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Overview

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OP5

Rank91

  • Gain specialised creative and professional writing skills while meeting the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
  • Complete 2 degrees in 5.5 years full-time.
  • Develop professional skills in web writing, corporate writing, persuasive writing, editing and script writing.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading and internationally renowned law experts.
QTAC course code409472
QUT course code IX85
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact HiQ:
CRICOS code 083024E
Careers
  • Academic
  • Art Writer
  • Barrister
  • Contract Administrator
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Creative Writer
  • Crown Law Officer
  • Government Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Information Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Organisational Communication Specialist
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Servant
  • Publisher
  • Publishing Professional
  • Solicitor

Details

Why choose this course?

Both creative and professional writing and law require high-calibre, sophisticated communication. This double degree will strongly develop your writing skills which can be applied through your law studies and in future careers.

In the creative writing component of the course, units include script writing, short stories, persuasive writing, creative non-fiction writing, poetry, corporate writing, youth and children’s writing, and the publishing industry. In the law component there is a practical focus underpinned by strong knowledge and understanding which, when combined with creative and professional writing study, will equip you for a broad range of careers.

QUT’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree, as it has honours-level content integrated throughout the course. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career, or future research and study.

Our contemporary law degree prepares you to think ahead and allows you to take advantage of employment opportunities in growth areas or newly emerging sectors, such as intellectual property and technology.

As a QUT student, you will benefit immediately and into the future from:

 

Real-world learning

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

In your first year, you will be introduced to creative writing and along with the law of torts (negligence, damages and no-fault compensation schemes), legal problem solving and criminal law.

In your second year, you can choose an introductory law elective unit and will learn persuasive writing and youth and children’s writing, as well as acquire skills for writing creative non-fiction. You will also gain advanced understanding and skills in legal research, dispute resolution and the variety of contexts in which Australian law operates.

Your third year of study will further develop your creative writing skills by providing you with understanding of the great classics, stylistics, poetry writing, and corporate writing and editing. You will also further develop your knowledge and skills in the law by studying constitutional law, contract law, equity and trusts, and commercial and personal property law.

In fourth year, you can choose a general law elective to study alongside real property law, administrative law and evidence as you advance your writing practice and associated critical and editorial skills.

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

Career outcomes

This double degree prepares you to work as a professional creative writer, as an in-house lawyer, a barrister or solicitor in private practice, or to practise with large companies, in government agencies or as a policy adviser. Through the combination of creative and professional writing with law, you will enhance your employability in your chosen field, whether in the legal fraternity or as a creative practitioner. You can advise on legalities in the publishing or creative writing industries or in relation to copyright or intellectual property law, or work as an editor of legal-related publications or in a position specialising in law in the publishing industry.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. If you want to become a lawyer at the end of your degree, you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) before you can apply for admission to practice. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Assessment items or practicum

Designed in consultation with industry to ensure you acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, our law programmes support and develop students to successfully transition from university to their legal career.

Law students benefit from innovative, scholarly teaching and learning through:

  • progressive assessments and open book exams
  • an emphasis on independent learning and research skills
  • small groups in core subjects
  • practical skills and industry connections from work placements, industry projects, mock trials, mooting competitions and analysis of real cases and legislation.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Students are required to complete 528 credit points, comprised of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Fine Arts and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program. You will study fine arts and law units in your first four years and for the remainder of this course you will concentrate on law studies.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts component is made up of 192 credit points from the creative and professional writing major.

Under the law component students will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of introductory, general and advanced electives. Students may select up to 48 credit points of non-law electives or 48 credit points of a university-wide minor in place of four of the general electives. Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the Academic Record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Total law credit points: 336
Total credit points for core units: 240
Total credit points for elective units: 96

Honours level units
96 credit points of Honours units listed below will be used to determine the Honours Levels of the LLB (Hons):
LLH201 Legal Research,
LLH206 Administrative Law,
LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession,
LLH305 Corporate Law,
LLH401 Legal Research Capstone (24 cps) and
2 x 12 cp Advanced Law Electives.

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in either degree area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 5

Rank 91

Assumed knowledge

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

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2018: CSP $9000 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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