The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Accounting provides you with dual qualifications and skills which are well regarded in both the private and public sectors. You will develop a sound understanding of both disciplines and the relationship between accounting and the legal profession.
The Bachelor of Laws provides you with a degree that is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (QLD). After completing an additional Practical Legal Training Course graduates may seek admission as an Australian Legal Practitioner. Mutual recognition laws enable admission in other Australian jurisdictions.
The Bachelor of Accounting provides you with a degree that is accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and meets the associate membership requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). If you complete LAWS19034 and LAWS19035, you can also be eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board (after meeting the Board's requirements for practical experience). Graduates are also eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants at the member level.
The combined nature of the course will prepare you for a number of careers in professional legal practice, professional accounting practice, in commerce, industry and the public sector. Careers may included solicitor, barrister, government legal officer, judicial officer, law academic, company director, in-house counsel, diplomat, politician, financial consultant, auditing and assurance services, international accountant, strategic manager, taxation specialist, management accountant.
|Duration||4.5 years full-time or 9 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||216|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Double Degree|
|Qualification (post nominal)||LLB/BAcct|
|AQF Level||Level 7: Bachelor Degree|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Domestic students - OP 11 or equivalent
Prerequisites: English, Queensland Year 12 (4, SA) or equivalent
Recommended Study - Maths
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland.
The degree is an approved academic qualification for admission to the legal profession. Graduates are also required to undertake a further period of practical legal training before being admitted as a legal practitioner.
The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Accounting provides you with a degree that is accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and meets the associate membership requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). You may also be eligible to apply for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board (after meeting the Board's requirements for practical experience). Graduates are also eligible to join the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants at the member level.
|Learned Society Accreditiation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|LAWS13020 - CQUniversity is also entering into a Work Experience Placement Course at the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). The CQUniversity law discipline also has six practitioner mentors who look after students in different regions. These experienced practitioners sit outside of individual subjects, offering support, advice, court visits etc for students of different years across the curriculum. The mentors are to be located in: • Cairns • Townsville • Mackay • Rockhampton • Bundaberg • Noosa Finally some CQUniversity law subjects have assessments which involve optional physical placements in legal firms, with barristers and in government legal agencies. The reason these work placements are optional is that the majority of the student body studies part-time online. Placements need to match the flexibility requirements of students.|
|LAWS13020 - CQUniversity discipline of law has fully mapped its curriculum to include experiential learning opportunities in numerous subjects. These opportunities focus on skills development and include: • Simulations - moots, branching simulations, role plays • Drafting - legal documents • Client interviewing exercises • Developing legal apps • Emerging Clinical programs - embedded within individual courses, as digitally badged experiences, probono community service opportunities and work placements.|
|LAWS13020 - A memorandum of understanding has been signed between CQUniversity and the Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc (CQCLC). The CQCLC is a community-based, government funded organisation which provides free legal advice and minor assistance to members of the community who may not otherwise be able to access or afford such assistance. The initiative involves the introduction into the CQCLC of CQU law student probono volunteers, both in person and online, supervised by CQU staff with the intention of expanding the course into distance advice if the initial trial is satisfactory. It is intended that all CQUniversity law students will be involved with this course. Should this initiative prove successful it will be rolled out to further rural and regional community legal centres.|
|Year||Number of Students|
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas|
|6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 33||Total credit points: 198|
Compulsory Law Units:
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|LAWS11057||Introduction to Law|
|LAWS13010||Evidence and Proof|
|LAWS13013||Legal Professional Conduct|
|LAWS12065||Foundations of Property Law|
|LAWS13015||Principles of Commercial Law|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|ACCT19061||Advanced Financial Accounting|
|ACCT19062||Intermediate Financial Accounting|
|ACCT19064||Auditing & Professional Practice|
|ECON11026||Principles of Economics|
|ACCT11059||Accounting, Learning and Online Communication|
|ACCT11081||Introductory Financial Accounting|
|ACCT13017||Financial Statement Analysis|
|Students must complete 1 from the following units:|
|ACCT13018||Advanced Management Accounting|
|ACCT19083||Corporate Governance & Ethics|
|Number of units: 3||Total credit points: 18|
|Students must complete 3 from the following units:|
|LAWS12062||Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|LAWS12063||Advanced Statutory Interpretation and Drafting|
|LAWS12068||Intellectual Property Law|
|LAWS13018||Australian Consumer Law|
|LAWS12070||Public International and Human Rights Law|
|LAWS12071||Australian Employment Law|
|LAWS13020||Legal Professional Portfolio|
A recommended study schedule for this course can be obtained from your Student Advisor (Courses and Careers) by contacting http://programadvice.cqu.edu.au
Students may determine their own schedule based upon credit transfers and personal study requirements. It is important to note that full-time students usually enrol in 4 units per term and part-time students usually enrol in 2 units per term.
For Course Planners please refer to the following website http://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/planners-and-profiles
Please note: Students must also check to see when and where a unit is offered before enrolling. See the unit availability section in this handbook for details.
Applications for Credit Transfer
Exemption/credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that they have completed and received a 'Pass' or above in tertiary studies equivalent in content, depth and rated units of credit to a Bachelor of Accounting unit, and that such credit meets the requirements of the professional bodies that accredit the course. Students must contact the relevant professional bodies to determine whether the credit transfer/exemption they have requested and/or received will affect their application for membership.
Credit will not be granted towards the CQUniversity Bachelor of Laws course for law units studied at this or other institutions that are not part of an accredited law degree course.
In order for students to receive professional accreditation upon completion of the course, all law units must meet the content requirements of the accrediting bodies as specified by legislation. Law units completed outside of a law degree course will not meet these requirements. Even where law units have addressed content similar to that in the CQUniversity Bachelor of Laws course, the assessment will be different in focus to that required in a law degree.
Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the application process.
Practising as a Solicitor in Australia
To practice as a solicitor in Queensland, you must first complete an approved law degree such as the CQUniversity Bachelor of Laws. Graduates wishing to be admitted as a solicitor must also undertake additional legal training through either successful completion of a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course, or by serving as a Supervised Trainee. The Queensland Law Society offers an approved PLT course as well as courses for trainees.
Upon completion of the above, graduates can apply for admisison as a Lawyer to the Roll of Lawyers in Queensland, providing you are able to satisfy the Admission Board and the Supreme Court of your fitness to practise. Graduates can then apply for a Practising Certificate through the Queensland Law Society.
For more detailed information, please refer to the following websites:
Queensland Law Society http://www.qls.com.au/
The Bar Association of Queensland http://www.qldbar.asn.au/
New South Wales
Graduates must complete one of the practical training courses recognised by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board.
For more detailed information, please refer to the following websites:
NSW Justice & Attorney General http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/
Law Society of NSW http://www.lawsociety.com.au/
NSW Bar Association http://www.nswbar.asn.au/
Graduates have a choice of completing either a twelve month period as a clerk or a course of practical training.
For more detailed information, please refer to the Law Institute of Victoria website: http://www.liv.asn.au/
Graduates must complete a twelve month period as a clerk under articles before gaining admission to the Legal Practioners' Board.
For more detailed information, please refer to the WA Legal Practice Board website: http://www.lpbwa.org.au/
Graduates must complete a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice together with a practical legal training program to qualify for admission to the South Australian Law Society.
For more detailed information, please refer to the Law Society of SA website: http://www.lawsocietysa.asn.au/
Graduates have the option of completing either a six month Legal Practice Course followed by a twelve month articles of apprenticeship or complete a two year articles of clerkship.
For more detailed information, please refer to the Law Society of Tasmania website: http://www.taslawsociety.asn.au/
Australian Capital Territory
Graduates must complete a five month Legal Workshop course to qualify for admission as a solicitor.
For more detailed information, please refer to the The Supreme Court of the ACT website: http://www.courts.act.gov.au/supreme/content/services_admissions.asp?textonly=no
Graduates must complete a period of twelve months as a clerk under articles before gaining admission to the Northern Territory Law Society.
For more detailed information, please refer to the Law Society Northern Territory website: http://www.lawsocietynt.asn.au/