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.

This five-year full-time combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degree program allows you to integrate your studies in both areas, enrolling with the Business School for the first three years before transferring to the Sydney Law School to finish your law studies.


You will be able to choose a career as a legal practitioner, or in business and management, banking and finance or accounting, where a law degree is regarded as a desirable qualification.

You will complete the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) over three years in combination with the equivalent of the first year of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). In the fourth and fifth years, students complete the remaining units of study for the award of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB).


Course outline


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 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 major from the following areas of study is completed: Accounting, 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 BUSS1001 and BUSS1900 completed in your first semester and BUSS1002 in your second semester. The capstone unit, BUSS3500, must be completed in the final semester of your third year of study (final year of the Bachelor of Commerce component).


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.


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), 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. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

If you do not obtain the ATAR cut-off into Combined Law at Sydney you may like to consider the option of transferring. You can enrol in another degree, in any subject and at any university, including Sydney, and once you near the completion of your first year, you apply through UAC for a transfer place into Combined Law.

Admission requirements for transferring students are based on your ATAR (50 per cent) and Tertiary Grade Point Average (50 per cent), or the Tertiary Grade Point Average (100%), depending which is higher. Entry to Combined Law is extremely competitive and experience shows that as a guide an ATAR above 97 and/or a Tertiary Grade Point Average at a Distinction level are necessary for a competitive application to transfer into Combined Law.

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

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University's International Office,
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or
(iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.


Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

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

Annual review

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

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

Annual review

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

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.