Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Program code

1625

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

5.5 years full-time
8 years part-time

Credit points

440

Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Prerequisites

  • English (4SA)

Assumed knowledge

Nil

Why choose this program?

This program is scheduled to commence in 2020.

Criminology deals with the causes of crime and the treatment of criminals, making it of natural interest to criminal lawyers. In this double degree, you will develop the academic and professional knowledge, and analytical and practical skills you will need for a professional career in law, criminology and criminal justice. You will also gain an understanding of the complex environments in which crime occurs and the changing nature of the legal responses that must be applied.

Law component

Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasise practical legal skills, insights and experience.

You will make connections between law and ethics, legal theory, Indigenous issues, and internationalisation. You will also develop interdisciplinary understandings of law and legal work.

You will take courses that cover areas such as Crime, Contracts, Property, Corporate Law, Torts and Theories of Law.

If you complete the five Canadian Law courses, you will eligible for entry into the legal profession in Canada's common law provinces, when accompanied by a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

Criminology component

In this specialised degree, you will learn about the causes of crime and society's response through the justice system to address them.

In your first year, you will learn about trends in crime in Australia and overseas. You will study courses about police, courts and criminal law, forensic psychology and homicide. You will hear from academic and professional experts about how crime can be prevented and reduced.

In your second and third years, you will have the flexibility to specialise with elective courses in areas such as policing, working with offenders and victims, and analysing and preventing crimes. You will also have opportunities to study abroad and receive credit for your degree.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is offered full-time on-campus at the Mount Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses.
As a full-time student you will generally attend 10-15 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and early evening throughout the week.
Some law electives are based at Nathan campus, some at the Gold Coast. A few law electives are run in intensive mode, including in trimester 3. Intensive mode means that classes may be compacted over a week, or over several weekends. Some law electives are 'clinics' which typically involve work off campus. Law electives are not normally undertaken until the final two years of your law degree.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

The Bachelor of Laws provides the opportunity for optional work-integrated learning through its variety of Clinic courses.

My career opportunities

A law degree from Griffith University is your passport to the world and is recognised as a qualifying degree for admission into the legal profession in many countries around the world.

Law component: You will be prepared for a career as a solicitor or barrister, after gaining professional recognition. You will find opportunities in business and government in areas such as academia, administration, banking, finance, industrial relations, management and marketing.

Criminology component: You will find opportunities in policing and security, intelligence, probation and parole, child protection, crime analysis, courts and justice services, crime prevention and regulatory agencies. You will be prepared for a career in areas such as law enforcement, working directly with offenders in welfare and counselling roles and in criminological research and policy roles.

Professional recognition

To be eligible for admission as a solicitor, a person must complete an approved law degree (undertaken approved practical legal training via a practical legal training course of Supervised Traineeship at a Law firm) and be able to satisfy the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board and the Supreme Court of their fitness to practise.

Canada

Griffith University's law degree is accepted for entry into the legal profession in Canada's common law provinces, when accompanied by a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. You must ensure you complete the five Canadian Law courses to help you prepare for the NCA exams while gaining credit towards your law degree.

Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak)

Students from Sabah or Sarawak who have a Griffith law degree and wish to return to Sabah or Sarawak to practise law may do so providing they gain admission to practice in an Australian jurisdiction first and then fulfil additional requirements upon their return to Sabah or Sarawak.