Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
Gain an advantage towards your career
A double degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws gives you exposure to multiple disciplines, increasing your employability. The Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to study across several skill and knowledge-bases in many different fields of study with plenty of flexibility. By combining this with a Bachelor of Laws, your opportunities for employment will expand, as well as the areas of possible employment. By completing a double degree, 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.
When graduating with a double degree, you will receive a separate testament (official certificate) for each degree.
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.
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.
Majors for the Bachelor of Arts: Anthropology, Archaeology, Anthropology and Archaeology Extended, Contemporary International Studies Extended, Contemporary Media Studies, Creative and Critical Writing, English Literature, English Literature Extended, History, History Extended, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Journalism Studies, Journalism Extended, Language and Culture (German and Mandarin Chinese), Legal Studies, Public Relations Studies and Social Justice Studies.
|Courses to be studied||Units|
|4 x Arts core courses
19 x Law core courses
|1 x 12-unit extended Arts major
or 1 x 8-unit Arts major plus 1 x 4-unit minor
|plus 5 Law approved courses||5|
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|Commonwealth supported||AUD 7406|
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 18620|
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.
You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
- Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program 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.
A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.
How to apply
Note: Semester 3 intake is available only by distance. There is no on-campus intake in Semester 3.
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
- Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
- Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.