Welcome to Law at USQ
The School of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland has offered programs for the study of law since 2008. We endeavour to offer the best that is available in contemporary legal education, and to promote understanding of the law in the profession, the worldwide academy and the community.
We are a School of 24 academics and support staff, and 950 students. The School is located at USQ’s campus in Toowoomba – a city that has a long tradition as an education centre – and at Springfield – a burgeoning community close to Brisbane. Law students can study on either campus or through distance education.
Legal education is mainly directed towards equipping graduates to practise as lawyers, although this also gives a vast range of other career opportunities in business, education and government. The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is the largest of these programs at USQ, and can be taken on its own or in a double degree program: Bachelor of Arts/LLB; Bachelor of Business/LLB and Bachelor of Commerce/LLB.
- The LLB is completed through three years full time study or six years part-time study.
- It is approved by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board as an academic qualification for admission as a lawyer in any Australian state or territory.
- It aims to give a broad legal education in all of the areas required for legal practice, as well as in international law and legal theory. The LLB develops a comprehensive set of legal skills in negotiation, mediation, advocacy and writing. Every LLB student also has the opportunity to study electives in areas of personal and professional interest.
After graduating with the LLB, students may also opt to study a fourth Honours year that involves advanced legal research and further study of law electives. Those students who wish to complete practical legal training to become a lawyer may have their PLT program credited as a semester of study for their Honours year.
Graduate students may choose to enrol in the Juris Doctor (JD). Although similar to the LLB in its course content, as a graduate program the JD has a stronger research orientation throughout the program. The JD is also approved by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board as an academic qualification for admission as a lawyer.
The School of Law and Justice also teaches law courses across commerce, business, eduacation and arts programs. Students who wish to concentrate on law and justice with studied in the humanities can take a Legal Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts. This can also serve as a pathway into LL B programs.
This Law School has a strong tradition of excellence in teaching. MyUniversity reports USQ Law as the highest scoring of all Queensland law schools in 2011-2012 for good teaching. On-campus students get small classes; no class is ever over 40 students, and most are smaller. All students get close and personalised attention from the academics taking their courses, and have easy access to them. Further, the close and personalised attention that students get in their first year is deliberately maintained through the second and third years. Classes remain small, and access to academics is just as easy for all students. And we insist that our academics teach in areas in which they are active researchers. Your lecturers are expert in their field, and often will be in the vanguard of contemporary understandings of the law you are learning.
The School of Law and Justice began in 2008 with a commitment to advancing legal knowledge through research and publications. The School has developed research concentrations in public law, in international private and commercial law, and in work on the legal profession and ethics. The School is home to the general editorship of the highly-ranked journal Legal Ethics. A number of academics in the School are associated with the Institute of Resilient Regions. A regular research seminar series and special events promote the research of visiting academics, and of the School’s own academics. The School of Law and Justice regularly hosts academic visitors, and holds the bi-annual Shine Lawyers-USQ Law Public Lecture series.
Two Higher Degree by Research programs are conducted in the School of Law and Justice: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Laws by Research (LLM (Research)). At present, the School has nine PhD students working in fields of public law and the legal profession and lawyers’ ethics. Experienced supervision is available in all fields of research concentration.
Whether it is to study a coursework program, to work on a Higher Degree research project, or to engage with the way we are exploring the law in a research, I welcome you to the USQ School of Law and Justice.