This five year joint degree qualifies you for admission to practise law in Queensland, and provides you with the analytic and communication skills of the Bachelor of Arts.
You will learn from expert lecturers and benefit from small class sizes. A JCU Arts-Law degree provides you with in-depth understanding of the concepts, principles, and values of the law, enhanced by the critical analysis, problem solving and research capabilities of the arts and humanities.
If you wish to practice law, you should obtain further information from the Barristers’ and Solicitors’ Admission Boards.
A JCU Arts-Law degree gives you the versatility and diversity of skills to choose from many different careers.
Career pathways — depending on what majors you choose — may include law, land rights and Indigenous affairs, arts and culture, media, film, and television, politics, economics, public policy, or human rights
You could perform roles such as barrister, solicitor, public prosecutor, community lawyer, legal officer, or in-house counsel for large companies.
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
LA4022:03 Civil Procedure
LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting
Select an Arts major from Table A
Select 9 credit points of any level 2 and 3 Humanities, Arts and Social Science subjects
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 12 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
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)
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
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 a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
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 of 18 credit points of credit 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 exit the course prior to completion and have successfully completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Certificate of Higher Education.
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 credit (Note: Transfer after completion of any later year of the joint degree will normally entail loss of credit 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.
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.
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
The flexibility of a Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws degree at JCU ensures that you can complete two degrees while expanding your knowledge on topics that are of interest to you. Studying two degrees will give you a clearer idea on what you are passionate about and what you want to do at the end of your studies.
Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
The best thing about this course for me was variety. I could combine Law subjects that were more technical with Arts subjects that interested me personally. In Arts, I studied politics and sociology, which I found particularly interesting and the political subjects dovetailed well with law.
College of Business, Law and Governance
The benefit of studying at JCU is that there are smaller classes compared to other universities. If students need help, it is very easy to get access to their teaching staff. And for students who are living further away, with online study they can still come to JCU and study many of our courses.
Firm Partner at Connolly Suthers Lawyers
Connolly Suthers has a long history of employing JCU law graduates as they have a high level of understanding of the underlying principles and concepts of the Australian legal system. They demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills required in private practice. They know the north, its industries and people.