Course summary

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects through this double degree that both fosters the arts and lays down the law.

You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as media studies, social sciences and politics, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms, or undertake community arts learning opportunities, helping you build practical skills and develop professional networks.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine proficiency in the arts and law; and those specific to each discipline. This may include working in private practice as a solicitor or barrister, in government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations or careers in the media, public relations and creative industries.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for this double degree are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Arts. If a student achieves the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

Multiply your skills, knowledge and career prospects through this double degree that both fosters the arts and lays down the law.

You can immerse yourself in arts majors such as media studies, social sciences and politics, while at the same time gathering the qualifications for a legal career.

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms, or undertake community arts learning opportunities, helping you build practical skills and develop professional networks.

Graduates can pursue career opportunities that combine proficiency in the arts and law; and those specific to each discipline. This may include working in private practice as a solicitor or barrister, in government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations or careers in the media, public relations and creative industries.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements to practise law in Australia. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to practise as a lawyer.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark for this double degree are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Arts. If a student achieves the required grade point average during that course, they may then apply for transfer into the double degree.

There are no majors in the Bachelor of Laws degree, however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available.

See the Bachelor of Arts for majors available.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems.

Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and an ability to recognise, reflect upon, and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.

Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community.

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and sustainability.

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise.

Demonstrate an understanding of the international and comparative contexts in which legal issues arise.

Learn and work independently.

Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and seek and make use of feedback as appropriate, to determine personal and professional development needs and achievements.

Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice.

Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences.

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.

Law students can undertake voluntary legal experience and professional placement with legal firms or offices to build their practical legal skills and develop their professional networks.

In the Bachelor of Arts, students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units as well as through assessment opportunities.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession. Professional admission authorities also require law graduates of all universities to complete practical legal training or similar to be eligible to practise as a lawyer. 

Students who intend to practise law outside Australia should check with the relevant country’s admission body to confirm their practising requirements.


Course overview

Course code

3206101

Course abbreviation

BA, LLB

Credit points

480

Equivalent units

40

Duration

5 years full-time; 10 years part-time

Duration

5 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete 40 units (480 credit points), comprising:

  • 23 core units (276 credit points); and
  • 1 listed 8-unit Arts major (96 credit points); OR
  • 1 shared major (96 credit points) 
  • 7 Law electives (84 credit points); and
  • 2 University-wide electives (24 credit points).

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, students must:

  • fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws; and
  • complete the units LAWS4002 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAWS4001- Independent Legal Research; and
  • achieve a satisfactory standard of academic performance in law units as determined by the Faculty Board, Faculty of Business, Law and Arts.

Class of Honours

The Bachelor of Laws with Honours may be awarded in the following classes:

  • First Class Honours;
  • Second Class Honours (Division I); or
  • Second Class Honours (Division II).

Exit Award

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Arts upon completion of the requirements of the single degree. 


Schedule of units

Title Note

Core Units

LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 - Legal Process Note 1
WRIT1003 - Written Communication Note 2
CLST2002 - Australia, Asia and the World
LAWS2005 - Constitutional Law
CLST1004 - Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CLST1005 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
LAWS2002 - Contract Law I
LAWS2008 - Criminal Procedure
LAWS2015 - Torts
LAWS2003 - Contract Law II
LAWS2009 - Criminal Law
LAWS2012 - Property Principles
LAWS2010 - Environmental Law
LAWS2017 - Principles of Equity
LAWS2016 - Evidence
LEGL1006 - Jurisprudence
LAWS2007 - Corporations Law
LAWS2013 - Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2006 - Administrative Law
LAWS3003 - Professional Conduct Note 1
INDG3001 - Caring for Country
CRTV1002 - Create: Innovate: Change

Electives

Students should ensure at least two (2) of the following units are advanced

Title Note
ACCT2001 - Taxation
ACCT3001 - Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 - Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 - Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2057 - Welfare Law
LAWS2060 - Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2018 - Wills and Estates
LAWS2019 - Employment and Industrial Relations Law
JUST2005 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2014 - Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2001 - Victimology
LAWS2020 - Intellectual Property
LAWS3001 - Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS3002 - Law Placement
LAWS2021 - International Business Law
LEGL2010 - Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2022 - Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2011 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LAWS2054 - Criminology
LAWS2038 - Advanced Advocacy
LAWS2023 - International Law
JUST2004 - Human Rights
LAWS2024 - Commercial Law
LAWS4001 - Independent Legal Research
JUST2002 - International Criminal Justice
JUST2003 - Restorative Justice
LAWS2025 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law
LEGL2017 - Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2026 - Entertainment Law
LAWS2063 - Race and the Law
LEGL2018 - Mediating Across Cultures
LAWS4002 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LAWS2052 - Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LEGL2009 - Mooting
LAWS2059 - International Human Rights Law
LAWS2028 - Animal Law
LAWS2031 - Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2032 - Comparative Law
LAWS2050 - International Trade and Development Law
LAWS2065 - Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2046 - Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2048 - International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 - Statutory Interpretation
LAW73003 - Remedies
LAWS2037 - Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2066 - Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2034 - The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
POLT2005 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
INDG2012 - Indigenous Rights
LAWS2035 - International Business Negotiations
LAWS3004 - Jessup Moot Note 1
LAWS2042 - Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 - Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049 - Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009 - The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010 - Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 - Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 - Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 - Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 - Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 - The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 - Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 - Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 - European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 - Troubling Transactions in Private Law

Arts Majors

Choose eight (8) units for a major

Unit groups

Law Electives

Title Note
ACCT2001 - Taxation
ACCT3001 - Advanced Taxation
LAWS2056 - Family Law Practice
LEGL2008 - Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2057 - Welfare Law
LAWS2060 - Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2018 - Wills and Estates
LAWS2019 - Employment and Industrial Relations Law
JUST2005 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LAWS2014 - Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2001 - Victimology
LAWS2020 - Intellectual Property
LAWS3001 - Clinical Legal Experience
LAWS3002 - Law Placement
LAWS2021 - International Business Law
LEGL2010 - Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2022 - Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2011 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LAWS2054 - Criminology
LAWS2038 - Advanced Advocacy
LAWS2023 - International Law
JUST2004 - Human Rights
LAWS2024 - Commercial Law
LAWS4001 - Independent Legal Research
JUST2002 - International Criminal Justice
JUST2003 - Restorative Justice
LAWS2025 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law
LEGL2017 - Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2026 - Entertainment Law
LAWS2063 - Race and the Law
LEGL2018 - Mediating Across Cultures
LAWS4002 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method
LAWS2052 - Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
LEGL2009 - Mooting
LAWS2059 - International Human Rights Law
LAWS2028 - Animal Law
LAWS2031 - Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2032 - Comparative Law
LAWS2050 - International Trade and Development Law
LAWS2065 - Ecological Jurisprudence
LAWS2046 - Advanced Sports Law
LAWS2048 - International Humanitarian Law
LAWS2011 - Statutory Interpretation
LAW73003 - Remedies
LAWS2037 - Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2066 - Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2034 - The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
POLT2005 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
INDG2012 - Indigenous Rights
LAWS2035 - International Business Negotiations
LAWS3004 - Jessup Moot Note 1
LAWS2042 - Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044 - Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049 - Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009 - The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010 - Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 1
LAWS2027 - Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007 - Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008 - Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006 - Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012 - The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067 - Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068 - Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005 - European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 - Troubling Transactions in Private Law