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Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws

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  • With more than 150 years of experience, the University of Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, ranked 13th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 15th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

Overview

Discover where Economics and Law intersect with this versatile combined degree combination. Choose from a career in business, finance or the law and experience how your double degree enhances your knowledge, expertise and learning capacity. Specialised career fields include compliance, securities regulation and economic analysis.

Our Bachelor of Laws provides a legal education that is not only challenging and rewarding, but one that will equip you for the demands of the delivery of legal services in the 21st century. It will enhance your intellect and develop your skills, through its demanding assessment regime and interactive teaching approach.

The Bachelor of Economics will give you a comprehensive understanding of the overall context of business and government, and the high-level technical skills to analyse economic and social data and events. You will gain an excellent grounding in economic theory and business statistics, completing a major in economics, agricultural and resource economics, financial economics or the more statistically based econometrics. 

Majors

A major is a specialisation in a chosen area of study and is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in a particular area. To earn a major in a subject area (from the Bachelor of Economics Table A of the Table of Units of Study) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, students will normally complete 48 credit points in the particular subject area. You would also need to have completed the appropriate junior units of study before you can do the senior units of study that comprise your major.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

SAMPLE COURSE STRUCTURE:

Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws

This shows the structure and study pattern of a typical Economics/Law combination. The order of core units is a guide to its sequence.

Year 1
Semester 1
ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics 
ECMT1010 Introduction to Economic Statistics 
Economics (Major or Elective) Junior Unit 
LAWS1006 Foundations of Law
Semester 2
ECON1002 Introductory Macroeconomics
ECMT1020 Introduction to Econometrics
Economics (Major or Elective) Junior Unit 
LAWS1012 Torts 
LAWS 1013 Legal Research I 

Year 2
Semester 1
ECOS2001 Intermediate Microeconomics 
Economics (Major or Elective) Senior Unit 
LAWS1014 Civil and Criminal Procedure 
LAWS1015 Contracts
Semester 2
ECOS2002 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
Economics (Major or Elective) Senior Unit 
Economics (Major or Elective) Senior Unit 
LAWS1016 Criminal Law 

Year 3
Semester 1
Economics Major Senior Unit 
Economics Major Senior Unit 
Economics Elective Senior Unit 
LAWS1023 Public International Law 
LAWS1019 Legal Research II 
Semester 2
Economics Major Senior Unit 
Economics Major Senior Unit 
LAWS1017 Torts and Contracts II 
LAWS1021 Public Law 

Year 4*#
Semester 1
LAWS2010 Administrative Law 
LAWS2011 Federal Constitutional Law 
LAWS2012 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law
LAWS2013 The Legal Profession 
Semester 2
LAWS2014 Corporations Law 
LAWS2015 Equity 
LAWS2016 Evidence
LAWS2017 Real Property 

Year 5
Semester 1
LAWS2018 Private International Law A
Three law elective units of study to complete**
Semester 2
Four law elective units of study to complete** 

* You may choose instead to take a maximum of two electives and complete the remaining compulsory units in Year 5.
# Delivery of compulsory units of study in Year 4 may differ in any given year in relation to semester delivery. ** One elective unit in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 must be a jurisprudence unit.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

For Bachelor of Laws: None.
For Bachelor of Economics: HSC Mathematics.

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 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.

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.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws combined degree 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.

Possible career pathways include:

  • Barrister 
  • Business analyst 
  • Diplomacy 
  • Economic researcher 
  • Economist 
  • Judge 
  • Magistrate 
  • Management consultant 
  • Policy adviser 
  • Project officer 
  • Solicitor
     
Future study options

Eligible candidates may enrol for an honours year in Economics or for the integrated honours of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). You may also go on to further postgraduate study in either discipline. The University of Sydney Law School is an international leader in postgraduate legal education and, in addition to the Master of Laws, offers master's 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 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a rich postgraduate program comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research in economics and the social sciences.

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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