Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)Yes
Length5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)*, November (Trimester 3)^

* Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong) and Cloud (online) only

^ Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (online) only

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$10,337 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555
Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

LevelUndergraduate
VTAC Codes1400414491 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514491 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614491 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714491 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code002452M
Deakin course code D322

Please note: Not all major sequences are available via Campus study at Warrnambool. Students may undertake major sequences not available in Campus mode by enrolling in units via Cloud (online) study mode. 

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws combined degree will give you a sound understanding of the context in which the law operates in the business world.

The course opens up specific opportunities in business law, perhaps the most prestigious and highly rewarded area of legal practice, and one in which a sound background in both business and legal studies can be so crucial.

The Bachelor of Laws component of the course provides innovative and distinctive legal education, emphasises a case study approach and has a strong practical legal skills component.

Studying commerce at Deakin allows you to gain a sound foundation in key business disciplines and offers you access to an array of specialist business courses, which give you opportunities in virtually every area of business and government, in Australia and overseas.

The Faculty of Business and Law is responsible for this combined course which leads to the awards of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become an Australian Lawyer set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, a person seeking entry is required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.

Deakin's Bachelor of Commerce can lead to accreditation with many professional bodies, such as the Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) Program of CPA Australia, CA program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), Professional Accounting Program (PEP),  exemptions in the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Economics Society of Australia and the Australian Marketing Institute, providing you meet the specified requirements within the course.

Details are available from Faculty Enrolment Officers, who can assist you with course planning.

Fees and charges

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying place
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course. Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or the full fee paying annual indicative course fee shown in the table above is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study Load and unit fee

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. You can find the unit fee, credit point and EFTSL value for each unit by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

This combined course offers unequalled career opportunities.  As an alternative to practising as a barrister or solicitor, you may pursue a career in business and management in a wide range of organisations, government services, industrial relations, research, public administration, diplomatic service, legal aid, the media, law reform or teaching in universities.  Broad career paths based on the study of selected commerce units enable job prospects ranging from being a professional accountant, IT and systems professional, economist, financial planner, human resources manager, manager, social and economic policy developer, international trade officer and marketing assistant/manager.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws, students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Commerce (M300) and 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (M312).  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Commerce (M300) and the Bachelor of Laws (M312) must be satisfied. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Commerce include 7 credit points of core units (MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MIS171, MMK101, MMM132, MWL101), an 8 credit point major sequence (excluding Commercial Law), a one credit point elective unit and a zero credit point induction unit.

The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws include 21 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of law electives.  In addition, students are required to complete the prescribed Professional Experience in order to be eligible to graduate.

Course structure

Units

To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Commerce (M300) and Bachelor of Laws (M312).

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce. Year 12 applicants must meet the prerequisite units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. Entry for non-school leavers will be based on ALSET results; GPA from Bachelor level or postgraduate studies from courses undertaken during or after 2003.  For information on the ALSET please visit http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/law/students/alset.php

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.