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Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology - CL94

CQUniversity's Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology is an exciting double degree option that prepares you for a wide variety of career paths within the burgeoning law and justice fields.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Online

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:74 ATAR:74

UNITS/CREDITS

39/234

DURATION

5 years full-time, 10 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

PREREQUISITES

English (Units 3 and 4, C)

RECOMMENDED STUDY

English

The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology affords a wide array of career opportunities in the justice sector.

CQUniversity's Bachelor of Laws course covers all the areas of law required to satisfy professional accreditation through the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. The course enables graduates to proceed to practice as a legal practitioner after completing the required professional training. During your studies you will learn about legal procedures and key legislation, and be given the opportunity to develop skills necessary to identify, analyse and evaluate facts in relation to legal frameworks. The core areas of law covered in the course match those required for admission to the legal profession (Priestley 11) and other requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee including statutory interpretation, criminal law and procedure, contracts, torts, federal and state constitutional law, equity (including trusts), administrative law, property, company law, evidence, ethics and professional responsibility and civil dispute resolution. The course also offers elective choices from a diverse range of electives including alternative dispute resolution, legal drafting, legal advocacy, commercial law, family law, succession, revenue law, theories of law and justice, Australian employment law, environmental law, international and human rights law. 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.

CQUniversity's Bachelor of Criminology provides you with a multidisciplinary education in the field of criminology. Through this course, you will integrate insights from sociology, philosophy, social theory, politics, psychology and other relevant disciplines to solve problems of crime, violence and conflict in society. You will learn from expert lecturers who have extensive experience in the field of criminology and be supported by a dedicated criminology coach, who will provide you with advice, support, guidance and mentorship throughout your studies. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge needed for a career as a criminologist along with the ability to provide objective research and advice at all levels of policy-making from an evaluation of extensive government crime control initiatives through to proposals for local community anti-violence programs. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Criminology, you will enjoy a wide variety of challenging career options in criminal justice, police, customs, correction services and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. This course is relevant to a broad array of government departments such as prisons, probation and parole centres, and positions such as court clerk, investigator as well as public and private security and investigation. It is also relevant to careers in public policy and corporate risk analysis and those that require a sound understanding of human behaviours such as human resource management, rehabilitation, business management, teaching, school guidance counselling, scientific research, public health, defence, and special education.

This double degree puts the law into context and is particularly valuable for those graduates who intend to practise in criminal law. Criminology gives you a solid understanding of Australia's criminal justice system and what motivates criminal behaviour. The law degree will develop skills in legal research, preparing advice and presenting arguments. The criminology degree develops complementary skills in social science research with a focus on crime-related issues, problem-solving skills and specialist skills in areas such as criminal profiling and case management.

Core Units 31 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Course structure

You are required to complete 39 units made up of 31 core law and criminology units and eight units selected from either liberal law or legal practice, or four units selected from two of the following areas; liberal law, legal practice, or commercial law. Your core units and the additional eight units that you will complete within this course allow you to gain a deep and broad understanding in the fields of law and criminology.

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.

Career focussed

The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology prepares you for a diverse range of career opportunities in law and justice. The complementary nature of law and criminology equips you with a strong understanding of Australia's criminal justice system and what motivates criminal and develops your skills in legal research, preparing advice and presenting arguments – skills that are valuable for a career in criminal law, or transferrable to any role in justice.

Your e-Portfolio

Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to develop an e-portfolio. Your e-portfolio is a valuable career planning and preparation tool that you can use to showcase to future employers your abilities and demonstrate the experience, skills and knowledge you have gained through your studies. You will complete authentic assessments that provide you with plenty of opportunities to build and develop your e-portfolio.  

Industry connections

As a CQUni laws student, you will benefit from our strong connections with industry that see your course material taught by practising lawyers in different fields of practice allowing you to take advantage of the knowledge and insight that only real practitioners can provide. Your criminology units are taught by lecturers who have extensive experience in the field of criminology, and you will be supported by a dedicated criminology coach, who will provide you with advice, support, guidance and mentorship throughout your studies.

In addition to this, CQUniversity has an agreement with the Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc (CQCLC) connecting you to industry and providing opportunities for you to gain real-life work experience with the community-based, government-funded organisation that provides free legal advice and minor assistance to members of the community who may not otherwise be able to access or afford such assistance.

Real-world experience

Your studies are strongly focussed on developing your professional profile and relevant professional experience with a range of experiential learning opportunities included in your course.

Within the law units, these experiential opportunities include simulations such as moots, branching simulations, and role-plays; drafting legal documents; client interviewing exercises; developing legal apps and pro bono community service opportunities. You will also complete a legal practicum unit which gives you the opportunity to complete an international study tour, work placement, social innovation project, or workplace simulation.

The practical focus and legal experience you gain within your legal practicum allow you to apply your skills and knowledge to legal problems and scenarios in a legal environment.

You will complete a capstone unit in criminology which will either be research-focused or a work placement. The combination of legal and criminology practical learning opportunities will provide you with a robust understanding of both discipline areas.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2024Available Online

Within the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology, you will have the flexibility to choose eight units from the following law areas:

  • Liberal law
  • Legal Practice

Alternatively, instead of eight units from one of the above areas, you can choose to complete four units from two of the following areas:

  • Liberal law
  • Commercial law
  • Legal Practice
Unit NameCodeDescription
Legal PracticumLAWS12073Students will be able to undertake at their option an overseas or domestic practicum placement or engagement with a complex work simulation.
Criminology Work Placement CapstoneCRIM13004This capstone unit enables students to apply the theories, content knowledge and skills they have learned to a workplace environment. Student work should involve finding solutions to a problem in a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to: 1. Apply skills and knowledge developed in the course to criminology practice in a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. 2. Evaluate and report work placement experiences and assess personal and professional growth, strengths and weaknesses in: (a) intellectual development (integration, problem identification, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making), (b) social development (social skills, initiative and independence), and (c) professional development (technical skills, time management and verbal and written communication). 3. Reflect upon and describe the careers, roles, relationships, responsibilities and activities of people engaged in the practice of criminology in the workplace. 4. Reflect upon, evaluate and report enhanced knowledge of criminology gained as a result of participation in work placement and the nature of the environment that supported such learning.
This course has no residential schools.

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 education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 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.

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 & 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.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

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.

Health Requirements

There are no health requirements.

Assumed Knowledge

English

The Bachelor of Laws course will satisfy the academic requirement for admission as a legal practitioner. Law graduates are required to undergo a period of practical legal training before admission as a legal practitioner and can practice law in Australia.

A law degree will provide you with the qualifications to pursue a number of careers in the field of law, including solicitor, barrister, government legal officer, judicial officer, law academic, company director, in-house counsel, diplomat and politician. Our Bachelor of Laws course may also be undertaken by industry professionals looking to increase their knowledge of law within their own profession. Many law graduates work in areas not directly related to the law but are working in occupations and industries where the knowledge and skills of a law degree are highly sought after and valued.

The course is accredited with the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Your actual 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. The Australian Government loan scheme HECS-HELP assists you in paying your student contributions. You can choose 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. 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. 

New South WalesONL: 160083
VictoriaONL: 1700110811
Western AustraliaONL: 150083
QueenslandONL: 850597

Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) codes will be available soon.

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 have previously studied with CQUni.

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 Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania

Apply via VTAC

Note: applications via VTAC are closed from Friday, 2 December 2022 and reopen Wednesday, 4 January 2023. While VTAC is closed, please submit your application via ApplyCQUni.

South Australia; Northern Territory; Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

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


Option 2: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.

As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
Apply direct