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Course information set

  • 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.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading law experts.
  • Learn to develop practical solutions that impact on the real world.
  • Be at the cutting edge of international science education with access to QUT’s new multimillion dollar research and teaching facilities, including our $230 million Science and Engineering Precinct.
  • Enhance your career prospects with skills like analytical and writing skills that can be applied in both a science and/or legal profession.
  • Complete 2 separate degrees in 5.5 years full-time.
QTAC course code419712
QUT course code IX80
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-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
Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 083029M
Careers
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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.

By combining your law degree with a science degree, you could help develop solutions in the areas of climate change, long-term ecological impacts, energy and geosystems, food security and water resource management. Our science degree is designed in consultation with industry, government and the professions. You will apply theories to real-world situations.

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.

Why choose this course?

This double degree covers all major areas of the law, as well as allowing students to choose one of the following majors offered in the Bachelor of Science course: biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, environmental science and physics. You will be educated in the content and processes of science to prepare you for the complexities of legal issues with a range of scientific and technological dimensions.

Whether you choose biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, environmental science or physics, your major within the science component of this double degree will provide you with in-depth knowledge and expertise, preparing you for entry into the workforce or further study.

You will explore real-world problems from multiple science perspectives and learn the tools of the trade. Depending on your choices you may find yourself out in the field, working in the laboratory or learning about the impact of scientific theory on people, policy, industry and the planet.  Working with data you have collected, you’ll study how to apply fundamental methods of scientific practice, perform scientific analysis, and learn the tools to present your findings.

The law component of this double degree will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to apply the law in an array of 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 Indigenous 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 mining and resources, 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 science and law units in the first four years, with law units only in the final three semesters.

From the beginning of your science component, you can expect to spend time in QUT's state-of-the-art laboratories, learning the latest scientific techniques and using equipment found in industry.  You will learn at QUT and in the workplace. Our work integrated learning program gives you the opportunity to combine workplace activities with academic study, assessment and support.

In the law degree, you will complete core units and a mixture of introductory, general and advanced electives.

In your first year, you will study four science units and be introduced to law, 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 two units from your science major. You will 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 chosen science area of specialisation, with four units in your selected major. You will also expand your knowledge and skills in the law by studying contract law, constitutional law, equity and trusts, and commercial and personal property law.

In fourth year, you can pick a general law elective to study alongside real property law, administrative law and evidence, as you advance your chosen science major.

In your final three semesters, you will study law 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

As a graduate, you may enter legal practice with an education in both the content and process of science and data analysis. This will enable you to deal with the complexities of litigation that have a scientific or technological focus such as inventions, trade secrets, quantitative evidence, genetic modification and constitutional disputes giving rise to environmental issues.

On the other hand, you may choose to follow a career path in the sciences, enhancing your opportunities in a particular discipline such as environmental science or biotechnology through your knowledge of the law.

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.

Graduates will satisfy the requirements for membership in the relevant professional body for their science major.

Assessment items or practicum

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

Peer support programs

QUT Law provides a variety of peer support programs so first-year law 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 Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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

Under the Science component students will complete 16 units in total. Students will choose any of the following science majors that are offered in the Bachelor of Science (ST01) course: biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science and physics.

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
two Advanced Electives in law.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 5

Rank 91

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

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

  • Maths B
  • English

Recommended Study: At least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, Earth Science or Maths C. We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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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 $10,100 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.

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

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