Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Pursue your interests in business and law through our combined degree program and graduate with a degree that will open doors to excellent career prospects in both fields. You will develop foundational knowledge of law with the commercial, technical and management skills to launch your career as a legal practitioner, or step into the business world where a law degree is highly regarded.

Our combined law undergraduate program is one of the most reputable in Australia and holds a strong standing overseas. International in focus and global in perspective, the Bachelor of Laws will provide you with a legal education that prepares you for the challenges of the modern legal world. There has never been a greater demand for legal advice and innovative approaches to problem solving, and studying law at the University of Sydney will equip you with the ability to think originally, creatively and logically, preparing you to move with confidence across national boundaries.

The Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney is recognised for the purposes of satisfying the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales*.

Complimenting your legal studies, the Bachelor of Commerce combines business theory with practice, giving you solid grounding in areas such as accounting, economics and business statistics. You will be exposed to real-world business cases and experiences, drawn from our wide network of Australian and international business partners. The program also allows you to tailor your degree through the completion of at least one commerce major.

*Additional requirements must be met before a Law graduate can practice as a lawyer in NSW.

Why study

  • World leader in legal education – The University of Sydney Law School is ranked 11th in the world in the QS World Universities Rankings for the discipline of law.
  • Forefront of global business and management education – The University of Sydney Business School is the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education - in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS.

Career outcomes

  • Legal practice in many specialist fields
  • Criminal defence
  • Prosecution
  • Legal aid
  • International NGOs
  • Government service
  • Marketer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Financial specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Small business owner
  • Project manager
  • Accountant
  • Management consultant
  • Economist
  • Global analyst

Course outline

OUTLINE OF DEGREE STRUCTURE

In this five year degree, candidates spend the first three years undertaking a combination of commerce and law units of study, to the value of 48 credit points in each year, and complete a commerce major in the subject area of their choice. It is important to plan a major in first year because most second year units of study, which allow students to specialise in an area of interest, have junior unit of study prerequisites.

In the fourth year, you will study a fixed curriculum, comprising units of study in a range of areas of law including administrative law, federal constitutional law, and property and commercial law. The fifth year will allow you to choose elective units of study from the Sydney Law School allowing you to specialise in a particular area of the law.

Refer to the

Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook

for more detailed information regarding this degree’s structure and requirements.

Majors

What is a major?

A major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study (in some cases, a two-year sequence), generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. A major consists of at least 36 credit points in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study or at least six senior units of study (six credit points each) from a single area of study. Senior units of study cannot be counted towards more than one major.


Majors in the Business School (Table A) require the completion of at least one junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (six credit points each). Junior units may be prerequisites for the major itself and/or for senior units within the major's subject area. Junior units may be used as prerequisites for majors or senior elective units in more than one subject area.


For the Bachelor of Commerce, at least one Table A or Table B major from the following areas of study is completed: Accounting, Banking, Business Analytics, Business Information Systems, Commercial Law, Econometrics, Economics, Finance, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, or Marketing - see "Core majors" below for further information.

Core majors

Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates in a Combined Law program must successfully complete LAWS1006 Foundations of Law before enrolling in any other Bachelor of Laws (LLB) units of study. Candidates are required to complete the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) units of study in the order listed in the Sydney Law School Undergraduate Table. Except with the permission of the Dean of the Sydney Law


For the Bachelor of Commerce component, you must complete all junior core Commerce units within their first year of study with BUSS1000 Future of Business completed in your first semester. The senior core unit, BUSS2000 Leading and Influencing in Business, must be completed in the final semester of your third year of study (final year of the Bachelor of Commerce component). All junior Business School core units must be completed within the first two semesters of enrolment.


Candidates must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) before proceeding to Year Five of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). Candidates are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

For a progression guide for this degree, please refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the University of Sydney Business School and Sydney Law School. Sydney Law School offers one of Australia's most diverse undergraduate elective programs in law. Students must complete eight elective units of study in their final year. A maximum of 36 credit points are taken from Table 1, and a minimum of 6 credit points are taken from Table 2 electives.

Course opportunities

Eligible students may apply to take part in an international exchange program for one or two semesters. Study undertaken at a partner institution is counted towards the award of the degree.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

One of the most popular degree combinations at the University of Sydney, the combined Commerce/Law degree equips candidates for a career in business as well as the law. The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) provides students with the opportunity to study in areas that are of particular relevance to the management and conduct of business, such as accounting, business information systems, commercial law, econometrics, economics, finance, industrial relations and human resource management, international business, management, management decision sciences, and marketing. Graduates of the combined course who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Course accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances. These include: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), of which the Business School was the first Australian business school to achieve accreditations in both business and accounting (aacsb.edu); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) (efmd.org) and CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS(cems.org), which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.


For certain career options, external accreditation is a requirement for entering the workforce. Further accreditations are available to students who complete the requirements and meet eligibility criteria for the following: CPA Australia, Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), and CFA Institute® Program Partner.


Refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook for further details.

The Sydney Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and meets the academic requirements to practise law in the State of New South Wales. In relation to professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see our detailed information: sydney.edu.au/law/fstudent/jd/professional_recognition.shtml

Further study

Eligible candidates may enrol for an honours year in the Business School, or for integrated honours in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). You may also go on to further postgraduate study in either discipline. Sydney Law School is an international leader in postgraduate legal education and, in addition to the Master of Laws (LLM), offers masters degrees and graduate diplomas in 16 specialist areas. These include: taxation; business; commercial and corporate law; labour relations; health law; environmental law; international law; criminology and jurisprudence. The University of Sydney Business School has strong links with the business, professional, government and community sectors, and they play an important role developing postgraduate commerce and business programs to best suit your needs. Case studies, internships, on-the-job projects, workshops and other learning activities will see you directly involved with business, industry and government. Our adjunct professors, tutors and guest speakers are also practitioners within the business world.

About honours

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) honours year is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree. Students must obtain the permission of the Sydney Law School to either suspend their candidature for the Bachelor of Laws degree, while undertaking the honours year, or undertake honours following the completion of both degrees. The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) honours year comprises seminar classes and work toward a short thesis on an independent research project under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field of your research. For detailed advice see the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) . Honours in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is integrated in the final year of the course and students eligible to undertake honours will enrol in two specified six credit point units of study and undertake a dissertation.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Applicants are guaranteed entry if they obtain an ATAR, or equivalent, of 99.5. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

If you do not obtain the ATAR into Combined Law at Sydney you may like to consider the transfer option. You can enrol in another degree at any University, including Sydney.

You will be assessed according to either your tertiary grades or your secondary qualifications, whichever is higher. If you have not studied at tertiary level for at least one year full-time in the same degree, you will be assessed according to your secondary qualifications only. Entry into Combined Law is competitive and places are limited.

Applications open in August each year for courses commencing in March the following year. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of first year you can reapply after second year. The credit transfer policies of the Law School and its partner faculties are used when determining the amount of credit for previous studies. However, it may be difficult to complete Combined Law within the five years and you may wish to consider completing your first degree and then apply for the Juris Doctor.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on the first-year subjects selected.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees

For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees commencing in 2017, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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