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

Our law units

  • LLB101 Introduction to Law

    Introduction to Law provides a necessary foundation for legal studies by introducing you to core legal knowledge and the skills of legal reasoning, problem solving, legal writing and research.

  • LLB102 Torts

    In this unit, you will apply the skills you are developing in LLB101 Introduction to Law and be introduced to the skills of legal problem solving and legal interviewing and questioning as you look at how the law of torts operates in a real world context. The knowledge and skills that you develop in this unit provide a foundation for more advanced units in later years. The study of torts law is required for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.

  • LLB103 Dispute Resolution

    This unit introduces you to non-adversarial approaches to practice and advocacy commonly used in legal practice. It also introduces you to the significant and positive role that lawyers play in society in upholding the rule of law and assisting people to resolve disputes. An understanding of these approaches is an important part of legal practice where lawyers must advise clients on the most effective way to deal with a dispute.

  • LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice

    This unit provides a foundation for the development of your legal oral communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills that will be further developed in later units including LLB203 Constitutional Law, LLB204 Commercial and Personal Property Law, and LLB303 Evidence. A key emphasis of the unit is on the interaction of Australia's first peoples with the Australian legal system and introducing you to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal knowledges and perspectives of law, which will be further examined in LLB106 Criminal Law, LLB301 Real Property Law, and LLB303 Evidence.

  • LLB106 Criminal Law

    This core unit introduces you to the criminal law of Queensland.  Knowledge of criminal law offences and defences/excuses is essential for understanding the type of behaviour that is permitted by the state.  Criminal law content knowledge is required for your admission to legal practice.

  • LLB107 Statutory Interpretation

    This unit introduces the foundational concepts of public law, the institutions of government and the rules and principles of statutory interpretation in Australia. Knowledge and skills relating to statutory interpretation are essential in legal practice. This unit provides a foundation for the development of your skills in statutory interpretation that will be further examined in more advanced units. This unit also develops your skills in legal research, written communication and problem solving that were introduced to you in LLB101 Introduction to Law.

  • LLB140 Human Rights Law

    Most contemporary challenges are understood through a human rights claims. This unit is a first-year elective that provides a comprehensive introduction to human rights law with a particular focus on international human rights law and its translation to the Australian legal context. The unit 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 for human rights. The unit also examines the institutions, instruments and implementation structures of human rights at international, national and Queensland levels.  Accordingly, this elective lays the groundwork for future legal professionals seeking to further justice and public interest goals in a variety of contexts. 

  • 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. In an increasingly globalised world it is important for you to understand how to identify, evaluate and apply the relevant law in international disputes and how international laws can impact on the Australian legal system. This unit builds on your knowledge of the Australian legal system introduced in LLB101 and extends it to the impact of other legal systems on the development of Australian law.

  • LLB142 Regulation of Business

    This elective unit commences the process of educating you 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 you with theoretical and critical analysis skills.  As a law graduate, you are increaasingly required to have a strong knowledge base and understanding of business and commerce and have an understanding of how business operates within the context of the Australian legal system.  This unit is intended to provide foundation skills and knowledge that are essential for an understanding of law and regulation as it applies to business.

  • LLB202 Contract Law

    In this unit, you will examine how contract law operates in a contemporary real world context and practise skills of contract negotiation, interpretation and drafting, and legal problem solving. You will further develop the oral communciation skills that were introduced in LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice. The knowledge and skills you develop in this unit also provide a foundation for later year units in the course, for example, LLB204 Commercial and Personal Property Law, LLB301 Real Property Law, LLB304 Commercial Remedies, and commercial law electives. An understanding of contract law is a requirement for admission to legal practice in Australia.

  • LLB203 Constitutional Law

    An understanding of the role and scope of the Constitution and how to critically consider constitutional questions and problems, is critical to your understanding of how our nation functions politically. For example, the Constitution specifies who can stand for parliament, controls what politicians and public servants can and cannot do, provides the basis for Federal legislation and limits Federal and State governments in a number of ways. In this unit, you will further examine the principles of public law that were introduced to you in LLB101 Introduction to Law and LLB107 Statutory Interpretation. Knowledge of constitutional law is also required for your admission as a legal practitioner.

  • LLB204 Commercial and Personal Property Law

    The knowledge and skills you develop in this unit provide a foundation for later year units in the course, for example, LLH305 Corporate Law, and electives in the commercial area. The study of the content in this unit is required for admission to legal practice in Australia.

  • LLB205 Equity and Trusts

    This unit builds on LLB202 Contract Law with a focus on developing your critical analysis and legal writing skills. An understanding of equity and trusts is also required for admission to legal practice.

  • LLB241 Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Law

    This unit is an examination of law and policy with respect to discrimination and equal opportunity in Australia. It covers both relevant international treaties and Australian domestic anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law. Due to its social, economic and political relevance, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law is an increasingly significant feature of legal practice. It forms a contemporary adjunct to tort law and employment law. As a rights based area of the law, it introduces you to the domestic application of international human rights standards and fosters enthusiasm for the principle of equality and a sense of community rights and responsibilities.

  • LLB243 Family Law

    Family law professionals are  involved in referring clients to dispute resolution processes and in assisting them to reach resolution in a way that minimises the conflict experienced by family members, particularly where there are children. They assist clients with resolving their parenting and financial issues and in applications to seek protection from family violence. This unit is important if you are considering working anywhere within the family law system or in general practice. It is a general law elective in the law degree.

  • LLB244 Criminal Law Sentencing

    A knowledge of the principles of criminal law is fundamental to the practice of law. In order to practise in the criminal jurisdiction, a sound knowledge of the principles and procedures for sentencing offenders is essential. The sentencing of offenders is based on statutory and common law rules and criminological theories of punishment of offenders, as well as theories informing rehabilitation and responses to recidivism. Although this unit is based on the principles underlying the sentencing process, there is also considerable emphasis on the practical application of these in the sentencing process. This unit, a general elective in the law degree, builds on knowledge and skills gained in the core criminal law unit.

  • LLB245 Sports Law

    Sports Law covers the application of a wide range of legal principles to a sporting context. You will have studied some of the principles at a general level in core units, allowing you to consolidate your knowledge, while other areas of the unit will be new. Sport-specific legal principles (for example, regarding doping) will also be covered. Sport is an area that is becoming increasingly business-orientated and litigious. If you plan to work as a manager, administrator or lawyer in the area of sports you will, in the course of your day-to-day activities, encounter a wide variety of situations that could have potential legal consequences.  The unit will draw upon your knowledge of legal systems and torts law and your research skills.

  • LLB247 Animal Law

  • LLB248 COVID-19 and the Law

  • LLB250 Law, Privacy and Data Ethics

    We live in an era where major advances in data-driven technologies are fundamentally changing many aspects of society. These technologies are not only becoming crucial to many businesses, which seek new avenues for creating competitive advantages and value, but also increasingly enmeshed in aspects of our everyday lives. This unit, therefore, explores the legal, ethical and social challenges raised by data-driven technologies in two main parts. The first centres on the information privacy law issues that arise from large-scale collection and aggregation of person information the second relates to the application of data analytics. Exploration of the challenges raised by different technologies across both parts of this unit are guided by broader considerations of fairness, accountability and transparency (FAT).

  • LLB251 Law and Design Thinking

    Learning to ‘think like a lawyer’ is an important part of a law degree, but it is not the only way to solve legal problems. Lawyers are increasing being called upon to think about legal problems in new ways and to be creative and innovative in developing solutions. Law and design thinking will introduce students to a fivestep methodology that takes a human-centred approach to problem solving. The focus of the unit is on access to justice, but the same methodology can be used in any legal, business, technology, innovation, or personal context. The highlight of the unit will be a weekend intensive—similar to a hackathon or thinktank. Students will work in self-selected collaborative teams to develop an innovative and human-centred solution to a legal problem. 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

    Real Property Law is a core unit in the law degree. It is required for admission to legal practice in Australia Real property law is a significant part of legal practice in government departments, in-house positions, general practice and specialised law firms. Being able to learn and apply the foundations of real property will enable your understanding and application in other specialist areas of law, for example, family law, environmental law, corporations law, bankruptcy law and succession law (wills and estates).

  • LLB303 Evidence

    Evidence is a core unit in the law degree. Knowledge of the rules of evidence and of the procedures by which it must be tendered and dealt with in court is necessary for the conduct of litigation as either a barrister or a solicitor and for admission to practice. This unit builds upon your study of criminal procedure in LLB106 Criminal Law.

  • LLB304 Commercial Remedies

    An understanding of the law of remedies, including remedies available under the common law, equity and statute, is central to your ability to support common commercial practice and assist with the effective resolution of commercial disputes. It is also necessary for any legal practitioner.

  • LLB306 Civil Procedure

    An understanding of civil procedure is required for admission to legal practice. This core unit draws on knowledge gained throughout the degree including contract law, torts, statutory interpretation and dispute resolution skills.This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of procedural law in Australia and extend your skills from earlier studies in law units, such as critical analysis and dispute resolution in LLB101, LLB102 and LLB103 and negotiation in LLB202 Contract Law.

  • LLB341 Artificial Intelligence, Robots and the Law

    As new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics become more infused in our business, government and social lives, difficult legal, ethical, regulatory and policy questions arise. Developments in machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and robotics raise interesting and urgent issues surrounding the regulation of automated decision-making, privacy, liability and insurance, competition and consumer regimes, and the future of work. This unit considers the application of existing legal principles but also the possible need for new principles and regulatory tools. Students will consider developments and innovations in these new technologies, and how the law might be asked to respond.

  • LLB344 Intellectual Property Law

    Intellectual property law is the umbrella term that encompasses the legal rights and responsibilities of creators and users of intangible goods. This subject provides you with the ability to identify issues and apply the law in the key areas of intellectual property law, including copyright and related rights, patents, trademarks, designs, and confidential information. By developing a broad understanding of these key areas of law, you will become familiar with the main structure of intellectual property law as a basis for providing advice in practice. Importantly, since this area of law is in a continual and rapid state of development, this subject is also designed to enable you to identify competing policy interests and evaluate potential changes to intellectual property law in a connected society.

  • LLB345 Regulating the Internet

    This unit examines how society regulates the Internet. As the Internet has become more vital to business, government and social life, difficult legal and policy questions have arisen about its governance. This unit will consider the application of existing legal principles to cyberspace, as well as newly developed sui generis principles and governance regimes. Knowledge of these legal issues is of increasing importance in many areas of legal practice, industry and to society more generally. This unit is a core unit for the new Law, Technology and Innovation minor and a general law elective for the undergraduate law degree.. It will be beneficial to you if you are intending to practise in media and communications, intellectual property or technology law, or another area of law that involves significant interaction online. This unit will also be beneficial if you intend to work in the public sector in relation to the regulation of technology and communications networks.

  • LLB346 Succession Law

    Our legal system is premised on the right of individuals to own private property. As succession deals with the legal consequences of death on a person's property, it is a natural and logical part of a complete course in real property. It has links to other important areas of law, namely equity and trusts and family law, and is considered by some to be a branch of family law, because the redistribution of property usually occurs in the family context. Succession is a strongly developing area of legal practice. Family provision actions are increasing as many more persons challenge will dispositions or inheritance by way of intestacy on the grounds of inadequate provision. Estate planning is becoming a major area of practice. The notion of what is the 'estate' at death is a developing area of law, with some inter vivos transactions being set aside as unconscionable bargains or contracts being of limited effect. The effect of these developing remedies is to increase the 'estate' available to be distributed at death. Some states have an expanded concept of a 'notional estate', which may be introduced in Queensland with the development of Uniform Probate Laws. Succession with its links to real property, equity and family law will assist you to see the links connection between different areas of law.

  • LLB347 Taxation Law

    Taxation law is a fundamental part of general commercial practice. Therefore, knowledge of taxation legislation and its commercial application to the business environment is required. Awareness of the incidence of Commonwealth and State taxes, including income tax, capital gains tax and stamp duty, is essential in order to give advice in relation to commercial and domestic transactions.

  • LLB440 Environmental Law

    The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand the concepts and principles of environmental law and how they apply to contemporary environmental issues. This unit builds on the legal research skills gained in LLH201 Legal Research and the understandings of judicial review and skills in statutory interpretation of legislation from LLH206 Administrative Law. This unit will be beneficial if you are intending to practise in environmental, planning, property or construction law, or if you intend to work in the public sector in relation to the management of pollution, land or natural resources.

  • LLB447 International Arbitration

    With globalisation comes increasing movement of people, goods, services and investments across national borders. Along with this increased mobility has been an increase in legal disputes that have a cross-border element. The unit assumes knowledge of basic substantive law in the areas of torts, contract, constitutional law and property law. A thorough knowledge will assist you in determining the jurisdictional options that may be available, thereby better advantaging a client involved in international arbitration. It is therefore essential to understand the nature, law and practice that have developed in relation to cross-border disputes.

  • LLB460 Competition Moots A

    Mooting is a fundamental element of legal education. As a good student mooter at QUT, you have the opportunity, because of the number of national and international competitions that the QUT Law School is invited to participate in, to take your skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. Each international and national moot that you participate in requires significant preparation and attention to detail. This unit is one of a number of work integrated learning units designed to provide you with the experience of using and developing your legal knowledge and skills in a real world context. Mooting will provide you with an authentic learning experience with direct application in real world legal environments. Through this experience you should be better placed for a smooth transition to the workplace.

  • LLB461 Competition Moots B

    Mooting is a fundamental element of legal education. As a good student mooter at QUT, you have the opportunity, because of the number of national and international competitions that the QUT Law School is invited to participate in, to take your skills to the national and international arena and experience mooting at the highest level. Each international and national moot that you participate in requires significant preparation and attention to detail. This unit is one of a number of work integrated learning units designed to provide you with the experience of using and developing your legal knowledge and skills in a real world context. Mooting will provide you with an authentic learning experience with direct application in real world legal environments. Through this experience you should be better placed for a smooth transition to the workplace.

  • LLB463 Legal Clinic (Organised Program)

    This unit will enable you to experience the real world application and development of your legal knowledge and skills through participation in a  community justice project. You will work with a small group of students to assist a community legal centre or not-for-profit organisation to develop resources, undertake law reform, community legal education or other service-learning project. You will undertake legal research, draft reports, attend relevant events, prepare presentations, and other tasks under supervision. This unit affords you an authentic learning context to undertake pro bono work in a real world legal environment. Through this experience you should develop skills to be better placed for career planning and transition to the workplace. You will need to enrol in this unit in order to apply for a project. However, your enrolment does not guarantee that you will be allocated to a project and will be able to undertake this unit.

  • LLB464 International Legal Placement

    This unit is a work integrated learning (WIL) unit and provides you with opportunities to undertake short-term international externships, field placements and study tours overseas. Students can either apply for one of the advertised placement opportunities or can organise their own international placement with a local in-country organisation (subject to approval by the unit co-ordinator). Placement experiences cover a broad range of international work experiences, including community legal education, human rights advocacy, research and global policy, comparative law and business. The distinguishing features of this unit are the focus on experiential learning in another country, and the requirement to complete a minimum of 60 hours work either in-country or through a combination of in-country work and related research at home.

  • LLH201 Legal Research

    In this unit, you will further develop the problem-solving and research skills which were introduced in your first year and apply them to ill-defined problems. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your career goals and strategically build your skills to enhance your employability. You will then have the opportunity to reflect on and expand your career goals in LLH401 Legal Research Capstone.

  • LLH206 Administrative Law

    This unit examines the manner in which the executive branch of government is legally accountable, particularly in its dealings with individuals. The unit builds on key principles studied in LLB203 Constitutional Law concerning the structure and operation of our federal system of government, in order to focus on judicial and extra-judicial means of reviewing administrative action. An understanding of administrative law is required for admission into legal practice in Australia.

  • LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession

    This unit is a core unit in the law degree and is required for admission to legal practice in Australia. It builds on the legal research and critical analysis skills developed in LLB104 Contemporary Law and Justice and LLH201 Legal Research.

  • LLH305 Corporate Law

    Corporate Law is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the key legal principles and policy issues relevant to registered companies. This unit is a compulsory area of study in the law degree and is required for admission as a legal practitioner.

  • LLH401 Legal Research Capstone

    The final year capstone experience will support you in your transition from university to professional work. You will consolidate your legal knowledge and skills by responding to real-world legal problems and developing your professional reflection skills. You will develop an awareness and appreciation of the impact that technology is having, and will continue to have, on the way law is practised. Whether you see your future career in a law firm, community legal centre, law reform commission, government department, research institution, or somewhere else, you will need to understand the technology that is being used in practice and the ethical obligations that accompany their use. You will also broaden your capabilities in planning, developing and completing a complex research project.

  • LLH471 Health Law and Practice

    In this honours elective unit, you will apply the skills of communication, legal reasoning, critical and creative thinking, and research project management developed throughout the degree and consolidated in LLH401 Legal Research Capstone. You will also develop advanced knowledge in relation to health care law, building on the knowledge from LLB102 Torts. The relationship between the provider of health services and the patient has, in recent times, become more complex and there is consequently a significantly growing field of related legal scholarship and litigation.

  • LLH472 Public International Law

    As Australian legal practitioners can increasingly expect to work within a global context, an understanding of this area of law is important for all practitioners. A good understanding of public international law is also essential for anyone wishing to work with an international organisation. As an advanced law elective, Public International Law will develop advanced knowledge of how international law is created and develops, and how it is applied by governments, legislatures, courts and international agencies.

  • LLH473 Independent Research Project

    This unit provides you with the advanced research and writing skills needed for enrolment in higher degree research programs and for the legal profession. As an advanced Honours elective, this unit builds upon the research and higher order thinking skills developed in other Honours units, including LLH201 Legal Research.

  • LLH474 Insolvency Law

    An understanding of the principles of insolvency and restructuring law will assist you to gain a more complete grasp of the legal system, particularly in a commercial context. Knowledge of the law as it applies to both personal and corporate insolvency provides opportunity to develop your skills in a range of legal areas as well as providing a base for those interested in working in this specialised field.

  • LLH475 Theories of Law

    This unit advances your understanding and appreciation of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of the law. These notions guide the development of the policies underlying law, and inform changes to law through legislative and judicial action. This advanced elective is placed in the final year of the course as it builds on your existing attributes, skills and substantive knowledge, and develops these to a higher level.

  • LLH478 Advanced Criminal Law - Principles and Practice

    A knowledge of criminal law and procedure is a requirement for admission to legal practice. Advanced knowledge of criminal law requires an understanding of the rapidly evolving, theoretical and applied contexts for those seeking to work within the criminal justice system. This advanced elective unit examines the changing role of the lawyer, judge and other justice professionals within the specialist criminal courts, lists and jurisdictions through the critical lens of therapeutic jurisprudence – in light of such developments as: problem solving and treatment courts, neurolaw, diversion programs, predictive algorithms and risk management tools.

  • LLH479 Research Thesis Extension


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