Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - CL51
Develop a broad knowledge of law and psychology and an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of legal and psychological research and professional practice. As a graduate of this dual degree, you will be highly sought after in a wide range of specialisations whether you wish to pursue a career as a legal professional, undertake further study to practice as a registered psychologist or work in people-oriented vocations requiring a sound understanding of human behaviour.
4.5 years full-time, 9 years part-time
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
No recommended study required
The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) provides you with a highly marketable qualification and a comprehensive overview of the disciplines of law and psychology. The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) requires students to have completed a bachelor degree for entry, hence students will need to complete the Bachelor of Laws first or rely on a bachelor’s degree they have already completed.
You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the methodologies and statistical techniques commonly used by researchers for information gathering and analysis, which you can apply when undertaking research activities.
In the Bachelor of Laws, you will learn all areas of law required to satisfy professional accreditation through the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. The course enables you 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.
If you complete the course with a GPA of 5.5 or above in your level 2 and level 3 Psychology units you may be eligible for a place in our Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) course, which will prepare you for conditional registration as psychologists in Australia, as well as for coursework and/or research higher degree studies in psychology
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. Discover more about studying law at CQUni and the range of support available to students.
|Core Units||28||Major Units||None|
Course structureYou are required to complete 28 core units consisting of 16 law units and 12 psychology units. You will have the option to study an eight-unit major, or two, four-unit minors in an area of law.
The course is designed to give you a strong grounding in both the disciplines of law and psychology. Assessment is overseen through university governance processes, along with the discipline's pastoral responsibility. The course adheres to CQUniversity's academic standards and continual renewal and improvement framework.
Please note: The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) requires you to have completed a bachelor degree for entry, hence you will need to complete the Bachelor of Laws first or rely on a bachelors degree they have already completed.
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 Science (Psychology) offers you a wealth of career opportunities in law and professions that require an understanding of human behaviour such as human resources, business management, counselling and more.
Accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland upon graduation, and after completing the required professional legal training, you will be able to practise as a legal practitioner. You will graduate with an accredited three-year psychology degree allowing you to progress with further study in psychology to become a qualified psychologist. The combination of laws and psychology units that you will study will allow you to gain skills and knowledge that are transferrable and applicable to a diverse range of sectors giving you choice and flexibility in your career options upon graduation.
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 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 connectionsYour psychology units are taught by experienced lecturers with broad backgrounds from clinical psychology to psychological research offering you a wealth of perspectives that you will draw on in your career. As a 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.
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 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. 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.
|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|
|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.|
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 secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.
Institute profileTo 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, 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.
The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) 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.
The course is also relevant to a broad array of government departments such as prisons, probation and parole, court clerk, investigator, defence as well as public and private security and investigation.
You may wish to undertake further study to qualify as a psychologist. The psychology aspects of the degree are also useful for careers which require a sound understanding of human behaviour such as:
- Human resource management
- Business management
- School guidance counselling
- Scientific research
- Public health
- Special education
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and as such, successful completion of this course will mean that you are eligible to apply for an APAC accredited 4th year honours course in Psychology.
This course is an approved academic qualification for admission to the legal profession and is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland. You are also required to undertake a further period of practical legal training before being admitted as a legal practitioner. You may then be admitted in any Australian jurisdiction.
APAC accreditation has been granted for recognition of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) as a three year undergraduate degree in Psychology. Please note that completion of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) does not meet the minimum requirement for provisional registration as a practicing Psychologist, for which a 4th year of accredited study is required.
You may also be eligible for Student membership or Affiliate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$12,468.00|
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.
This course is a recognised professional pathway stream for psychology and social work that is accredited with the relevant accrediting body and leads to professional employment. All units in Behavioural Science and Human Welfare Studies and Services will be considered part of the professional pathway and charged under Band 2. All other units undertaken as part of a professional pathway degree will be charged at their nominal rate which may fall under Band 4 or a mix of Band 1, 2 and 4.
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 by 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, 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: 160122|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150122|
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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.