Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
103723
ATAR
N/A
Fees (first year)*
$14496 Commonwealth Supported
Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

Our commerce degree can be tailored to your career aspirations. With a range of subjects on offer, from accounting to marketing, HR and finance, it will open up career opportunities in every area of business. Our law degree focuses on making a strong and positive contribution to our communities. Together, they provide a world of possibilities.

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Professional experience

You will complete 80 hours pro bono experience (after your first year) which will count as credit for a compulsory community engagement unit (10cp).

Work placement

Pro bono placements are undertaken from the second year of law studies. Students engage in practical, law related activities, especially on behalf of those who are the most marginalised and disadvantaged in our community. It provides valuable experience in the practical operation of the law and through community engagement, a vehicle for students to reflect upon the capacity of the law to respond to social justice issues involving those who are marginalised, without a voice or otherwise disadvantaged as well as in law reform. Students benefit from developing and reflecting upon the values of collaboration, equality, mutual respect and commitment to justice in an ethically-based profession.

Professional recognition

This course has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for admission to practice law. The course has been approved for admission to practice law in Victoria and New South Wales and is recognised for admission as a legal practitioner in other States and Territories in Australia.

In addition, students may also satisfy academic requirements for entry into professional associations. Check with your Course Coordinator for the available accreditation options.

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • the legal profession as lawyers, barristers or solicitors
  • in-house counsel
  • accounting and finance
  • banking
  • business analysis/development
  • management
  • human resources
  • marketing or sales

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

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Commerce/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

BUSN104 Money Matters

or

ACCT100 Introduction to Accounting

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

BUSN112 Managing Markets

Year 2 - Semester 1

LAWS106 Criminal Law and Procedure


LAWS206 Torts


BUSN111 Working with Technology

Commerce major 1
Year 2 - Semester 2

LAWS200 Business Organisations

LAWS403 Legal Theory

Commerce major 2Law elective
Year 3 - Semester 1

LAWS314 Statutory Interpretation

LAWS205 Property

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society

Commerce major 3
Year 3 - Semester 2

LAWS201 Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution


LAWS204 Land Law


BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

or

Business elective

Commerce major 4
Year 4 - Semester 1

LAWS304 Evidence


LAWS421 Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility


Commerce major 5Commerce major 6
Year 4 - Semester 2

LAWS419 Constitutional Law

LAWS420 Equity and Trusts

Commerce major 7

Law elective

Year 5 - Semester 1

LAWS418 Administrative Law

LAWS404 International Law

Law elective

Commerce major 8
Year 5 - Semester 2

Law elective

Law elective

Law elective

BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict

or

BIPX301 Professional Experience

Note: Not all majors and minors will be available on all campuses.


A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

StatePrerequisites

New South Wales

English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4)

Queensland

English (4, SA) at year 12 level

Victoria

Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Disclamer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Overall score of 7.0, Individual score of 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.

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

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

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.  

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver?  

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.  

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

The degree provides a pathway to specialisations in a variety of legal and business-related disciplines.

Overseas study available

You’ll have the opportunity to study the university Core Curriculum at our Rome campus. A number of elective units in this degree are also available to study overseas.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$14496 Commonwealth Supported

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

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.  

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Blacktown

Apply through UAC

UAC code 103723

Direct Application

Apply now

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC, UAC or QTAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC, UAC or QTAC.

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Associate Professor Michael Longo

Associate Professor – Thomas More Law School

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 Legal Reading, Writing and Research, Law of the European Union and Comparative Legal Systems.

Testimonial

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“I am one of just 20 people to have secured a graduate position with Australia Post from 3000 applicants. I credit much of my success to my experiences at ACU.”

Emma
Commerce and laws graduate

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