Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

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Program summary

Help make a difference in the justice system.

Put the law into context with this double degree. You'll have the opportunity to work in legal practice or across the related field of criminology.

You will cover all the academic courses required for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia. You will engage in active learning experiences and gain practical skills right from your first year. For example, you will observe volunteer lawyers conducting client interviews at an advice clinic operated by Suncoast Community Legal Service.

You will research answers to legal problems, prepare advice, present legal argument, observe court proceedings, and take part in simulated court presentations in our new Moot Court venue. You can further develop your skills by working with Legal Service clients under legal supervision in law professional practice, or undertake a legal internship.

The Criminology component will hone your focus to the causes and impacts of crime, and what works in reducing crime and improving justice from an applied social science perspective. You'll be prepared for real world challenges through guest lectures and opportunities for practical learning.

Completion of this program ensures you meet the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia. With a depth of knowledge and understanding in both law, and criminology and justice, graduates have extended career prospects.

Law Honours is available, usually without extending the time required to complete your degree.

Career opportunities

This double degree will be valuable for those graduates who intend to practise in criminal law. A broad range of career opportunities exist for graduates, in areas such as legal research, law reform research and policy development, advocacy, political advising; corruption and white collar crime investigations, prosecutions and crime prevention.

Registration

The degree is an approved academic qualification for admission to the legal profession. Graduates must undertake a further period of practical legal training before being admitted as a legal practitioner.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

USC Law School courses
Introductory courses (5)

COR109 Communication and Thought
LAW101 Foundations of Australian Law A
LAW102 Foundations of Australian Law B
LAW103 Criminal Law and Procedure A
LAW104 Criminal Law and Procedure B

Advanced courses (20)

14 required courses:

LAW201 Torts A
LAW202 Torts B
LAW203 Contracts A
LAW204 Contracts B
LAW205 Property A
LAW206 Property B
LAW301 Constitutional Law
LAW302 Equity & Trusts
LAW303 Corporations Law
LAW304 Civil Procedure
LAW401 Administrative Law
LAW402 Professional Conduct
LAW403 Evidence
LAW404 Regulation

PLUS select 6 elective courses from:

LAW307 Commercial Law
LAW310 Children & the Law
LAW311 Law Professional Practice
LAW312 Competition and Consumer Law
LAW318 Advocacy
LAW405 Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAW406 Planning and Environment Law
LAW407 Elder Law and Succession
LAW408 Intellectual Property
LAW410 Public International Law
LAW411 Private International Law
LAW412 International Human Rights Law
LAW414 Legal Internship
LAW415 Sports Law
LAW416 International Commercial Disputes
LAW417 Employment Law
LAW418 Health Law
LAW419 Family Law
LAW420 Anti-Discrimination Law

The following 2 elective courses are only available to students who have been accepted into honours in Law:
LAW440 Honours Research Methods, Design and Confirmation
LAW441 Law Honours Thesis

Please note: Semester offerings for Law elective courses are subject to change and are dependent on student demand. For more information on elective availability please contact your Program Coordinator.

Criminology courses
Introductory courses (6)

CRM101 Introduction to Criminology
CRM102 Understanding Crime
CRM103 Punishment and Corrections
CRM105 Policing
SCS101 Foundations of Human Behaviour
SCS110 Introduction to Sociology: Society, Culture and Change

Advanced courses (5)

CRM202 Diversity, Crime and Justice
CRM204 Applied Crime Prevention
CRM301 Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
CRM304 Professional Ethics and Integrity Management
SCS225 Social Research

Elective courses (4)

Select 4 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering or USC Law School .

Suggested electives for Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminology and Justice include:

CRM201 Criminal Profiling
JST202 International Justice and Human Rights
CRM203 Homicide
CRM302 Youth Justice
CRM303 Restorative Justice and Mediation
CRM305 Professional Placement
CRM307 Crime Research Methods

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 480

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 480 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete 5 introductory level (100 coded) required law courses including COR109
  • Complete 14 advanced level (200/300/400 coded) required law courses
  • Complete 6 law electives
  • Complete 6 required introductory level (100 coded) criminology courses
  • Complete 5 required advanced level (200/300 coded) criminology courses
  • Complete 4 elective courses 
  • Complete no more than 15 introductory level (100 coded) courses in total, including the core course
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Refer to the 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
  • Semester offerings for Law elective courses are subject to change and are dependent on student demand. For more information on elective availability please contact your Program Coordinator
  • Honours in Law available for high performing students

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Use the relevant QTAC code specified on the program summary

Exceptions
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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