Challenge yourself and gain exposure to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas across diverse areas of the theory and practice of law. Take advantage of JCU’s First Year Experience program that provides support and mentoring to familiarise new law students with foundational legal skills.
Benefit from JCU’s community links and strong support from the legal profession. Learn from leading legal professionals, providing direct access to contemporary standards of practice and networking opportunities.
Gain the skills to pursue what you’re passionate about. JCU students learn the role of law in social, economic, environmental and political contexts and have the practical skills to advocate for 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.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) (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 (Graduate Entry) (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.
A JCU Law degree gives you a wide range of career options.
You could pursue a career in government or private sectors in areas such as business and commerce, environment, property, taxation, corporate, and 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 practise law in Queensland. Students wishing to practise law should obtain further information from the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.
Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
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
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline.
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 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.
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 9 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
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
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student who has failed a single 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. 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.
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 18 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3 or 4.
BACHELOR OF LAWS (GRADUATE ENTRY)
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 (Graduate Entry) (Honours) [Embedded] course.
Students interested in 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 (Graduate Entry) (Honours)[Embedded] program is required.
Current enrolment in Level 3 of the James Cook University Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) 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.
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 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.
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.