Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Locations and UAC Codes
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 5 years full time.
International - 5 years full time.
HSC Mathematics or equivalent
Relevant University rules and policies
Within the combined degree program, students study a combination of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 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 (Honours) 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 (Honours)/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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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students . Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
HSC Mathematics or equivalent
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'.
Association of International Accountants
The Association of International Accountants (AIA) is a global body for professional accountants. They aim to create world class accountants; through offering high-standard, relevant and innovative qualifications, and providing first-class, tailored and pertinent services for their members around the world. The AIA qualification is recognised in over 30 countries worldwide. Qualification of full-membership requires completion of the AIA examinations plus three years relevant work experience.
Exemptions from selected examinations may be awarded to University of Newcastle graduates who have completed the Bachelor of Commerce degree program with a focus on Accounting. For specific information regarding exemptions please refer to the AIA Database at: www.aiaworldwide.com
Australian Securities and Investment Commission
Students may also be able to gain accreditation with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) with regard to various education and knowledge requirements under RG146. The suite of courses meet the various RG146 knowledge requirements as they stood at 2012 and as the requirements continue to be under review by ASIC it is assumed that the courses continue to meet those knowledge area requirements. Consequently, students need to convey such information to prospective employers (and the employers then need to respond with acceptance or that they require further evidence). For more details see: http://www.asic.gov.au/online-services/search-asics-registers/asics-training-register/asics-training-register-search-results/training-registers/bachelor-of-commerce-finance-2/
CPA Australia and CA Australia and New Zealand
Students must complete the units set out in the CPA and CA Australia and New Zealand accreditation requirements in order to meet the academic requirements for Associate membership of CPA Australia and enrolment in the CPA Program, and for enrolment in the Chartered Accountants Program of CA Australia and New Zealand.
For further information see the document in the Additional Information section or go to CPA Australia at https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/ or CA Australia and New Zealand at http://www.charteredaccountants.com.au/
Financial Services Institute of Australiasia
The Finance Major Sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce meets the requirements for the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
5 years full time up to 8 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 (Honours) is undertaken over five years for full-time study. It is a combined degree program offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. The combined degree program involves completion of 160 units of courses from the Bachelor of Commerce and 240 units of LAWS courses from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce you must complete 160 units, including 60 units of Core Commerce Courses, a 10 unit directed course (STAT1060 or ECON1003), a major sequence of study and elective courses (20 units of electives if undertaking the Actuarial Studies and Risk Management major, 30 units of electives for all other majors). Please refer to the Program Description for the Bachelor of Commerce for further details on course requirements within each Major Sequence. Please note combined Law students receive an exemption for LEGL1001 in the Commerce degree.
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 (Honours) degree you must complete 240 units including 170 units of Core Laws courses and 70 units of directed LAWS courss. The final two years of the combined degree program comprises study in LAWS courses only.
Students wishing to transfer from the pre-2016 Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Program No 12345) to the revised Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Program No 40037) should contact the Bachelor of Laws Program Advisor at email@example.com for the transition arrangements.
Core Courses - Law
Complete all core courses
|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|
|LAWS2004A||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS2004B||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS3004A||Contracts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS3004B||Contracts - Part B||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|
Core Courses - Commerce
|Core Courses - Commerce|
Complete all core courses
|ACFI1001||Accounting for Decision Makers||10 units|
|ACFI1002||Accounting Practice||10 units|
|ACFI1003||Introduction to Finance||10 units|
|ECON1001||Microeconomics for Business Decisions||10 units|
|ECON1002||Macroeconomics in the Global Economy||10 units|
|MNGT1001||Introduction to Management||10 units|
|Directed Courses - Commerce Core|
Choose 10 units from the following directed courses Note: Students wishing to study an Economics and/or Finance major should choose ECON1003. Students who completed STAT1060 prior to 2016 and who wish to undertake the Finance major will not be required to complete ECON1003.
|ECON1003||Basic Econometrics and Quantitative Modelling||10 units|
|STAT1060||Business Decision Making||10 units|
Directed Courses - Law
Choose 70 units from the following directed courses across Years 4 and 5
|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|
|LAWS5042||Commercial Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||10 units|
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfill the requirements of this major
|ACFI2003||Management Accounting||10 units|
|ACFI2011||Financial Accounting for Reporting Entities||10 units|
|ACFI3001||Accounting Theory||10 units|
|ACFI3005||Auditing and Assurance||10 units|
Actuarial Studies and Risk Management Major
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfill the requirements of this major
|ECON2001||Intermediate Microeconomics||10 units|
|ECON2002||Intermediate Macroeconomics||10 units|
|ECON3008||International Macroeconomics||10 units|
Choose 30 units from the following directed courses
|BUSN3001||Project in Business||10 units|
|ECON3002||Economic Development||10 units|
|ECON3003||Global Trade and Finance||10 units|
|ECON3004||Money and Banking||10 units|
|ECON3005||Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation||10 units|
|ECON3006||Environmental Economics||10 units|
|ECON3007||Intermediate Econometrics||10 units|
Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfill the requirements of the major
|ACFI2070||Business Finance||10 units|
|ACFI2080||Corporate Finance||10 units|
|ACFI3018||Portfolio Management||10 units|
|ACFI3130||Derivative Securities||10 units|
|ACFI3140||International Finance||10 units|
|ACFI3190||Financial Institutions Risk Management||10 units|
Honours is embedded in the Law component of this program. All students who successfully complete the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Students who excel in their studies will have access to graded Honours, which will be calculated according to the University's policy. The policy is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000990.html . See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.
Honours in Commerce is available to students as a separate program with a duration of one year full time (or part time equivalent) to those who meet the entry requirements. For more information about Honours please follow the link below:
Program Learning Outcomes
- Communicate effectively (a) orally and/or (b) in writing
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.
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.