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  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles of law and the justice system.
  • Complete two separate degrees in 5.5 years full-time.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading and internationally renowned law and justice experts.
  • Bachelor of Justice offers targeted career paths in law enforcement, military services, government and private sector intelligence and security agencies, crime prevention agencies, and criminal and social justice policy agencies.
QTAC course code 417902
QUT course code LW45
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
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CRICOS code 083027B
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Why choose this course?

This course offers integration between two important and popular areas of study. It will allow you to gain perspective of criminal justice, policy, governance and legal issues, and their impact on society. You'll gain in-depth knowledge of laws and their impact from a justice perspective. You'll gain advanced understanding of the law and legal system, and graduate with broad career options in both the legal and criminal justice systems. Tailor your degree to your interests by choosing a major in either criminology and policing, or policy and governance in your justice degree.

Our 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 law and justice student, you will benefit immediately and into the future from:


Real-world learning

You'll study a combination of justice and law units in the first four years, with the balance of units devoted to law units and electives. In the law component you'll have the opportunity to choose a number of introductory, general and advanced elective units.

In justice, you can select your major in either 'criminology and policing' or 'policy and governance'. There's also an option to undertake elective units in forensic science, Indigenous Knowledges, management or another university wide minor.

There are opportunities to undertake a work placement unit in your justice degree, where you can work with a community or government organisation for credit toward your degree.  Our Legal Clinic unit also offers credit towards your degree – it places law students with community legal organisations to undertake a semester-long project. They’re great options to refine your interests and enhance your resume.

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. Other career pathways include: policing, community outreach, child and family services, forensic investigation, correctional rehabilitation, mediation, intelligence, defence, insurance and banking investigation, youth justice, Indigenous justice, community legal services, foreign aid programs, women’s, youth and children’s advocacy, human rights and anti-discrimination, and policy and adviser roles within a range of state and federal government departments.


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

Our law and just programs are designed in consultation with industry to ensure you acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, and we support and develop students to successfully transition from university to their legal career.

Our 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.


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

You are required to complete 528 credit points, including 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Justice program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program.

Justice units

In order to complete the Bachelor of Justice component of this course, you must complete a total of 192 credit points from:

  • justice core units (8 units = 96 credit points)
  • a major in either criminology and policing, or policy and governance (8 units = 96 credit points)

Law units

Under the law component, students will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of introductory, general and advanced electives. You can 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 your 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 units

The honours levels of the LLB (Hons) will be determined by 96 credit points of honours units:

  • LLH201 Legal Research
  • LLH206 Administrative Law
  • LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession
  • LLH305 Corporate Law
  • LLH401 Legal Research Capstone (24 credit points)
  • two advanced electives in law.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

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    We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

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    Guide to entry cut-offs

    These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

    OP 6
    Rank 89
    Did you get an OP 1-5?

    If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

    Minimum English language requirements

    We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

    You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Speaking 6.0
    Writing 6.0
    Reading 6.0
    Listening 6.0
    Overall 6.5

    Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

    We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

    Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

    If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

    Course fees

    Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

    2018: $28,500 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    Scholarships and financial support

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

    These scholarships are available for this course:

    View all undergraduate scholarships


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

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    5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
    6. Gathered supporting documents

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