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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (BALW) - BA LLB

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 929911; Online: 909915; Toowoomba campus: 909911

CRICOS code (International applicants): 075196G

 On-campus*Online
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus:Springfield, 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:5 years full-time, up to 10 years part-time  

Notes

Limited law courses are available in semester 3.

Footnotes
*Not all majors are available on-campus at Springfield.

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Future Australian and New Zealand students  Future International students  Current students 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone: (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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Professional accreditation

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). This will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland, or as a legal practitioner elsewhere in Australia. Intending solicitors and barristers must also complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practise law. USQ does not offer practical legal training, but advice on practical legal training programs can be obtained through Ask USQ.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws double degree aims to produce graduates who meet the aims and objectives of both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Laws. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws double degree offers students the benefit of exposure to multiple disciplines.

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Program objectives

Bachelor of Arts

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, students should be able to:

  • productively transfer discipline-based competencies in the Humanities and Social Sciences to further learning and professional contexts

  • critically evaluate multiple sources of evidence in developing their own individual viewpoint

  • clearly and coherently present ideas and logical arguments in a range of modes that are fit for purpose

  • act as responsible, ethical citizens based on respect for diversity of cultures and peoples, both locally and globally

  • apply relevant theories to researching, planning, and achieving effective solutions to complex problems

  • participate both autonomously and collaboratively in informed debates, discussions and activities to produce new ideas, processes and artefacts.


Bachelor of Laws

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of a 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), the broader contexts within which legal issues arise, and the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles

  • recognise ethical and justice‐related issues that are likely to arise in the legal professional context, an understanding of approaches to ethical decision‐making, and the developing ability to respond appropriately to ethical and justice‐related issues, and exercise professional judgment

  • demonstrate how to identify and formulate legal issues, apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems, engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice between alternatives, and think creatively in approaching and generating solutions to legal problems

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

  • use appropriate means, including technology, to engage and communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, with lawyers and non‐lawyers, and to collaborate effectively and constructively with others

  • demonstrate the ability to learn and work independently; and 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.


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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 07. Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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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:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 11, tertiary entrance rank 76 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


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.

^

These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2018 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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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 Arts and Bachelor of Laws double degree comprises 40 units as follows:

Area of study  Number of courses 
Arts courses  16 courses (4 x core courses; plus 1 x 12–unit extended major; or 1 x 8–unit major and 1 x 4–unit minor)  
Law courses*  24 courses (19 core courses; plus 5 law elective courses)  

Footnotes
*The Legal Studies major is not available to students undertaking the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws double degree.

The structure is set out in the following table:

  All majors   
Arts core  4 courses  Refer to the Arts core course list below. 
Arts major/minor  12 courses  1 x 12–unit extended major; or 1 x 8–unit major and 1 x 4–unit minor. 
Law core  19 courses  Refer to the Law core course list below. 
Law electives  5 courses  Refer to the Law elective course list below. 

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this program.

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Core courses

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Arts core courses 
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship  1, 2, 3  1, 2 
HMT1000 History of Western Ideas 
HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights 
ISE1000 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia   
Law core courses 
HIS1115 Legal History 
LAW1111 Australian Legal System  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
LAW1113 Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts) 
LAW1121 Criminal Law  2, 3 
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution  2, 3 
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract) 
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts) 
LAW2211 Constitutional Law  1, 3 
LAW2212 Equity  1,  
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A 
LAW2221 Administrative Law 
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights Law 
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B 
LAW2224 Theories of Law 
LAW3311 Company Law 
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers  1, 3 
LAW3321 Evidence 
LAW3322 Civil Procedure 

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Electives/Approved courses

Choose five of the following Law electives. Some courses are offered biennially.

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ENL3007 Law and Literature   
LAW2107 Environmental Law   
LAW3110 Insolvency and Restructuring Law     
LAW3130 Revenue Law and Practice  1, 2, 3 
LAW3131 Revenue Law and Practice II     
LAW3404 Banking, Finance and Insurance Law     
LAW3405 Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law   
LAW3406 Intellectual Property Law     
LAW3421 Family Law   
LAW3422 Succession Law     
LAW3424 Land Contracts     
LAW3441 Energy and Resources Law     
       
LAW3444 Competition and Consumer Law   
LAW3463 Private International Law     
LAW3464 International Trade Law     
LAW3465 Comparative Law   
LAW3466 Moot Court Bench   
LAW3467 Health Law   
LAW3468 Regional and Rural Legal Practice        
LAW3469 Australian Criminal Codes   
LAW3470 Principles of Public Law   
LAW3471 Criminology 
LAW3472 Local Government Law     
LAW3473 Construction Law 
LAW3476 Privacy and Data Protection Law     
LAW3477 Chinese Law and Society     
LAW3479 Family Violence and Child Protection Law   
PWE3000 Professional Work Experience~^  2, 3     

Footnotes
~PWE3000 is not available to international students regardless of location or mode of study as it is an elective course. Australian regulations do not allow an elective work-based training course that is not a mandatory program requirement to be offered to international students.
^A student must have completed 16 units before enrolling in PWE3000.

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IT requirements

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

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Exit points

If students commence the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws double degree and wish to exit with a Bachelor of Arts, then they may do so if they have completed the 4 Arts core courses, the Arts major, 4 Arts electives and 8 Law courses (4 Law courses if the student has completed the 12-unit extended Arts major).

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Credit

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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Honours

For details regarding the award of Honours in the Bachelor of Laws program, please refer to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - semester 1 intake

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.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship1111Enrolment is not permitted in CMS1000 if MGT1200 has been previously completed.
Arts major 1 1111
LAW1111 Australian Legal System1121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research1121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
HMT1000 History of Western Ideas1212
Arts major 2 1212
Arts major 31222
Arts major 41222
HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights2131Pre-requisite: HMT1000
HIS1115 Legal History2131Enrolment is not permitted in HIS1115 if LAW1114 or LAW1202 has been previously completed.
Arts Major 52141
LAW1113 Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)2141Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
Arts Major 62232
Arts Major 72232
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)2242Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)2242Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
ISE1000 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia*3151
Arts Major 83151
Arts Major 9 (extended) or Arts Minor 13161
LAW2212 Equity3161Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201; All other students - (LAW1113 and LAW1123) or (LAW2201 and LAW2202 and LAW2203).
Arts Major 10 (extended) or Arts Minor 23252
LAW1121 Criminal Law3252Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
Law elective 13262
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution3262Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2211 Constitutional Law4171Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A4171Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
Arts Major 11 (extended) or Arts Minor 34181
Law elective 24181
LAW2221 Administrative Law4272Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B4272Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights Law4282Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2224 Theories of Law4282Pre-requisite: LAW1114, LAW1202 or HIS1115
Law elective 35191
Law elective 45191
LAW3311 Company Law51101Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers51101Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
LAW3322 Civil Procedure5292Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)
LAW3321 Evidence5292Pre-requisite: LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
Arts Major 12 (extended) or Arts Minor 452102
Law elective 552102

Footnotes
*ISE1000 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia is not available at Springfield campus.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - semester 2 intake

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.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW1111 Australian Legal System1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BBLA or BBBL or BCLW or BCLA or BCBL or LLBP or BALW or BABL or BART or BEDU
HMT1000 History of Western Ideas1222
Arts major 11222
HIS1115 Legal History1111Enrolment is not permitted in HIS1115 if LAW1114 or LAW1202 has been previously completed.
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship1111Enrolment is not permitted in CMS1000 if MGT1200 has been previously completed.
LAW1113 Civil Obligations A (Contract and Torts)1121Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
Arts major 21121
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)2232Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW1121 Criminal Law2232Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
Arts major 32242
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)2242Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
ISE1000 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia*2131
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A2131Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights2141Pre-requisite: HMT1000
Arts Major 42141
Law Elective 13252
LAW2224 Theories of Law3252Pre-requisite: LAW1114, LAW1202 or HIS1115
Arts Major 53262
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution3262Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2211 Constitutional Law3151Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
LAW2212 Equity3151Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201; All other students - (LAW1113 and LAW1123) or (LAW2201 and LAW2202 and LAW2203).
Arts Major 63161
Arts Major 73161
LAW2221 Administrative Law4272Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights Law4272Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B4282Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
Arts Major 84282
LAW3311 Company Law4171Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
Law Elective 24171
Arts Major 9 (extended) or Arts Minor 14181
Arts Major 10 (extended) or Arts Minor 24181
LAW3322 Civil Procedure5292Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)
Arts Major 11 (extended) or Arts Minor 35292
Law Elective 352102
LAW3321 Evidence52102Pre-requisite: LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers5191Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
Arts Major 12 (extended) or Arts Minor 45192
Law Elective 451101
Law Elective 551101

Footnotes
*ISE1000 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia is not available at Springfield campus.