Students of the new LLB (Honours) degree ready for the real world
The QUT Faculty of Law is excited to announce that the first cohort of students from the new LLB (Honours) degree have just graduated.
The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes addressed the graduating class at a graduation ceremony on Friday, congratulating students on their academic and extra curricular achievements and wishing them luck in their future careers.
In the previous degree, students graduated with a pass degree or a level of honours as determined by their results across the Bachelor of Laws. Since the new Bachelor of Laws (Honours) was introduced in 2015, each graduating student will now graduate with a Level 8 Bachelor of Honours degree. This change reflects government changes to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), where an honours degree can no longer be awarded solely based on academic merit, but on the successful attainment of different graduate capabilities.
Upon completion of a QUT Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree, students will have developed and demonstrated a high standard of advanced knowledge, reasoning and research skills. These skills are assessed in seven honours units that are distributed throughout the four year degree.
“It is exciting to see the first students graduate from the new LLB (Hons). Graduates are entering a changing legal profession which will be impacted by disruption to the legal services market and the ability to innovate and to adapt to change will be critical to success," said Associate Professor Judith McNamara, Head of the School of Law.
"The new degree responds to these changes by focusing on developing advanced critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills to equip graduates to succeed in their future careers,” she said.
The subjects for honours study are from a range of disciplines including ethics, health law, commercial contracts and innovation law. In the core degree, students are also provided with the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of areas for credit, such as international legal clinic placements, foreign law and competition moots.
"I found that the new Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree fostered deeper engagement not just in doctrinal legal research but also in the application of other academic research techniques to legal issues. Staff and academics assisted us in applying the foundations studied in core units to a higher degree of analytical research," said Isabel Kallinosis, LLB (Hons), Class of 2016.
"During the Legal Research Capstone subject we were presented with fictional clients whose narrative posed real-world legal issues throughout the semester. I feel that this innovative approach to learning has given me an edge in the competitive job market," said Anthony Koda, who will graduate with first class honours in early 2017.
Students graduate with a level of honours that is calculated using each student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) from the specified seven subjects, as well as a course GPA for their study of law.
In order of highest to lowest achievement, honours awards are classified as First Class, Second Class A, Second Class B and Third Class Honours.
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Semester 2 2016 sees QUT's first graduating class of the new LLB (Hons) degree.
Isabel Kallinosis, LLB (Hons), Class of 2016.
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