Bachelor of Business Administration/Bachelor of Laws

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
CRICOS Code
079430C
IELTS
7.0 overall score (with individual score of 6.5 in all tests)
Fees (first year)*
$31216
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024

Overview

This comprehensive double degree helps you stand out from the crowd and lends a competitive edge. You’ll develop an understanding of modern business with sound commercial knowledge, as well as the skills to become a legal practitioner and specialise in areas such as forensic accounting, company law, or property law just to name a few. You’ll be in demand from law firms and public and private sector organisations both here in Australia and internationally.

Business acumen is fundamental to your success. As part of your business foundation you will learn through gamified business simulations based on real-world situations. You will also learn to understand core business terms and concepts and discover how operations and finance decisions support organisations. Microsoft certification is embedded into units in the degree, so you'll graduate with strong foundation in the Microsoft programs favoured by employers.

In today’s world, you need professional, technical and cross-cultural skills. All our units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals and our intercultural communication module is designed to build cultural awareness and communication skills which are vital in the global workplace. You can further extend your intercultural experience by taking part in a Global Virtual Classroom, studying at our Rome Campus or participating in an international study tour.

For your legal studies, we’re committed to helping you become a confident, ethical lawyer with the skills and knowledge to make a real contribution to the legal profession. You’ll have an opportunity to join mooting competitions, take part in the analysis of complex cases and law, and put it all into practice with pro bono work while you study.

Students who have completed 120 credit points of law units with a grade point average of 5.75 and above may apply to complete an honours degree.

Professional experience

You’ll gain up to 185 hours of workplace and community experience before you even graduate.

Work placement

As part of our Work Integrated Learning program you’ll gain 105 hours of industry placement in your area of specialisation. We have embedded employability into your degree with our Future Ready program where we build on your professional skills each year, supporting you every step of the way. These placements will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills to prepare for your future profession. You’ll learn to apply what you learn in the classroom to real life scenarios.

Community engagement

As part of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to work with not-for-profit organisations with 35 to 80 hours of community engagement experience. You’ll foster knowledge and understanding and its application within communities experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage while applying ethical personal and professional skills developed during your studies at ACU.

Professional recognition

This degree has been approved by accreditation authorities as a prerequisite for admission to legal practice and is recognised for the purposes of admission in Australia.

Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • the legal profession as lawyers, barristers or solicitors
  • in-house counsel
  • policy advocating
  • industrial law and management
  • banking
  • management
  • international business
  • marketing
  • human resources

Industry partnerships

ACU works with a variety of industry partners:

  • Acrath
  • Adecco
  • Brisbane Paralympic Football Program
  • Credit Suisse
  • Highered Global
  • Impact
  • Jesuit Refugee Service
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Mars
  • North Sydney Innovation Network
  • Toongabbie Legal Centre

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Business Administration/Bachelor of Laws, a student must complete 400 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

LAWS104 Foundations of Law and Legal Research

LAWS105 Contract Law

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN111 Working with Technology

Year 1 - Semester 2

LAWS107 Introduction to Australian Public Law

LAWS108 Commercial Law


UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

BUSN104 Money Matters

Year 2 - Semester 1

LAWS106 Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS206 Torts


BAFN200 Principles of Finance

ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets

Year 2 - Semester 2

LAWS200 Business Organisations

LAWS403 Legal Theory


BUSN112 Managing Markets

MKTG207 Marketing Toolkit

Year 3 - Semester 1

LAWS314 Statutory Interpretation

LAWS205 Property


UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society

HRMG204 Organisational Behaviour

Year 3 - Semester 2

LAWS201 Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution


LAWS204 Land Law


ITEC201 Fundamentals of Information Technology

Business elective 1

or

BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

Year 4 - Semester 1

LAWS304 Evidence


LAWS421 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility


ENTR301 Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

ITEC200 Data and Information Management

Year 4 - Semester 2

LAWS419 Constitutional Law


LAWS420 Equity and Trusts


LAWS213 Community Legal Engagement Pro Bono


MGMT304 Strategic Management

Year 5 - Semester 1

LAWS421 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility


LAWS404 International Law


Law elective 1


BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict

or

BIPX301 Professional Experience

Year 5 - Semester 2

Law elective 2



Law elective 3


Law elective 4


Law elective 5


This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

* Bachelor of Business Administration elective - students are required to choose one of the following business administration units: Human resource management: staffing and employee engagement, Marketing communications: engaging stakeholders.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Overseas study available

You’ll have the option to complete the university Core Curriculum units overseas. There are also a number of units in this degree that are taught overseas throughout the annual teaching cycle.

Entry requirements

View transparency admission information

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Overall score: 7.0, Individual score: 6.5 for all tests.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic) from an internet-based total of 94, achieve a minimum of 24 in writing, 20 in speaking and listening, 19 in reading.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

A student who has completed at least 120 cp of LAWS units of the degree with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.75 may be eligible for Admission to the Bachelor (Honours degree).

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

A student who achieves an Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Distinction average) may be eligible for Admission to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Meeting the eligibility requirements for admission is not in itself a guarantee of admission. The candidate’s potential to undertake research, the quality and feasibility of the research proposal, the availability of appropriate supervision and the referee’s reports will all be taken into consideration. Please refer to Regulation 5.2

A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must comply with the Higher Degree Research Regulations.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Fees

Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3902
  • Average first year fee: $31216
  • Estimate total cost: $156080

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

International applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 116312

Direct application

Apply now

Additional application information

The law degree structure and law unit offerings have been approved by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board and the Legal Profession Admission Board (NSW).

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Staff Profile

David Spencer

Senior Lecturer, Thomas More Law School

David commenced at ACU in 2012 as Professor and Deputy Provost of the University. In 2014 he was appointed Executive Dean (Acting), in the newly established Faculty of Law and Business before resuming his duties as Deputy Provost. Between 2017/18 he was Professor and Associate Dean of Learning & Teaching in the Faculty of Law and Business. Previously, he was Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at La Trobe University. Prior to that, he had been Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) for the Faculty of Law at Macquarie University. David currently holds a Principal’s Practising Certificate issued by the Victorian Legal Services Board.

Associate Professor Michael Longo

Associate Professor of Law

Before his academic career Michael was a Senior Solicitor with the Australian Government Solicitor, Attorney-General's Department. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Michael has held academic positions in Victoria since 1990. Michael's teaching and research interests include Legal Writing and Research, Comparative Constitutional Systems, Human Rights Law, International Law and European Union Law. His current teaching covers Foundations of Law and Legal Research, Public Law, Law of the European Union, Comparative Legal Systems and Legal Research and Methodology.

 

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