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LAWS77-571: Advanced Criminal Law


Advanced Criminal Law is an elective subject in the Juris Doctor program offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject aims to extend students’ understanding of the practice, principles and policies that shape legislative, practitioner and judicial approaches to criminal law. Students will examine advanced criminal law topics that are vital to the practice of criminal law, including those that present specific challenges. The subject is designed to also consider emerging issues in criminal justice. It has a comparative focus, detailing approaches of various Australian and foreign jurisdictions. It provides an opportunity for students to engage in a significant self-directed research project that will allow students to think critically about criminal law. Further, students are required to undertake practical assignments relating to criminal procedure, such as client interviewing and a fictitious court hearing in an application for bail.


Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,710
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,860

Learning outcomes

1. Identify, analyse, and apply advanced principles of Queensland criminal law and procedure to the operation of criminal law from a theoretical and practical perspective. 2. Demonstrate advanced written and oral legal skills to solve complex criminal law problems. 3. Apply legal reasoning and research skills to plan and execute a research project with independence and autonomy.

Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Must be admitted into a Juris Doctor degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

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