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The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law in cooperation with the Washington University (WU) School of Law in St Louis, Missouri, offers current UQ students a unique opportunity to complete their UQ law degree and an American LLM degree in a reduced time frame. WU students may combine their JD degree with an LLM at UQ.

This joint initiative enables law students to undertake formal study in two jurisdictions and add a postgraduate qualification to their first law degree. The LLM in US Law also permits WU law graduates to sit for several States’ bar examinations, including the New York State Bar Exam.

The agreement enables UQ students to complete the final four electives in their UQ LLB degree at WU while simultaneously completing an LLM degree over two semesters at WU. On successful completion of the first semester of study, students will be eligible for #8 elective LAWS credit towards the finalisation of their LLB program.  At the end of the second semester of study students who have successfully completed all requirements will be eligible to graduate from the LLM at WU.

During the first semester at WU, UQ students will pay the academic fees to UQ (at the applicable UQ rates). During the second semester at WU (and any subsequent semesters), UQ students will pay the appropriate tuition fees to WU as the host institution.

This program is open to current single and dual degree law students at UQ. Six places are available each year.

Applications will be accepted in two rounds, closing on March 31 and September 30 each year. Students may apply up to 18 months before their intended enrolment at WU.

Applications are open to students who:

  1. have a minimum LAWS GPA* of 5.00 (at the time of application); and
  2. have completed at least #22 of LAWS courses (at the time of application).

UQ students interested in undertaking the program at Washington University are strongly urged to follow the recommended study plans to enable completion of their law degree within the program duration set out in the plans.

 

Step By Step Guide to the Application, Selection, and Enrolment Process

Eligibility requirements
  1. Have completed all compulsory courses for the UQ LLB (at the time of departure);
  2. Have a maximum of #8 of LAWS electives outstanding (at the time of departure);
  3. Have a minimum LAWS GPA of 5.0 (at the time of application); and
  4. Have completed at least #22 of LAWS courses (at the time of application).
Information
  • Check Law School website for details.
Application material
  1. Application form;
  2. Academic transcript with an up to date GPA calculation*;
  3. Statement of intent; and
  4. Intended study plan (approval of the study plan by the relevant Faculty advisor must be included with the application. Students should contact exchange@bel.uq.edu.au for assistance).
Application deadline
  • Round 1: March 31
    (for commencement at WU in August of same year or January or August of the following year)
  • Round 2: September 30
    (for commencement at WU in August of following year or January of the year after)
Selection interview
  • Applicants will be advised if a selection interview is required
Notification
  • Round 1: by April 30
  • Round 2: by October 31
    Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by email.
Preparation
  • Follow the recommended study plans to enable completion of the degree within the program duration!
  • Between selection and enrolment students must complete all the compulsory Law courses and maintain a minimum LAWS GPA of 5.0.
Enrolment at WU
  • Students selected into the program will receive from WU assistance with enrolment, visa and accommodation.
  • Enrolment at WU is conditional on obtaining a US visa.

More information about WU Law is available from the Washington University in St Louis School of Law website at http://law.wustl.edu.

Information on the WU campus and accommodation: http://law.wustl.edu/llm/admittedstudents/

WU tuition and other costs**: http://law.wustl.edu/Admissions/pages.aspx?id=8413

* Information on calculating GPAs is available from the following page - www.uq.edu.au/myadvisor/calculate-gpa. LAWS GPA is calculated on the basis of LAWS courses only ie do not include non-law courses.
** WU tuition fees are only applicable to the second and any subsequent semesters of study at WU.

 

Suggested course of study for a student enrolled in the LLB program (pre 2015) at UQ (single program)

Year 1, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 1, Semester 2 (Jul Nov)  - UQ
LAWS1111 Legal Method LAWS1114 Law of Torts B
LAWS1112 Law & Society LAWS1115 Principles of Public Law
LAWS1113 Law of Torts A XXXXXXX Non-law elective
XXXXXXX Non-law elective XXXXXXX Non-law elective
Year 2, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 2, Semester 2 (Jul Nov)  - UQ
LAWS2111 Law of Contract A LAWS2112 Law of Contract B
LAWS2113 Criminal Law & Procedure A LAWS2114 Criminal Law & Procedure B
LAWS1116 Constitutional Law LAWS2115 Administrative Law
XXXXXXX Non-law elective LAWS3115 Law of Remedies OR
LAWS5XXX Law Elective
Year 3, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 3, Semester 2 (Jul Nov)  - UQ
LAWS3111 Law of Property A LAWS3112 Law of Property B
LAWS3113 Law of Trusts A LAWS3114 Law of Trusts B
LAWS5215 Civil Procedure LAWS4111 Jurisprudence
LAWS5XXX Law Elective LAWS5216 Evidence
Year 4, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 4, Fall Semester (Aug Dec)  - WU
LAWS4112 Corporate Law Intro US Law Credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX
LAWS4113 Structure of Private Law OR
LAWS5XXX Law Elective
WASH-LLM Credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX
LAWS5217 The Legal Profession WASH-LLM Credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX
LAWS5XXX Law Elective WASH-LLM Credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX
Year 5, Spring Semester (Jan May)  - WU  
Intro US Law
WASH-LLM
WASH-LLM
WASH-LLM

 

Suggested course of study for a student enrolled in the LLB and one other bachelor’s degree program (pre 2015) at UQ (dual program)

Year 6, Intersession
(Jan) - WU
Year 6, Spring Semester (Jan May) - WU Year 6, Fall Semester (Aug Dec)
Introduction to U.S. Law Intro US Law credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX WASH-LLM
WASH-LLM credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX WASH-LLM
WASH-LLM credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX WASH-LLM
WASH-LLM credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX WASH-LLM
Year 1, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 1 Semester 2 (Jul Nov)  - UQ
LAWS1111 Legal Method LAWS1114 Law of Torts B
LAWS1112 Law & Society LAWS1115 Principles of Public Law
LAWS1113 Law of Torts A XXXXXXX Non-law course
XXXXXXX Non-law course XXXXXXX Non-law course
Year 2, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 2, Semester 2 (Jul Nov)  - UQ
LAWS2111 Law of Contract A LAWS2112 Law of Contract B
LAWS1116 Constitutional Law XXXXXXX Non-law course
XXXXXXX Non-law course XXXXXXX Non-law course
XXXXXXX Non-law course XXXXXXX Non-law course
Year 3, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 3, Semester 2 (Jul Nov)  - UQ
LAWS2113 Criminal Law & Procedure A LAWS2114 Criminal Law & Procedure B
XXXXXXX Non-law course LAWS2115 Administrative Law
XXXXXXX Non-law course XXXXXXX Non-law course
XXXXXXX Non-law course XXXXXXX Non-law course
Year 4, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 4, Semester 2 (Jul Nov)  - UQ
LAWS3111 Law of Property A LAWS3112 Law of Property B
LAWS3113 Law of Trusts A LAWS3114 Law of Trusts B
XXXXXXX Non-law course LAWS3115 Law of Remedies OR
LAWS5XXX Law Elective
XXXXXXX Non-law course XXXXXXX Non-law course
Year 5, Semester 1 (Feb Jun)  - UQ Year 5 Semester 2 (Jul Nov)  - UQ
LAWS4112 Corporate Law LAWS4111 Jurisprudence
LAWS4113 Structure of Private Law OR
LAWS5XXX Law Elective
LAWS5216 Evidence
LAWS5217 The Legal Profession LAWS5XXX Law elective
LAWS5215 Civil Procedure LAWS5XXX Law elective

 

Suggested course of study for a student enrolled in the LLB (Hons) program (from 2015) at UQ (single program)

Year 1, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 1, Semester 2 (Jul Nov) - UQ

LAWS1111 Legal Method

LAWS1114 Law of Torts B

LAWS1112 Law & Society

LAWS1115 Principles of Public Law

LAWS1113 Law of Torts A

XXXXXXX Non-law elective

XXXXXXX Non-law elective

XXXXXXX Non-law elective

Year 2, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 2, Semester 2 (Jul Nov) - UQ

LAWS2111 Law of Contract A

LAWS2112 Law of Contract B

LAWS2113 Criminal Law & Procedure A

LAWS2114 Criminal Law & Procedure B

LAWS1116 Constitutional Law

LAWS2115 Administrative Law

XXXXXXX Non-law elective

LAWS5154 Public International Law

Year 3, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 3, Semester 2 (Jul Nov) - UQ

LAWS3111 Law of Property A

LAWS3112 Law of Property B

LAWS3113 Law of Trusts A

LAWS3114 Law of Trusts B

LAWS5215 Civil Procedure

LAWS4111 Jurisprudence

LAWS5XX Law Elective

LAWS5216 Evidence

Year 4, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 4, Fall Semester (Aug Dec) - WU

LAWS4112 Corporate Law

Intro US Law Credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX

LAWS4114 Advanced Research

WASH-LLM Credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX

LAWS5217 The Legal Profession

WASH-LLM Credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX

LAWS5XX Law Elective

WASH-LLM Credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX

Year 5, Spring Semester (Jan May) - WU

 

Intro US Law

WASH-LLM

WASH-LLM

WASH-LLM



Suggested course of study for a student enrolled in the LLB (Hons) and one other bachelor’s degree program (from 2015) at UQ (dual program)

Year 1, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 1 Semester 2 (Jul Nov) - UQ

LAWS1111 Legal Method

LAWS1114 Law of Torts B

LAWS1112 Law & Society

LAWS1115 Principles of Public Law

LAWS1113 Law of Torts A

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

Year 2, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 2, Semester 2 (Jul Nov) - UQ

LAWS2111 Law of Contract A

LAWS2112 Law of Contract B

LAWS1116 Constitutional Law

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

Year 3, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 3, Semester 2 (Jul Nov) - UQ

LAWS2113 Criminal Law & Procedure A

LAWS2114 Criminal Law & Procedure B

XXXXXXX Non-law course

LAWS2115 Administrative Law

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

Year 4, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 4, Semester 2 (Jul Nov) - UQ

LAWS3111 Law of Property A

LAWS3112 Law of Property B

LAWS3113 Law of Trusts A

LAWS3114 Law of Trusts B

XXXXXXX Non-law course

LAWS5154 Public International Law

XXXXXXX Non-law course

XXXXXXX Non-law course

Year 5, Semester 1 (Feb Jun) - UQ

Year 5 Semester 2 (Jul Nov) - UQ

LAWS4112 Corporate Law

LAWS4111 Jurisprudence

LAWS4114 Advanced Research

LAWS5216 Evidence

LAWS5217 The Legal Profession

LAWS5XXX Law elective

LAWS5215 Civil Procedure

LAWS5XXX Law elective

Year 6, Intersession
(Jan) - WU

Year 6, Spring Semester (Jan May)- WU

Year 6, Fall Semester (Aug Dec)

Introduction to U.S. Law

Intro US Law credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX

WASH-LLM

WASH-LLM credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX

WASH-LLM

WASH-LLM credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX

WASH-LLM

WASH-LLM credited at UQ as LAWS5XXX

WASH-LLM