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About Law

Experience has no substitute

JCU Law students can work alongside experienced lawyers and judges through the clinical legal education program, work placement and projects with industry. JCU Law’s international programs allow students to build cross-cultural skills working with NGOs in South East Asia and beyond.

Outstanding graduate outcomes

Achieve graduate success through a unique and unrivalled opportunity – JCU Law’s extensive industry partners mentor students throughout their degree.

Flexibility and choice

JCU Law students complete their degree sooner through JCU Law’s range of intensive block and online elective subjects.

A contemporary approach

Experience multidisciplinary programs. JCU Law students gain a competitive edge when choosing to include a minor study in Information Technology, Language studies, Business or Social Sciences.


Law at James Cook University produces multi-skilled, versatile and ethical graduates. Our aim is that graduates will have developed the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to take their place in their chosen career path. Our degrees prepare people for the practice of law and also for work within, and service to, a broad range of sectors, including Government, corporate, social change, law enforcement and community wellbeing. We seek to do that by imparting a strong appreciation both of the rule of law and role of law in its social, economic, environmental and political contexts.

JCU Law graduates benefit from a practical approach and are valued by the profession throughout northern Queensland. JCU also offers a Graduate Bachelor of Laws program for existing degree holders who wish to gain a legal qualification.

JCU Law Hall of Fame

The Bachelor of Laws was introduced at JCU in 1989, with the first class graduating in 1992.

Inductees were honoured at the JCU Law 30 Year Celebrations in 2019 to acknowledge the trailblazers of JCU’s law program.

List of inductees:

  • First JCU Law Graduate admitted as solicitor –
    William (Bill) Mitchell
  • First JCU Law Graduate to go to the bar –
    Peter Raffles
  • First JCU Law Graduate to go into partnership –
    Linda Leong
  • First JCU Law Graduate appointed as a Queens Counsel –
    Justin Greggery QC
  • First JCU Law Graduate awarded a PhD –
    Assoc Prof Chris Davies
  • First JCU Law Graduate appointed to the bench –
    Magistrate Cathy McLennan
  • First JCU Law Graduate appointed Judge of the District Court –
    His Honour Judge Greg Lynham
  • First JCU Law Graduate appointed as Judge of the Federal Circuit Court –
    His Honour Terry Betts
  • Outstanding contribution to Legal Education at James Cook University –
    Townsville Community Legal Service
  • Outstanding Contribution to JCU Law –
    The Honourable Kerry Cullinane AM QC
  • JCU Law Graduate Special Achievement –
    Patrick Cullinane QC
  • JCU Law Graduate Special Achievement –
    Lincoln Crowley QC
  • JCU Law Graduate Special Achievement –
    Magistrate Viviana Keegan
  • JCU Law Graduate Special Achievement –
    Magistrate Terry Browne