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Overview

  • Develop practical skills and an understanding of media and communication industries while meeting the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
  • Complete 2 separate degrees in 5.5 years full-time.
  • Study the distribution of creative content in new media, television, radio, print, Internet, mobile technologies, movies, advertising, public relations and music.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading law experts.
QTAC course code 409192
QUT course code IX86
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
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CRICOS code 083028A
Careers
  • Advertising Professional
  • Barrister
  • Contract Administrator
  • Crown Law Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Information Officer
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Organisational Communication Specialist
  • Publishing Professional
  • Solicitor
  • Web Designer

Details

Why choose this course?

This degree combines practical skills and contextual understanding of the media and communication industries with the skills to work as a legal practitioner.

Media outlets operate in a regulatory environment in which changes occur rapidly and constantly. In an era where there is increasing public scrutiny of our media, the need for legal practitioners with specific media awareness has never been greater. Studies in media and communication are centred on the distribution of creative content as well as media research and policy. You will understand the practicalities and influence of the media industries and gain highly transferable skills in this growth area.

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.

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

Real-world learning

You will study a combination of media and communication 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 media and communication industries 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 about the myths of the media, strategic speech communication, media design and professional communication, as well as gain advanced understanding and skills in legal research and dispute resolution.

Your third year of study will further develop your understanding of political communication, self, consumer cultures and identity. You will also further develop 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 choose a general law elective to study alongside real property law, administrative law and evidence, as you advance your understanding and skills in making media. You will also have an opportunity to undertake a work integrated learning project in a creative industry.

Your final semesters of study will be law and elective units only. The course allows you to choose general and advanced elective units that interest you. You will also study civil procedure, corporate law, commercial remedies and ethics, before undertaking a legal research capstone project.

Career outcomes

Through the combination of media and communication with law, you will enhance your employability in your chosen field, whether in the legal profession or as a media and communication practitioner.

Within the legal environment, career options include lawyers specialising in clients in the media and communication arena and could include specialisation in areas such as intellectual property law, defamation and media law. Within the media and communication field, graduates could be employed by organisations such as media consultancy firms dealing with clients from the legal industry.

Although many of our graduates become practising lawyers, a law degree may also provide 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:

  • barrister
  • solicitor
  • in-house lawyer
  • contract administrator
  • corporate secretary
  • Crown Law officer
  • policy officer
  • public servant.

Professional recognition

The law degree 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 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.

Units

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

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

Students will undertake 192 credit points of specialist units in media and communication (16 units). The Bachelor of Media and Communcation course analyses and seeks new applications for mass, niche and new media. Authentic learning opportunities such as industry placements and projects complement theoretical course content and give you the opportunity to apply your new knowledge.

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

Minimum academic requirements

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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 5
    Rank 91
    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. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

    2018: $28400 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:

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