Degree structure

Degree requirements

To be awarded the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, students complete units of study with a total value of 240 credit points (96 credit points in units of study from the University of Sydney Business School and 144 credit points in units of study from the Sydney Law School), comprising:

For the Bachelor of Commerce component:

  • 24 credit points in core units of study (four units), as set out in the Bachelor of Commerce section;
  • a major (48 credit points) selected from the Table A subject areas, as set out below;
  • 12 credit points of units of study in the Open Learning Environment selected from Table O, as set out in the Bachelor of Commerce section;
  • a minimum of 12 credit points of elective units of study from Table A or Table S.

For the Bachelor of Laws component:

  • 48 credit points in core law units of study (10 units including two zero credit point units) to be completed in the first three years of the combined program in a specific annual sequence; and
  • 54 credit points in additional core; and 42 credit points in elective law units of study (96 credit points in total) to be completed over the remaining two years of the degree at the Sydney Law School, as set out in the Sydney Law School handbook.

Requirements for the degree with honours

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

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)

Honours in the Bachelor of Commerce is available by suspending enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws and taking an embedded honours component in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies in an additional year of full time study, or by enrolling in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies after the completion of the pass degree.

For details of the requirements for entry into and completion of the honours in this program, students should refer to the Business School website.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

For the award of Honours in the Bachelor of Laws, students must complete a supervised dissertation by way of elective units of study in their fifth year of study. An additional honours year is not required. For further details, students should refer to the: Sydney Law School Handbook.

Dalyell stream

The Dalyell stream is a targeted stream for high achievers. Students who participate in the Dalyell stream are known as the ‘Dalyell Scholars’. The Dalyell stream is named after a distinguished alumna of the University, Elsie Jean Dalyell (pronounced "Dee-el"). Elsie Jean Dalyell (1881-1948) was a distinguished medical graduate from the University of Sydney and she was also the first full-time female academic in our Faculty of Medicine. She was a pioneer resident medical officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and following this she travelled to London on a scholarship where she served in the First World War, working as a senior clinician in a Vienna-based research team studying deficiency diseases in children. She was a leader in her field and it is in this spirit that the Dalyell Program has been developed.

Dalyell Scholars will need to maintain an AAM (annual average mark) of 75% to remain in this elite program which offers outstanding students the opportunity to engage in experiences that challenge them through a broader and deeper learning experience. The Dalyell stream will offer broad choice for talented students seeking to develop expertise beyond their discipline-specific skills with a focus on self-awareness, community contribution, leadership, innovation and creative solutions skills. The program will develop vision, adaptability, breadth of perspective, and a high level of capability in and across disciplinary and cultural boundaries.

As a Dalyell Scholar students will have access to curricular and extra-curricular activities. These include, a three-stage mentoring program; a global mobility scholarship to assist with your global mobility experience; professional development in the form of master classes; insights from distinguished speakers; leadership development activities; and two exclusive Dalyell units (6 credit points each). In addition to these curricular and extra-curricular activities, with the permission of the Dalyell Program Director, students will have access to enrichment and accelerated units of study.

For further details regarding the Dalyell stream, please refer to the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook.

Commerce majors and electives

Major

A major consists of 48 credit points in 1000, 2000 and 3000-level units of study in a single subject area.

In the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws students must select one major from the Table A subject areas offered by the Business School to fulfil the requirements of their degree.

The Table A majors available are as follows

Electives

Students must also complete a minimum of 12 credit points in elective units of study drawn from Table A (Commerce) and Table S (Interdisciplinary Studies - shared pool). For students in the Dalyell stream 12 credit points must be in designated Dalyell electives.

Law units of study – Core and elective

For the Bachelor of Laws component, students complete their 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. Students should note that the law units of study cannot be counted as a major in the Bachelor of Commerce component of this combined degree.

(1) Core units of study (first three years of study)

In the first three years of study, students complete ten core units of study – including two zero credit point units (48 credit points) for the Bachelor of Laws component of their combined degree. Students must complete these units in the yearly sequence set out below and in the degree progression table.

YEAR SESSION UNIT OF STUDY
CREDIT POINTS
First year of study
   

Semester 1

LAWS1006 Foundations of Law  6

Semester 2

LAWS1013 Legal Research I  0

Semester 2

LAWS1012 Torts  6
Second year of study
   

Semester 1

LAWS1014 Civil and Criminal Procedure  6

Semester 1

LAWS1015 Contracts  6

Semester 2

LAWS1016 Criminal Law  6
Third year of study
     

Semester 1

LAWS1023 Public International Law 6

Semester 2

LAWS1017 Torts and Contracts II 6

Semester 2

LAWS1019 Legal Research II  0

Semester 2

LAWS1021 Public Law  6

(2) Core and elective units of study (fourth and fifth years of study)

Students usually complete the Bachelor of Commerce component of the combined degree by the end of their third year of full-time study, and the Bachelor of Laws component continues for another two years. From their fourth year of full-time study, students complete core and elective units of study (96 credit points) from the Sydney Law School as set out in the following table to meet the requirements for their Law degree.

YEAR SESSION UNITS OF STUDY
CREDIT POINTS
Fourth year of study

Semester 1

LAWS2010 Administrative Law 6

Semester 1

LAWS2011 Federal Constitutional Law  6

Semester 1

LAWS2012 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law 6

Semester 1

LAWS2013 The Legal Profession  6

Semester 2

LAWS2014 Corporations Law 6

Semester 2

LAWS2015 Equity 6

Semester 2

LAWS2016 Evidence 6

Semester 2

LAWS2017 Real Property 6

Fifth year of study

Semester 1

LAWS2018 Private International Law A

AND

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

48

Semester 2

For full details of the available core and elective Law units of study for years four and five, students should refer to the Sydney Law School Handbook.