Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (BCom/LLB)

Course CodeFH048
Course TypeUndergraduate
Credit Points Required 240
CRICOS code017835F

Description

For the first three years of the combined degree program, in place of elective units of study, students substitute compulsory Law units of study as specified below under Course rules. Students should note that the units of study in Law cannot be counted as a major in the Commerce degree.

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Degree structure

Please Note: This information is for students commencing from 2013. Students who commenced their degree prior to 2013 should refer to the course structure set out in the handbook of the year they commenced study. Archived handbooks can be accessed on the Handbooks website.

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, students must successfully complete a total of 240 credit points (96 credit points from the University of Sydney Business School & School of Economics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) and 144 credit points from the Sydney Law School), comprising:

For the Bachelor of Commerce:

  • seven core units of study (36 credit points), comprising six junior units, including a zero credit point unit. (30 credit points) and one senior (capstone) unit (six credit points).
  • a compulsory Commerce major
  • No more than 48 credit points in junior units of study (1000-level) from the Business School or School of Economics.

For the Bachelor of Laws:

  • 10 compulsory units of study (48 credit points) to be completed in the first three years of the combined program in the annual sequence
  • An additional eight compulsory and eight elective Law units of study (96 credit points) to be completed over the remaining two years of the degree at the Law School. For details please refer to the Law School Handbook or the Law School website.

Students who commenced prior to 2013 should refer to the handbook of the year they commenced study for details of their degree structure.

Commerce core units of study

(i) Junior units of study (30 credit points):

Students must enrol in BUSS1001 and BUSS1900 in their first semester of study.

^ The zero-credit point unit, BUSS1900, is designed to support students in developing their business communication skills at the very outset of their degree to ensure success in the semesters that follow. All commencing undergraduate students must enrol in BUSS1900 but have the option of withdrawing following a mandatory waiver test conducted during Orientation Week (O Week) preceding the start of each semester.

(ii) Senior (capstone) unit of study (six credit points):

The capstone unit of study is completed in a student's final semester of study.

Transitional arrangements for 2011 and 2012 commencing students

From 2012, ECOF1003, ECOF1004 and ACCT1005 will no longer be offered and students who have not completed these units must complete the substitute unit as indicated in the following table (i.e. BUSS1001, BUSS1002 and BUSS1030). Students who commenced study in 2011 can still count ECMT1010 and ECON1001 as junior core units. However, if 2011 continuing students have not yet completed these units, it is recommended that they complete BUSS1020 and BUSS1040 instead.

Students commencing before 2013 do not have to complete BUSS1900 as a core unit for their degree.

2011 junior core unit 2012 junior core unit

ECOF1003 Understanding Business (formerly Business Contexts A)

BUSS1001 Understanding Business

ECOF1004 The Business Environment (formerly Business Contexts B)

BUSS1002 The Business Environment

ACCT1005 Accounting, Business and Society

BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society

ECMT1010 Business and Economic Statistics A

BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis

ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics*

BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making*

The senior capstone core unit from 2012 is BUSS3500. This unit substitutes for ECOF3010.

*  BUSS1040 and ECON1001 are not prohibitions for each other. Students who commenced study in this degree before 2013 can choose to complete both BUSS1040 and ECON1001.

Commerce majors and electives

The majors available under the Commerce degree are listed below. Students need to complete at least one major from this list as part of their degree.

Bachelor of Commerce subject areas are as follows:

Note. The Quantitative Business Analysis major replaces the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major from 2012. Students who commenced study in 2011 can choose to complete either the Quantitative Business Analysis major or the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major.

Students who commenced their degree prior to 2013 should refer to the handbook of the year they commenced study for available majors.

Law units of study

Students must complete the law units of study in the yearly sequence indicated in the following tables. All law units in the first four years of the degree are compulsory. In their fifth year, students choose elective law units to complete their degree requirements.

Core units of study (First three years)

Students complete their compulsory units as outlined in the following table.

YearSemUnits of studyCredit points
11LAWS1006 Foundations of Law

6

2LAWS1013 Legal Research I

0

2LAWS1012 Torts

6

21LAWS1015 Contracts

6

1LAWS1014 Civil and Criminal Procedure

6

2LAWS1016 Criminal Law

6

31LAWS1023 Public International Law

6

2LAWS1019 Legal Research II

0

2LAWS1017 Torts and Contracts II

6

2LAWS1021 Public Law

6

Core and elective Law units (Fourth and Fifth years of study)

Students usually complete the Commerce component of the combined degree at the end of their third year of full-time study, however the Bachelor of Laws component continues for another two years. From their fourth year of full-time study, students complete compulsory and elective units of study from the Sydney Law School, as set out in the following table, to meet the requirements for their Law degree.

YearSem.Units of studyCredit points
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LAWS2010 Administrative Law

6

1

LAWS2011Federal Constitution Law

6

1

LAWS2012 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law

6

1

LAWS2013 The Legal Profession

6

2LAWS2014 Corporations Law

6

2LAWS2015 Equity

6

2

LAWS2016 Evidence

6

2LAWS2017 Real Property

6

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Students select elective units of study from Part 1 and Part 2 tables as set out in the Sydney Law School Handbook.

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For full details of the available compulsory and elective 'LAWS' units of study for years, four and five, students should refer to the Sydney Law School's Handbook or the Law School website.

Accreditation

Professional accounting accreditation

Students planning to satisfy the entry requirements of CPA Australia or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia should include in their course a prescribed set of units of study, including units of study from accounting, business law, business information systems and finance. Required units of study are listed under the Professional accreditation in accounting information. For further information regarding accreditation requirements contact either CPA Australia or ICAA.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) accreditation

Students planning to satisfy the entry requirements of the ACS should include in their course a prescribed set of units of study, including a major in Business Information Systems. Required units of study are listed under the Business Information Systems major.

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accreditation

All undergraduate award courses incorporating a major in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management are AHRI accredited. Students wishing to satisfy the requirements for professional membership of AHRI should include this major in their course. The required units of study for the major are listed under Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major.

Progression guide

To satisfy the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce, students must complete the seven Commerce core units of study and a Commerce major or extended major. Instead of choosing additional elective units of study or majors they complete a specified sequence of compulsory Law units of study. For further information on the majors available students should refer to the Bachelor of Commerce on this website. For full details on all Bachelor of Laws units of study, students should refer to the Sydney Law School Handbook or the Law School website. Students should note that the units of study in Law cannot be counted as a major in the Commerce degree component of this course.

At the end of the third year, full-time students should have completed the requirements for their Commerce degree. An additional two years of study is required at the Law School where the remaining units of study for the Bachelor of Laws are completed. For details on the final years of this program, please refer to the Law School website.

The following table illustrates a generic degree progression example for a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (first three years) on a full-time basis undertaking four units of study per semester. In this table, core units of study for the Bachelor of Commerce are indicated in bold type and compulsory Law units of study are in italics.                                                                                                             

YEARSESSION UNITS OF STUDY CREDIT POINTS
Year 1

Semester 1

BUSS1001

BUSS1900

BUSS1030

BUSS1040

Foundations of Law

24

Semester 2

BUSS1002

BUSS1020

BCom junior (elective or major)

Torts

Legal Research I

24

Year 2

Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

BCom junior or senior (major)

Contracts

Processes of Justice

N/A

24

Semester 2

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (elective)

Criminal Law

N/A

24

Year 3

Semester 1

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (major)

BCom senior (elective)

Public International Law

N/A

24

Semester 2BUSS3500BCom senior (major)Torts and Contracts IIPublic LawLegal Research II24
 

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Degree Progression Examples - Majors and Major Combinations

 

Please click on the links below to download some example major/unit of study combinations for the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws.

Please Note:

 
  1. The Laws component of these programs of study relate only to students who commenced their combined degree in 2013. All other students should refer to the degree resolutions of the year they began their degree or refer to the information listed above under "Core Law units of study for the combined degree program".
  2. The information listed in these program of study examples are meant as a guide only. This information is intended for students who commenced their degree from 2013. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study and majors (see information at the bottom of this webpage. Students are advised to plan their degree based upon their individual needs and to contact the Student Information Office if they need any assistance in planning their progression in their degree.

Please Note: These programs of study examples are meant for students who commenced their degree from 2013. Students who commenced their degrees prior to 2013 should follow the resolutions in the Handbook of the year they commenced their study (See Handbooks Archive for relevant edition). For details of the appropriate Law units to complete contact the Sydney Law School.

Honours

Both the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws can be awarded with honours.

For the Bachelor of Commerce students must successfully complete an additional honours year of study. For details of this honours year students should refer to the Honours year information listed under the Bachelor of Commerce.

For the award of honours in the Bachelor of Laws, students must complete a supervised dissertation as part of their elective units of study in their fifth year. An additional honours year is not required. For further details, students should refer to the particular combined Law resolution in the resolutions for undergraduate degrees in the Faculty Handbook or the Law School website.

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