Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

This double degree prepares you for a challenging and exciting career in law, business or government.

By studying a range of business specialisations, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the tactics, processes and issues related to conducting business – whether within Australia or internationally.

You’ll also develop sought-after professional skills within law, such as:

  • advocacy
  • ethical judgement
  • communication
  • legal research and writing
  • interviewing and negotiation.

This flexible course offers diverse opportunities for industry-based learning placements. Upon graduation and once you’ve completed practical legal training, you’ll meet the academic requirements, as required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board, to practice law.

We offer valuable opportunities to network and learn through law & justice industry partnerships, and international collaborations with exchange partners.

We also have well-established industry connections in the finance sector and you can gain practical experience with our clinical legal education programs and Business Integrated Learning program.

Our partnerships with Magistrates’ Courts and community legal services let you apply your legal knowledge while you study. Some of our major clients, partners and industry associations include:

  • Australian Centre for Financial Studies
  • Department of Justice, Victoria
  • Migration Institute of Australia
  • FCG Legal
  • Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria.

VU's Victoria Law School helps graduates to prepare for workplace success through our renowned moot program.

A moot court is a mock court which mimics a live court room, helping you to finesse your legal skills for work in the real world.

You can study overseas for a semester at one of our many international partner institutes. Choose the destination that best suits your business or law career ambitions.

Our international law partners are in England, the USA and Malaysia:

  • University of Cambridge
  • Los Angeles Law School
  • International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Our Queen Street campus is located in the heart of Melbourne's legal district.

This dedicated law campus features:

  • specialised law library
  • legal research centres including the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
  • mooting court
  • computer labs, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, student lounges, study spaces & a prayer room.

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Finesse your legal skills in our moot court – a mock court which mimics a live court room.

Careers in law and business

With a growing demand for law graduates in the business sector, this double degree will help you stand out to prospective employers and can pave the way for a career in:

  • a government department/agency such as the Treasury or Foreign Affairs
  • federal or state government
  • community legal centres
  • not-for-profit businesses
  • the corporate law sector.

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business leads to roles such as:

  • financial analyst
  • policy adviser
  • legal adviser
  • industrial relations adviser
  • human rights advocate.

Salaries

Employment for business analysts is expected to grow moderately in the future, until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook). For solicitors, employment is expected to grow very strongly in the future, until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).

The median starting salary of a bachelor degree business or law graduate (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 and $55,000, respectively (GradStats).

On average, a business analyst earns $95,212 PA (Job Outlook) and a solicitor earns $104,000 PA (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business students will be required to complete 480 credit points consisting of:

  • 264 credit points of core law units of study
  • 84 credit points of core business units including the Integrated Business Challenge
  • 12 credit points of International Business Challenge
  • 96 credit points of business major including the Applied Business Challenge
  • 24 credit points of Law electives from the list below (Law Elective 1 will be delivered in block mode)
  • Continuing students (ie those who commenced the degree prior to 2018) who have not completed LLW1001 Criminal Law by S1 2018 will be required to undertake LLW1001 Criminal Law and LLW1002 Criminal Investigation, Procedure and Sentencing.

Business majors include:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Event Management
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • International Hospitality Management
  • International Tourism Management
  • International Trade
  • Management and Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Music Industry
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management

NOTE: depending on student’s chosen major, additional units and/or time may be required for course completion.

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours:
Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws prior to 31 Dec 2014 may be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3). The class of honours will be determined by their GPA score in BLB4142/LLW5901. This GPA score will be calculated by the College of Law and Justice.

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (For students enrolled post 1 January 2015):
Students in any Bachelor of Laws course may apply to transfer into any Bachelor of Laws (Honours) once they have completed a minimum 192 credit points and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above i.e. 70–100% in those units.

First Year Core

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

12 credit point Law Elective 1

12 credit point Business Major Unit 1

Year 3, Semester 2

12 credit point Business Major Unit 2

Year 4, Semester 1

12 credit point Business Major Unit 3

12 credit point Business Major Unit 4

Year 4, Semester 2

12 credit point Business Major Unit 5

12 credit point Business Major Unit 6

Year 5, Semester 1

12 credit point Business Major Unit 7

Year 5, Semester 2

12 credit point Business Major Unit 8 (BPD3100 Applied Business Challenge)

12 credit point Law Elective 2

Law Electives

Honours for students enrolled 2015 and thereafter

Majors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of the Australian legal system, fundamental areas of legal and business knowledge and relevant specialist bodies of knowledge within the disciplines of law and business;  
  2. Review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of law and business and underlying principles and concepts in diverse contemporary local and international comparative contexts;  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to legal and business issues by analysing and applying information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems and promote justice in authentic/contemporary professional, community and global settings;  
  4. Exhibit professional accountabilities and ethical judgement, by evaluating, synthesising and adapting knowledge, skills, legal reasoning and research to make appropriate responses to legal issues that reflect the legal, social, political and contextual factors;  
  5. Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and skills appropriate for legal and non-legal audiences, in both oral and written form;  
  6. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals and implement effective, creative strategies to promote lifelong learning and pathways to further learning including a commitment to ongoing professional development;  
  7. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills, necessary to operate in the immensely divergent and complex global and Australian cultures; and  
  8. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Year 12: Successful completion of VCE (or equivalent); VCE English requirements: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.
  • Mature: Mature age students are encouraged to apply for admission. Academic record including Grade Point Average. Relevant work experience may be considered in the absence of an academic record. Applicants who have not completed Year 12 but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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