Students commencing from 2016 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws
Information correct as at
1st Dec 2015 12:36pm
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 5 years full time.
International - 5 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
Within the combined degree program, students study a combination of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the courses required for the Bachelor of Commerce degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis.
Students completing this combined degree program become specialists in Commerce and meet the academic requirements to practice law in NSW. However, students wishing to practice law must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Alternatively, students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice Program - see separate handbook entry - which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation.
Commencement in this program is only available in Semester 1. Due to timetabling issues this program is not available for a Semester 2 commencement.
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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Australian Securities and Investment Commission
Students may also be able to gain accreditation with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission with regard to various education and knowledge requirements under RG146. For more details see: http://www.asic.gov.au/eTraining/eTrain.nsf
Financial Services Institute of Australiasia
The Finance Major Sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce meets the requirements for the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
5 years full time up to 12 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws is a combined degree program offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. The combined degree program involves completion of a minimum of 160 units of courses from the Bachelor of Commerce (including 100 units of Core Courses and a Major Sequence of study), and 240 units of LAWS courses from the Bachelor of Laws.
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws students with a major in Accounting or Finance may count 10 units of LAWS3004 Contracts as a directed course if they have successfully completed both LAWS3004A Contracts - Part A and LAWS3004B Contracts - Part B.
The Bachelor of Commence/Bachelor of Laws is undertaken over five years of full-time study. To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce you must complete 160 units, including the Core Commerce Courses, and a major sequence of study. Please refer to the Program Description for the Bachelor of Commerce for further details on course requirements within each Major Sequence.
Credit towards the Bachelor of Commerce degree is granted for the 80 units of the Bachelor of Laws courses taken in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Commerce units to 240. On successful completion of the first three years of the combined degree program outlined above, you will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Commerce degree.
To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws degree you must complete 240 units as listed. The final two years of the combined degree program comprises study in LAWS courses only.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|ACFI1001||Accounting for Decision Makers||10 units|
|ECON1001||Microeconomics for Business Decisions||10 units|
|ECON1002||Macroeconomics in the Global Economy||10 units|
|LAWS1001A||Legal System and Method - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1001B||Legal Systems and Method - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS1003A||Torts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1003B||Torts - Part B||10 units|
|EBUS2000||Information and Communication in Business||10 units|
|LAWS2004A||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS2004B||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B||10 units|
|MNGT2001||Business Strategy||10 units|
|LAWS3004A||Contracts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS3004B||Contracts - Part B||10 units|
|POLI3001||Organisations, Politics and Society||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Procedure||10 units|
|LAWS4005||Company Law||10 units|
|LAWS4007||Professional Conduct||10 units|
|LAWS4010||Equity and Trusts||10 units|
|LAWS4012||Public International Law||10 units|
Students undertaking an Economics major must take ECON1003. Other students may take either ECON1003 or STAT1060.
|ECON1003||Basic Econometrics and Quantitative Modelling||10 units|
|STAT1060||Business Decision Making||10 units|
Choose 70 units from the following directed courses
|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||10 units|
|LAWS5005||Adv Legal Research and Writing||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5011||Equal Opportunity Law||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||10 units|
|LAWS5024||Indigenous People, Issues and The Law||10 units|
|LAWS5030||Legal Theory||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition Law and Policy||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Alternative Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5034||Crime and Australian Society||10 units|
|LAWS5035||Law and Religion||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||10 units|
|LAWS5041||Mining Law||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||10 units|
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
Students in combined degree programs are advised to consult the relevant Program Officers for the Faculty of Business and Law regarding their academic program.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.