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Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7)

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.


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies


Business, Law and Governance

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Units 3/4,C)

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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

120 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Business, JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge and innovative thinking necessary for a careers in ever changing business and not-for-profit environments
  • Synthesise underlying principles and concepts for making sustainable business decisions to meet current and future needs
  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations including sustainability
  • Critically evaluate, interpret and communicate information, data & resources in academic literature and digital contexts
  • Work collaboratively and creatively to promote innovation
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving strategies in disruptive domestic and global business contexts
  • Convey information and ideas through effective communication skills appropriate to diverse audiences
  • Apply technical and digital skills, including literacy and numeracy necessary for professional practice in business
  • Evaluate and apply ethical, sustainable and social responsibility in professional practice and decision making
  • Identify and act upon, learning opportunities and self-improvements.
  • Demonstrate resilience, initiative, judgement, and reflective practice with a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws, JCU 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
  • 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.

Course Structure


Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Principles of Economics

BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

BU1007:03 Principles of Data Analysis for Business

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

LA1027:03 Human Rights Law or LA1022:03 Public International Law

Level 2

BU2108:03 Marketing Matters

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

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multidisciplinary Project or BU3103 :03 Independent Project

LA3004:03 Evidence

LA3006:03 Administrative Law

LA3013:03 Principles of Equity

LA3014:03 Law of Trusts

LA3105:03 Constitutional Law

LA3106:03 Company and Partnership Law

Level 4

LA4022:03 Civil Procedure

LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting


Select a Business major from Table A


Select 3 credit points of  subjects from List 1


Select 15 credit points of  subjects from List 2

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

List 2

LA2902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

LA4007:03 Succession

LA4012:03 Public International Law

LA4015:03 Commercial Law

LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting

LA4020:03 Employment, Workplace and Industrial Relations Law

LA4023:03 Taxation Law

LA4024:03 Advanced Taxation Law

LA4027:03 Human Rights Law

LA4031:03 Health Law

LA4032:03 Family Law

LA4034:03 Alternative Dispute Resolution

LA4039:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing

LA4045:03 Intellectual Property Law

LA4049:03 Technological Disruption, Cyberspace and the Law

LA4050:03 Sport and Entertainment Law

LA4106:03 Advanced Company Law

TABLE A (Business Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Other notes

All Business majors are available for mid-year entry




Business Intelligence and Information Systems

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville



Hospitality and Tourism Management



Human Resources Management

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville



International Business




JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville


Marketing for the Digital Age

JCU Townsville



Sports and Events Management

JCU Townsville





JCU Cairns


JCU Townsville





Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single 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 credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

80 credit points


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any business major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Honours is available in either or both disciplines.

Business honours is available as an additional 24 credit points of study.

Law honours is available as an additional 24 credit points of study.


By invitation of the College Dean

Normally a minimum overall GPA of 5.0 (ie. credit average) is required across the bachelor degree with credits or better in the discipline specific areas.