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Bachelor of Laws BLAW

Program focus


The Bachelor of Laws provides students with the opportunity
for a comprehensive study of law, not only to prepare for practice
as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland or legal practitioner elsewhere
in Australia, but also to examine law and the legal process in social
and theoretical contexts. The program will also provide you with opportunities
to develop a range of legal and general skills essential for all legal
workplaces. While you undertake traditional study in the litigation
process, you will also learn about the increasingly important alternative
methods of resolving disputes.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

4 years full-time, up to 8 years part-time

Professional accreditation

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).
This will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a solicitor
or barrister in Queensland, or as a legal practitioner elsewhere in
Australia. Intending solicitors and barristers must also complete
an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted
to practice. USQ law graduates have the option of completing their
practical legal training through a one-year traineeship in a law practice,
or through an institution that offers a practical legal training qualification.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Laws provides students with the opportunity
for a comprehensive study of law, not only to prepare for practice
as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland but also to examine the
legal process and its social, political and economic context.

The program aims to equip students with an academic qualification
for professional practice. While students undertake the traditional
studies in the litigation process, they also learn about the increasingly
important alternative methods of resolving disputes. They learn about
conflict and communication, negotiating, mediating “ from a
theoretical as well as practical perspective.

Not all law graduates aspire to a career in legal practice and
so the program also builds the special capabilities that a legal education
can offer. It provides opportunities to develop analytical, complex
problem-solving and research skills. It seeks to build critical thinkers
with an appreciation for a range of theories explaining legal regulation
as well as for the social, political and economic context of the legal
process. To inform students on global issues, an international dimension,
for example on the regulation of business and on the protection of
human rights, is also available.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of this program students will be able
to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical framework of
    subject areas of study

  • apply theoretical knowledge, concepts and principles to areas
    of practical significance

  • research legal issues at a proficient level

  • critically appraise law reform trends and recent developments
    and assess their impact upon legal practice and public policy

  • demonstrate advanced communication, problem-solving and analytical
    skill

  • satisfy academic admission requirements for legal practice in
    Queensland (subject to accreditation).


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Program structure

The undergraduate program is 32 units in total. It has 3 prime
components: a core (22 units), law electives (at least 3 and no more
than 6 units), and non-law electives (4 but no more than 7 units).
It is highly recommended that students complete non-law electives
before law electives.

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Core courses

Compulsory core courses:

All students are required to complete a core of 22 single-unit
courses. The purpose of the core courses is to expose law students
to fundamental legal concepts and methods in legal research and reasoning.

The following courses are required of all students in the Bachelor
of Laws:

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
LAW1201 Legal Process and Research S1, S2 S1, S2
LAW1202 Law in Context S2 S2
LAW2201 Contract A S1 S1
LAW2202 Contract B S2 S2
LAW2203 Torts A S1 S1
LAW2204 Torts B S2 S2
LAW2205 Criminal Law A S1 S1
LAW3423 Criminal Law B S2 S2
LAW2206 Legal Conflict Resolution S1 S1
LAW2207 Company Law S1 S1
LAW3201 Constitutional Law A S1 S1
LAW3202 Administrative Law S2 S2
LAW3461 Constitutional Law B S2 S2
LAW3203 Property Law A S1 S1
LAW3204 Property Law B S2 S2
LAW3205 Equity S1 S1
LAW3206 Trusts S2 S2
LAW3208 Evidence S1 S1
LAW3209 Procedure S2 S2
LAW3210 Theories of Law S1 S1
LAW3211 Legal Professional Practice and Ethics S1 S1
LAW4401 Capstone Project* S2 S2

Footnotes
*Students are expected
to have completed at least 16 core law courses before enrolling in LAW4401. It is also highly recommended that
this course be taken in the last semester of the students' enrolment
in the program.
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Elective courses

The following law electives have been approved for the Bachelor
of Laws:

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus Semester/mode of offer Fraser Coast campus
LAW2107 Environmental Law S2 S2
LAW2301 e-Law S1
LAW3110 Insolvency and Restructuring Law S2
LAW3130 Revenue Law and Practice S1, S2, S3 S1S1
LAW3131 Revenue Law and Practice II S2
LAW3404 Banking, Finance and Insurance Law
LAW3405 Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law
LAW3406 Intellectual Property Law
LAW3421 Family Law S2
LAW3422 Succession Law S3
LAW3424 Land Contracts
LAW3441 Natural Resources Law S3
LAW3442 Workplace Law S2 S2
LAW3443 Public International Law S1 S1
LAW3444 Competition and Consumer Law
LAW3462 International Human Rights Law
LAW3463 Private International Law S2
LAW3464 International Trade Law S1
LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business¡ S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3
WIL3000 Work Integrated Learning - Law^ S1, S2 S1, S2

Footnotes
¡In order
to enrol in LAW5504, a student must have successfully completed either LAW3423 or LAW3206 . A student must also
seek the approval from the Bachelor of Laws Program Coordinator prior
to enrolling in LAW5504.
^A student must
have completed at least half of the core law courses before enrolling
in WIL3000.

Non-law elective courses

All students must select elective courses from courses offered
at undergraduate level by any of the faculties at the University of
Southern Queensland. Enrolment and pre-requisites requirements must
be satisfied for any course selected.

The exceptions to this ruling are the following business law
courses:

  • LAW1101 Introduction to Law

  • LAW2104 Business and Consumer Law

  • LAW2106 Law of Business Organisations


These business law courses are NOT considered to be suitable
non-law electives, as the content of these courses is either covered
in other core law courses or are not relevant to the Bachelor of Laws
program structure. These four business law courses should NOT be
completed as part of the non-law elective requirement of the Bachelor
of Laws program.

Students considering legal practice are encouraged to choose
as one of their non-law electives ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making in order to understand the accounting
environment and the common financial accounting (external) reports
and management accounting (internal) tools used for decision-making
purposes. This is useful for many areas of legal practice, not only
commercial fields such as taxation but also family and succession
law, as well as for a lawyer's own practice management.

Students with an interest in examining the political and economic
context for the legal process are encouraged to choose POL2000 Political and Economic Ideas as one of their
non-law electives. This is a course for students interested in political
and economic debates who wish to develop a capacity for critical analysis.

Honours

The Bachelor of Laws may be awarded with Honours. The class
of honours to be awarded to a student is dependant upon:

  • the Grade Point Average calculated from the grades achieved
    in the courses studied in, or transferred to, the program

  • the grade achieved by the student in the single unit course LAW4401 Capstone Project.


The minimum levels of achievement normally required for each
class of honours are shown in the following table. To be assured of
achieving a particular class of honours students must have achieved
the specified grade in the research project courses and the minimum
GPA requirements for all of the courses studied or for the last 16
courses studied, or for the last 8 courses studied.

Class of Honours GPA calculated from the grades achieved
in:
Minimum grade achieved in Capstone
Research Project course
All courses studied in the program The last 16 courses studied The last eight courses studied
First Class Honours 6.0 6.2 6.5 A
Second Class Honours ” Division A 5.5 5.7 5.9 B
Second Class Honours ” Division B 5.0 5.1 5.3 C
Minimum number of courses required 20 16 8

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