Gain a multidisciplinary and practical legal education with a JCU law degree. You will study the core concepts of law and learn how to apply your legal skills in varied contexts, including contracts, personal property and land, criminal, company, constitutional, and administrative law.
The course is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board and is an approved qualification for determining your eligibility for admission as a solicitor in Queensland. Graduates must complete approved practical legal training with a traineeship at a firm or a practical legal training course to meet the requirements to practise as a lawyer.
Build a legal foundation with JCU
The Bachelor of Laws degree can be completed in three years full-time, with options for part-time study and dual degrees available. These can provide multiple pathways towards specialisation in your chosen area of law.
In your first year, you will build a strong foundation of legal concepts and processes in a contemporary setting, supported by JCU’s First Year Experience program, which provides personalised study guidance.
In your second year, you will build upon your foundational knowledge to study different areas of law in-depth, including personal property and land law, criminal law, and torts. Pursue elective law subjects to suit your career interests and goals.
In your third year, you will advance your legal knowledge and skills by developing expertise in administration, equity, trusts, company, and constitutional law.
Immerse yourself in a flexible legal education
As a student of JCU’s Queensland law school, your subjects will comprise of tutorials and workshops facilitated by expert and friendly lecturers who engage you in immersive and dynamic learning experiences. Pursue self-directed study and assessment with hybrid learning environments and integrated technology to connect online and in-person to your course. Study flexibly throughout your law degree with access to indoor and outdoor spaces, including e-court facilities.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Laws.
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.
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2023. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 75.70
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Laws for Semester 1, 2023. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2023 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
<5 – indicates less than 5 OP/ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
Find out more about who you might study with by viewing this course’s student profile.
James Cook University applies bonus ranks under the Regional Preference Scheme and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Learn more about JCU’s adjustment factors.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
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.
This course is also certified under the Australian Law School Standards.
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English (Units 3/4,C)
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
72 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:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Bachelor of Laws.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
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
Select 9 credit points of subjects from List 2
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
LA2902:03 Environmental Law and Policy
LA2903:03 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
LA3011:03 Commercial and Personal Property Law
LA4012:03 Public International Law
LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting
LA4020:03 Employment, Workplace and Industrial Relations Law
LA4023:03 Taxation Law
LA4024:03 Advanced Taxation Law
LA4027:03 Human Rights Law
LA4031:03 Health Law
LA4032:03 Family Law
LA4034:03 Alternative Dispute Resolution
LA4039:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing
LA4045:03 Intellectual Property Law
LA4049:03 Technological Disruption, Cyberspace and the Law
LA4050:03 Sport and Entertainment Law
LA4106:03 Advanced Company Law
LA4107:03 Contemporary Issues in Justice and Criminal Law
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
3 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
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 credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
48 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 17 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 9 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.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]
By invitation of the College Dean
Normally a minimum overall GPA of 5.0 (ie. credit average) is required across the bachelor degree.
Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.
JCU Prep provides a pathway into this course. Enrolling in this flexible program will enable you to meet entry requirements including subject pre-requisites and ATARs. Introductory academic subjects are also available to prepare you for tertiary study.
*Excludes entry into the Bachelor of Advanced Science, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Laws
JCU offers a high standard of teaching and a strong support system for law students. The teachers have a good attitude towards teaching, have an incredible understanding of the content and are open to feedback. Students have great networking opportunities, such as get-togethers and guest lecturers.
Bachelor of Laws
I’ve always had a strong focus on human rights. When TCL called for student volunteers in my fourth year at JCU, this introduced me to community legal centres. Having a direct hand in seeing justice done for those who cannot access justice is deeply satisfying.
Head of Law
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.