Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Information Technology - CL54
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.
5 years full-time, 10 years part-time
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
No recommended study required
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.
|Core Units||32||Major Units||7|
Course structureYou 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.
Unit informationFor information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer informationIf you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
Career focussedThe Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Information Technology prepares you for a diverse range of career opportunities in the legal and IT professions. The complementary nature of law and IT puts you on the cutting edge of the transformation of the legal industry towards automation and legal information technology jobs of the near future.
Your e-PortfolioThroughout 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 connectionsOur strong connections with industry mean that your course material is 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.
CQUniversity has an agreement with the Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc that provides opportunities for you to gain work experience with a community-based, government-funded organisation that provides free legal advice to the community.
Real-world experienceYour 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.
Within the IT major, you study, you will have the opportunity to complete an internship or a capstone project. Through this work-integrated learning experience, you will enhance your work readiness and demonstrate your skills in your chosen discipline while working in an authentic environment. If you complete the internship, you will spend ten weeks with your internship host during your last term and the remaining three weeks on campus. If you complete the capstone project your project will be relevant to your chosen IT major and will allow you to apply the skills and knowledge gained in your prior study to a relevant and authentic IT scenario.
|Term 1 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 3 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 3 - 2023||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.)
Students undertaking an internship will enrol in the unit COIT13239 Undergraduate ICT Internship instead of the capstone unit COIT13230 Application Development project.
Students undertaking an internship will enrol in the unit COIT13239 Undergraduate ICT Internship instead of the capstone unit COIT13232 Business Analysis Project.
Students undertaking an internship will enrol in the unit COIT13239 Undergraduate ICT Internship instead of the capstone unit COIT13236 Cyber Security project.
Choose a major to suit you
Benefit from a choice of majors to tailor your studies to suit your career goals or learning interests. Discover more about each minor below, what you will learn and where it can take you.
|Application Development Major|
The application development major covers programming, software design and development, distributed systems and internet technologies. This major equips you with the knowledge and skills to create applications that run on devices or browsers. There is strong employment demand for skilled web, cloud and mobile application developers.
|Business Analysis Major|
If you are interested in providing information technology solutions for organisations the business analysis major is an ideal option. This major covers data visualisation and dashboard design, business intelligence, enterprise systems, knowledge management. There are diverse job opportunities in this field of information technology.
|Cyber Security Major|
An evolving area of specialisation in information technology is cyber security. The cyber security major allows you to learn about network security and communication, systems and network administration, electronic crime and digital forensics, programming and applied distribution systems.
|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
Student profileIf 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, 2021.
Institute profileTo find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1 2021, 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.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Security RequirementsThe 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 RequirementsOverseas placements may require vaccinations.
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.
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.
The BIT course is fully accredited with Australian Computer Society at professional level.
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$11,320.00|
The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|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:
|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 4. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 2.
|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.
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, 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 Wales||ONL: 160125|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150125|
If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.
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 CQUni.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView 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|
|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: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUniBenefit 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 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.