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  • Be in demand - 90% of our Law graduates are in full-time work within 4 months of graduation.
  • When completed in a minimum of three calendar years, it meets the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
  • Flexible learning options such as downloadable lectures, 24 hour computer labs, electronic moot court.
  • External education available for Australian students outside Brisbane.
  • Recognised for solicitor’s admission in East Malaysia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea (also in India and West Malaysia after completion of qualifying exams).
QUT course code LW35
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2014 February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code003486D
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QUT offers a shortened graduate entry course open to graduates who have already completed a degree in a non-law discipline. The course recognises the prior learnings and experiences that have been acquired by graduates from their first degree, and allows students to complete the law course in three years full-time or five years part-time or external in accelerated mode.

Entry requirements to the graduate course are the same as those for the standard Bachelor of Laws course, with the additional requirement that a three-year bachelor degree from an approved university be held in a non-law discipline.

Why choose this course?

You will be sought after by employers and prepared for the real world of law, as 90% of our graduates are in full-time employment within 4 months of completing their degree.

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

We also 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.

QUT Law is also dedicated to your successful career in legal practice as we are Brisbane’s only university to offer a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course and have offered this course for over 30 years.

Flexible delivery

Entry to the distance (external) mode of the course is available to students who live outside Brisbane City Council boundaries.

If you are a distance (external) student, at the start of your first semester of the course you will undertake a compulsory orientation attendance school dedicated to preparing you for legal study. You may be required to be present at up to two attendance schools per year, depending upon the units studied. The attendance schools are an integral component of the distance education course and are compulsory in units where, for example, skills such as advocacy are taught. The law course makes extensive use of online resources and access to the internet is essential.

Real world learning

As a QUT law student, you will benefit from a course that is designed for the real world, with a wide range of study choices so you can tailor the degree to your career and personal interests.

QUT's four-year law 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 a broad range of skills and values in areas such as legal research, problem solving, 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.

As our courses are designed in consultation with industry to ensure you acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and experience, you will also gain skills needed to address legal issues in ways that reflect modern community, corporate and government practices. For example, you will learn collaboration and mutually beneficial decision-making skills from the wide variety of work placements, internships, legal clinics and volunteering opportunities we provide.

In addition, you will have unique mentoring and effective learning opportunities available to you through Crime Club, peer-to-peer mentoring and when competing in international and national mooting competitions.

Career outcomes

QUT law graduates have an excellent track record of securing exciting positions. Over the past five years more than 90 per cent of graduates have been in full-time work within 4 months of their graduation.

Although many of our graduates become practising lawyers, we recognise that a law degree may also provide the foundation for a career in government, a community organisation or business.

This degree gives you the opportunity to choose elective units that align with your career interests.

We offer elective study relevant to the following career paths:

  • general legal practice – work as a lawyer across a wide range of different legal areas
  • specialist legal practice – work as a lawyer specialising in a particular area of the law, such as property, family or media law
  • advocacy and dispute resolution – act for clients in court or resolve disputes through negotiation and mediation processes
  • public sector – work in policy, research or administration in a government department
  • private enterprise – work in management or administration in a business.

Professional recognition

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 full-time or part-time online or full-time on campus study (International students are eligible for full-time on campus study only). 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 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, Practicum

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

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You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.

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Additional entry requirements

A completed recognised Bachelor Degree with a GPA of 4 (on a 7 point scale).


Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: $11,600 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

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

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