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Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws - 810AA

Course Code: 810AA
Course Version: 6
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): School of Management
School of Law & Justice
UAC Code: 361323
CRICOS Code: 054133G
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS or equivalent of 6.5, with no band score below 6.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Commerce + Law = an accountable career

After a career where commerce and law expertly coincide? This Double Degree will prep you for a carefully considered career in the legal or financial sectors, in public sector management or on the world stage of international business.

You’ll have a choice of promotion-worthy electives like economics, financial planning, accounting and information systems, study a distinctly commercial orientation of legal subjects including corporations law, contract law, property and criminal law, plus you’ll become supremely adept at advanced legal research and writing.

Like a little sweetener to convince you? This Double Degree also comes with a host of professional accreditations, including from CPA Australia, the CAANZ and the Financial Services Institute of Australia and it’s recognised by the Supreme Courts of the ACT and NSW. That’s quals galore!

Combine a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws at UC and you will:

  • obtain in-depth knowledge of relevant disciplinary theory and practices, as well their practical application in your chosen disciplines
  • fine-tune your ability to present ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries
  • acquire the ability to problem solve, analyse and evaluate information in a systematic, creative and insightful way  
  • use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment
  • gain a broad understanding of concepts which are fundamental to commerce
  • acquire a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law in your chosen electives.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws graduates in a range of sectors including in:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Private Practitioner
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor.

Course specific information

Applicants must attain the published ATAR score or its equivalent.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email bglstudent@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN 1800 864 226
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

Attainment of the published ATAR or its equivalent.

Additional Admission Requirements

Refer to individual courses.

Assumed Knowledge

Refer to individual courses.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Laws LLB
Bachelor of Commerce BCom

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Laws

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research Project: The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $31,500

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

For the Bachelor of Commerce, the University has professional accreditation:
Accounting - from CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ);
Banking and Finance - from the Financial Services Institute of Australia; Financial Planning - from the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA).

LLB: This program is recognised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the State of NSW. Through mutual recognition, UC's degree may serve as the basis for admission in all Australian jurisdictions. Through a program offered in conjunction with the College of Law, students may (in their final year of the Bachelor of Laws at UC) begin their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course that qualifies them for admission. Arrangements exist for students to articulate into programs leading to admission in the UK and the United States.

Graduate Employment

This double degree is for students of high ability who aim to make careers where law and the chosen commerce major coincide.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce will have acquired in-depth disciplinary knowledge and a cohesive set of cognitive, technical and generic skills in one or more of the following areas: Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Business Administration, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing Management, Public Sector Management, or Tourism Management.

The program is designed to produce graduates with professional attributes appropriate to their intended careers. This degree also prepares students for postgraduate studies.
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Graduates who complete the Bachelor of Commerce will obtain an in-depth knowledge of relevant disciplinary theory and practices, as well as the practical application of this in one or more of the discipline areas listed above. In addition, graduates will have a broad understanding of concepts which are fundamental to commerce, such as statistics, commercial law, information systems, management, plus the interrelationships between government and business. ---
Graduates will develop:
- the cognitive skills required to critically analyze, evaluate and synthesize concepts and theories acquired in one or more of the following discipline areas, Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Business Administration, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing Management, Public Sector Management, or Tourism Management,
- the technical and generic skills required to apply discipline-specific technologies in one or more of those discipline areas,
- the independent learning skills needed to stay up-to-date with advances in theoretical frameworks and professional practices after graduation,
- the personal skills required to provide professional advice in the discipline or disciplines they choose to study. Graduates will be able to exercise critical thinking and applied analytical skills in identifying which information is relevant to specific decisions being made. They will also be able to identify whether they have all relevant information when advising clients or management, and have the ability to succinctly request or obtain missing information.
- the communication skills needed to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of stakeholders using technical and non-technical language, depending on the audience.
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Graduates of the Bachelor of Commerce will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to a diverse range of problems that early career professionals would be expected to deal with. As students progress through the course, they will develop the capacity to exercise their own initiative and professional judgement in an ethically responsible manner to analyse problems that are less clearly defined, more complex, and require application of concepts in a variety of disciplinary and sub-disciplinary contexts. Communication, applied research, teamwork, and negotiation skills will be developed through team based assignments, some of which deal with ambiguously defined problems. ---
Knowledge:
1. Graduates will have a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law, suitable for entering the legal profession or undertaking other careers involving legal work. The course will provide students with a program of study and learning to satisfy the academic requirements for admission to legal practice.
2. Students will also undertake an in depth study of selected areas of law, including the Priestly 11 units, and in chosen law electives, with an emphasis on commercial law and/or justice studies.
3. In addition to the above, students graduating with Honours will have developed the ability to independently identify and provide solutions to complex legal problems.
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Skills
1. Communication
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries
- Communicate, both orally and in writing, in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences
- Ability to communicate in plain English
- Ability to engage with culturally diverse audiences
- Appreciation and adaptability to the communication context, including genre and audience

2. Analysis and inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way
- Develop intellectual and practice skills to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues, drawing on a range of sources
- Legal referencing skills and ethical academic practice
- Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice among alternatives

3. Problem Solving
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems, then formulate and implement solutions
- Identify and articulate legal issues in a text or scenario
- Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues
- Think creatively in approaching legal issues and solutions, including both adversarial and non-adversarial options

4. Working independently and with others
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively
- Use interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in teams
- Learn and work independently, including directing aspects of learning and effective management of times and workload
- Reflect on capabilities and performance and develop self-awareness
- Make use of feedback to support personal and professional development

5. Professionalism
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment
- Appreciate the principles and values of justice and ethical practice in legal professional roles
- Understand and be able to apply ethical approaches to decision-making
- Recognise and reflect upon ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts
- Recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community
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Application of Knowledge and Skills:
Graduates will have applied their knowledge and skills to analyse and solve legal problems, both in writing and orally (through presentations and mooting programs). They will have undertaken complex legal research tasks, made suggestions for law reform, and reflected upon ethical issues.

Graduates who have completed with Honours will have developed a research proposal and written a thesis.
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Course Duration

Standard ten semesters full time or equivalent. Maximum twenty-four semesters.

Honours

The degree of Bachelor of Laws may be awarded with first or second class honours. Requirements are specified on the Bachelor of Laws, 794AA, site.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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