study of the concept of Intellectual Property and the principles and policies of intellectual property law. Topics covered include copyright, designs, patents, innovation patents, trade marks, passing off, and breach of confidence.

  • LWN164 Health Care Law and Ethics

    The relationship between law and ethics in healthcare is critical but at times contested. This unit explores that relationship, aiming to lay the foundations of an advanced understanding of law and ethics as they relate to healthcare.

  • LWN188 Advanced Taxation Law

    In most legal transactions, there is a requirement to consider and obtain taxation law advice. Such transactions range from buying and selling a business to finalising a property settlement in family law. It is important, therefore, that lawyers have an understanding of these significant taxation issues so that they may provide a more comprehensive service to their clients.

  • LWN204 Family Dispute Resolution

    In Australian family law, litigation is an option of last resort and parties in parenting cases are required to attempt resolution of their disputes before filing applications in courts, unless their case falls within the exceptions, such as where there are issues of family violence or urgency. In financial disputes, judicial officers recommend that parties attempt negotiation or mediation prior to filing a court application. It is essential that professionals working in family law have a knowledge and understanding of the family dispute resolution system. Future family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) require a knowledge and understanding of the family dispute resolution (FDR) system, communication skills and an understanding of how to effectively facilitate FDR using the faciliative mediation model. They also need to understand the legislative and ethical obligations of FDRPs and how to conduct intake and screening to assess suitability for mediation. This unit follows LWN206 Mediation, being the second in a series of units to complete if you are seeking family dispute resolution practitioner accreditation. After this unit you complete LWN209 Case Management and either QUT Family Mediation Practice or your own placement approved by the QUT Law School. Once you have satisfactorily completed all of these units and your supervised practice, we can issue you with a cert

  • LWN206 Mediation

    The legal system is increasingly using dispute resolution processes such as mediation to assist in the resolution of disputes. Mediation is used in a wide range of forums such as in workplace, education, consumer, building and construction disputes and family law settings. Parties can attend mediation prior to filing an application in court or may be ordered to attend mediation by a judicial officer once their case is in court. In family law parenting cases, there are pre-filing mediation requirements.The increasing use of mediation has led to a high level of regulation of this profession and an accreditation process being implemented and maintained by the Australian Mediator Standards Board. Mediators can now become nationally accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System, and this ensures that they have the ability to conduct a facilitative mediation process and maintain their knowledge and skills by participating in ongoing professional development and conducting a certain number of hours of mediation in each two-year cycle. National accreditation as a mediator is required to apply to be on some court, tribunal and government mediation panels. This unit complies with the knowledge and skills requirements of the national mediation standards and will enable you to undertake a national mediation assessment; if you pass this assessment you can apply to become a na

  • LWN209 Case Management

    To work effectively as a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), you need to develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and strategies to conduct intake and screening and to facilitate family dispute resolution processes with families in high conflict. You undertake this unit after successful completion of LWN206 Mediation and LWN204 Family Dispute Resolution and if you are seeking to become an accredited FDRP with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. You will participate in a range of simulations and clinical activities to further develop your family dispute resolution knowledge, skills and strategies. In addition to this unit, you must undertake 20 hours of supervised FDR practice to become an accredited FDRP. This may be completed through the QUT Family Mediation Practice short course or with another approved FDR supervisor. A certificate of completion that you can use to apply for FDRP accreditation with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department will only be issued on completion of both this unit and the further 20 hours of FDR supervised practice, and written evidence of completion of this further supervision.

  • LWN210 Family Mediation Practice

    To work effectively as a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) you need to develop a broad range of family dispute resolution (FDR) knowledge, skills and ethical awareness to conduct Intake and Screening and to facilitate FDR processes with families who may be in high conflict. You undertake this unit after successful completion of LWN206 Mediation and LWN204 Family Dispute Resolution (or equivalent) and if you are seeking to become an accredited FDRP with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. Before enrolling in this unit, you also need to be a nationally accredited mediator registered with an accrediting body such as the Queensland Law Society, Bar Association, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute and hold current mediator insurance. You will undertake 20 hours of FDR practice under the supervision of accredited FDRPs. You will facilitate FDR sessions with real clients in the QUT Family Mediation Service which runs out of the QUT Health Clinic at Kelvin Grove campus. A certificate of completion that you can use to apply for FDRP accreditation with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department will only be issued on your completion of 50 hours of supervised FDR practice which can be completed by you completing both LWN209 Case Management and this unit.

  • LWN301 Principles of Australian Contract Law

    Although grounded in principles of English common law, Australian contract law has, like many other areas of Australian law, developed a distinctly Australian slant, particularly in the last 20 years. These emerging principles, as well as the more fundamental contract law concepts, will be explored in this unit. Where appropriate, emphasis will be placed on the legal principles applicable in Queensland.

  • LWN304 Legal Research Methodologies

    This unit is the foundation unit in which students undertaking a postgraduate course work program in the discipline of law begin to deepen their knowledge of approaches to legal research, including quantitative and qualitative research frameworks and methods, and develop advanced research skills. While completing this unit, you will develop a research proposal on a law-related issue chosen by you. If you are completing the Master of Laws or Master of Applied Law, you will complete this unit in preparation for the capstone legal research and writing project unit (LWN601-1 and LWN601-2  Professional Project in Law).

  • LWN305 Australian Applied Law

    The unit is core for all students completing the Graduate Certificate in Applied Law (LW76) and the Master of Applied Law (LW75). It is also core for international students completing the Master of Laws (LW71) and the Graduate Certificate in Law (LW72). This unit will assist students' transition into these courses by developing a solid foundation in the Australian common law system, with particular emphasis on the Australian legal and constitutional framework. Students in this unit will also acquire skills in scholarly legal writing and doctrinal research, which are necessary to the application of law.

  • LWN401 General Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

    The unit serves as an overview of the principal areas of intellectual property in contemporary society and introduces the principles of intellectual property law through a study of the concepts, principles and policies of intellectual property law.

  • LWN402 Patents and Biotechnological Inventions

    The unit introduces the role of patent law in protecting  creative activities in diverse fields of industry and notably in biotechnology and information technology. It focuses upon the workings of the patent system in the contemporary context.

  • LWN403 Copyright and Related Rights

    This unit analyses the complexities of copyright law in the digital age. It introduces the concepts of copyright law and the principles and policies of copyright law. It especially focuses on intermediary liability, the remix and reuse culture, digital rights management and technological protection measures, parody, satire rights and open content licensing.

  • LWN404 Trade Marks, Domain Names and Geographical Indications

    This unit details the legal protection provided to trade marks under legislation and the common law, introducing  the principles of law required for obtaining, maintaining, managing and exploiting a registered trademark under the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth).

  • LWN405 Industrial Designs Law and Practice and Plant Variety Protection

    This unit examines the legal protection provided to industrial designs and new plant varieties under both national and international legislation. It focuses on the increasing economical importance of industrial designs and investigates the various national and international principles of law required for obtaining, maintaining, managing and exploiting industrial designs, and enforcing their protection.

  • LWN406 Traditional Knowledge and other Emerging Issues, Interface between Antitrust and IP Rights

    The unit details the relationship between intellectual property and competition laws and critically analyses topical issues currently presenting challenges in IP law.

  • LWN407 Intellectual Property Management and Commercialisation

    This unit examines the principles of IP management and their application in its commercialisation. In examining the concepts of research and development and the principles and policies of technology transfer, focus will be placed on how to best deal with the IP.

  • LWN601-1 Professional Project in Law

    The ability to complete complex projects in a legal environment requires professionals who are able to look at scenarios and the challenges they present and analyse the legal implications for the community, industry or the workplace. This unit is the first component of a two-component unit that will assist you to design a research strategy and conceptual framework for the capstone project to be completed in the final semester in LWN601-2 Professional Project in Law. You will consolidate the research and communication skills introduced in LWN304 Legal Research Methodologies and developed throughout your course. You can work on the same research project you commenced in LWN304 or on a different one. You will be working towards a real world outcome such as a law reform submission, report to benefit government, industry or the community, or a scholarly paper that may be submitted as an article to a journal.While research projects are individual, you may also work collaboratively with your supervisor and other students and develop skills in peer review of research.

  • LWN601-2 Professional Project in Law

    The ability to complete complex projects in a legal environment requires professionals who are able to look at scenarios and the challenges they present and analyse the legal implications for the community, industry or the workplace. This unit is the second component of the two-component capstone unit for the Master of Laws and the Master of Applied Law. In the first component you designed a research strategy and conceptual framework for the project that you will complete in this unit. You will be working towards a real world outcome such as a law reform submission, report to benefit government, industry or the community or a scholarly paper that may be submitted as an article to a journal.The advanced knowledge and research skills developed in previous units are consolidated in this unit. While research projects are individual, you may also work collaboratively with your supervisor and other students and develop skills in peer review of research.

  • LWS009 Introduction to Law

    This unit is designed for students in disciplines other than law. It provides those students with a solid foundation in the Australian common law system, introducing students to the Australian legal environment and exposing those students to the legal framework in which industry operates. It will also address specific legal issues such as contract law, consumer law, torts and property law.