Course summary

If you want a legal degree with a difference and to make a difference as a legal professional, you need to know how the law operates and why. This double degree expands your career opportunities in law to encompass social justice, policy development, politics and analysis.

Together with core units that prepare you for qualification as a lawyer, you can choose elective units in areas such as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law, and ecological jurisprudence.

There is an option to complete electives at academically rigorous and rewarding summer law schools in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

As a graduate, you may consider a career not just in the legal profession, but also in government service, law enforcement and the corporate sector.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession 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 meet the entry requirements are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. Students who achieve the required grade point average may then apply to transfer to the double degree.

If you want a legal degree with a difference and to make a difference as a legal professional, you need to know how the law operates and why. This double degree expands your career opportunities in law to encompass social justice, policy development, politics and analysis.

Together with core units that prepare you for qualification as a lawyer, you can choose elective units in areas such as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law, and ecological jurisprudence.

There is an option to complete electives at academically rigorous and rewarding summer law schools in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast and undertake work placements and law mooting as part of your studies.

As a graduate, you may consider a career not just in the legal profession, but also in government service, law enforcement and the corporate sector.

The Bachelor of Laws fulfils the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession 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 meet the entry requirements are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies. Students who achieve the required grade point average may then apply to transfer to the double degree.

In addition to the core units, which comply with professional accreditation requirements, the program includes unique core units such as the philosophy of law and environmental law that reflect the School of Law and Justice’s focus on justice and critique. 

There are no majors in the Bachelor of Laws degree; however, a diverse range of law-based elective units is available. Students may choose elective units to suit their interests and professional aspirations including areas as diverse as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychiatry, psychology and the law and ecological jurisprudence. 

The Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies consists of a range of law units and elective units, including areas such as Australian politics, the Australian legal system, global social movements and social policy.

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 complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working lawyers.

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

3206107

Course abbreviation

BLJSt, 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


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast Session 1 $26,800 ($3,350 per unit) 026999M

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 Legal and Justice Studies, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete the equivalent of 40 units (480 credit points), comprising:

  • 22 core units (264 credit points),
  • 1 Shared Major (96 credit points), excluding the Law and Justice Major and 10 Law electives (120 credit points), or
  • 12 Law electives (144 credit points) and 6 Law or University-wide electives (72 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  LAW S4001 - 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

This degree may be awarded in the following classes:

      1. First Class;
      2. Second Class (Division 1);
      3. Second Class (Division 2); or
      4. Third Class

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies upon completion of the requirements of the single degree.


Schedule of units

Title Note

Core Units

LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1005 - Legal Process
LAWS2002 - Contract Law I
LAWS2008 - Criminal Procedure
LAWS2005 - Constitutional Law
LAWS2003 - Contract Law II
LAWS2009 - Criminal Law
LAWS2010 - Environmental Law
LEGL1006 - Jurisprudence
LAWS2007 - Corporations Law
LAWS2006 - Administrative Law
LAWS2056 - Family Law Practice
LAWS2017 - Principles of Equity
LAWS3003 - Professional Conduct Note 2
POLT1001 - Australian Politics
POLT2004 - Analysing Policy Problems
POLT2001 - Ideas and Ideals in Politics
SOCI1005 - Social Policy
LAWS2015 - Torts
LAWS2013 - Civil Litigation and Procedure
LAWS2016 - Evidence
LAWS2012 - Property Principles

Electives

Choose one Shared Major and 10 Law electives OR Choose 18 elective units, a minimum of 12 must be Law elective units. Note 1

Title Note
Students should ensure at least two (2) of the following units are advanced
ACCT2001 - Taxation
ACCT3001 - Advanced Taxation
LEGL2008 - Conveyancing Law Note 2
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 2
LEGL2012 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 2
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
LAWS2066 - Climate Law and Policy
POLT2005 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2037 - Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2034 - The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2035 - International Business Negotiations
INDG2012 - Indigenous Rights
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
JUST2010 - Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 2
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
LAWS3005 - European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 - Troubling Transactions in Private Law

Unit groups

Law Electives

Title Note
Students should ensure at least two (2) of the following units are advanced
ACCT2001 - Taxation
ACCT3001 - Advanced Taxation
LEGL2008 - Conveyancing Law Note 2
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 2
LEGL2012 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 2
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
LAWS2066 - Climate Law and Policy
POLT2005 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2037 - Indigenous Jurisprudence
LAWS2034 - The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2035 - International Business Negotiations
INDG2012 - Indigenous Rights
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
JUST2010 - Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Note 2
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
LAWS3005 - European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069 - Troubling Transactions in Private Law