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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

UNITS/CREDITS

39/234

DURATION

5 years full-time, 10 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

PRE-REQUISITES

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.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Term 3 - 2021Available 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
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.
Legal PracticumLAWS12073Students will be able to undertake at their option an overseas or domestic practicum placement or engagement with a complex work simulation.
This course has no residential schools.

Entry score information will be available soon.

Domestic students

Prerequisites: English (4,SA) 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 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • Tertiary 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 as below.

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall 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; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) ‐ Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English ‐ Score of 200 or above.

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.

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 program 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 program 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.
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.
  • If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution? Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The majority of units within this course fall within Band 3. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 2.
Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands. You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.
HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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

QUALITY EDUCATION, WHEREVER YOU ARE
Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

A UNI THAT KNOWS CREDIBILITY IS KEY
In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A UNI THAT LEADS IN ONLINE EDUCATION
A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

A UNI THAT KNOWS CONVENIENCE COUNTS
CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

A UNI THAT KNOWS YOUR EXPERIENCE MATTERS
CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

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

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: Perfect for returning CQUni students, if you are changing your CQUni course, or you are a current or previous CQUni SUN, STEPS or VET student.

OPTION 1: APPLY VIA A TERTIARY ADMISSION CENTRE
In most situations, you'll apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre. Not all TACs are open for Term 1, 2021 applications just yet.

WHERE YOU LIVETERTIARY ADMISSION CENTRE (TAC)*
QueenslandApplications for Term 1, 2021 will open via QTAC on 4 August 2020. 
New South Wales and Australian Capital TerritoryApplications are open now via UAC.
Victoria and TasmaniaApplications for Term 1, 2021 will open via VTAC on 3 August 2020.
South Australia and the Northern TerritoryApplication open dates for Term 1, 2021 for SATAC will be available soon.
Western Australia

Applications are open now via our ApplyCQUni portal.


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


OPTION 2: ARE YOU A RETURNING CQUNI STUDENT OR CHANGING YOUR CQUNI COURSE? APPLY DIRECTLY TO CQUNIVERSITY
You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria: 

  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. *A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.
Apply direct