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OP 6

Rank 89

Course information set

  • Develop practical skills and an understanding of journalism while meeting the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
  • Complete 2 separate degrees in 5.5 years full-time.
  • Study print, radio, TV and online journalism, covering reporting, editing and production.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading law experts.
QTAC course code409912
QUT course code IX84
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2019 February

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

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
CRICOS code 083026C
  • Barrister
  • Contract Administrator
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Crown Law Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Information Officer
  • Investigator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Relations Officer/Consultant
  • Public Servant
  • Publishing Professional
  • Solicitor


Why choose this course?

The course combines the practical skills and an understanding of the journalism industry with the knowledge and skills to work in legal practice. In the journalism component, students learn broad journalism skills including news writing, feature writing, journalism ethics and issues, sub-editing and layout, radio and television journalism, and online journalism.

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.

QUT’s 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 law student, you will benefit immediately and into the future from:

Real-world learning

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.

You will study a combination of journalism 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 journalism, the art of news writing and media in a global context, 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 journalistic inquiry, sub-editing and media design skills, as well as gain advanced understanding and skills in legal research, dispute resolution, journalism law and the variety of contexts in which Australian law operates.

Your third year of study will further develop your feature writing, investigative reporting and online journalistic skills. Contract law, constitutional law, equity and trusts, and commercial and personal property law are also on offer.

In fourth year, you can choose a general law elective to study alongside real property law, administrative law and evidence, as you advance your understanding of journalism ethics, international journalism and radio and television journalism.

Your final semesters of study are law and elective units only and the course allows you to 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

The combination of journalism with law can equip you for specialised journalism careers in legal affairs, politics, crime reporting and foreign affairs. Knowledge of parliament and how laws are created is crucial to any journalist, so you will be able to draw on your legal knowledge in that area. You could also find employment in the legal environment as a solicitor, barrister or in-house lawyer (including media lawyer), with the journalism component enhancing your employability with advanced oral and written communication skills.

Professional recognition

QUT’s journalism degree is recognised by the Australian Journalists’ Association section of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

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.

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values required to become a competent entry-level legal practitioner. The course is available in full-time, internal mode and part-time, online mode. The course complies with the Law Admissions Consultative Council's Competency Standards for entry-level lawyers and is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is also recognised for solicitor's admission in East Malaysia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and in India and West Malaysia after completion of these countries' qualifying examinations.


Assessment items or practicum



Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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

Under the journalism component you will complete 192 credit points (16 units) of journalism discipline or specified units.

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 thresholds

OP 6

Rank 89

Course information set

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, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $8,800 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

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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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.


How to apply for Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (409912) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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