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Summary
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (BALW)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 40 units

Duration
  • 5 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

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.

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.

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.

Courses to be studied Units
4 x Arts core courses
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
plus 5 Law approved courses 5
Total 40
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

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

Study Mode Cost
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.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

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OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

Alternate pathways

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

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

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

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
Online 909915
Springfield 929911
Toowoomba 909911

Closing dates

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.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit 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.

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