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  • #13 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.

  • #25 in the world

    Ranked 25th in the world for social sciences in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Overview

The future of work is changing, and what it means to be part of the legal profession has expanded. Our highly regarded Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws combined degree program will challenge you to think differently. You will graduate with two degrees, opening the door to a wide range of career opportunities – in law or another area where legal skills are in demand. Specialised career fields include compliance, securities regulation and economic analysis.

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.

The Bachelor of Economics will give you a comprehensive understanding of the overall context of business and government, and the high-level technical skills to analyse economic and social data and events. You will gain an excellent grounding in economic theory and business statistics, completing a major in economics, agricultural and resource economics, financial economics or the more statistically based econometrics. 

Subject areas

A major is a specialisation in a chosen area of study and is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in a particular area. To earn a major in a subject area (from the Bachelor of Economics Table A of the Table of Units of Study) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, students will normally complete 48 credit points in the particular subject area. You would also need to have completed the appropriate junior units of study before you can do the senior units of study that comprise your major.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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English language proficiency

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Your funding & scholarships

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 (February) 

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). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on 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: 

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 (February) 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

For full course details see our Handbook.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Introductory Microeconomics
Introduction to Economic Statistics
Major or Elective Junior Unit
Foundations of Law
Legal Research I
  2 Introductory Macroeconomics Introduction to Econometrics Major or Elective Junior Unit Torts
2 1 Intermediate Econometrics Major or Elective Senior Unit Civil and Criminal Procedure Contracts
  2 Intermediate Macroeconomics Major or Elective Senior Unit Major or Elective Senior Unit Criminal Law
3 1 Economics Major Senior Unit
Economics Major Senior Unit
Economics Elective Senior Unit
Public International Law
Legal Research II
  2 Economics Major Senior Unit Economics Major Senior Unit Torts and Contracts II Public Law
4* 1 Administrative Law Federal Constitutional Law Introduction to Property and Commercial Law The Legal Profession
  2 Corporations Law Equity Evidence Real Property
5 1 Private International Law A Law Elective Law Elective Law Elective
  2 One Jurisprudence Law Elective Unit** Law Elective Law Elective Law Elective

* You may choose instead to take a maximum of two electives and complete the remaining compulsory units in Year 5.
 ** One elective unit in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 must be a jurisprudence unit.

Assumed knowledge

For Bachelor of Laws: None.
For Bachelor of Economics: HSC Mathematics.

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.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Transfer

You can apply to transfer into the Combined Bachelor of Economics/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.

Course opportunities

Eligible students may apply to take part in an international exchange program for one or two semesters. Study 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

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Barrister 
  • Solicitor
  • Judge
  • Magistrate
  • Business analyst 
  • Diplomat 
  • Economist 
  • Management consultant 
  • Policy adviser 
  • Project officer 
  • Economic researcher 

Graduates of the Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws combined degree who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements.

Future study options

Eligible candidates may enrol for an honours year in Economics or for the integrated honours of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). You may also go on to further postgraduate study in either discipline. The University of Sydney Law School is an international leader in postgraduate legal education and, in addition to the Master of Laws, offers master's degrees and graduate diplomas in 16 specialist areas. These include: taxation; business; commercial and corporate law; labour relations; health law; environmental law; international law; criminology and jurisprudence. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a rich postgraduate program comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research in economics and the social sciences.

Domestic students

International students

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