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Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLBH) - LLB (Hons)

CRICOS code (International applicants): 081715E

Start:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Ipswich, Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 year full-time; 2 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Bachelor of Laws

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Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) articulates from the Bachelor of Laws. The Bachelor of Laws has been accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, Queensland, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland as an approved academic qualification under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld). USQ law programs have also been approved by the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee under the Standards for Australian Law Schools adopted by the Council of Australian Law Deans. The Bachelor of Laws will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a lawyer in Queensland or elsewhere in Australia. Intending lawyers must also complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practise law. There is an option in the Honours year of gaining a credit for four units of law approved courses by the completion of an approved practical legal training program. Advice on available practical legal training programs can be obtained through Ask USQ.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) provides students with the opportunity for further advanced study of law, not only to further prepare for practice but also to develop advanced specialised knowledge in select fields, advanced critical and original thinking skills, and higher-level skills in research, analysis and communication. The Honours program is a pathway to higher degree study.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of this program students will be able, both with intellectual independence and collaboratively, to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of a coherent and advanced body of knowledge of underlying principles and concepts of specialised areas of law, and adapt this knowledge in different practical or theoretical contexts

  • demonstrate knowledge of a range of research principles and methods applicable within the discipline of law

  • plan, design, execute and use research and scholarship in a significant legal project, and to exercise critical thinking and judgment in developing new understandings of law

  • demonstrate cognitive and technical skills needed to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise practical legal knowledge or theoretical legal concepts, and to identify and provide solutions to complex legal problems

  • communicate legal knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently in oral and written forms.

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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree in law with a pass at either:

    • a credit level (grade point average of 5.0/7, that is 71.4 per cent) in the entire program and permission of the relevant Program Coordinator

    • a grade point average of 5.2/7 (75 per cent) in the third level of the degree, including an 'A' or better level pass in at least one course.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.

For a candidate with equivalent qualifications, special permission of the Executive Dean on the advice of the relevant Program Coordinator is required.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program consists of eight units of study. For all students, this comprises four units of research training and supervised research dissertation. It also includes either four units of law approved courses (see below for details) or the completion of an approved practical legal training (PLT) program offered by a PLT provider. Students who elect to undertake the PLT option may request a credit for the four law approved courses.

Credit for completion of Practical Legal Training (PLT). Students may be eligible for credit of 4 units within the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program on completion of an approved Practical Legal Training (PLT) program. As USQ does not offer a PLT program, students who wish to undertake this option are advised to contact an approved provider for program requirements and fees. Students can seek information from the School of Law and Justice on approved PLT providers and the requirements for granting of credit in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) on completion of an approved PLT program.

Course  Semester of offer
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
LAW8001 Legal Research Methodology  1, 2 
LAW8005 Minor Law Honours Dissertation  1,2  1,2 
LAW8006 Major Law Honours Dissertation*  1, 2, 3   
Law approved courses: # 
LAW8118 International Business Law   
LAW8701 Constitutional Human Rights   
LAW8703 Comparative Employment Law#     
LAW8704 Corporate Governance Law#     
LAW8705 Cross-Border Litigation   
LAW8706 International Humanitarian Law#     
LAW8709 Comparative Native Title Law and Policy   
LAW8711 Law of Capital Markets#     
LAW8712 Comparative Constitutional Law# course unavailable in 2021     
LAW8713 Sustainable Environmental Governance#     
LAW8714 Water Resources Law   
LAW8715 European Union Law   
LAW8716 Government Accountability#     
LAW8717 International Environmental Law#     
LAW8718 International Family Law#     
LAW8719 Accredited General Mediation   
LAW8720 #     
LAW8721 Estate Planning   

*2 units
#PLT option may be taken in place of law approved courses.
# course unavailable in 2021

Honours grading

The class of Honours to be awarded to a student is determined on the basis of both the grade point average over the mandatory 8 credit point Honours component and the grade achieved in the Honours project. The USQ standard Honours assessment framework applies. For students who undertake Practical Legal Training (PLT) and who on that basis seek credit for 4 units of law approved courses, the grade point average of the PLT program will count as the GPA of 4 units of courses for the GPA calculation for Honours.

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Program completion requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this program

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Credit may be permitted for a limited number of courses, equivalent in content and level, successfully completed recently with a recognised institution, in accordance with USQ policy.

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The level of honours awarded will be determined based on the USQ procedure. Please refer to the Class of Honours Standard Schedule.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Please refer to the program structure.

Students may choose to complete LAW8006 Major Law Honours Dissertation (2 units) in either semester 1 or semester 2. Law approved courses will need to be chosen to suit the chosen pattern where applicable. Credit for completion of an approved practical legal training program may be available as four units in semester 2, or as two units in each semester.

Students requiring assistance should contact AskUSQ.

CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedEnrolment requirements
LAW8001 Legal Research Methodology1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: DPHD, DJUR, LLBH, LLMR or LLMC
LAW8005 Minor Law Honours Dissertation11,211,2Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW8001
LAW8006 Major Law Honours Dissertation#11,2, 3Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW8001
Law approved course 11221
Law approved course 21221
Law approved course 31222
Law approved course 41222

#Two units.