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World leaders

  • 13th in the world

    With more than 150 years of experience, the University of Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, ranked 13th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • 1st in Australia

    We are ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

Overview

Pursue your interests in business and law through our Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws program and graduate with two degrees that will open doors to excellent career prospects in both fields. You will develop foundational knowledge of law, with the commercial, technical and management skills to launch your career as a legal practitioner, or step into the business world where a law degree is highly regarded.

Today’s law graduates need to be equipped with an agile mindset, and the ability to draw on legal and non-legal insights to solve multi-faceted problems, amidst unprecedented change, shifting client expectations and rapid technological advancements.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is one of the most reputable law programs in Australia, highly regarded overseas and your first step towards admissions as a legal practitioner in NSW.

Focused on the modern legal environment, you will develop the complex problem solving and analytical skills required to meet the challenges of a contemporary global landscape.

Complementing your legal studies, the Bachelor of Commerce combines business theory with practice, giving you a solid foundation in business subject areas such as:

You will be exposed to real-world business cases and experiences, drawn from our wide network of Australian and international business partners. The program also allows you to tailor your degree through the completion of at least one commerce major from a wide range of business subject areas.

Why study here?

  • World renowned for legal education the University of Sydney Law School is ranked 12th in the world in the QS World University Rankings for the discipline of law.
  • Build your global network as you connect with our Australian and international partners.
  • Take advantage of exchange opportunities and work with leading companies in Sydney, Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States and South America through our industry placements.
  • Access the Business School's dedicated Careers and Employability Office for specialised services that will help you achieve your career aspirations.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Commerce options below. There are no majors available in Law. The course structure and Units of Study for Law are as follows: First year: Foundations of Law, Legal Research I, Torts. Second year: Civil and Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law. Third year: Torts and Contracts II, Legal Research II, Public International Law, Public Law. Fourth year: Administrative Law, Corporations Law, Equity, Evidence, Federal Constitutional Law, Introduction to Property and Commercial Law, Real Property, The Legal Profession. Final year: Private International Law A, seven elective units of study.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the 'Apply Now' button on the right-hand side of this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships website for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

International students commencing in Semester 2 will not be able to start the Law component until Semester 1 of the following year.

What you'll study

Completion requirement

Candidates must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) before proceeding to Year Four of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). Candidates are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

For the Bachelor of Commerce component, you must complete all junior core Commerce units within your first year of study with BUSS1000 Future of Business completed in your first semester. The senior core unit, BUSS2000 Leading and Influencing in Business, must be completed in your second year of study.  

Candidates in a Combined Law program must successfully complete LAWS1006 Foundations of Law before enrolling in any other Bachelor of Laws (LLB) units of study. Candidates are required to complete the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) units of study in the order listed in the Sydney Law School Undergraduate Table. Except with the permission of the Dean of the Sydney Law School.

For a progression guide for this degree, please refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in Business Information Systems) and Bachelor of Laws

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Future of Business
Accounting, Business and Society
Digital Business Innovation
Foundations of Law
  2 Quantitative Business Analysis
OLE units: Business Entrepreneurship Series; Business Models, Guerilla Tactics, Bootstrap Finance
Digital Work Environments
Torts
Legal Research
2 1 Leading and Influencing in Business
Digital Business Management
Contracts
Civil and Criminal Procedure
  2 OLE units: Communication in STEM; The Science of Health and Wellbeing; Research and Data Management
People, Information and Knowledge
Business Process Modelling and Improvement
Criminal Law
3 1 Business Information Systems Projects
Enterprise Systems and Integrated Business
Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport
Public International Law
  2 Business Intelligence for Managers
Business Information Systems in Practice
Torts and Contracts II
Public Law
Legal Research II
4-5   Students enrol in the Bachelor of Laws in Year 4, after completion of their Bachelor of Commerce. For more information about Bachelor of Laws units of study, visit the Bachelor of Laws undergraduate handbook.

This is an indicative study plan only. Students may choose other majors, minors and electives. For further progression examples for this degree,  please refer to the Business School Handbook. and the University's Current students website.

Applying for honours

In some of the more specialised careers open to Bachelor of Commerce graduates, employers may be looking for a level of specialisation that is not provided by a pass degree. Similarly, if a student wishes to qualify for specialised postgraduate research study, a pass degree is not normally sufficient. Honours considerably enhances a qualification and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability

The Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies with honours provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. It involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis. 

In the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, students would complete honours as their fourth year of study. Students will need to have completed any requirements of their degree not satisfied with the completion of honours (including both majors, all core units, all Open Learning Environment units, and any elective units as necessary to ensure they meet degree requirements) by the end of their third year of study to proceed to honours in their fourth year of study.

For further details refer to the Current students Business honours website.

For details of completing honours in the Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the Sydney Law School website.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on the first-year subjects selected. 

Prerequisites

Mathematics (an equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Transfer: 
You can apply to transfer into the Combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws after your first year of tertiary study. You will be assessed on either your tertiary or secondary grades, whichever is higher. If you have not studied at tertiary level for at least one year full-time in the same degree, you will be assessed according to your secondary qualifications only. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of the first year you can reapply after the second year. The credit transfer policies of the Law School and its partner faculties are used when determining the amount of credit for previous studies. However, it is not possible to complete Combined Law within five years if you  transfer after more than one year of university study.

Consider completing your first degree and then applying for the Juris Doctor. This graduate entry degree includes study of all required areas of knowledge to practice law in NSW. Find out more.

Credit for previous study

If you've already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Eligible students may apply to take part in an international exchange program for one or two semesters. The study is undertaken at a partner institution is counted towards the award of the degree.

Dalyell Scholars

If you are eligible for entry into this degree then it is very likely you will also be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances.

These include: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International); EQUIS, the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD); and CEMS the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS, which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.

For certain career options, external accreditation is a requirement for entering the workforce. Further accreditations are available to students who complete the requirements and meet eligibility criteria for the following: CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), and CFA Institute® Program Partner.

Refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook for further details.

Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board and meets the academic requirements for practising law in New South Wales. For professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see detailed information under professional recognition here.

Career Pathways

  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Judge 
  • Magistrate
  • Marketer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Financial specialist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Small business owner
  • Project manager
  • Accountant
  • Management consultant
  • Economist
  • Global analyst

Graduates of the combined course who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements.

 

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.