Newsletter- Focus on Law

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Focus on Law


What are the main types of lawyers?

The legal profession in Australia is organized so that there are two important types of lawyers:


Solicitors work with clients, preparing cases for court, providing assistance with legal action, preparing wills, giving advice on contracts, family law and property purchase and sale.


Barristers represent clients in court. They will work with their client’s solicitor to represent the client in civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals.


Pathways to Law

Students who would like to work in the justice area, but who don’t want to do a four-year professional program may choose to do a Diploma of Justice or Diploma of Criminology and Criminal Justice at a TAFE, Griffith College, or other private provider. They may also like to do a Bachelor in justice and/or criminology. These courses can also be a pathway towards of law degree for students who would like to be a lawyer, but who don’t have a competitive OP or tertiary selection rank for entry.


Steps to Becoming a Solicitor or Barrister

The Queensland Law Society website gives the steps to follow to become a solicitor – getting a bachelor degree is only the first step!

  1. Complete an approved law degree
  2. Complete a supervised traineeship
  3. Apply for admission to roll of lawyers
  4. Apply for a publishing certificate


The Bar Association of Queensland gives the extra steps to follow after being admitted as a solicitor in order to be a barrister:


  1. Pass the Bar Exams (examinations in legal ethics, law practice and procedures, evidence)
  2. Bar Practice Course



Tertiary Courses for Law in Queensland




Combined Degrees Available

2015 OP/Tertiary Rank

University of Central Queensland

Bachelor of Laws Prerequisite – English 4 years

Accounting, Arts


University of the Sunshine Coast

Bachelor of Laws Prerequisite – English 4 years

Includes Arts, Business, Commerce, Criminology & Justice, Journalism, Science, Social Science


Griffith University

Bachelor of Laws Prerequisite – English

Nathan and Gold Coast campuses 4 years

Arts, Business, Commerce, Criminology & Justice, Psychology, Science (environment), International Business, International Government

& International relations


James Cook University

Bachelor of Laws Prerequisite – English 4 years

Business, Arts, Science


University of Southern Queensland

Bachelor of Laws Prerequisite – English 3 years

Business and Commerce, Arts



Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Assumed Knowledge – English 4 years

Includes Justice, Behavioural Science, Biomedical science, Business, Creative Industries


University of Qld

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Prerequisite – English

4 years

Commerce, Economics, Journalism, Arts, Science, Business Management











Expo/Open Days 2016





Gold Coast Careers Expo

5 May

Cairns Career and Employment Expo

26 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

26 May

Tertiary Studies Expo

16, 17 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

19 July

Townsville Careers Expo

8 August


Career Expos and University/TAFE open days are great opportunities for students to obtain information about courses, careers and tertiary studies. A summary of some of the events coming up in Queensland is shown below. Note – the QTAC website has up-to-date information on dates, venues, times and weblinks on expos and open days.



Making the Most of Your Expo Visit

Some tips on making sure that you get the most out of your visit.

The Careers and Tertiary Expos are extremely good for Years 10 and 11 students to visit. There are a large number of employers and training organisations and universities there for you to meet with. Often there are seminars and workshops on career topics and job skills.

Before you visit, look up the expo website (and you can find all of these links at QTAC – Open Days and Expos.

  • Look to see if there are workshops, seminars at particular times that you would like to see


Open Day

Australian Catholic University

23 July

Bond University

23 July

CQ University – different dates at various campuses

August, Sept

Griffith University

24 July

James Cook University – Cairns James Cook University - Townsville

7 August

21 August

QUT – Garden’s Point QUT – Caboolture

31 July

21 August


Read through the list of employers and tertiary institutions to see which ones will be of interest to you. This is an opportunity to gain a large amount of information – take time to look at a whole range of options.


Open Days

Some tips on making sure that you get the most out of your open day visits:

  1. Do your research before you go!
  1. Use your visits to the Tertiary Expo and Careers Expo to help you narrow down the open days you want to go to.
  1. Don’t make a decision too early on wanting to go to a particular university – look at more than one place.
  1. Look at the institution website before going to the open day. Make a list of courses you are interested in, and have some questions ready to ask the staff who are there:
  • What majors are available in the course?
  • Is the course available in different modes – part-time, full-time?
  • Are there any special programs that students can do in the course?
  • If you don’t think you will have the OP/selection rank to enter the course, what pathways are available at that institution for you to take to move towards the course?




Remember, to view all upcoming events visit your School Careers Website under “Important Information”. You can even elect to have some or all calendar reminders emailed to you weekly.


The above information has been gathered from a range of sources including publicly available websites, and institutional and organisational newsletters. Every effort has been made to ensure the information provided is accurate and up to date at the time of publication.





What is new in Senior Schooling in Queensland?

There are changes under way regarding assessment in the Senior Phase (Years 11 and 12), and for tertiary entrance. Changes are likely to be implemented when the current Year 9 students are in Year 11.


An updated brochure for families can be found at the following link: QCAA Brochure


The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has produced the 21st  Century Skills for Senior Education report. This report will form the basis for the updates which are underway during 2016 on all Senior subjects and assessment.