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Bachelor of Laws

Townsville, Cairns
February, July
4 years full-time
Part-time available
From 2021, this degree can be completed in 3 years
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Entry Requirements
OP 12 | English (4,SA)
ATAR 73.3 | English (Units 3/4,C)
Rank 75
CNS: 321061
TSV: 311061
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Challenge yourself and gain exposure to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas across diverse areas of the practice and application of law. Take advantage of JCU’s First Year Experience program for new law students ensuring you get support and mentoring to familiarise you with foundation legal skills.

You will benefit from JCU’s community links and strong support from the legal profession which contribute to providing an authentic learning environment. The Bachelor of Laws program includes practising legal professionals who teach and tutor regularly, providing direct access to contemporary standards of practice and networking opportunities.

Finish your study sooner with a JCU Law degree. From 2021, the JCU Bachelor of Laws can be completed in three years. Make study work for you with flexible online and face-to-face options. Prepare to launch a career in law with a streamlined three-year JCU Bachelor of Laws.

JCU students learn the role of law in social, economic, environmental and political contexts and its significance for stable government, economic prosperity and the protection of individual and cultural rights.

Graduates must complete approved practical legal training with either a traineeship at a firm or via a practical legal training course to complete the requirements to practise as a lawyer.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Law in Queensland

Harness your passion for justice, philosophy and reason with the Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University. Explore your appreciation for the rule of law and the role it plays in society. Our lecturers and tutors in law are world-class professionals who have a passion to help you develop your skills.

An Investment in You and the Community

The law affects everything, from social issues to economic needs, environmental concerns to political questions. Law is intricately tied to social stability and the wellbeing of the community.

As you look for the best law degrees, you will find that a Bachelor of Laws from JCU is the right choice for your future. Our lecturers are committed to student success and are passionate about helping you understand and apply the principles of justice and ethics.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Australian legal system and the unique challenges facing our diverse culture. As you earn a Bachelor of Laws in Queensland, you will learn how justice affects reconciliation, First Nations peoples, and environmental ethics. Through the optional international program, have the chance to work cross-culturally and understand the challenges facing non-government organisations across the region. You will graduate ready to be a leader in the Australian legal system as it faces the 21st century.

Choose the Queensland Law School That Is Right for You

You are considering a law degree in Queensland, and you should equip yourself with the specialised knowledge that only JCU can offer. Your Bachelor of Laws courses offers flexibility and options to minor in nearly any subject that interests you, anthropology, design, infrastructure planning, politics and international relations. You can use your choice of minor to complement your legal studies, to follow a particular passion, or to open up more opportunities for the future.

Develop the skills that employers are looking for as you work towards your law degree in QLD. Position yourself for success by learning how to use your knowledge in practical contexts. Understand how the underlying principles of justice apply in urban, rural and remote communities and learn to identify legal issues and apply well-developed reasoning skills to solve problems.

A JCU law degree will develop your critical analysis skills, creativity, intellectual independence, and logic and reasoning. Apply these skills to real-world legal problems under the guidance of JCU’s world-class lecturers. Learn how to work in a team as well as independently. You will also gain the verbal and written communication skills to effectively work with both legal professionals and lay people.

A Law Degree with a Pathway to Success

Your personal success is important to us. Gaining knowledge and skills is essential, but you also need to develop as a professional and find your niche. Study an accredited Bachelor of Laws degree that sets you up for a successful, challenging and rewarding career.

Be mentored by leading industry connections and benefit from JCU’s small classes. You have the opportunity to do work experience alongside legal professionals who will be there to instruct, advise, and model appropriate professional legal behaviour.

When you graduate with your degree from JCU, you will have an approved qualification to practice law in Queensland. Your degree is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board and the Chief Justice, positioning you to progress in a variety of directions in law.

Justice Matters

If you are passionate about arguing your point, standing up for what you believe in and the Australian legal system, a Bachelor of Laws from JCU is the degree for you. Position yourself to make a real difference in Queensland, Australia, and beyond.
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The 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. Refer to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

Career Opportunities

A JCU law degree opens a wide-ranging choice of career options.

You could pursue a career in government or the private sector in areas such as business and commerce, environment, property, taxation, corporate, or family law.

Graduates are qualified to perform roles such as barrister, solicitor, public prosecutor, community Lawyer, legal officer, or in-house Counsel for large companies.

This course is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) and Chief Justice and is an approved qualification for admission to practice law in Queensland. Students wishing to practice should obtain further information from the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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Bachelor of Laws

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course 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

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites


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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

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 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

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

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

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 3 credit points of specified 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


Select a minor from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or Select 6 credit points of any level 1 undergraduate non-law subjects and 6 credit points of any undergraduate subject


Select 21 credit points of subjects from List 2

Note: Themes listed below are for guidance only.

List 2


  • Sustainability
  • Social Justice
  • Governance


LA2902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

LA4030:03 Mining and Resources Law and Governance

LA4011:03 Environmental Law

LA4036:03 Indigenous People and the Law in Australia

LA4035:03 Native Title Law and Policy

LA4007:03 Succession

LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting

Social Justice

LA4010:03 Advanced Criminal Law

LA4027:03 Human Rights Law

LA4031:03 Health Law

LA4034:03 Alternative Dispute Resolution

LA4032:03 Family Law


LA4012:03 Public International Law

LA4015:03 Commercial Law

LA4023:03 Taxation Law

LA4037:03 Bankruptcy and Insolvency

LA4033:03 Contemporary Issues in Consumer Protection and Commercial Regulation

LA4106:03 Advanced Company Law

LA4013:03 Law of Corporate Investigations

LA4020:03 Employment, Workplace and Industrial Relations Law

LA4042:03 Maritime Law

LA4045:03 Intellectual Property Law

LA4049:03 Technological Disruption, Cyberspace and the Law

LA4050:03 Sport and Entertainment Law









Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 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 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. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Credit may 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 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

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

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Honours Award

The award of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is dealt with separately under the Award Requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

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

Available within the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [Embedded] course.

Students interested in undertaking Honours should express their interest to the Honours Coordinator.  Transfer is not automatic.  Approval of enrolment in the Honours program and transfer to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)[Embedded] program is required.


Current enrolment in Level 3 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.

Annual Tuition Fee: $10,353 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.

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