Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Information Technology
|Rank threshold||ATAR: 74 SR: 74|
|Duration||5 years full-time, 10 years part-time|
|Next start term||Term 1, 2024|
This innovative double degree will put you on the cutting edge of the legal industry's transformation towards automation and the legal information technology careers of the future. You will benefit from current, industry-relevant units as well as in‑built practical experiences within the Bachelor of Laws and the option to complete an internship or capstone unit within the Bachelor of Information Technology.
This course will allow you to seek admission as an Australian Legal Practitioner, after completing the required professional training (Practical Legal Training Course), and is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland and the Australian Computer Society.
Designed with input from our industry partners, the Bachelor of Laws Bachelor of Information Technology is a multidisciplinary qualification designed to enable you to gain entry into the legal and information technology professions.
During your legal studies you will learn about legal procedures and key legislation, develop skills necessary to identify, analyse and evaluate facts in relation to legal frameworks. The core areas of the law degree match those required for admission to the legal profession including statutory interpretation, criminal law and procedure, contracts, torts, constitutional law, equity, administrative law, property, company, evidence, professional responsibility and civil procedure.
During your information technology studies you will learn the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the information technology industry. You will benefit from current industry-relevant units as well as in-built practical experiences including the option to complete a work placement or project as part of the capstone unit within your chosen major. Choose to major in application development, business analysis or cyber security.
You will benefit from the flexibility to study online to allow you to balance your study, work, family and other commitments. With flexibility in mind, you have the option to undertake experiential learning opportunities including moot simulations, developing legal apps, pro bono community service opportunities and the option to seek out work placements.
Choosing to study this double degree will put you on the cutting edge of the transformation of the legal industry towards automation and legal information technology jobs of the near future. Discover more about studying law at CQUni and the range of support available to students.
- Authentic Learning Experiences
- Experienced Teaching Team
- Flexible Online Study
- Industry Accredited
- Social Innovation
- Work-Integrated Learning
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.
On completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology you will be qualified for a number of different careers areas including:
- Technical/forensic analyst
- Commercial/IP/technology lawyer
- Legal technologist
- Legal content manager
- Document review lawyer
- e-discovery consultant
- Litigation support professional
- Legal digital marketing specialist
- Legal process analyst
- Legal knowledge engineer
- Contracts/procurement analysts
Roles in intellectual property, privacy, software and business method patents, cybersecurity, data protection and data security are also possibilities, whilst emerging legal technology firms, start-ups, and new generation law firms are potential employers.
Structure & Availability
You are required to complete 24 law units and 15 information technology units.
Your law units incorporate 16 core law units, plus eight optional law units in either liberal law, or legal practice. Alternatively, you can opt to split your eight optional law units across two of the following law areas (completing four units in each area); liberal law, legal practice, or commercial law.
Your IT units incorporate eight core information technology units and one seven-unit IT major in either application development, business analysis, or cyber security.
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.
|Term 1, 2024||Available Online|
|Term 2, 2024||Available Online|
|Term 3, 2024||Available Online|
Please note, that some units from within the Bachelor of Information Technology component of this double degree are available to study on campus in Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney and Townsville (not all units are available at all locations.)
Application Development major
Application Development involves using tools, techniques, and programming languages to develop systems. In this major, you will study concepts such as the architectural design of an application including how to break up an application and distribute its components across a networked system and the development of mobile and internet applications. You'll graduate an advanced, enterprise-ready developer.
Business Analysis major
With this major, you will delve into the world of enterprise analysis. You'll use a variety of tools and techniques for data modelling, visualisation, and analysis skills to become an expert in identifying and managing the changes needed to introduce an information system into an organisation.
Cyber Security major
In the evolving area of cyber security, you will develop your understanding of information, networks, and system security issues whilst cultivating your skills to detect and prevent different types of security attacks. Plus, your expertise will span to include digital forensics in the investigation of eCrime activities.
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.
Undergraduate ICT Internship - COIT13239
Students are able to choose either COIT13239 Undergraduate ICT Internship or complete the appropriate ICT discipline capstone project unit (COIT13230 Application Development Project, COIT13232 Business Analysis Project, or COIT13236 Cyber Security Project).
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
If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1 2023, view our Institute Profile.
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 ore 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.
Fees & Scholarships
2023 Indicative Fees
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$15,136|
2024 Indicative Fees
|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
|Northern Territory||Online: 150125|
|South Australia||Online: 150125|
|New South Wales||Online: 160125|
|Western Australia||Online: 150125|
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 usi.gov.au 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.