Economics is about more than just markets, models and capital. It’s the study of people and how we make decisions, organise societies, and predict human behaviour. Combined with the study of law – you'll have a head start to change the world.

  • The Bachelors of Economics/Laws (Honours) will teach you how to question, analyse, model and predict behaviour while you study the concepts, principles, policies and values of the law, both in Australia and in other jurisdictions.
  • Develop outstanding skills in critical, rational and analytical thinking, and learn how to craft clear and persuasive arguments. The program also meets the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.
  • Benefit from a strong co-curricular program that includes real-world experience in the legal profession; holistic events to help you stay healthy, engaged and motivated; and national and international mooting competitions.
  • Graduate with an internationally respected honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market and provide a pathway to future research or learning.

Study at one of the largest, most influential and most prestigious schools for economics in Australia and at a law school that offers professional networks, an innovative environment, and a wide range of employment outcomes.

  • In the classroom

    Personalised teaching experience

    Our courses are taught in small group settings and informal learning spaces in the Forgan Smith building, refurbished specifically for law students. You'll have the opportunity to test your knowledge with your peers and professors in an active learning environment.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The TC Beirne School of Law is an international leader in teaching and research. The school was ranked 48th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject – the only Queensland law school to be ranked in the top 50.

  • Why study

    About UQ Law

     

  • Alumni
    Economics has given me a diverse and marketable skill-set and global perspective that set me up to take on an interesting, exciting and worthwhile international career. Verity Doyle, LLB (Hons I) / BEcon graduate (2009)
    Associate, Linklaters, London, United Kingdom

Career outcomes

Many of our graduates enjoy employment in the legal profession and complete further training to work as barristers or solicitors, public prosecutors, community lawyers or government and military legal officers.

But don't let that limit you. An economics/law degree also opens up opportunities in:

  • State and Federal Government policy research,
  • diplomatic and intelligence services,
  • specialist negotiation and dispute resolution,
  • investment banking,
  • advising international NGOs, or
  • PhD scholarships.

Other graduates pursue careers in finance and work in areas such as investment banking, merchant banking, insurance, or stockbroking, or for international organisations, such as the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Health Organization.

We support our students to start thinking about their career early. Once you have identified a career of interest, our award-winning Student Employability Team – judged by the Australian Financial Review as the best in Australia – will help you map out a plan to get there.

  • Beyond the classroom

    National and international mooting

    During your studies, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of national and international mooting competitions to develop your professional skills. UQ mooting teams have a strong reputation for their high performance.

  • Alumni
    The mooting program is the closest thing students can experience to professional practice – you have a real problem to solve and students work together to find a solution. John McKenna QC, LLB (Hons I) / BA (Economics) graduate (1984) and Rhodes Scholar
    President, University of Queensland Law Graduates Association
  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing



    UQ’s School of Economics is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of research-intensive economic departments in the world. Our economics researchers also ranked in the top three in Australia in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations give you plenty of opportunities to socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom. Choose from over 150 groups, catering to a huge range of interests from music to professional networking. Join the active UQ law societies and network with your peers and the profession.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Mathematics B.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Economics/Laws (Honours) is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Economics/Laws (Honours) has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Market Research Society of Australia
  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Queensland Law Society
  • Securities Institute of Australia

Accreditation body

The Bachelors of Economics/Laws (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Legal Practitioners Admissions Board

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelors of Economics/Laws (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

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