Professional accreditation status
The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) & Chief Justice.
To be eligible for admission as a solicitor in Queensland, an applicant must have completed approved law qualifications (this degree satisfies that requirement), have undertaken approved practical legal training via a practical legal training course or Supervised Traineeship at a firm, and be able to satisfy the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board and the Supreme Court of Queensland of their fitness to practise. The same requirements apply to those intending to practice as a barrister but, to obtain a barrister’s practising certificate applicants must also pass the Bar Exams (three 1.5 hour examinations, focusing on legal ethics, practice and procedure, and evidence), and complete the Bar Practice Course after being admitted as a lawyer, followed by one year of mentoring and supervision.
Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Environments and Societies
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Honours Program Requirements:
Entry to the Honours program is by invitation of the Head of School of Law
Current enrolment in Level 4 of the James Cook University Bachelor of Laws pass degree, with an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) or better
96 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development and to displaying exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have an understanding of First Nations peoples, reconciliation, diversity and sustainability (in its broadest sense). They also have a sense of their place in the Tropics and are charged with professional, community and environmental responsibility. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, cultural and social challenges of regional, national and international communities.
In the context of a JCU graduate, on successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, graduates will be able to:
LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes
LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis
LA1103:03 Law, Society and Change
LA1104:03 Legal Concepts
LA1105:03 Contract Law 1
LA1106:03 Contract Law 2
LA2015:03 Land Law 1
LA2016:03 Land Law 2
LA2017:03 Principles of Criminal Law A
LA2018:03 Principles of Criminal Law B
LA2019:03 Torts A – Specific Torts
LA2020:03 Torts B – Negligence
LA3006:03 Administrative Law
LA3011:03 Commercial and Personal Property Law
LA3013:03 Principles of Equity
LA3014:03 Law of Trusts
LA3105:03 Constitutional Law
LA3106:03 Company and Partnership Law
Select 3 credit points of specified level 4 LA subjects from:
LA4014:03 Clinical Legal Studies
LA4021:03 Competition Mooting
LA4039:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing
LA4041:03 Legal Placement
LA4043:03 Multidisciplinary Project
LA4044:03 Individual Project
Select 6 credit points of any level 1 undergraduate subjects
Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate subject
Select 18 credit points of LA level 4 subjects
or LA4026:03 Research Dissertation A and 3 credit points of LA level 4 subjects
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
1. In accordance with the requirements of the Supreme Court (Legal Practitioners Admission) Rules 2004 (QLD), students who intend, at any time, to seek admission as a Legal Practitioner in Queensland must include as subjects within their degree:
LA4022:03 Civil Procedure
LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting
2. Students seeking admission to practice are strongly advised to include the following level 4 subjects:
LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting
LA4032:03 Family Law
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
A candidate who has failed a single subject towards the degree in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject.
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
63 credit points
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4
BACHELOR OF LAWS (HONOURS)
Students who have successfully completed the honours program shall be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award