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Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Laws

Townsville, Cairns
February, July
5 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
OP 15 | English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA)
ATAR 63.15 | English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
Rank 68
CNS: 321541
TSV: 311541
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JCU Science-Law graduates have a wide variety of career choices available.

You could pursue a career in areas such as bioethics, intellectual property, copyright and patent law, climate change, conservation and sustainability, or science and national security.

Roles available to graduates of this joint degree include environmental lawyer, intellectual property lawyer, or in-house counsel for research and technology firms.

Learn the fundamentals of law and science, then select from a wide range of majors to continue to build knowledge and skills in your chosen area of interest. Benefit from JCU’s focus on professional relevance, practical skills and authentic experiences, such as clinical legal placements, advocacy and industry project work.

You will study under the guidance of JCU’s leading science experts. Benefit from opportunities to undertake real-world research in World Heritage listed reef and rainforest environments.

JCU’s law program enjoys community links and strong support from the legal profession, which contribute to providing an authentic learning environment.

At the end of this five-year joint degree you will understand the role of law in social, economic, environmental and political contexts. Student will appreciate the complexity of legal matters in the context of scientific situations like environmental law and bioethics.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws in Queensland

Prepare yourself for a successful career with a degree that broadens your understanding of the scientific world as well as the legal field. Your Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Laws (similar to a Bachelor of Science and Laws) from JCU will give you the legal skills and scientific background you need to work in anything from bioethics to conservation or even national security.

A Strong Scientific Foundation

Work alongside leading scientific experts at JCU. Your world-class education begins here, with the opportunity to work in cutting-edge research labs and at JCU research stations on the Great Barrier Reef and in World Heritage listed tropical rainforests. Be a part of research that makes a difference as you strengthen your understanding of climate change, conservation, bioethics, scientific sensors, and natural systems.

Choose a science major that compliments your goals. Choose from Aquaculture Science and Technology, Chemistry, Data Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, Zoology and Ecology, Molecular and Cell Biology or Marine Biology. Broaden your understanding of these specific fields with extensive first-hand field experience and elective courses that match your skills and interests.

A Strong Legal Foundation

Learn about the fundamental legal principles that underpin our society and the relationship of law to scientific advancement and societal ethics. Understand how science and the law intersect and the frameworks that inform scientific research and development.

Work alongside lecturers committed to student success to build your understanding of the legal institutions of our society and their processes. Grasp how contract law affects development and how property and criminal law can be used to advance human rights and justice.

Build the career path that is right for you – throughout your Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Laws in Queensland, choose subjects built around themes of sustainability, governance, or social justice. Become a voice for sustainable development through your understanding of environmental law. Stand up for the world's marginalised people with your grasp of health and human rights laws. Make a difference in public policies through your studies in corporate and international law.

Study a Bachelor of Science and Laws and Be Ready Today for Tomorrow

Graduate ready to work with a science and laws bachelor and the knowledge and skills relevant for a contemporary modern world. Be eligible to work as a solicitor with a degree accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, or go on to take the Bar Exams and practice as a barrister.

Work towards societal advancements as an adviser or researcher at technology firms. Help communities achieve sustainable growth and development as an intellectual property or environmental lawyer. Work as an in-house counsel for corporations, or advise governments on climate change legislation and copyright law.

Become part of positive change by working as an advocate for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Protect the nation working in national security or in public scientific development. Make a meaningful difference to your community, nationally or internationally through your science and laws bachelor studies in Queensland.

Prepare Yourself With a Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Laws Degree

Become the person employers want to hire, with training and understanding that crosses disciplines. Explain complicated legal issues and translate complex scientific concepts for professionals. Develop your agile mindset and your robust communication skills to become a leader who brings meaningful change.
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Bachelor of Science – Bachelor of Laws

Handbook year


Course code


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.

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B

Students considering Science majors in Chemistry or Molecular and Cell Biology will require Senior Chemistry (or equivalent)

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.

Post-admission requirements

Some majors require attendance in intensivemode subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus.  Students may be required to attend intensive mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

120 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Students may seek permission to enrol in one or more level 5 science subjects.

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.

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.

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

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts and principles, in one or more science disciplines

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of science in society, particularly in creating sustainable futures in the tropics, worldwide

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, including the creative processes involved in developing scientific knowledge, and its contestable and testable nature.

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement

  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

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

SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

Level 2

LA2021:03 Land Law 1 and Personal Property Law

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

SC2202:03  Quantitative Methods in Science

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

SC3008:03 Professional Placement

SC3010:03  Sensors and Sensing for Scientists

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 Science major  from Table A


Select 6 credit points of specified subjects from List 2


Select 3 credit points of specified subjects from List 3


Select 9 credit points of specified subjects from List 4

List 2

BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity or BZ1006:03 Diversity of Life

BS1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes or BZ1005:03 Introduction to Ecology

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A central Science or CH1011:03 Chemistry for the Natural Sciences

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming 1

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

PH1007:03 Advanced Stream Physics 2

List 3

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2210:03 Linear Algebra

List 4

Note: Themes listed below are for guidance only.


  • 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 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


Type of major

Mandatory, Single Science major

Credit points in major

24 credit points




Aquaculture Science and Technology


The first year of study may be completed in Cairns



Students undertaking this major require Senior Chemistry (or equivalent)

No mid-year entry

Data Science




Earth Science



Marine Biology


No mid-year entry

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns



No mid-year entry in Cairns

The  first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Molecular and Cell Biology


Students undertaking this major require Senior Chemistry (or equivalent)

No mid-year entry

Zoology and Ecology







Not all majors available in Cairns

Not all majors are available mid-year


Not all majors are available mid-year


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 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.



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

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

All majors 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

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

Science honours is available as an additional 24 credit points of study


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

Current enrolment in Level 4 of the James Cook University Bachelor of Science – Bachelor of Laws pass degree, with an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) or better

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

Annual Tuition Fee: $10,498 (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.

Contact us to find about more.

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.

Get prepared – bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

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