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How to apply
- 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
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.
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. Refer to the Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.
What you need to know before you apply
Certified copies of supporting documents
You must supply the following information with your application:
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to email@example.com. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:
James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA
If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.
An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.
Credit and Articulation
Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.
As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.
Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.
If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.
- 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
- 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.
How to apply
Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.
Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.
Ready to apply? Apply now.
Help with your application
If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +61 7 4781 5601
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Pathways to JCU
Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Laws
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 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.
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
120 credit points as per course structure
Additional completion requirements
The Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.
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:
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws, graduates will be able to:
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
LA1105:03 Contract Law 1
LA1106:03 Contract Law 2
LA1107:03 Contemporary Practice: The New Lawyer
SS1010:03 Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism
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
BA3000:03 Arts Edge
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 an Arts major from Table A
Select 9 credit points of any level 2 and 3 Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU, CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY, WC or WS
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 18 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
Type of major
Mandatory, single Arts major
Credit points in major
24 credit points
All majors are available mid year
|Not all subjects available internally|
Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode
Visual Arts and Digital Imaging Focus (Cairns)
Design and Innovation Focus (Townsville)
|Not all subjects available internally. Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.|
Language streams (and locations) available are as follows:
|Not all subjects are available at all locations|
If you plan to practise as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies
|Not all subjects available internally|
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Not all majors are available in Cairns
Expected time to complete
5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
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
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
Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
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 this course.
A maximum credit of 18 credit points may be granted at level 3 and 4.
BACHELOR OF ARTS – BACHELOR OF LAWS
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Any major studied 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.
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.)
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.
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.
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$31,200 (Estimate only)
Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. You can find current fees in the undergraduate tuition fees guide.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international student.
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