Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Laws

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Laws

This joint degree qualifies you for admission to practise law in Queensland, and provides you with the analytic and communication strengths of the Bachelor of Arts.  This degree will give you a legal qualification with complementary Arts skills, and is strongly supported by the legal profession.

Campus
Townsville; External; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English
OP/Rank
15/67

Career opportunities

Law

Law graduates can find work in private practice, corporations, government and non-government agencies in a wide variety of areas:

  • Government agencies in a wide variety of areas
  • General legal practice
  • Solicitor or barrister
  • Business and commercial law
  • Environmental law
  • Conveyancing and property law
  • Criminal law
  • Industrial law
  • Taxation law

Arts

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is one of the best-known university degrees. It brings together subjects from the humanities and social sciences to create graduates who have a broad knowledge of society and culture and key skills in communication, research and critical analysis.

Arts graduates are recognised for their excellent communication skills, ability to critically analyse information, creative problem solving and research abilities. They find careers in the private and public sector in many interesting roles.

Course highlights

JCU’s Law program provides students with an accredited qualification satisfying the academic requirements for admission to practice law.

When you graduate you will be well prepared to begin your career practising law in private practice, government, business or in the community sectors at a local, state, national or international level.

This course is an approved qualification for admission to practice law in Queensland. Students wishing to practice should obtain further information from the Barristers’ and Solicitors’ Admission Boards.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311031) - Apply now
Cairns (321031) - Apply now
External (311039) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

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

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

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

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

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of level 1 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes:

AN, AR, AY, BA, CU, CV, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY and WS

PLUS

SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences or select 3 credit points of level 1 IA (Indigenous Australian Studies) subjects

PLUS

Select an Arts major from Table A

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any level 2 and 3 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of specified level 4 LA subjects from List 1

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

PLUS

Select 24 credit points of any LA level 4 subjects

TABLE A (ARTS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

18 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External 

Not all subjects available internally in Townsville

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Environmental Studies

Cairns

Townsville

 

French Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

 

French Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

 

Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

German

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Indigenous Australian Studies

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Italian

Cairns

 

Japanese Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

 

Japanese Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

 

Media and Writing

Townsville

 

Multimedia Journalism

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology

Cairns

Townsville

If you plan to practise as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

External

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Handbook

Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Laws

Course code

60210

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 (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.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

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 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

A student who has previously graduated with either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Laws shall not be admitted to the joint degree.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

120 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirements

The psychology major is NOT an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence. Students wishing to complete the APAC accredited sequence under the Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Laws should consult the course structure for the Bachelor of Psychological Science and seek further advice.

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 Arts, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Integrate knowledge of the diversity of cultures and peoples, their differences and commonalities, especially with respect to Indigenous cultures and peoples

  • Appraise the place and role of Australia and Singapore in the Asia-Pacific region and the tropics worldwide

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, claims, and evidence

  • Apply critical thinking, independent judgement, intercultural sensitivity, and national, regional and global perspectives, to identify and solve problems in at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas, through proficiency in written and spoken English language and numeracy, appropriate to their audience and in a range of modes and media

  • Demonstrate capacity for reflection, planning, ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary team work in diverse contexts of community engagement, professional work and/or scholarship

  • Identify and have potential to act and reflect upon opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws, 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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

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

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

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

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

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of level 1 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes:

AN, AR, AY, BA, CU, CV, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY and WS

PLUS

SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences or select 3 credit points of level 1 IA (Indigenous Australian Studies) subjects

PLUS

Select an Arts major from Table A

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any level 2 and 3 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of specified level 4 LA subjects from List 1

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

PLUS

Select 24 credit points of any LA level 4 subjects

TABLE A (ARTS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

18 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External 

Not all subjects available internally in Townsville

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Environmental Studies

Cairns

Townsville

 

French Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

 

French Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

 

Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

German

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Indigenous Australian Studies

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Italian

Cairns

 

Japanese Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

 

Japanese Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

 

Media and Writing

Townsville

 

Multimedia Journalism

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology

Cairns

Townsville

If you plan to practise as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

External

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Townsville

Not all majors are available in Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

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)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

1. 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

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 - 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 student 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

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

80 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 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

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

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ARTS – BACHELOR OF LAWS

Approved abbreviation

BA-LLB

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students 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.

Students 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.)

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Honours is available in either or both disciplines

Law honours is available within this course (see separate Handbook document)

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

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Arts Honours is to be taken.

Current enrolment in the final year 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.

Honours

The Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.