Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor

Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 66 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The defining nature of our law degree is the unique balance between theory and practice. During your degree, you will complete the academic law units required for admission to legal practice, plus choose elective units that align with your career interests. Crucially, you will develop legal skills such as interviewing, negotiation, drafting and advocacy.

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The defining nature of our law degree is the unique balance between theory and practice. During your degree, you will complete the academic law units required for admission to legal practice, plus choose elective units that align with your career interests. Crucially, you will develop legal skills such as interviewing, negotiation, drafting and advocacy. You will complete assessment tasks that prepare you for the work you will undertake in the real world. You can also opt for a work placement in law firms, government departments and community organisations. There are opportunities for virtual work placements where you will complete an online project for a real client.

By combining your law degree with a science degree, you could help develop solutions in the areas of climate change, long-term ecological impacts, energy and geosystems, food security and water resource management. Our science degree is designed in consultation with industry, government and the professions. You will apply theories to real-world situations.
QUT’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree, as it has honours-level content integrated throughout the course. The advanced knowledge and skills in this course will benefit your professional career, or future research and study.

Why choose this course?

This double degree covers all major areas of the law, as well as allowing students to choose one of the following majors offered in the Bachelor of Science course: biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, environmental science and physics. You will be educated in the content and processes of science to prepare you for the complexities of legal issues with a range of scientific and technological dimensions.

Whether you choose biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, environmental science or physics, your major within the science component of this double degree will provide you with in-depth knowledge and expertise, preparing you for entry into the workforce or further study.

You will explore real-world problems from multiple science perspectives and learn the tools of the trade. Depending on your choices you may find yourself out in the field, working in the laboratory or learning about the impact of scientific theory on people, policy, industry and the planet. Working with data you have collected, you’ll study how to apply fundamental methods of scientific practice, perform scientific analysis, and learn the tools to present your findings.

The law component of this double degree will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to apply the law in an array of careers. Through your study you will understand key areas of law and develop advanced knowledge in areas that interest you. Your study will also develop necessary legal skills such as legal research, problem solving, dispute resolution, and oral and written communication. Our course will also help you understand and promote the ethical standards of the legal profession and to appreciate international and Indigenous perspectives.

QUT’s contemporary law degree prepares you to think ahead and allows you to take advantage of employment opportunities in growth areas or newly emerging sectors, such as mining and resources, intellectual property and technology.

As a QUT law student, you will benefit immediately and into the future from:

  • a course that has been designed in consultation with industry to have a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience
  • meaningful connections with high profile industry employers
  • practical and effective hands-on learning experiences during your studies
  • classes with leading and internationally renowned law experts
  • international study and placement opportunities
  • our high quality Clayton Utz Law Library, expert librarians and Law Moot Court facilities
  • the convenience of a city-based campus.
QUT Law is also dedicated to your successful career in legal practice as we are Brisbane’s only university to offer a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course and have offered this course for over 35 years.
Real world learning

You will study a combination of science and law units in the first four years, with law units only in the final three semesters.

From the beginning of your science component, you can expect to spend time in QUT's state-of-the-art laboratories, learning the latest scientific techniques and using equipment found in industry. You will learn at QUT and in the workplace. Our work integrated learning program gives you the opportunity to combine workplace activities with academic study, assessment and support.

In the law degree, you will complete core units and a mixture of introductory, general and advanced electives.

In your first year, you will study four science units and be introduced to law, the law of torts (negligence, damages and no-fault compensation schemes), legal interviewing, legal problem solving and dispute resolution.

In your second year, you can choose an introductory law elective unit, four science units and will gain advanced understanding and skills in legal research, criminal law and the variety of contexts in which Australian law operates.

Your third year of study will further develop your chosen science area of specialisation and your knowledge and skills in the law by studying contract law, constitutional law, equity and trusts, and commercial and personal property law.

In fourth year, you can pick a general law elective to study alongside real property law, administrative law and evidence, as you advance your chosen science major.

In your final three semesters, you will study law units only and the course allows you to choose general and advanced elective units that interest you. You will also study civil procedure, ethics, commercial remedies and corporate law, before undertaking a legal research capstone project.

Career outcomes

As a graduate, you may enter legal practice with an education in both the content and process of science and data analysis. This will enable you to deal with the complexities of litigation that have a scientific or technological focus such as inventions, trade secrets, quantitative evidence, genetic modification and constitutional disputes giving rise to environmental issues.

On the other hand, you may choose to follow a career path in the sciences, enhancing your opportunities in a particular discipline such as environmental science or biotechnology through your knowledge of the law.

Professional recognition

This law course is currently being reviewed by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board for accreditation.

If you want to become a lawyer at the end of your degree, you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) before you can apply for admission to practice. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values required to become a competent entry-level legal practitioner. The course is available full-time or part-time online or full-time on campus study (International students are eligible for full-time on campus study only). The course complies with the Law Admissions Consultative Council’s Competency Standards for entry-level lawyers and is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

Graduates will satisfy the requirements for membership in the relevant professional body for their science major.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 66 months
  • Credits
    528 credit points alternative credits

    Students are required to complete 528 credit points, comprised of 192 credit points for the Bachelor of Science program and 336 credit points for the Bachelor of Laws program.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Honours Level Units

96 credit points of Honours units listed below will be used to determine the Honours Levels of the LLB (Hons):

  • Legal Research,
  • Administrative Law,
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession,
  • Corporate Law,
  • Legal Research Capstone 

All course structures

  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Course Structure
  • Introductory Law Elective List
  • General Law Elective List
  • Advanced Law Elective List
  • Science: Core Unit Options
  • Science Units: Biological Sciences Major (Mandatory units)
  • Science Units: Chemistry Major (Mandatory units)
  • Science Units: Earth Science Major (Mandatory units)
  • Science Units: Environmental Science Major (Mandatory units)
  • Science Units: Physics Major (Mandatory units)

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Maths B
  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended Study: At least one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth Science or Maths C.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    31600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31600 USD per year and a duration of 66 months.
  • National Applies to you

    31600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31600 USD per year and a duration of 66 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • 2018: $31600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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