Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusYes
Length5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)^

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

2017: 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

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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.

Please note: Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws course must not undertake MLC101 Business Law (a core unit in the  Bachelor of Commerce) as this unit is incompatible with MLL111 Contract (a core unit in the Bachelor of Laws).

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).


Scholarships

The Alfred Deakin Scholarships in Law were introduced in 2001, which was the Centenary of Australia's Federation. Alfred Deakin, after whom the University is named, was Australia's second Prime Minister and our first Attorney General. A small number of these elite scholarships are awarded to high achieving students admitted to the Bachelor of Laws, as a single degree or law component when combined with another degree.  Please refer to the following link for further information: http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/scholarships/alfred-deakin.php.

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 https://www.deakin.edu.au/law/students/alset

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 and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.