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School of Law and Justice sets the pace

University of Southern Queensland offers most flexible law degree in country.

The University of Southern Queensland’s Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees are already nationally acclaimed, and now they can be done faster than anywhere else in Australia.

It is thanks to the introduction of an optional fast-tracked program that allows students to complete their degrees within the usual three-year time frame – or do their degrees in two years by signing on for optional third full-time semesters.

The fast-track program has been carefully structured with multiple offerings of core subjects every year.

It allows students to start their studies in any of the three semesters within the year, and proceeding through each subsequent semester full-time by taking core subjects in the right order.

Law and Justice Head of School Professor Reid Mortensen said the program was one of the first of its kind in the country.

“We are the only university that allows students to complete a law degree by fast-tracking over two years, regardless of the semester of entry,” Professor Mortensen said.

“Ever since summer study became available, students in the LLB and JD programs have been trying to work out ways to complete their degree in a shorter period.

“This program recognises this preference, and organises the degree in a way which will allow them to fast-track their studies without compromising the proper sequence of subjects.”

Professor Mortensen said the University’s Juris Doctor program had seen a surge in popularity.

“The overall enrolment in the 2021 JD program is 28 per cent higher than the same time last year,” he said.

“It’s a unique program and one of the few online JD programs in Australia.

“Not only does it provide a pathway to practising law, but the amount of research required in the program means that our JD graduates are also qualified for entry into the PhD program.

“It is a full fee-paying program and, for some students who are already in law-related work, this may mean that the fees are fully tax-deductible*.”

For more information visit the School of Law and Justice

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Law and Justice Head of School Professor Reid Mortensen. (USQ Photography)