Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Complete research in the area of law you are most passionate about
If you would like to enhance your employment opportunities, advance your knowledge and skills in a specialist area of Law and build valuable research skills, USQ’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is the only graduate Honours program for a law degree in Australia.
Under the guidance of our lecturers you will study legal research methods, complete two major research projects in areas of law you are passionate about and make a difference to society in a meaningful way. Collectively, our lecturers have a wealth of experience in a diverse range of backgrounds, including criminal law, human rights, international and comparative law, ethics, family and succession law, environmental and natural resources law, commercial and taxation law, and public law and policy.
Our Law degrees have been developed with an Advisory Committee of senior judges and lawyers who have all given it their enthusiastic endorsement. Our lecturers have strong connections with legal practice and understand the contemporary needs of the legal profession.
Already completed your practical legal training?
If you’ve already completed your Practical Legal Training (PLT) program (at another institution), we will give you credit from that PLT program to halve your Honours degree (namely the Honours electives half). You will complete an Honours degree in law in 4 years, including your Practical Legal Training – a great thing to have on your CV.
Explore a career in the public service, government, politics, non-government organisations and private enterprise with your skills gained at USQ.
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). 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 does not offer practical legal training, but advice on practical legal training programs can be obtained through Ask USQ.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Southern Queensland or other recognised bachelor's degree in law from a recognised university 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 Bachelor of Laws program, including an 'A' or better level pass in at least one course.
For a candidate with equivalent qualifications, special permission of the Executive Dean on the advice of the relevant Program Coordinator is required.
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.
How to apply
USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:
- Semester 2, 2018 - Monday 16 July 2018.
- Semester 1, 2019 - Monday 25 February 2019.