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Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws

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Overview

Pursue your interests in business and law through our Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws program and graduate with two degrees 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.

Today’s law graduates need to be equipped with an agile mindset, and the ability to draw on legal and non-legal insights to solve multi-faceted problems, amidst unprecedented change, shifting client expectations and rapid technological advancements.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is one of the most reputable law programs in Australia, highly regarded overseas and your first step towards admissions as a legal practitioner in NSW.

Focused on the modern legal environment, you will develop the complex problem solving and analytical skills required to meet the challenges of a contemporary global landscape.

Complementing your legal studies, the Bachelor of Commerce combines business theory with practice, giving you a solid foundation in business subject areas such as:

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 from a wide range of business subject areas.

Why study here?

  • World renowned for legal education the University of Sydney Law School is ranked 12th 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.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Commerce options below. There are no majors available in Law. The course structure and Units of Study for Law are as follows: First year: Foundations of Law, Legal Research I, Torts. Second year: Civil and Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law. Third year: Torts and Contracts II, Legal Research II, Public International Law, Public Law. Fourth year: Administrative Law, Corporations Law, Equity, Evidence, Federal Constitutional Law, Introduction to Property and Commercial Law, Real Property, The Legal Profession. Final year: Private International Law A, seven elective units of study.

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Completion requirement

Candidates must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) before proceeding to Year Four 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 your 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 your second year of study.  

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.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in Business Information Systems) and Bachelor of Laws

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Future of Business
Accounting, Business and Society
Digital Business Innovation
Foundations of Law
  2 Quantitative Business Analysis
OLE units: Business Entrepreneurship Series; Business Models, Guerilla Tactics, Bootstrap Finance
Digital Work Environments
Torts
Legal Research
2 1 Leading and Influencing in Business
Digital Business Management
Contracts
Civil and Criminal Procedure
  2 OLE units: Communication in STEM; The Science of Health and Wellbeing; Research and Data Management
People, Information and Knowledge
Business Process Modelling and Improvement
Criminal Law
3 1 Business Information Systems Projects
Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business
Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport
Public International Law
  2 Business Intelligence for Managers
Business Information Systems in Practice
Torts and Contracts II
Public Law
Legal Research II
4-5   Students enrol in the Bachelor of Laws in Year 4, after completion of their Bachelor of Commerce. For more information about Bachelor of Laws units of study, visit the Bachelor of Laws undergraduate handbook.

This is an indicative study plan only. Students may choose other majors, minors and electives. For further progression examples for this degree,  please refer to the Business School Handbook. and the University's Current students website.

Applying for honours

In some of the more specialised careers open to Bachelor of Commerce graduates, employers may be looking for a level of specialisation that is not provided by a pass degree. Similarly, if a student wishes to qualify for specialised postgraduate research study, a pass degree is not normally sufficient. Honours considerably enhances a qualification and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability

The Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies with honours provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. It involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis. 

In the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, students would complete honours as their fourth year of study. Students will need to have completed any requirements of their degree not satisfied with the completion of honours (including both majors, all core units, all Open Learning Environment units, and any elective units as necessary to ensure they meet degree requirements) by the end of their third year of study to proceed to honours in their fourth year of study.

For further details refer to the Current students Business honours website.

For details of completing honours in the Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the Sydney Law School website.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Transfer: 
You can apply to transfer into the Combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws after your first year of tertiary study. You will be assessed on either your tertiary or secondary grades, 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. 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 is not possible to complete Combined Law within five years if you  transfer after more than one year of university study.

Consider completing your first degree and then applying for the Juris Doctor. This graduate entry degree includes study of all required areas of knowledge to practice law in NSW. Find out more.

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.

Dalyell Scholars

If you are eligible for entry into this degree then it is very likely you will also be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program

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); 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.

Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board and meets the academic requirements for practising law in New South Wales. For professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see detailed information under professional recognition here.

Career Pathways

  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Judge 
  • Magistrate
  • Marketer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Financial specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Small business owner
  • Project manager
  • Accountant
  • Management consultant
  • Economist
  • Global analyst

Graduates of the combined course who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements.

 

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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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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