Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [Embedded]

Year

2015

Course Code

60010

Version

8

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.

Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Honours

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Nil

Special admission requirements

Nil

Post admission requirements

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

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broader contexts within which legal issues arise

  • Demonstrate an understanding of principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods

  • Identify and articulate legal issues and apply legal reasoning and research, critical analysis and creative thought, judgement and intellectual independence to generate appropriate responses to legal issues and to identify and solve legal problems

  • Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, analyse, evaluate, consolidate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues

  • Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas for legal and non-legal audiences both

  • Orally; and

  • In writing

  • Collaborate effectively

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement and with due consideration of ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts, appropriate approaches to ethical decision-making, professional responsibility and professional judgement in planning, problem solving and decision-making in professional practice and/or scholarship

  • Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community

  • Learn and work independently, reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.

  • Demonstrate project and/or research work

  • Demonstrate well developed judgement of ethical issues in research.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

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

Level 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

Level 3

LA3004:03 Evidence

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

Level 4

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

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of any level 1 undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate subject

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of LA level 4 subjects

PLUS

LA4047:03 Research Dissertation B: Part 1 of 2 and LA4048:03 Research Dissertation B: Part 2 of 2

or LA4026:03 Research Dissertation A and 3 credit points of LA level 4 subjects

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional a ccreditation 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:

LA4007:03 Succession

LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting

LA4032:03 Family Law

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

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.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

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.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF LAWS (HONOURS)

Approved abbreviation

LLB(Hons)

Honours Award

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

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable