Bachelor of Laws
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
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What you'll learn
On successful completion of this program students will be able to:
• demonstrate an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes: the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system and underlying principles and concepts (including Indigenous, international and comparative contexts); the broader contexts within which legal issues arise; and the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles
• demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making, an ability to recognise and reflect upon (and a developing ability to respond to) ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts, an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community, and a developing ability to exercise professional judgement
• identify and articulate legal issues, apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues, engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives, and think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses
• demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal, and policy issues
• communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences, and collaborate effectively
• learn and work independently; and reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development
• explain the legislative process and identify applicable legislation and delegated legislation, apply general principles of statutory interpretation, make appropriate use of authorised aids to statutory interpretation, and deploy appropriate techniques in the course of solving interpretative problems
• reflect on and articulate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in key areas of law in order to develop an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, values, histories and contributions to Australian society, demonstrate an appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal issues in an Australian context, and critically reflect on the responsiveness of western law to Indigenous histories, values and needs.
Graduates are qualified to perform roles such as barrister, solicitor, public prosecutor, community lawyer, legal officer, or in-house counsel for large companies. Bachelor of Laws also opens up a wide range of career paths within the public service sector, government, politics, as well as non-government organisations and businesses.
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 (Legal Practitioner Admission) Rules 2004 (QLD). It has also been approved by the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee under the Standards for Australian Law Schools adopted by the Council of Australian Law Deans. This degree will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a lawyer in Queensland or elsewhere in Australia. Intending lawyers must also complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practise law.
ATAR/Selection Rank + English Language Proficiency
Credit for previous study or work
Graduate sooner with our Bachelor of Laws. You have the option to fast-track your study and complete this degree in 2 years full-time over 6 consecutive semesters. Explore a range of law specialisations by undertaking electives in your areas of interest, and prepare yourself to practice as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland, or a legal practitioner elsewhere in Australia. This degree is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board as an academic qualification for admission as a lawyer in Queensland.