Bachelor of Laws

Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws qualify for admission to practise law in Queensland. JCU Law graduates are highly valued by the profession in our region, across Australia and overseas.

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

Career opportunities

JCU Law graduates are highly valued by the profession in our region, across Australia and overseas.

Opportunities for employment of James Cook University law graduates exist in a wide variety of areas and can include careers in, for example:

  • Legal practice as a Barrister or Solicitor
  • Government
  • Business and commercial law
  • Environmental law
  • Property law
  • Criminal law
  • Taxation law/corporate law/ bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Family law

This course is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) & 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.

Course highlights

As a Law student you will gain an appreciation of 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 of the Bachelor of Laws satisfy the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Queensland, and through the mutual recognition process, in all Australian states and territories.

The Bachelor of Laws focuses strongly on learning outcomes that have professional relevance and practical application. This course is designed to challenge students, exposing them to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas across diverse areas of the practice and application of law.

Course overview

James Cook offers ongoing support for new law students with The First Year Experience program. This program ensures support and mentoring for new law students, essentially familiarising them with foundation legal skills.

James Cook University is particularly proud of its community links and the strong support received from the legal profession and judiciary of northern and far northern Queensland. These links provide an authentic learning environment for Law students.

On top of this, James Cook University’s ongoing program of classes and workshops also involves judges and senior academics along with local law firms, government agencies, local community organisations and the local bar. These relationships enable students to gain advanced legal skills and to network with the profession.

Practising legal professionals teach and tutor regularly, providing direct access to contemporary standards of practice.

After graduation you 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.

You can then to go into private practice or gain employment with government and non-government agencies as a lawyer. A legal qualification is also the starting point for many other careers in government and business.

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Laws degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

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 (311061) - Apply now
Cairns (321061) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

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

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

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 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 Individual Project

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any Level 1 undergraduate non-law subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate subject

PLUS

Select 27 credit points of LA level 4 subjects from List 2

List 2

Notes:

1. 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.  

2. Themes listed below are for guidance only.

List 2

LA4022:03 Civil Procedure

LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting

Themes
  • Sustainability
  • Social Justice
  • Governance
Sustainability

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 Law

LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting

Social Justice

LA4010:03 Advanced Criminal Law

LA4027:03 Human Rights Law

LA4031:03 Health Law

LA4034:03 Alternate Dispute Resolution

LA4032:03 Family Law

Governance

LA4012:03 Public International Law

LA4015:03 Commerical 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 or LA4042:03 Maritime Law

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.

Handbook

Bachelor of Laws

Course code

60010

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 (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 2Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post admission requirements

Honours Program Requirements:

  • Entry to the Honours program is by invitation of the College Dean

  • 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).

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

CORE SUBJECTS

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

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

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 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 Individual Project

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any Level 1 undergraduate non-law subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate subject

PLUS

Select 27 credit points of LA level 4 subjects from List 2

List 2

Notes:

1. 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.  

2. Themes listed below are for guidance only.

List 2

LA4022:03 Civil Procedure

LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting

Themes
  • Sustainability
  • Social Justice
  • Governance
Sustainability

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 Law

LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting

Social Justice

LA4010:03 Advanced Criminal Law

LA4027:03 Human Rights Law

LA4031:03 Health Law

LA4034:03 Alternate Dispute Resolution

LA4032:03 Family Law

Governance

LA4012:03 Public International Law

LA4015:03 Commerical 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 or LA4042:03 Maritime Law

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 accreditation 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 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.

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 may 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 student 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

Approved abbreviation

LLB

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

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available within this course

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean (see separate Handbook document)

Current enrolment in the final year 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.

Honours

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. Please refer to the 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.