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Bachelor of Laws . (BLAW) - LLB

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 924901; External: 904905; Toowoomba campus: 904901

CRICOS code (International applicants): 060144J

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the 3–year LLBP Bachelor of Laws which will be offered from Semester 1, 2014.

 On-campusExternal
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
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:4 years full-time, up to 8 years part-time 

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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 practice. USQ law graduates have the option of completing their practical legal training through a one-year traineeship in a law practice, or through an institution that offers a practical legal training qualification.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Laws provides students with the opportunity for a comprehensive study of law, not only to prepare for practice as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland but also to examine the legal process and its social, political and economic context.

The program aims to equip students with an academic qualification for professional practice. While students undertake the traditional studies in the litigation process, they also learn about the increasingly important alternative methods of resolving disputes. They learn about conflict and communication, negotiating, mediating – from a theoretical as well as practical perspective.

Not all law graduates aspire to a career in legal practice and so the program also builds the special capabilities that a legal education can offer. It provides opportunities to develop analytical, complex problem-solving and research skills. It seeks to build critical thinkers with an appreciation for a range of theories explaining legal regulation as well as for the social, political and economic context of the legal process. To inform students on global issues, an international dimension, for example on the regulation of business and on the protection of human rights, is also available.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of this program students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical framework of subject areas of study

  • apply theoretical knowledge, concepts and principles to areas of practical significance

  • research legal issues at a proficient level

  • critically appraise law reform trends and recent developments and assess their impact upon legal practice and public policy

  • demonstrate advanced communication, problem-solving and analytical skill

  • satisfy academic admission requirements for legal practice in Queensland (subject to accreditation).


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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:

  • Year 12 English [4,SA] or equivalent.

  • Admission to the Bachelor of Laws is in accordance with University's admissions policy for undergraduate programs.


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 undergraduate program is 32 units in total. It has 3 prime components: a core (22 units), law electives (at least 3 and no more than 6 units), and non-law electives (4 but no more than 7 units). It is highly recommended that students complete non-law electives before law electives.

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Required time limits

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

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Core courses

Compulsory core courses:

All students are required to complete a core of 22 single-unit courses. The purpose of the core courses is to expose law students to fundamental legal concepts and methods in legal research and reasoning.

The following courses are required of all students in the Bachelor of Laws:

Course  Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus  Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus 
LAW1111 Australian Legal System  S1 (ONC, EXT), S2 (ONC, EXT)  S1 (ONC), S2 (ONC) 
LAW1114 Law in Context  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW2201 Contract A  S1 (ONC, EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)  S1 (ONC, EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW2204 Torts B  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW1121 Criminal Law  S1 (ONC, EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW3423 The Criminal Courts – Practice and Sentencing  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution  S1 (ONC, EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW3311 Company Law  S1 (ONC, EXT), S3 (EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW2211 Constitutional Law  S1 (ONC, EXT), S3 (EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW2221 Administrative Law  S2 (ONC, EXT), S3 (EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW3461 Principles of Public Law  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A  S1 (ONC, EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW3204 Property Law B  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW2212 Equity  S1 (ONC, EXT), (  S1 (ONC) 
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW3321 Evidence  S1 (ONC, EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW3322 Civil Procedure  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 
LAW2224 Theories of Law  S1 (ONC, EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers  S1 (ONC, EXT), (S3 EXT)  S1 (ONC) 
LAW4401 Capstone Project*  S2 (ONC, EXT)  S2 (ONC) 

Footnotes
*Students are expected to have completed at least 16 core law courses before enrolling in LAW4401. It is also highly recommended that this course be taken in the last semester of the student’s enrolment in the program.

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Electives/Approved courses

The following law electives have been approved for the Bachelor of Laws:

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ECO3033 Law and Economics     
ENL3007 Law and Literature   
LAW2107 Environmental Law   
LAW2222 Public International and Human Rights 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 Natural 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 
LAW3473 Construction Law 
LAW3476 Privacy and Data 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.

Non-law elective courses

All students must select elective courses from courses offered at undergraduate level by any of the faculties at the University of Southern Queensland. Enrolment and pre-requisites requirements must be satisfied for any course selected.

The exceptions to this ruling are the following business law courses:


These business law courses are NOT considered to be suitable non-law electives, as the content of these courses is either covered in other core law courses or are not relevant to the Bachelor of Laws program structure. These three business law courses should NOT be completed as part of the non-law elective requirement of the Bachelor of Laws program.

Students considering legal practice are encouraged to choose as one of their non-law electives ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making in order to understand the accounting environment and the common financial accounting (external) reports and management accounting (internal) tools used for decision-making purposes. This is useful for many areas of legal practice, not only commercial fields such as taxation but also family and succession law, as well as for a lawyer’s own practice management.

Students with an interest in examining the political and economic context for the legal process are encouraged to choose POL2000 Political and Economic Ideas as one of their non-law electives. This is a course for students interested in political and economic debates who wish to develop a capacity for critical analysis.

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IT requirements

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

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Other program requirements

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

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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

The Bachelor of Laws may be awarded with Honours. The class of honours to be awarded to a student is dependant upon the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated from the grades achieved in the core law courses and elective law courses studied in, or transferred to, the program. The minimum levels of achievement normally required for each class of honours are shown in the following table.

To be awarded a particular class of honours, students must meet the GPA requirements for all of the core and law elective courses studied or for the last 16 core and law electives studied or for the last 8 core and law elective courses studied.

Class of Honours  GPA calculated from the grades achieved in:  Minimum grade achieved in Capstone Research Project course 
All law courses studied  The last 16 law courses studied  The last eight law courses studied 
First Class Honours  6.0  6.2  6.5 
Second Class Honours — Division A  5.5  5.7  5.9 
Second Class Honours — Division B  5.0  5.1  5.3 
Minimum number of courses required  20  16   

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment patterns

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.

The flexibility of this program, particularly for the distance learning students means that there will be a range of enrolment patterns and many distance learning students will have a unique enrolment pattern. Students requiring assistance should contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Toowoomba and Springfield on-campus and Toowoomba external (standard 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.

It is highly recommended that students complete non-law electives before law electives.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW1111 Australian Legal System1111Pre-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
LAW2201 Contract A1111
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)1121Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
Non-law elective1121
LAW1114 Law in Context1212
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)1212Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW2204 Torts B1222
Non-law elective1222
LAW2212 Equity2131Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201; All other students - (LAW1113 and LAW1123) or (LAW2201 and LAW2202 and LAW2203).
LAW1121 Criminal Law2131Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A2141Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
Non-law elective2141
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B2232Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
LAW3423 The Criminal Courts – Practice and Sentencing2232
LAW3204 Property Law B2242
Non-law elective2242
LAW2211 Constitutional Law3151Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
LAW2224 Theories of Law3151Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202 or HIS1115
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution3161Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
Non-law/law elective3161
LAW2221 Administrative Law3252Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW3461 Principles of Public Law3252
Non-law/law elective3262
Non-law/law elective3262
LAW3321 Evidence4171Pre-requisite: (LAW2221 and LAW2223 and LAW1121) or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers4171Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
Law elective4181
LAW3311 Company Law4181Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
LAW3322 Civil Procedure4272Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)
Law elective4272
LAW4401 Capstone Project*4282
Law elective4282

Footnotes
*Students are expected to have completed at least 16 core law courses before enrolling in LAW4401. It is also highly recommended that this course be taken in the last semester of the student’s enrolment in the program.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Toowoomba and Springfield on-campus and Toowoomba external (standard 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.

It is highly recommended that students complete non-law electives before law electives.


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
LAW1114 Law in Context1212
Non-law elective1222
Non-law elective1222
LAW2201 Contract A1111
LAW1121 Criminal Law1111Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)1121Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
Non-law elective1121
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)2232Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW3423 The Criminal Courts – Practice and Sentencing2232
LAW2204 Torts B2242
Non-law elective2242
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A2131Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
LAW2211 Constitutional Law2131Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
LAW2212 Equity2141Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201; All other students - (LAW1113 and LAW1123) or (LAW2201 and LAW2202 and LAW2203).
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution2141Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW3204 Property Law B3252
LAW2221 Administrative Law3252Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW3461 Principles of Public Law3262
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B3262Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
LAW3311 Company Law3151Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
LAW2224 Theories of Law3151Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202 or HIS1115
Non-law/law elective3161
Non-law/law elective3161
LAW3322 Civil Procedure4272Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)
LAW4401 Capstone Project*4272
Non-law/law elective4282
Law elective4282
LAW3321 Evidence4171Pre-requisite: (LAW2221 and LAW2223 and LAW1121) or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers4171Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
Law elective4181
Law elective4181

Footnotes
*Students are expected to have completed at least 16 core law courses before enrolling in LAW4401. It is also highly recommended that this course be taken in the last semester of the student’s enrolment in the program.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Toowoomba external (3 courses per semester)

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.

It is highly recommended that students complete non-law electives before law electives.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LAW1111 Australian Legal System11Pre-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
LAW2201 Contract A11
Non-law elective11
Non-law elective12
LAW1114 Law in Context12
LAW1123 Civil Obligations B (Contract)12Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW1124 Civil Obligations C (Torts)21Pre-requisite: LAW1113 or (LAW2201 and LAW2203)
LAW1121 Criminal Law21Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BEDU (Legal Studies) Students LAW1111 or LAW1201; all other Students (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
Non-law elective21
Non-law elective22
LAW2204 Torts B22
Non-law/law elective22
LAW1122 Legal Conflict Resolution31Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201
LAW2213 Property and Trusts A31Pre-requisite: {(LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201} and LAW1113 and LAW1123
Non-law/law elective31
LAW3204 Property Law B32
Non-law/law elective32
Law elective32
LAW2211 Constitutional Law41Pre-requisite: ((LAW1111 & LAW1112) or LAW1201) and; Co-requisite: ((HIS1115) OR (Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202))
LAW2212 Equity41Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201; All other students - (LAW1113 and LAW1123) or (LAW2201 and LAW2202 and LAW2203).
LAW3312 Ethics for Lawyers41Pre-requisite: Students enrolled prior to 2016 - LAW1121 or (LAW2205 and LAW3423); All other students - LAW2212 or LAW3205.
LAW2221 Administrative Law42Pre-requisite: LAW2211 or (LAW3201 and LAW3461)
LAW2223 Property and Trusts B42Pre-requisite: (LAW2212 and LAW2213) or (LAW3205 and LAW3203)
LAW3423 The Criminal Courts – Practice and Sentencing42
LAW3321 Evidence51Pre-requisite: (LAW2221 and LAW2223 and LAW1121) or (LAW2205 and LAW3423)
LAW2224 Theories of Law51Pre-requisite: LAW1114 or LAW1202 or HIS1115
LAW3311 Company Law51Pre-requisite: LAW2212 or LAW3205
LAW3461 Principles of Public Law52
LAW3322 Civil Procedure52Pre-requisite: LAW1123 or (LAW2201 and LAW2202)
Law elective52
Law elective62
LAW4401 Capstone Project*62

Footnotes
*Students are expected to have completed at least 16 core law courses before enrolling in LAW4401. It is also highly recommended that this course be taken in the last semester of the student’s enrolment in the program.