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CG98 - Bachelor of Laws

Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Laws course at CQUniversity is a three-year full-time or four-year part-time undergraduate degree. The course covers all the areas of law required to satisfy professional accreditation through the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. The course enables graduates to proceed to practice as a legal practitioner after completing the required professional training. During your studies you will learn about legal procedures and key legislation, and be given the opportunity to develop skills necessary to identify, analyse and evaluate facts in relation to legal frameworks. The core areas of law covered in the course match those required for admission to the legal profession (Priestley 11) and other requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee including statutory interpretation, criminal law and procedure, contracts, torts, federal and state constitutional law, equity (including trusts), administrative law, property, company law, evidence, ethics and professional responsibility and civil dispute resolution. The course also offers five elective choices from a diverse range of electives including alternative dispute resolution, legal drafting, legal advocacy, commercial law, family law, succession, revenue law, jurisprudence, eLaw, Australian employment law, environmental law, international and human rights law etc. The course is taught at Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 Bachelor degree (see www.aqf.edu.au/aqf-levels). Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

Career Information

The Bachelor of Laws prepares graduates for a career as a legal professional. Aside from the traditional roles as a solicitor, barrister or in-house counsel, a law degree is useful for careers in academia, business, the public service and politics.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
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 Award
Qualification (post nominal) LLB
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 3 - 2018

Distance

Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 3 - 2017

Distance

Term 2 - 2017

Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Term 3 - 2016

Distance

Term 2 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Distance

Term 3 - 2015

Distance

Term 2 - 2015

Distance

Term 1 - 2015

Distance

Term 3 - 2014

Distance

Term 2 - 2014

Distance

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold OP 12 | SR 75 | ATAR 74.2
Rank Cut-Off OP 9 | SR 82 | ATAR 81.85
Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Prerequisites: English, Queensland Year 12 or equivalent.

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

 

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

·         a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or

·         tertiary diploma level qualification, or

·         bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

 

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.

·         An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or

·         Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ‐ Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or

·         Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) ‐ Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub‐score less than 46; or

·         An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or

·         Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) ‐ Score of 180 or above; or

·         Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English ‐ Score of 200 or above; or

·         Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) ‐ 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

 

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

 

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
N/A
Health Requirements
N/A
Assumed Knowledge

N/A

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

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.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

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 have the opportunity to be involved with this course. Should this initiative prove successful it will be rolled out to further rural and regional community legal centres.
LAWS13020 - CQUniversity is also entering into a Work Experience Placement Program at the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). Some CQUniversity law subjects have assessment options which enable students to organise and gain recognition of 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.
LAWS12073 - Students will undertake a three-week legal humanitarian mission to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in conjunction with the organisation Antipodeans. Prior to the overseas humanitarian mission, students will study appropriate aspects of international humanitarian law; appropriate aspects of Cambodian law and culture; and will develop practical skills necessary to support their overseas mission. Upon return to Australia, students will undertake an analysis and presentation of their accomplishment. Students will be assessed prior to departing to Cambodia; continuously during the placement period; and on the basis of their contribution to a final group presentation.
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 units, as digitally badged experiences, probono community service opportunities and where possible work placements (organised by students).

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 552
2018 704
2017 668
2016 640
2015 586
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity's Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in academic and professional practice.
  • Maintaining strict client confidentiality if accepted for a work placement with a law firm.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Demonstrating respectful and courteous behaviour in your dealings with colleagues and staff at the University and with clients and support staff if involved in a work placement.
  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Successfully processing and coping with your own emotions and behaviour when faced with challenging and confronting individuals and/or cases in the professional environment.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with the Law Society or Bar Association in your State of Territory.
  • Maintaining a reputation as a fit and proper person for registration as a solicitor or barrister in accordance with the rules for admission in your state or Territory.


Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in the English language with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using legal language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Establishing rapport with clients in the delivery of Law practice and respond appropriately to clients, supervisors and other professionals.
  • Communicating in a courteous and professional manner with colleagues and staff.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of space boundaries, and a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and respond appropriately during activities related to the course, as well as during professional placement.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment while implementing academic conventions.
  • Constructing written text in a scholarly manner that includes accurate grammar, punctuation, clear and logical written expression, and correct referencing to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed legal information and knowledge into logical, legible and coherent legal documents that meet professional standards and clearly communicates the required content or message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in written form, and in a timely manner that meets legal and professional practice requirements.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge, research evidence, policies and procedures in professional practice.
  • Demonstrating active listening skills while on work placement.
  • Competently and accurately receiving communication from another person and processing that legal and/or client information and circumstances, and be able to repeat those communication messages with precision.
  • Paraphrasing and summarising received verbal communications effectively.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of complex commercial transactions that involve numeracy skills.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve a range of legal matters that involve (but are not limited to) damages, compensation, interest and other monetary payments in litigation.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Development of active listening skills to facilitate effective communication, avoid miscommunication and arrive at accurate conclusions.
  • Patience and avoiding or diffusing interpersonal conflict.
  • Trustworthiness and confidentiality.
  • Approachability and warmth to facilitate communication and encourage innovation and mutual cooperation.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Development of an 'active, dynamic action-based and ethical set of skills, placed in real time and dealing with real, complex and difficult situations' (Moon, J. (1999), Reflection in Learning and Professional Development: Theory and Practice, Kogan Page, London).
  • Implement a six step process: read, ask, watch, feel, talk and think. (see Neil Thomson, People Skills, Palgrave MacMillan 2015).
  • Enhancing the ability to mirror, paraphrase and restate feelings, emotions and words of others to fully understand the communication.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Reading and comprehension of vast amounts of text and oral information as the basis of formal decision making.
  • Breaking down information into a context that can be understood within a team.
  • Managing lengthy complex meetings.
  • Planning time and workload effectively including the ability to self-manage competing commitments and take responsibility for own wellbeing.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Active listening to others with the purpose of gathering information and engaging with the speaker.
  • Being a dependable person that can be relied upon in any given situation.
  • Having emotional intelligence to understand the needs and feelings of others.
  • Being an effective leader using interpersonal skills to make decisions.
  • Having the ability to work in a team.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Accessing a computer for your studies, and possessing sufficient computer knowledge and skills to engage in the on-line learning environment that may include completing relevant on-line assessments and participating in on-line forums or responding to emails.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using a variety of computer programs suitable to your course of study.


Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Knowledge. Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes: (a) the fundamental areas of legal knowledge (including those expressed in the Priestley 11 and Statutory Interpretation), the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts, (b) the broader contexts within which legal issues arise, and (c) the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles.
  • 2. Ethics and professional responsibility. Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate: (a) an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making, (b) an ability to recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts, (c) an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community, and (d) a developing ability to exercise professional judgement.
  • 3. Thinking skills. Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to: (a) identify and articulate legal issues, (b) apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues, (c) engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives, and (d) think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
  • 4. Research skills. Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
  • 5. Communication and collaboration. Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to: (a) communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences, and (b) collaborate effectively.
  • 6. Self-management. Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to: (a) learn and work independently, and (b) reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
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
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 5 Total credit points: 30


Students must complete 5 electives selected from the LAWS units set out in the More Details area of the handbook ensuring that at least one is a Level 3 unit.

More Details

Study Schedule

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.

Students are not permitted to enrol in more than four units per term and must not complete their course in less than three academic years.


Recommended Study

Studying Law Online available via the CQUniversity Australia ITunesU site.

For Course Planners please refer to the following website https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/planners-and-profiles/first-year-planners.

Please note: students must check to see when and where a unit is offered before enrolling. See the unit availability in this handbook for details.

For further information regarding this course, please refer to the Law homepage: https://www.cqu.edu.au/campaigns/llb-campaign


Law Electives

LAWS12059 Conveyancing*

LAWS12062 Alternative Dispute Resolution

LAWS12063 Advanced Statutory Interpretation and Drafting

LAWS12064 Legal Advocacy

LAWS12067 Environmental Law*

LAWS12068 Intellectual Property Law*

LAWS12069 e-Law*

LAWS12070 Public International and Human Rights Law*

LAWS12071 Australian Employment Law

LAWS12073 Legal Engagement Placement

LAWS13011 Family Law

LAWS13012 Succession*

LAWS13014 Revenue Law

LAWS13015 Principles of Commercial Law

LAWS13018 Competition and Consumer Law*

LAWS13019 Legal Apps*

LAWS13020 Legal Professional Portfolio

LAWS13021 Criminal Law in Practice

* offered every second year


Credit Transfer & Exemptions

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.

Students who have completed a law unit at an accredited Australian Law School, for which there is no equivalent law unit at Central Queensland University, may at the discretion of the Head of Course, be granted credit for an unspecified law elective in the LLB degree. The maximum allowable credit will not exceed four unspecified elective units.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

Practising as a Solicitor in Australia

Queensland

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.

Upon completion of the above, graduates can apply for admission 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 www.qls.com.au

The Bar Association of Queensland 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 www.nswbar.asn.au

Victoria

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 Victorian Legal Admissions Board http://www.lawadmissions.vic.gov.au

Western Australia

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 WA Legal Practice Board website: www.lpbwa.org.au

South Australia

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: www.lawsocietysa.asn.au

Tasmania

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: 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 Supreme Court of the ACT website: http://www.courts.act.gov.au/supreme/

Northern Territory

Graduates must complete a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) or Practical Legal Training (PLT) or 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: www.lawsocietynt.asn.au and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory website: http://www.supremecourt.nt.gov.au/lawyers/index.htm