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CL94 - Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology


Course Overview

The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology affords a wide array of career opportunities in the justice sector.

CQUniversity's Bachelor of Laws 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 elective choices from a diverse range of electives including alternative dispute resolution, legal drafting, legal advocacy, commercial law, family law, succession, revenue law, theories of law and justice, Australian employment law, environmental law, international and human rights law. 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.

CQUniversity's Bachelor of Criminology provides you with a multidisciplinary education in the field of criminology. Through this course, you will integrate insights from sociology, philosophy, social theory, politics, psychology and other relevant disciplines to solve problems of crime, violence and conflict in society. You will learn from expert lecturers who have extensive experience in the field of criminology and be supported by a dedicated criminology coach, who will provide you with advice, support, guidance and mentorship throughout your studies. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge needed for a career as a criminologist along with the ability to provide objective research and advice at all levels of policy-making from an evaluation of extensive government crime control initiatives through to proposals for local community anti-violence programs. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Criminology, you will enjoy a wide variety of challenging career options in criminal justice, police, customs, correction services and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. This course is relevant to a broad array of government departments such as prisons, probation and parole centres, and positions such as court clerk, investigator as well as public and private security and investigation. It is also relevant to careers in public policy and corporate risk analysis and those that require a sound understanding of human behaviours such as human resource management, rehabilitation, business management, teaching, school guidance counselling, scientific research, public health, defence, and special education.

This double degree puts the law into context and is particularly valuable for those graduates who intend to practise in criminal law. Criminology gives you a solid understanding of Australia's criminal justice system and what motivates criminal behaviour. The law degree will develop skills in legal research, preparing advice and presenting arguments. The criminology degree develops complementary skills in social science research with a focus on crime-related issues, problem-solving skills and specialist skills in areas such as criminal profiling and case management.

Career Information

The Bachelor of Laws program will satisfy the academic requirement for admission as a legal practitioner. Law graduates are required to undergo a period of practical legal training before admission as a legal practitioner and can practice law in

Australia. A law degree will provide you with the qualifications to pursue a number of careers in the field of law, including solicitor, barrister, government legal officer, judicial officer, law academic, company director, in-house counsel, diplomat

and politician. Our Bachelor of Laws program may also be undertaken by industry professionals looking to increase their knowledge of law within their own profession. Many law graduates work in areas not directly related to the law but are

working in occupations and industries where the knowledge and skills of a law degree are highly sought after and valued.

Course Details
Duration 5 years full-time or 10 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 234
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 BCrim
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
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 2 - 2022


Term 1 - 2022


Term 3 - 2021


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International Availability

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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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.

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 & 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 more 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 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

There are no health requirements.

Assumed Knowledge


Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL96 - Diploma of Legal Studies CL95 - Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies CM10 - Diploma of Criminology CG98 - Bachelor of Laws
Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited with the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

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.
CRIM13004 - This capstone unit enables students to apply the theories, content knowledge and skills they have learned to a workplace environment. Student work should involve finding solutions to a problem in a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to: 1. Apply skills and knowledge developed in the course to criminology practice in a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. 2. Evaluate and report work placement experiences and assess personal and professional growth, strengths and weaknesses in: (a) intellectual development (integration, problem identification, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making), (b) social development (social skills, initiative and independence), and (c) professional development (technical skills, time management and verbal and written communication). 3. Reflect upon and describe the careers, roles, relationships, responsibilities and activities of people engaged in the practice of criminology in the workplace. 4. Reflect upon, evaluate and report enhanced knowledge of criminology gained as a result of participation in work placement and the nature of the environment that supported such learning.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 8
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 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 and Bachelor of Criminology will demonstrate an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes: (a) the fundamental areas of legal knowledge (including those expressed in applicable Priestley 11units 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 and Bachelor of Criminology 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 and Bachelor of Criminology 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 and Bachelor of Criminology 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 and Bachelor of Criminology 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 and Bachelor of Criminology 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.
  • 7. Critically evaluate criminal justice institutions and justice policies in Australian and international contexts
  • 8. Engage with individuals, communities and organisations in considering sustainable solutions to crime, violence and conflict
  • 9. Review evidence-based research, applying criminology methodologies, creative thinking and humancentred design principles
  • 10. Critically examine contributions to public debates on justice issues and effectively communicate via professional reports and presentations
  • 11. Work in a professional environment and be able to manage projects, information and teams in a collaborative way using interpersonal and technical skills
  • 12. Challenge inequality and behave in an ethically responsible manner embracing respect for Indigenous peoples, cultural diversity and access to justice
  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: 31 Total credit points: 186

Core units

Note LAWS11057 Introduction to Law is a core component of both degrees.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
LAWS11057 Introduction to Law
LAWS11059 Statutory Interpretation
LAWS11060 Criminal Law
LAWS11065 Constitutional Law
LAWS11066 Contracts
LAWS11069 Torts
LAWS12061 Administrative Law
LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law
LAWS12066 Land Law
LAWS12072 Legal Research
LAWS12078 Equity and Trusts
LAWS13009 Corporations Law
LAWS13010 Evidence and Proof
LAWS13013 Legal Professional Conduct
LAWS12073 Legal Practicum
LAWS13017 Civil Procedure
CRIM11001 Foundations of Criminology and Criminal Justice
CRIM11002 Criminal Justice Procedure and Analysis
CRIM11003 Indigenous Australians and the Criminal Justice System
CRIM12008 Crime and Control
CRIM12009 Crime, Media and Power
CRIM11006 Criminal Intelligence Analysis
CRIM13008 Case Management Practice
CRIM12003 Criminology Theory
CRIM12004 Understanding Violence and Conflict
CRIM12005 Community Justice Innovation
CRIM13007 Crimes of the Powerful
CRIM13009 Criminal Ethnographies
CRIM13005 Indigenous Justice
CRIM13006 Justice Strategy and Alliances

Criminology capstone

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
CRIM13003 Criminology Research Capstone
CRIM13004 Criminology Work Placement Capstone

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 (4 pack).

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
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