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CL51 - Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) double degree is a multidisciplinary qualification designed to enable you to gain entry into the legal and psychology professions. During your legal studies you will learn about legal procedures and key legislation, develop skills necessary to identify, analyse and evaluate facts in relation to legal frameworks. The core areas of the law degree match those required for admission to the legal profession including statutory interpretation, criminal law and procedure, contracts, torts, constitutional law, equity, administrative law, property, company law, evidence, professional responsibility and civil procedure. Your Psychology studies will give you a comprehensive overview of the scientific discipline of psychology and its applications. The course is delivered in accordance with the foundational (level one) competencies for three-year undergraduate psychology programs as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). You will acquire an understanding of the underlying principles, theories and concepts within the discipline. In addition, you will develop knowledge of the range of core research areas that make up the discipline, and an understanding of the methodologies and statistical techniques used by researchers for information gathering and analysis. There will be opportunities for you to explore applied and professional uses of psychology. In addition, you will be introduced to psychological theory, research, and applied and professional uses of psychology in an ethical and culturally responsive context. 




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.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) prepares you for further study, such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) should you wish to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Further study must be completed in order to become a registered psychologist. Without further study you may choose a career path that requires a sound understanding of human behavior such as: human resource management, rehabilitation, business management, teaching, school guidance counselling, scientific research, public health, defence, and special education.

Course Details
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) BLLB BSc(Psych)
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 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2022

Online

Term 1 - 2022

Online

Term 3 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 3 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2022

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Term 2 - 2022

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Term 1 - 2022

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Term 3 - 2021

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Term 1 - 2021

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Term 3 - 2020

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Term 2 - 2020

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Term 1 - 2020

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Term 3 - 2019

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Term 2 - 2019

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Term 1 - 2019

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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 74 | ATAR 74
Entry Requirements

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

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 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) 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:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and 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.

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

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
The capstone unit LAWS12073 Legal Practicum may have security requirements if students choose an overseas placement. Legal Practicum students will be given orientation with regards to applied ethics in the workplace; professional obligations.
Health Requirements
None.
Assumed Knowledge

English

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CG98 - Bachelor of Laws
Exit Awards CL96 - Diploma of Legal Studies CL95 - Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies CG98 - Bachelor of Laws
Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and as such, successful completion of this course will mean that you are eligible to apply for an APAC accredited 4th year honours course in Psychology.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

LAWS12073 - Students will be able to undertake at their option an overseas or domestic practicum placement or engagement with a complex work simulation.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 21
2020 37
2019 22
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 confrontingindividuals 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:

  • Developing active listening skills to facilitate effective communication, avoid miscommunication and arrive at accurate conclusions.
  • Having patience and avoiding or diffusing interpersonal conflict.
  • Having trustworthiness and confidentiality.
  • Having 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).
  • Implementing 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:

  • Actively 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.
  • Students must have reliable access to both the Internet and to a computer capable of internet-based video conferencing, e.g. Zoom. under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities.
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, 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. Examples: Indigenous case studies, Intercultural perspectives, International perspectives, Comparative law.
  • 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. Example: Plagiarism.
  • 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. Examples: Thinking critically, Thinking creatively, Reflecting on your work, Reasoning skills, Answering problem questions, and Exam preparation and practice.
  • 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. Examples: Embarking on research, Using a law library, Sources of law, Citing legal authorities, Using law books, Using legal journals, Using legal databases, Using reference materials, and Scientific thinking.
  • 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. Examples: Making presentations, Client interviewing, Mooting, Negotiation, Mediation, Public speaking, Drafting, Legal Clinic (Pro Bono Law Centre), Teamwork, Relationship building, and Adaptability.
  • 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. Examples: Time management, Project management, Note taking, and Contributing to course.
  • 7. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Utilise a scientific approach to apply knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and principles across the core topics of psychology
  • 8. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Analyse and critique theory and research within the discipline of psychology
  • 9. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Apply knowledge of psychology in a manner that is reflexive and culturally responsive to the diversity of individuals, groups, organisations, and communities
  • 10. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Communicate effectively through a variety of approaches, individually and in collaboration with others
  • 11. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Identify and apply research methods and statistical analyses to a range of research problems and contexts
  • 12. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be able to: Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for your own learning and practice that will sustain personal and professional development.
  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
Commercial Law 4 Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Liberal Law 4 Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Liberal Law 8 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
Number of units: 28 Total credit points: 168

Both the Law and Psychology degrees have core components. Law has 16 core units. Psychology has 12 compulsory core units. A total of 28 core units, each being 6 cp = 168 cps. The total credit points for the dual degree is 24 units of Law (144 cps) and 12 units of Psychology (72 cps) making a total of 36 units (216 cps).


Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
LAWS11057 Introduction to Law
LAWS11059 Statutory Interpretation
LAWS11066 Contracts
LAWS11069 Torts
LAWS11060 Criminal Law
LAWS11065 Constitutional Law
LAWS12072 Legal Research
LAWS12073 Legal Practicum
LAWS12061 Administrative Law
LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law
LAWS12066 Land Law
LAWS12078 Equity and Trusts
LAWS13009 Corporations Law
LAWS13010 Evidence and Proof
LAWS13013 Legal Professional Conduct
LAWS13017 Civil Procedure
PSYC11010 Fundamentals of Psychology
PSYC11012 Foundations of Psychological Research
PSYC12048 Research Methods
PSYC12049 Psychotherapies and Counselling
PSYC12010 Introduction to Human Development
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12014 Critical, Cultural and Social Psychology
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC13018 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment

Students must complete 8 units selected from Law packs ensuring that at least one unit is a Level 3 unit. Students may choose one 8 pack or two 4 packs. The packs are as follows:

Liberal law (4/8 pack)

Legal practice (4/8 pack)

Commercial law (4pack)

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
More Details
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