Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts

Rank thresholdATAR: 74 SR: 74
Duration5 years full-time, 10 years part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCB94
First-year fee
$16,320 (Indicative) (CSP)
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The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts double degree at CQUniversity enables you to complete both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws in five years of full-time study. This degree provides you with dual qualifications and skills that are well regarded in the private and public sectors.

The Bachelor of Arts component provides you with a multidisciplinary education that encourages you to gain knowledge in a range of humanities and social science disciplines. You will explore disciplines that study the way humans recognise, record and debate human practices, meanings and values. This will aid you in developing a contemporary understanding of both the human condition and how society operates.

The Bachelor of Laws component satisfies the academic requirement for admission as a legal practitioner. As a law graduate, you are required to undergo a period of practical legal training before admission as a legal practitioner and being able to practise law in Australia. The double degree ensures a depth of understanding of the cultures within which law is situated and offers opportunities to enhance the literacy skills of laws graduates.

Discover more about studying law at CQUni and the range of support available to students.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

Completion of the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in fields such as:

  • private and government legal practice
  • research and academia
  • government administration and planning
  • in-house counsel
  • environmental planning and management
  • nature and heritage conservation
  • diplomacy
  • politics.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You are required to complete 40 units, including:

  • 16 arts units consisting of three core arts units, and one arts major and one arts minor; and one additional elective unit
  • 24 law units consisting of 16 core law units and eight units (one 8 pack or two 4 packs from either liberal law, legal practice and/or commercial law) liberal law or legal practice.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.


Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 3, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online
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Creative Writing major
Do you have a passion for writing? Our Creative Writing major offers you the chance to develop the skills and knowledge you'll need as a writer in the digital age. You will develop a tool kit of writing styles and genres, including traditional fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting, as well as experimental and hybrid genres such as speculative fiction, flash fiction, lyric essays, docufiction, and concrete poetry, among others. 

English and Cultural Studies major
This major brings together two distinct but complementary disciplines: literary studies, where literature is read for its own sake and for the values it reveals in stories, poems and plays about our lived and imaginary experiences; and cultural studies, where ideas and concepts derived from a broad study of culture are explored through a variety of texts including film, media, television, advertising and the like. You'll learn to apply critical thinking across a range of genres and participate in thoughtful debate.

Geography major
You'll explore Australian geography and climate whilst forming practical skills with Geography Information Systems (GIS). This major also extends your knowledge into human geography, demographic analysis and sustainable environments. 

History and Politics major
This major offers a rich exploration of the historical events, politics, conflicts, cultures, values and traditions that have shaped our modern world. 
Journalism This major introduces you to journalism and media relations preparing you for a career in a range of genres. You'll graduate with foundational knowledge including the boundaries of legal and ethical journalism, plus how to frame the narrative and write for a variety of settings. 

Journalism major
This major introduces you to journalism and media relations preparing you for a career in a range of genres. You'll graduate with foundational knowledge including the boundaries of legal and ethical journalism, plus how to frame the narrative and write for a variety of settings. 

Liberal Arts major
The Liberal Arts major is available if you wish to gain credit for another course. Approval from the Head of Course is required to access this major.

Pathway to Teaching (Early Childhood) major
If you're thinking about becoming an early childhood teacher in childcare/early learning centres and kindergartens, this is a suitable choice for you. This major is designed to fast-track you to our Master of Teaching where you can apply for four units of credit.

Pathway to Teaching (Primary) major
If you're thinking about becoming a primary school teacher, this is a suitable choice for you. This major is designed to fast-track you to our Master of Teaching where you can apply for four units of credit.

Public Relations major
You'll learn key concepts surrounding crisis communications, celebrity public relations, media industries, social media and society ensuring your ability to communicate effectively within an organisational environment.  As a graduate, you may find employment in areas of employee relations, reputation and crisis management, media, content management, event management, communication strategy, and product development.

Theatre Studies major
You'll explore areas including medieval theatre, commedia dell'arte, Shakespeare and modernism as well as a range of contemporary Australian and international theatre plays and practice. Plus, you'll master theatre methods and develop your own creative practice.

Visual Arts major
Expand your horizons with the study of self-expression and exploration through visual art. You will seek out the connection between culture and society, with visual art. Plus, you'll learn to analyse how culture impacts us as individuals and develop professional skills to connect with the arts infrastructure. 

Digital Storytelling minor
This minor introduces you to fundamental skills in visual design, digital video production, and narrative and documentary film-making techniques.

Discovering Theatre minor
Explore the origins of theatre, musical theatre, Australian drama and the evolution of comedy within theatre in this minor. 

Environmental Management minor
You will learn the big picture around why an organisation needs an environmental conscience. You'll explore Australian Government environmental legislation and develop essential skills such as impact assessment to help any organisation live up to its environmental license to operate.

Essential Geography minor 
This minor introduces human geography themes, Australian geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools and Australian weather and climate. 

First Nations Studies minor
In this minor, you will engage with colonialism taking you into the national context of First Nations Australians and perspectives in interface with non-Indigenous power and authority. You will develop skill sets to critically investigate, argue and interpret issues around identity, nationalism and power, and to question issues and approaches that purport to be about ‘reconciliation’. 

Liberal Arts minor
The Liberal Arts minor is available if you wish to gain credit for another course. Approval from the Head of Course is required to access this minor.

Literary Studies minor
Explore the complexities and delicacies of a variety to literary genres. Plus, you will develop analytical skills and new perspectives to enhance your own literary practices.

Strategic Communication minor
Strategic Communication is about using communication techniques with purpose. This minor shows you how to craft a message for a specific audience to ensure the message is received as intended and can be acted upon.

Visual Art Practices minor
Expand your horizons with the study of self-expression and exploration through visual art. In this minor, you'll work in a studio, think critically and engage in creative processes to develop a portfolio of your own contemporary artworks.

Working with the Media minor
This minor will introduce you to the world of the media, from traditional to contemporary forms of journalism. You'll learn how the media operates, what they want and what makes the news. 

World History minor
This minor introduces you to some world histories, including ancient, medieval, modern and the twentieth-century eras. 

Writing Stories minor
Calling all storytellers, this minor helps you to develop and refine your skills in writing engaging works for different audiences and markets. 

This course has no residential schools.

Professional Practice - Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (Queensland)


Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland

The degree is an approved academic qualification for admission to the legal profession. Graduates are also required to undertake a further period of practical legal training before being admitted as a legal practitioner.

Legal Practicum - LAWS12073

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


Rank Threshold

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 74 | ATAR 74.0

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary experience and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 202.



Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.


Recommended study

No recommended study required


English (4, SA)

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 more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Immunisation may be required for overseas excursions.

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.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$16,320
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$17,556

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
QueenslandOnline: 856305
New South WalesOnline: 160121
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150121
South AustraliaOnline: 150121
VictoriaOnline: 150121
TasmaniaOnline: 150121
Western AustraliaOnline: 150121

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations, such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQU.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Apply via UAC
Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni

Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQU, apply direct.

As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQU for this course. To apply directly, your prior study with CQU must be a completed or partially completed CQU course or unit, including:

  • CQU’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQU certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.