Course summary

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives and the societies we inhabit? This double degree boosts your grasp of processes and ideas that can make all the difference.

Graduates of this course can anticipate a wide range of careers specific to the law or social science, or as a combination of both. Spanning the public and private sectors, options include legal practice as a barrister or solicitor, social welfare, community development, social policy, social justice, research and analysis.

This degree 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.

Applicants who do not have the required entry mark are encouraged to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science. If those students achieve 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.

Go to Bachelor of Social Science for details about majors and streams offered in this course.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

Creativity

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

Ethical practice

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.

Knowledge of a discipline

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.

Lifelong learning

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.

Communication and social skills

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

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

Cultural competence

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, but 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

3207006

Course abbreviation

BSocSc, LLB

Credit points

480

Equivalent units

40

Domestic duration

5 years full-time; 10 years part-time

International duration

5 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

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

Domestic fees

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 Social Science, Bachelor of Laws, students must complete 40 units (480 credit points), comprising:

  • 25 core units (300 credit points); and
  • 1 Social Science Major (96 credit points); and
  • 5 Law electives (60 credit points); and
  • 2 Social Science electives (24 credit points) from the majors in the Bachelor of Social Science.

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 LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method and LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research; and
  • achieve a satisfactory standard of academic performance in law units as determined by the School Board, School of Law and Justice.

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 Social Science upon completion of the requirements of the single degree. 


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core Units

LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Critical Thinking for Digital Times Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Criminal Procedure Introductory
LAW72002 - Torts Intermediate
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW10004 - Criminal Law Intermediate
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Advanced
LAW72005 - Evidence Advanced
LAW00520 - Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Advanced
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Majors

Select one (1) major from the following:

Electives

Select five (5) elective units from the following, ensuring at least one (1) is advanced:

Title Level of learning Note
ACC00132 - Taxation Advanced
ACC00134 - Advanced Taxation Advanced
LAW00054 - Family Law Practice Intermediate
LAW00057 - Conveyancing Law Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
LAW00061 - Drugs, Crime and the Law Intermediate
LAW00062 - Wills and Estates Intermediate
LAW00104 - Employment and Industrial Relations Law Advanced
LAW00106 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice Advanced
LAW00119 - Local Government and Planning Law Intermediate
LAW00120 - Victimology Intermediate
LAW00121 - Intellectual Property Advanced
LAW00122 - Clinical Legal Experience Intermediate
LAW00123 - Law Placement Advanced
LAW00124 - International Business Law Intermediate
LAW00125 - Information Technology and the Law Advanced
LAW00126 - Competition and Consumer Law Intermediate
LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution Introductory Note 1 Note 1
LAW00216 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW00514 - Criminology Intermediate
LAW00516 - Advanced Advocacy Intermediate
LAW00521 - International Law Intermediate
LAW00522 - Human Rights Advanced
LAW00523 - Commercial Law Intermediate
LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research Advanced
LAW00525 - Cyberlaw Intermediate
LAW00526 - International Criminal Justice Advanced
LAW00529 - Restorative Justice Intermediate
LAW01125 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law Intermediate
LAW10160 - Public Interest Advocacy Advanced
LAW10166 - Entertainment Law Advanced
LAW10167 - International Intellectual Property Law and Public Policy Intermediate
LAW10168 - Privacy Law and the Private Sector Intermediate
LAW10169 - Human Rights and the Global Economy Advanced
LAW10170 - Race and the Law Intermediate
LAW10171 - Mediating Across Cultures Introductory
LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method Advanced
LAW10206 - The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law Intermediate
LAW10207 - Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law Advanced
LAW10288 - Mooting Advanced
LAW10292 - Education and the Law Intermediate
LAW10472 - International Human Rights Law Intermediate
LAW10487 - Animal Law Intermediate
LAW10488 - Crime, Globalisation and Governance Intermediate
LAW10489 - Australian Military and National Security Law Intermediate
LAW10490 - Trials and Witnesses Intermediate
LAW10491 - Sexual Orientation and the Law Intermediate
LAW10527 - Comparative Law Advanced
LAW10698 - International Trade and Development Law Advanced
LAW10727 - Marine Animal Protection Law Intermediate
LAW30001 - Ecological Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW30002 - Advanced Sports Law Advanced
LAW30003 - International Humanitarian Law Intermediate
LAW30004 - Comparative Criminal Law Advanced
LAW30005 - Statutory Interpretation Advanced
LAW73003 - Remedies Advanced
LAW72006 - Climate Law and Policy Intermediate
LAW72011 - Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authority Intermediate
LAW72010 - Property in Land Intermediate
LAW72014 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism Intermediate
LAW72015 - Law, Film and Ideology Intermediate
LAW72008 - Indigenous Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW71006 - The Rhetoric of Law Introductory
LAW73004 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law Advanced
LAW72007 - International Business Negotiations Intermediate
HUM72020 - Indigenous Rights Intermediate
LAW73051 - Global Legal Pluralism Advanced Note 1 Note 1
LAW73050 - Jessup Moot Advanced Note 1 Note 1
LAW73049 - Information Environmentalism Advanced Note 1 Note 1
LAW72016 - Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW72013 - Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW72021 - Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Intermediate
LAWS2027 - Introduction to Chinese Business Law Intermediate
LAW72018 - Performances and Power in Literature and the Law Intermediate
LAW72019 - Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics Intermediate
JUST2006 - Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism Intermediate
JUST2012 - The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric Intermediate
Choose two (2) Social Science elective units from:

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 1. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 1.
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 2. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 2.
LAW72002 - Torts Intermediate
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Critical Thinking for Digital Times Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views
Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
LAW00520 - Jurisprudence Intermediate
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
1st Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Advanced
2nd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
1st Unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 1
LAW72005 - Evidence Advanced
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
3rd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
2nd Unit from Law Electives
Year 4, Session 2
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Advanced
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced Note 1 Note 1
4th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
5th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
Year 5, Session 1
3rd Unit from Law Electives
4th Unit from Law Electives
6th Unit Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
1st Social Science elective from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
Year 5, Session 2
5th Unit from Law Electives
7th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
8th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
2nd Social Science elective from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory
LAW10004 - Australian Criminal Law II Intermediate
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
LAW10001 - Contract Law I Introductory
LAW10002 - Australian Criminal Law I Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
LAW10003 - Contract Law II Intermediate
LAW72002 - Torts Intermediate
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory
SOC10399 - Critical Thinking for Digital Times Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
LAW00520 - Jurisprudence Intermediate
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
LAW71005 - Property Principles Introductory
LAW72009 - Principles of Equity Advanced
LAW00112 - Constitutional Law Intermediate
1st Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
Year 4, Session 1
LAW00527 - Corporations Law Intermediate
LAW72005 - Evidence Advanced
LAW72001 - Civil Litigation and Procedure Intermediate
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
LAW00117 - Administrative Law Advanced
LAW00519 - Professional Conduct Advanced Note 1 Note 1
2nd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
3rd Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
Year 5, Session 1
4th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
5th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
1st Unit from Law Electives
2nd Unit from Law Electives
Year 5, Session 2
3rd Unit from Law Electives
4th Unit from Law Electives
6th Unit Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
7th Unit Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
Year 6, Session 1
5th Unit from Law Electives
8th Unit from Sociology OR Policy and Governance Major
1st Social Science elective from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major
2nd Social Science elective from Sociology or Policy and Governance Major

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 3
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
LAW00111 - Legal Process Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 1 follow the course progression for Session 1 commencement excluding the completed units.

Notes

Note 1: Attendance at a compulsory workshop is required.

Unit groups

Law Electives

Title Level of learning Note
ACC00132 - Taxation Advanced
ACC00134 - Advanced Taxation Advanced
LAW00054 - Family Law Practice Intermediate
LAW00057 - Conveyancing Law Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
LAW00061 - Drugs, Crime and the Law Intermediate
LAW00062 - Wills and Estates Intermediate
LAW00104 - Employment and Industrial Relations Law Advanced
LAW00106 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice Advanced
LAW00119 - Local Government and Planning Law Intermediate
LAW00120 - Victimology Intermediate
LAW00121 - Intellectual Property Advanced
LAW00122 - Clinical Legal Experience Intermediate
LAW00123 - Law Placement Advanced
LAW00124 - International Business Law Intermediate
LAW00125 - Information Technology and the Law Advanced
LAW00126 - Competition and Consumer Law Intermediate
LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution Introductory Note 1 Note 1
LAW00216 - Mediation Practice and Procedure Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW00514 - Criminology Intermediate
LAW00516 - Advanced Advocacy Intermediate
LAW00521 - International Law Intermediate
LAW00522 - Human Rights Advanced
LAW00523 - Commercial Law Intermediate
LAW00524 - Independent Legal Research Advanced
LAW00525 - Cyberlaw Intermediate
LAW00526 - International Criminal Justice Advanced
LAW00529 - Restorative Justice Intermediate
LAW01125 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law Intermediate
LAW10160 - Public Interest Advocacy Advanced
LAW10166 - Entertainment Law Advanced
LAW10167 - International Intellectual Property Law and Public Policy Intermediate
LAW10168 - Privacy Law and the Private Sector Intermediate
LAW10169 - Human Rights and the Global Economy Advanced
LAW10170 - Race and the Law Intermediate
LAW10171 - Mediating Across Cultures Introductory
LAW10181 - Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method Advanced
LAW10206 - The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law Intermediate
LAW10207 - Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law Advanced
LAW10288 - Mooting Advanced
LAW10292 - Education and the Law Intermediate
LAW10472 - International Human Rights Law Intermediate
LAW10487 - Animal Law Intermediate
LAW10488 - Crime, Globalisation and Governance Intermediate
LAW10489 - Australian Military and National Security Law Intermediate
LAW10490 - Trials and Witnesses Intermediate
LAW10491 - Sexual Orientation and the Law Intermediate
LAW10527 - Comparative Law Advanced
LAW10698 - International Trade and Development Law Advanced
LAW10727 - Marine Animal Protection Law Intermediate
LAW30001 - Ecological Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW30002 - Advanced Sports Law Advanced
LAW30003 - International Humanitarian Law Intermediate
LAW30004 - Comparative Criminal Law Advanced
LAW30005 - Statutory Interpretation Advanced
LAW73003 - Remedies Advanced
LAW72006 - Climate Law and Policy Intermediate
LAW72011 - Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authority Intermediate
LAW72010 - Property in Land Intermediate
LAW72014 - Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism Intermediate
LAW72015 - Law, Film and Ideology Intermediate
LAW72008 - Indigenous Jurisprudence Intermediate
LAW71006 - The Rhetoric of Law Introductory
LAW73004 - Legal Fictions: Writing the Law Advanced
LAW72007 - International Business Negotiations Intermediate
HUM72020 - Indigenous Rights Intermediate
LAW73051 - Global Legal Pluralism Advanced Note 1 Note 1
LAW73050 - Jessup Moot Advanced Note 1 Note 1
LAW73049 - Information Environmentalism Advanced Note 1 Note 1
LAW72016 - Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW72013 - Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW72021 - Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century Intermediate
LAWS2027 - Introduction to Chinese Business Law Intermediate
LAW72018 - Performances and Power in Literature and the Law Intermediate
LAW72019 - Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics Intermediate
JUST2006 - Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism Intermediate
JUST2012 - The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric Intermediate