Why study in the Faculty of Law?

Develop a strong understanding and foundation knowledge of contemporary law and justice while you study in Australia’s largest law school.

As a national leader in law and justice education, we attract many students and renowned academics from around the world. We are recognised for our practical, real-world legal training delivered in high quality, city-based learning facilities.

What can I study?

You can:

  • choose individual subjects (units)
  • study a set of units in your field of interest over one or two semesters.

There are some guidelines you need to follow as a study abroad student, including information about earning credit towards your degree and changing subjects.


  • Undergraduate students cannot enrol in postgraduate units.
  • Capstone and honours units are not available as part of our study abroad and exchange program.

Approved unit packages

Come and study Law or Justice at QUT for one or two semesters. Choose from the following packages or create your own program by selecting from all our pre-approved units. In order to study full-time, you need to select at least three units.

All units provide 12 credit points unless otherwise specified.

Packages available in semester 1, 2021 (Feb - Jun)

No previous studies in Law or Justice required

Introduction to Australian Law package

Introduction to Justice package

Requires some knowledge of Law

Law, Technology and Innovation package

Requires some knowledge of Justice

Politics package

Policing package

Criminology package

Global Justice package

Individual units

Some units require previous study and have entry requirements, while other units don't require any academic background in the areas of study. You should check the full unit details to make sure you meet any requirements.

Approved units

All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background.


JSB170 Introduction to Criminology and Policing

Introduction to Criminology and Policing will provide you with an introduction to the Criminology and Policing major before you make your choice between the two available majors. This unit will provide you with a foundation for understanding criminology and policing. It begins with an exploration of the existing explanations of crime from both an individual and social perspective and will provide you with a background of policing in Queensland, Australia and internationally.The remainder of the unit then covers topics of interest to those within the area of criminal justice, policing and criminology, for example, crimes in the home, crime in public, white collar crime, and street crime.

JSB171 Justice and Society

The Justice degree is about producing competent justice professionals. In order to achieve this purpose, this degree combines knowledge of the criminal justice system with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of social justice. The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the structural parameters of social justice.

JSB172 Professional Academic Skills

Employers expect graduates to be competent in these professional skills areas. This unit provides students with essential literacy and workplace-relevant skills reflected in different pieces of assessment. This will enable students to utilise these skills throughout their justice degree and transfer them in future to the workplace as a competent criminal justice professional.

JSB173 Understanding the Criminal Justice System

The Bachelor of Justice seeks to produce competent justice professionals. In order to achieve this purpose, this degree combines knowledge of the criminal justice system with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of social justice. This unit provides a clear overview and critical examination of the Australian criminal justice system.

JSB174 Forensic Psychology and the Law

Forensic Psychology is readily acknowledged as one of the fastest growing areas of psychology in the world. Psychologists are now involved significantly in policing, judicial procedures and correctional processes. The term 'forensic' literally means 'of or used in law courts' (Australian Oxford Paperback Dictionary). The phrase 'psychology and the law', however, is now used more generally to describe the different ways in which psychology and law intersect - namely the psychology of the law, psychology in the law, and psychology by the law. By its very nature the study of psychology and law draws from a wide multidisciplinary base for the application of specialised knowledge. As a student of this discipline area, you will need a broad introductory appreciation of (and a critical perspective on) what the study of psychology and the law involves.

JSB176 Criminal Law in Context

Justice students work, or hope to work, as justice professionals in areas related to the criminal justice system or human rights. They need an understanding of the fundamental principles of criminal law and of social justice issues related to criminal law. Lay people may assume that the law is shaped by rational decisions aimed at reducing crime and punishing wrongdoing, when in fact a closer examination of the policy underpinnings, the substance of the law and the way in which it is applied demonstrates that such an analysis is overly simplistic. A deeper understanding of the forces that shape the law and of the way the law's application can distort its policy objectives is essential to those who wish to contribute to more effective laws and their administration.

JSB178 Policy, Governance and Justice

This course is designed to help you meet the selection criteria for research and policy positions in government agencies. This unit will teach you basic vocational skills for working in any government agency, whether it is the Department of Justice, the Police Service or the Army. All government agencies rely on similar writing, communication and consultation skills for developing police, and many important public policies concern issues of law and justice. These skills are also used in the community sector and interest groups, and increasingly by the private sector. A theoretical and practical understanding of good policy-making and the role of law and policy in governance will be a distinct advantage for both your career and citizenship roles.

JSB179 Crimes of Violence

Justice students work, or hope to work, as justice professionals in areas related to the criminal justice system or human rights. They need an understanding of fundamental principles of criminal law and of social justice issues related to violent offending. Laypeople may assume that the law is shaped by rational decisions aimed at reducing crime and punishing wrongdoing, when in fact a closer examination of the policy underpinnings, the substance of the law and the way in which it is applied demonstrates that such an analysis is overly simplistic. A deeper understanding of the forces that shape policy objectives is essential to those who wish to contribute to more effective responses to violent offending.

JSB180 Deviance

The study of deviance engages with fundamental aspects of criminology, such as the making of laws, the breaking of laws and responses to rule and law breaking. Drawing on problem solving skills and interpretive traditions in the social sciences, the unit encourages students to think critically about deviance (often defined as a 'social problem'), asking why some activities, sub-cultures and social groups are considered deviant and others not across various historical and cultural contexts. The unit also examines social and legal responses to managing and controlling deviance. These range from informal mechanisms (including gossip, ostracism, bullying), institutionalised forms of discrimination, criminal responses (such as hate crimes) and legal responses, such as legalisation and criminalisation. The scope and concerns of the unit make it broadly accessible to students and the unit's focus on real world social problems will appeal to QUT's student market.


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.

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.

LWS008 Entertainment Law

The entertainment industry involves a myriad of transactions and interactions that are governed by a wide range of laws. A basic understanding of the laws most commonly encountered in the entertainment industry should assist those involved in the industry to have a better understanding of the legal context in which they are operating. This in turn may assist them in avoiding problems, or to have a better appreciation of when they should seek professional legal assistance.

LWS009 Introduction to Law

For students involved in a wide range of industries, it is important to have a fundamental understanding of the nature of the Australian legal system. The unit introduces students to the sources of law (both cases and legislation) and will assist students in acquiring introductory knowledge about the Australian legal system and laws so that they will be equipped to complete other law units in their relevant course.

LWS011 Journalism Law

The study of law is important for journalists as they are endowed with a public responsibility to engage in sound legal and ethical practice. The public role journalists play in society means that there is a high level of scrutiny of their actions. Legal transgressions by journalists can prove costly and painful for journalists, their families, friends, colleagues and employers. Furthermore, journalists also need to have a good working understanding of the legal framework that applies to society in general, as the law will be relevant to a wide range of issues that will be reported by journalists in their professional practice. In addition, the unit seeks to foster an appreciation of the developing nature of the law through court decisions and its capacity to adapt to new circumstances, as well as providing you with the scope to appreciate the development of law through changes in policy through the intervention of parliaments.

LWS012 Urban Development Law

This unit provides to students an introduction to the Australian legal environment in which context they will be working. It addresses specific legal issues that impact on urban development and is intended to inform the decisions that will need to be made while working in this area. An understanding of the legal framework is essential to professionals practising in all areas of the built environment. The foundation skills and knowledge acquired in this unit will underpin future learning.

Units requiring approval

You can only enrol in these units if you meet the specified requirements and have significant background knowledge in the area of study. After you apply, we will assess the units and your background knowledge and let you know the outcome.


JSB207 Punishment and Penal Policy

In the modern Western context, concerns with crime, victimisation and social harm are key concerns for the citizenry. These issues also make up a significant part of media and political discourse and it could thus be argued that crime and punishment are defining cultural motifs of modern Western societies, forever concerned with security and safety from the 'criminal other'. This unit offers you a critical overview of the evolution of Western responses to crime over the past two centuries. The unit introduces the philosophies and theories that have underpinned the development of penal policy during that period. Utilising Australian and other case studies, you will be introduced to a range of policies and interventions associated with the construction of the modern penal system. The various stages of the development of penal policy will be covered. The unit will challenge you to think critically about a range of key issues confronting the penal system and policy-makers.

JSB224 Understanding Trauma in Criminology

This subject addresses the ways in which trauma is important to theory and practice in criminal justice and social justice discourse. Trauma informed practice is explored in ways that introduce students to theory and skills in order to inform their engagement with policy and practice and expand their understanding of professional work in criminal justice. This is particularly important in understanding intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities. This subject will build on understanding gained in core units to help prepare for careers working in criminal justice agencies and policy development in criminal justice related fields.

JSB225 Forensic Criminology

Criminology becomes forensic criminology when research and theories are used to answer specific questions for investigations, court, or corrections. Forensic criminology uses the  scientific method to apply traditional criminological knowledge to issues arising in specific cases. In this unit, students will be introduced to the application of criminology to case work, including the overarching principles, ethics and ethos of forensic best-practice. Students will learn about how forensic criminology is used in: investigating criminal behaviour and deaths; complementing the forensic sciences; understanding victims and miscarriages of justice; predicting risk; and preventing revictimization and recidivism.

JSB227 The History of Criminal Prosecution

The prosecution process is an evolving and dynamic element of criminal justice systems. This unit interrogates contemporary issues in Australian criminal prosecution by drawing on historical themes of continuity and change. By examining and analysing the history of the criminal trial, students will attain a deep contextual understanding of the forces that shape criminal justice and legal practice in the prosecution process and how these processes have changed over time. Students will engage with a variety of digital history sources and digital technologies to analyse and interpret change over time in the prosecution of crime and disorder and in so doing will develop real world digital research skills. Students will apply these skills to analyse and interpret a contemporary issue/topic in criminal prosecution and evaluate how the broader social and historical context informs current policy direction and practice.

JSB228 Technology and Crime

Technology is becoming increasingly used within society and is an important domain of knowledge and skills for justice professionals. This unit provides students with a grounding in how technology may be used to perpetrate crime and respond to crime problems. Students will learn about different types of crime that may be perpetrated using technology, such as cybercrime, image-based abuse, and technology facilitated coercive control. Students will also learn how technologies may be used in modern policing practices, including the use of body worn cameras, apps and other technologies. At completion of this unit students will be able to consider the implications of technology in the practice of justice.

JSB234 Interpersonal Skills for Justice Professionals

In all professions in the field of Justice, there are key interpersonal skills that are highly valued by employers. These include written and oral communication skills that demonstrate authority, deep listening, and compassion when working with a diverse audience. Employers also look for skills in teamwork and networking, as well as a candidate that exhibits a strong professional personal brand. This unit will help students to build their personal brand and communication confidence to make them strong professional candidates and to set them up for success in their future careers.

JSB235 Investigation and Evidence

Few people in justice fields are trained investigators. Justice professionals are routinely communicating with and obtaining information from clients and others. Their roles may also require them to conduct an investigation and provide a report of their findings. The skills required to conduct an effective and ethical investigation are however quite specific and may ultimately result in the investigator giving testimony in court proceedings. Further the scope of possible investigations is very broad. While most will associate investigations to suspected breaches of criminal laws, investigations may relate to non-compliance with workplace policies e.g. health and safety incidents, negative workplace behaviour. Workplace Investigation Skills provides foundational investigation skills that will enable each student to plan an investigation, gather evidence, identify witnesses and suspects, and produce an professional report articulating the findings of the investigation.

JSB237 Negotiating Conflict in a Global Context

The peaceful resolution of global conflict and the elimination of social justice issues (including poverty, human rights, inequality, corruption and global health) requires diplomats to engage in a wide range of cooperative strategies. In this unit students will be introduced to the world of the diplomat and will have the opportunity to develop diplomatic skills, including negotiation and mediation. The course introduces students to the practical elements of conflict resolution such as process design, monitoring and evaluation, the resolution of stalemates and the navigation of contested relationships. Students will learn how diplomacy is used to: create substantive social justice policy, to resolve and transform conflict and to build productive inter-personal relationships amongst a range of diverse actors (including world leaders, civic servants and activists).

JSB255 Eco Crime

Issues pertaining to ecological harms and the protection of the environment are becoming ever more crucial in the development of both national and international policy. The balance between 'developing' and 'harming' the environment is socially constructed through discourses around such issues as trade, resource exploitation, international justice, activism and human rights. It is vital that illegal and other harmful acts that damage or destroy the environment are understood and critiqued within the broader context of governmental policies of prevention and regulation.This unit prepares future professionals who will be employed in an environmental capacity, or will work more generally in policy and advocacy-based positions which intersect with issues of ecological harm and justice.

JSB261 Theories of Government

It is not possible to fully understand our system of government without understanding the history of ideas of government that have led to this point. This is core knowledge for working in policy or politics. This unit will run through all the major theories of how governments should operate and the basis of authority, legitimacy and freedom. JSB261 Theory of Government will provide you with the necessary knowledge of what our system of government is designed to do and why we have this rather than another system of government.

JSB263 Australian Political Institutions

Justice graduates are increasingly taking on key roles working in or alongside Australian governance institutions. It is essential that these graduates have a full and working knowledge of the structure of Australian government and the legislative process in order to excel in these roles in an increasingly professionalised public sector. This unit will explore the establishment, evolution and functioning of key Australian justice institutions, in order to increase students' understanding and awareness of our systems of governance.

JSB266 White Collar Crime and Official Corruption

The study of public sector ethics covers the types of actions and the methods of enforcement required to bring about performance in the public interest. This unit will introduce you in detail to the most important issues of public sector ethics, both in Queensland and the world. As government employees, it is essential that you not only understand these concepts but put them into practice. White collar crime is becoming more common in Australian society. There are a larger number of people in a position to participate in white collar crime and new opportunities are presented by a more corporatised and technological society. Greater resources are being applied to detect these crimes within police services. The study you will undertake in this unit follows on from learning in JSB172 Professional Academic Skills or JSB178 Policy, Governance and Justice.

JSB267 Identity, Marginalisation, and Global Change

To contribute to policy development in the global sphere, justice professionals need a thorough understanding of different forms of marginalisation, their development, and their cultural and social context beyond Australian borders. Justice professionals who are able to critically reflect on global inequalities and the contexts from which they arise offer much more effective contributions to policy development in the interests of global justice.Using the concepts of identity, marginalisation, power, and resistance, this unit will provide the conceptual and practical tools with which to understand marginalisation in global contexts and particularly in the global South. These concepts will be used to evaluate existing policy responses and formulate new and innovative policies addressing global injustice. The unit aims to produce justice professionals who are able to engage in public policy debates, and thus achieve effective change, at a global level.

JSB272 Theories of Crime

The main aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the study of theoretical criminology. The study of criminology is essentially multi-disciplinary and this is reflected in the diversity of theoretical approaches. Theory is typically offered as distinct from methods of research; however, together they provide the foundation for policy and practice. The unit provides an analytical framework in order to critically assess the epistemological claims and justifications found in criminological theory. A range of criminological explanations and theories of crime are explored:  classicism / neo-classicism; biological and psychological positivism; anomie; strain theory; the Chicago school; labelling theory; feminist criminology; Marxism; critical criminology; new right theory; left realism; post-structuralist perspctives and cultural criminology. The course stresses the relevance and application of theory, examing how theory 'works' (or 'fails') in practice.

JSB273 Justice Research Methods

Research within criminology highlights that in order for students to undertake research themselves and be able to critically read and assess the research of others they need to have a clear understanding of the research methods commonly used in the field (Kleck et al., 2006).  This unit is designed to provide students with essential knowledge and skills required to undertake justice research.  At completion of this unit, you will: (a) be able to take these learned skills and apply them to your practice as a future justice professional, and (b) develop skills that can be used for further advanced study in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis.

JSB278 Drugs and Crime

Drugs, both legal and illegal, present challenges to individuals and the community as well as to the criminal justice and health systems in Australia. The unit is designed to introduce students to key issues associated with drug use in Australia, including trends, patterns of usage and drug-related harms. Students will develop their skills proposing policy responses to drug control. The scope and content of the unit make this an important unit for justice professionals or those wanting to work in policy development, welfare and policing, and the unit's focus on real world social problems will appeal to QUT's student market.

JSB279 Social Network Analysis Skills

This unit will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work in social network analysis roles in business, government, policing and the media. Social network analysis is the mapping and analysis of relationships between individuals in society. 'Bright Networks' are those positive sets of relationships in which relationships assist people in having the 'social capital' to be able to succeed in the world. This capital can be business relationships, supportive relationships through family and friends, or the relationships that allow for partnerships to improve your own life or that of your community. "Dark Networks" on the other hand, are the secret networks that operate in the shadows, including organised crime groups and terrorist cells. They build criminal capital which is the connections to money and skills that allow for illicit outcomes. You will learn how to map the networks and understand how they work.

JSB284 Policing in Context

This unit is concerned with the diverse roles, duties, powers and problems of policing in Australia. These issues are explored through a variety of topics, which include the history and context of policing in Australia, the powers and duties of police officers, the varied tasks that police are required to perform as part of their job, ethics, and the key issues that police face in undertaking their role in society.

JSB285 Political Violence and Terrorism

Understandings of multiple forms of political violence (including terrorism) is crucial for work in the law enforcement or justice sectors and agencies. Political violence and terrorism take many forms and are a growing form of conflict and insecurity globally.The history of political violence and terrorism and the issues that motivate individuals, non-state groups, and governments to engage in violence are complex. In order to understand the existence and influence of, and responses to, political violence and terrorism, this unit explores: the defining characteristics of political violence and terrorism historical and geographical contexts of political violence, drawing on historical and contemporary examples responses to political violence and to terrorism, and current developments and challenges in addressing such violence

JSB286 Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime that is pertinent to virtually all justice professions and contexts from policing to law and justice policy. It is also a central issue in health care and social services, and arises in many other employment contexts. This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to research and issues in the field that students will be able to apply in many areas of practice.

JSB287 Crime in Popular Culture

Crime and criminality are ubiquitous in popular culture. Justice studies and criminology are multidisciplinary enterprises with a longstanding interest in cultural and social responses to crime. A critical account of how criminality and justice are represented in popular culture will provide a better understanding of how cultural genres shape mainstream attitudes and responses to crime, including shifting political and policy responses. This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to research and issues in the field that students will be able to apply in many areas of practice, including the analysis of media responses to crime.

JSB289 Preventing Gendered Violence

Domestic and sexual violence are now very much on community and policy agendas in Australia. There is in Australia and internationally a significant field of programming, policy, and advocacy devoted to the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. This field complements efforts to work with victims and to hold perpetrators accountable, but focuses on how to prevent such violence from occurring in the first place. The violence prevention field includes efforts to build healthy relationships and families, involve and develop communities, promote community norms of nonviolence, improve organisational practices and workplace and institutional cultures, lessen gender inequalities, and address the larger cultural, social and economic factors that contribute to violence. This unit provides a comprehensive exploration of violence prevention.

JSB367 Intelligence and Security

Intelligence is increasingly taking a leading role in investigations and security procedures, with analysts setting a direction for criminal investigation and security teams. The unit exposes students to the essentials of the criminal intelligence systems, the intelligence process and creative problem-solving skills. Intelligence professionals are also concerned with support to government, the private sector and the community. Criminal intelligence offers an advantage through the provision of accurate and timely advice. Criminal intelligence requires proficiency in thinking strategies and skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills, teamwork, and application of intelligence process methodologies in a variety of cultural contexts.

JSB372 Youth Justice

The unit teaches specialised knowledge to students in their final years of study and is imperative for students interested in working in the field of youth justice. It connects broader knowledge about policing and criminal justice with specific issues relevant to young people who become involved in the criminal justice system, with a focus on socially just outcomes for young offenders.

JSB374 Crime Prevention

In recent years the effectiveness of the criminal justice system has come under sustained criticism. A key criticism of traditional criminal justice responses to crime involving police, courts and imprisonment is that they are reactive responses, occurring only after a crime has been committed. This has led policy makers, criminologists and criminal justice practitioners to develop schemes that involve federal, state and local authorities working together to predict, identify and address causes of offending. Such approaches to crime control emphasise proactive responses, which seek to prevent the crime before it has occurred. There are various approaches to crime prevention, as well as many perceived barriers to its successful implementation. This unit introduces students to the concept of crime prevention as well as its application to societal problems.

JSB379 Political Practice, People Power, and Protest

There is increasing demand in Australia for graduates with the skills and expertise required to contribute to the policy-making process and delivery of democracy. It is therefore necessary for students who wish to work in the public sector or as part of the political process to understand the practice of policy, and politics, in our society. This unit offers students an insight into the machinations of government and examines the role of people power in governance. The unit gives students an opportunity to acquire skills necessary to participating in the policy-making process in Australia.

JSB380 Critical Policy Analysis

The ability to undertake rigorous, effective, and critically-informed analyses of justice-related policies is an essential attribute of justice professionals. It is imperative that those employed in areas connected to justice policy are equipped with a variety of practical and theoretically-informed tools with which to undertake such analysis, especially in order to address marginalisation and social injustice, and improve social inclusion. This unit provides the opportunity for you to draw together the knowledge and skills you have developed in this area, and build on them, in order to hone and practise these capabilities.

JSB386 Death Investigation

The investigation of death is a well-regulated system, orchestrated through the coronial system with identification of suspicious deaths undertaken by the criminal justice system. This death investigation model involves legal, medical and criminal justice personnel to establish both the medical cause and legal circumstance of death. The information gathered in this way is also used to inform government policy, including preventing deaths. In the wake of Harold Shipman in the United Kingdom and Dr Patel in Australia, the issue of concealed homicide has become topical, with questions asked about how the coronial system can better investigate death. Detailed knowledge of death investigation in Australia is crucial for legal and medical professionals as well as criminal justice agency personnel. This unit examines the history, processes, procedures and outcomes of death investigation in Queensland; including overrepresentation, cultural issues, trauma and determining manner of death.


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.

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 and your studies in other common law units, 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

This interdisciplinary unit explores the way that law regulates the interactions between human and non-human animals considering legal, ethical and philosophical frameworks. This unit will focus on Australian law, although international perspectives will be considered. The unit will examine the ways in which the law defines and regulates our use of animals, refining your skills in identifying deficiencies in animal law and building your capacity to provide advice on potential law reform.  You will have the opportunity to explore the role of lawyers and the law in the context of this growing and dynamic field.

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. Students will undertake a major project, 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 or respond to other 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 and regulatory 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.

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.

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.

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

This unit will develop students' independent research and writing skills. It is for students considering a future career conducting research and managing research projects in public, community and private enterprises. The unit culminates with the production of a 10 000 word thesis. Completion of the thesis (and award of a 1 or 2A Honours) will be a strong basis for an equivalence argument entry into Australian and overseas PhD programs. This unit builds upon the research and writing skills and experiences in the earlier honours courses, by applying the knowledge and experience to a supervised research project. Research topics will be nominated by supervisors. You will need to enrol in this unit in order to apply for a research project. However, your enrolment does not guarantee that you will be allocated to a research project and will be able to undertake this unit. Projects will be allocated by the end of week 1.  

LWN711 Legal Analytics

We live in an era where data is fundamentally changing many aspects of society, including the law. The day-to-day work of legal practice is informed by computational tools that can help lawyers more accurately evaluate risk and predict outcomes for their clients. This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand data analysis and the ethics of data collection, aggregation and use. You will develop technical concepts and vocabulary to effectively communicate with clients, technological innovators, and regulators dealing with complex issues arising out of the development and deployment of new data-driven technologies in legal contexts. These skills will help you analyse the social impact of technological innovation, and learn how to identify bias, uncertainty, and incomplete data and apply ethical frameworks. 

LWN712 Legal Design Online

In ‘Legal Design Online’, you will leverage a range of technologies to apply design thinking methodologies to contemporary legal problems and create human-centred solutions to contemporary legal problems. Using empathic and innovative mindsets, you will develop a deep understanding of your client(s) problems and needs, identify assumptions and implications, ideate solutions using constraints to promote creativity, and prototype and test your solutions. You will develop skills in evaluating and using technology-based tools for online communication, collaboration, creativity, ideation, prototyping, and testing. You will reflect on your skills development and project experience to undertake a career network analysis, and learn how to build connectedness and social capital in a fast-changing professional landscape. 

LWN713 Legal Tech

This unit offers highly practical lab-based work where you learn the fundamentals of automating legal services and developing legal decision support systems, as well as learning to develop skills required for designing new technologies to aid the practice of law. The unit introduces you to the relationship between law and technology from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Innovation and technology are new focuses in the legal profession and industry, and automation is transforming the nature of legal practice. The aim of this unit is to give theoretically informed as well as practical experience in producing the new ‘legal technologies’ that are emerging as significant elements in legal industry and practice. You will also gain the knowledge, skills, and critical faculties to determine their appropriate application. Finally, you will gain insight into the interesting and challenging problems in translating legal language and legal techniques into computer code. 

LWN714 Legal Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In this unit you will consolidate the knowledge, mindsets, skills and methodologies developed during this course and participate in a real-world, legal-focused project across the semester. Working in virtual teams, you will synthesise your new entrepreneurial and technology-based skills, in order to apply them to a legal-focused client brief. Through this process, you will interrogate a problem to develop innovative insights, apply design thinking methodologies to prototype a solution, and test, iterate and pivot your solution as you respond to client feedback. As a collaborative team, you will pitch your prototype to your client in a virtual pitch event. As you consolidate your skills and experience, you will create a career progression plan to identify how to grow your career and achieve your ambitions. 

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