Bachelor of Laws
What to expect
How to apply
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
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.
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
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
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
LA4022:03 Civil Procedure
LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting
Select 3 credit points of specified 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 21 credit points of subjects from List 2
Note: Themes listed below are for guidance only.
- Social Justice
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
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
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.
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.
A maximum of 18 credit points of credit 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: AUD$32,280 (Estimate only)
Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
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 students.