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ATAR 71.55 | English (Units 3/4,C)
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- Legal practice as a Barrister or Solicitor
- 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) 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.
Bachelor of Laws graduates qualify for admission to practise law in Queensland. JCU Law graduates are highly valued by the profession in our region, across Australia and overseas.
Joint degree options
- Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Laws
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.
Making the Choice 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 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.
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.
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Bachelor of Laws
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
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
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:
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
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
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 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 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 27 credit points of LA level 4 subjects from List 2
2. Themes listed below are for guidance only.
LA4022:03 Civil Procedure
LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting
- Social Justice
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
LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
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
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 advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
63 credit points
Advanced standing may 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 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4
BACHELOR OF LAWS
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.
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: $10,279 (Estimate only)
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