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OP5

Rank91

  • QUT’s law degree prepares you to think ahead and take advantage of employment opportunities in growth areas or newly emerging sectors, such as intellectual property and technology.
  • Gain a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading and internationally renowned law experts.
  • Practical and effective hands-on learning experiences from day one.
QTAC course codeinternal:417601; external: 417605
QUT course code LW36
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Start month 2018 February, July
Deferment

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

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
External
  • Online
Note: Entry to the external mode of the course is restricted to applicants living outside the Brisbane City Council boundaries and within Australia.
Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
  • Email:
CRICOS code 083020J
Careers
  • Barrister
  • Contract Administrator
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Crown Law Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Solicitor

Details

The defining nature of our law degree is the unique balance between theory and practice. During your degree, you will complete the academic law units required for admission to legal practice, plus choose elective units that align with your career interests. Crucially, you will develop legal skills such as interviewing, negotiation, drafting and advocacy. You will complete assessment tasks that prepare you for the work you will undertake in the real world. You can also opt for a work placement in law firms, government departments and community organisations. There are opportunities for virtual work placements where you will complete an online project for a real client. And you can sign up for the career mentor scheme to be matched with an industry professional to guide and support you.

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 honours units are integrated from years 2 to 4 and will ensure that our graduates remain ahead of the pack in a competitive legal industry. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career, or future research and study.

Your law degree is made up of:

 

Law core units
You will complete 19 core units, giving you advanced understanding and knowledge of the Australian law and legal system, ethical standards of the legal profession, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives of law, and law in wider cultural, social, theoretical, commercial and international contexts.

Introductory electives
Your introductory elective units are collaborative workshops facilitated by our expert teachers to maximise the sharing of knowledge and experiences in the areas of human rights, law and business, and international legal issues.

General electives
Your general elective units are also taught as workshops and you will gain knowledge and experience in drafting or resolving legal problems collectively and applying relevant legal principles in real-world settings. Electives available include family law, intellectual property law, advanced legal clinic, competition moots, international business law, property transactions, and Indigenous people and the law.

Advanced electives
Your final year of study offers you advanced electives, which are delivered in the same way as the general electives, and further develop your research skills and prepare you for transition into the legal profession. Choose from a mix of commercial and social justice collaborative electives.

Why choose this course?

The QUT law degree will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to apply the law in an array of legal careers. Through your study you will understand key areas of law and develop advanced knowledge in areas that interest you. Your study will also develop necessary legal skills such as legal research, problem solving, dispute resolution, and oral and written communication. Our course will also help you understand and promote the ethical standards of the legal profession and to appreciate international and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.

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:

Be sure to consider a double degree with another discipline. With our double degrees, you will study law units and units from the other degree in the first four years, and law with electives in the final semesters. We offer the widest range of undergraduate double degrees with law so you can fast-track and broaden your career possibilities and interests:

  • business
  • creative industries
  • justice
  • creative and professional writing
  • science
  • information technology
  • media and communication
  • psychology
  • journalism
  • biomedical science.

Flexible delivery

We offer a flexible approach to your learning with full-time and part-time, on-campus and online learning available. Blended learning environments have been specially designed using video, feedback modules and face-to-face classes. Entry to the external mode of the course is available to students who reside within Australia. You may be required to be present at up to two attendance schools per year, depending on the units studied. The attendance schools are an integral component of the external course and are compulsory in units where, for example, skills such as negotiation are taught. The law course makes extensive use of online resources and access to the internet is essential.

Real-world learning

As you progress through your degree you will complete a number of compulsory units including contracts, torts, real property law, evidence, constitutional law, equity and trusts, criminal law and corporate law. You will also choose from a range of introductory, general and advanced elective units that match your career interests such as:

  • intellectual property
  • human rights
  • family law
  • international commercial arbitration
  • internet law
  • Chinese legal system
  • banking and finance law
  • immigration and refugee law
  • taxation 
  • environmental

Your advanced studies will conclude with a legal research capstone project. As part of the course, you may study up to four non-law electives to align with your planned career. It is possible that the four non-law electives can be studied as a minor.

Career outcomes

Although many of our graduates become legal practitioners, a law degree provides the foundation for a career in government, a community organisation or business. Our graduates have an excellent track record of securing exciting positions.
Career options include private practice, in-house counsel, government (local, state, federal), ministerial adviser, researcher in parliamentary libraries, court registrar, public prosecutor, public defender (Legal Aid), crown lawyer (civil litigation), community legal centres, alternative dispute resolution, legal academic, law librarian and legal publishing.

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 programs support and develop students to successfully transition from university to their career.

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

In the first-year unit Dispute Resolution, students participate in a mediation role play to explore a case and reflect on their performance within it. 

 

Peer support programs

We provide a variety of peer support programs so first-year students are encouraged to learn from students studying in their second and third year. These programs give you extra support in your transition to university. First-year students gain insight and perspective, while second-year and third-year students gain leadership experience.

Summer program

You can accelerate your studies or reduce your workloads during the year by taking full-fee summer program units. We recognise the need for flexibility in your study and strive to ensure that there is a range of units offered during the summer holidays. These units are often offered in intensive mode (two to three weeks of classes) to allow you to make the most of your summer.

Units

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

You will complete 384 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 the equivalent credit points in General Electives. Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the Academic Record and or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Year 1

Your first year provides a holistic, comprehensive and transitional learning experience, laying a solid foundation and assisting you to develop the skills and capabilities necessary to be a successful learner and legal professional. Gaining a strong understanding of the law of torts (negligence, damages and no fault compensation schemes), legal interviewing, legal problem solving, criminal law, the variety of contexts in which Australian law operates and developing a positive professional identity through the dispute resolution unit is the focus of first year. You can also choose two introductory law elective units.

Year 2

You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in contract law, legal research, equity and trusts, constitutional law, administrative law and commercial and personal property law. You can also select two general law elective units to develop your knowledge and skills in your particular area of interest.

Year 3

In third year, you can choose another two general law electives to study alongside real property law, corporate law, evidence, ethics, civil procedure and commercial remedies.

Year 4

Your final year of study includes four general electives and two advanced electives where you can further advance your practical legal knowledge and skills through such units as commercial contracts in practice, health law, public international law and theories of law. You will also undertake a legal research capstone project, which brings all of your acquired advanced legal knowledge and skills together.

 

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 5

Rank 91

Note

Entry to the external mode of this course is restricted to applicants living outside the Brisbane City Council boundaries and within Australia.

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 $10800 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.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

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 Laws (Honours)

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