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Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws

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  • 13th in the world

    For law in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

  • 1st in Australia

    For graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.

Overview

Pursue your interests in business and law through our Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws 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.

Our Bachelor of Laws is recognised for the purposes of satisfying the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales.

Complementing your legal studies, the Bachelor of Commerce combines business theory with practice, giving you a 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 practise as a lawyer in NSW.

Why study here?

  • World renowned for legal education the University of Sydney Law School is ranked 13th in the world in the QS World University Rankings for the discipline of law
  • Take advantage of exchange opportunities and work with leading companies in Sydney, Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States and South America through our industry placements.

Majors

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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How to apply

Completion requirement

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 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 enrollment.

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 School.

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

Assumed knowledge

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

Admission requirement

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. 

Transfer:
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. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of the first year you can reapply after the 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.

Course opportunities

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

Professional 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; EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and CEMS the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS, 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 Accountants 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 Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and meet the academic requirements to practise law in the state of New South Wales.

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 provides students with the opportunity to study in areas that are of particular relevance to the management and conduct of business, such as accounting, banking, business analytics, business information systems, business law, finance, industrial relations and human resource management, international business, management, 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.

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

Career information for UAC

Examples include legal practitioners in private and public practice, commerce and management, banking and finance, accounting, media and communications, government administration and education.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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, 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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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