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Business Law (Master of Commerce)


The Business Law specialisation is designed to develop a sound understanding of the impact of commercial law on business activity. Graduates will be able to recognise potential legal problems and work in house on their solution, as well as identify when to seek expert advice and maximise interactions with the legal profession. The emphasis throughout the specialisation is on the legal problems likely to be encountered by graduates in their future careers. This specialisation adds value to any business graduate by providing a framework of legal knowledge. Business law has always been an important part of the professional education of accountants (the units are accredited for accounting purposes) and provides a useful second specialisation for students specialising in business or finance-related fields.

Why study this specialisation?

Requirements for the specialisation

The following information is for students who commenced study or transferred into the Master of Commerce from 2012 or students who commenced study in 2011 and wish to follow these requirements for a specialisation. All other students should refer to the information set out below under Information for pre-2012 continuing students.

To be awarded a specialisation in Business Law, students complete five units of study (30 credit points), comprising:

(i) one foundational unit of study (six credit points), as follows:

(ii) one compulsory unit of study (six credit points), as follows:

(iii) three elective units of study (18 credit points) selected from the following units of study:

* Not offered for 2017.

Note: Non-foundational (advanced) units of study can be used to count to one specialisation only. For example, CLAW6007 cannot be used to count towards both a Business Law and an International Business specialisation.

Information for pre-2012 continuing students

Students who commenced study in the Master of Commerce in 2011 may choose to complete their specialisation according to the information set out above or can choose to complete according to the information set out in the following downloadable PDF which lists the 2011 structure. Students should also refer to the handbook of the year they commenced study for exact details of their specialisation requirements.

Students who commenced their degree before 2011 (in FH014 Master of Commerce), should follow the requirements for the Major in Business Law as set out in the handbook of the year they commenced study.

Availability of this specialisation

This version of this specialisation is available under the following degrees:

  • Master of Commerce 

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Commerce or the Graduate Certificate in Commerce may choose units from this specialisation subject area as electives in their course.