Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 7/ Level 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 and complete the Bar Practice Course after being admitted as a lawyer, followed by one year of mentoring and supervision.
Tropical Environments and Societies
Current enrolment in Level 4 of the James Cook University Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws pass degree, with an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) or better.
Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Law Honours is to be taken.
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.
Additional selection requirements
Entry to the Honours program is by invitation of the College Dean
Special admission requirements
A candidate who has previously graduated with either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Laws shall not be admitted to the joint degree.
120 credit points as per course structure
Additional completion requirements
The Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.
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.
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, graduates will be able to:
On successful completion of an Bachelor of Laws (Honours) graduates will be able to:
BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition
BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place
LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes
LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis
LA1105:03 Contract Law 1
LA1106:03 Contract Law 2
LA1107:03 Contemporary Practice: The New Lawyer
SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences
LA2021:03 Personal Property and 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
BA3000:03 Arts Edge
LA3006:03 Administrative Law
LA3013:03 Principles of Equity
LA3014:03 Law of Trusts
LA3105:03 Constitutional Law
LA3106:03 Company and Partnership Law
Select an Arts major from the Table A
Select 9 credit points of level 2 and 3 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU, CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY, or WS
Select 3 credit points of specified level 4 LA subjects from List 1
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 Independent Project
Select 12 credit points of level 4 LA subjects
Note: LA4022:03 Civil Procedure, and LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting is a requirement for students who do intend, at any time, to seek admission as a Legal Practitioner in Queensland.
Type of major
Credit points in major
24 credit points
All majors are available mid-year
Not all subjects available internally
Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode
Visual Arts and Digital Imaging Focus (Cairns)
Design and Innovation Focus (Townsville)
Language streams (and locations) available are as follows:
|Not all subjects are available at all locations|
If you plan to practise as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies
|Not all subjects available internally. Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode|
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Not all majors are available in Cairns
Not all majors are available in Townsville
Expected time to complete
5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 or 3 subject
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
In accordance with the requirements of the Supreme Court (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
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Nil - Business, Law and Governance subjects
3 credit points - Creative Media, Arts or Social Sciences subjects not taken as part of an Arts major
Supplementary exam for final subject
A candidate who has failed a single law subject towards the award 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 Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
80 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 21 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 and 4.
BACHELOR OF ARTS – BACHELOR OF LAWS (HONOURS)
Students who have successfully completed the honours program shall be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Any major studied may appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 72 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Bachelor of Arts.
Candidates who exit the course after the first year of equivalent full-time study may transfer to the Bachelor of Laws without loss of advanced standing. (Note: Transfer after completion of any later year of the joint degree will normally entail loss of advanced standing for non-Law subjects completed beyond level 1.)