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Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (BALW)

Entry requirements
  • OP: 11
  • Selection Rank: 77
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus
  • Ipswich
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November
Note: Only Law courses can be studied at USQ Ipswich. Not all Arts majors are available on-campus at Springfield, and limited Law courses are available in Semester 3 (November).

Overview

  • A double degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws gives you an edge when applying for jobs as a community lawyer, legal officer, barrister or solicitor. When combined with a major in History, International Relations, or Social Justice, this double degree enables you to follow your passion and pursue a range of employment.
  • By completing a double degree, your opportunities for employment will expand and you will graduate sooner than if you were to complete two separate degrees.
  • The different areas of law you will explore throughout the degree include criminal law, legal conflict and resolution and legal professional practice and ethics. This is then combined with an Arts major of your choice, including Anthropology and Archaeology, Creative and Critical Writing, English Literature, Journalism, International Relations, History, and Contemporary Media.
  • When graduating with a double degree, you will receive a separate testamur (official certificate) for each degree.
Law courses can be studied at USQ Ipswich from Semester 1, 2021.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws has been accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, Queensland, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland as an approved academic qualification under the Supreme Court (Legal Practitioner Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld). This will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland, or as a legal practitioner elsewhere in Australia. Intending solicitors and barristers must also complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practise law. Advice on practical legal training programs can be obtained through Ask USQ.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate with a double degree, your career opportunities are extensive and vary widely depending on your chosen majors. Career opportunities through this double degree may include private practice solicitor or barrister, government departments, non-government agencies, legal organisations, journalist, public relations practitioner, media companies or as a communications consultant. 

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Including adjustments Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Excluding adjustments Entry score not including adjustment factors.
Lowest OP/selection rank to receive an offer The minimum entry score for this degree based on USQ offers.
OP
11
Rank
77
OP
11
Rank
76

Starting uni in 2021?

If you want to start your studies in 2021, the format of subject pre-requisites will change slightly from previous years. ATAR will also replace OP for Queensland students who graduate from high school from 2020. Find out more about these changes to ensure you are prepared to apply.

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degree's student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 40 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
4 x Arts core courses plus 19 x Law core courses 23
1 x 12-unit extended Arts major
or 1 x 8-unit Arts major plus 1 x 4-unit minor
12
5 approved Law courses 5
Total 40

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 8920
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 21320

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
Ipswich 939911
Online 909915
Springfield 929911
Toowoomba 909911

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Note: Semester 3 intake is available only by distance. There is no on-campus intake in Semester 3.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.
Note: Semester 3 intake is available only by distance. There is no on-campus intake in Semester 3.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November, 2020.
  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.
  • Semester 3, 2021 - applications close Monday 15 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 15 November, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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