Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: BBus/LLB(Hons)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 2840
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS code:  108430C

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 

This program is designed for high achieving law students in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws program who wish to undertake an extended level of study and research in Law. An honours degree indicates academic excellence in a professional context and, as an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8 qualification, students may also have direct entry into postgraduate programs including Masters and Doctor of Philosophy programs. 

There is no direct entry into the Honours program. Entry is by application only following completion of at least 160 credit points of Law study and by meeting specified criteria (see Admission details).  As an embedded honours program, students are not required to undertake an additional period of study. Further details regarding the honours program and its requirements are available at: Honours in Law and School of Law Honours Guidelines.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program satisfies the academic degree requirements for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. Students will engage in collaborative face-to-face problem and case-based learning, will be supported by online learning materials, and will participate in authentic assessment to develop knowledge and skills. The program provides students with a broad progressive legal education with a strong practical orientation to the law. Students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, research, communication, collaboration, self-management, and ethical and professional awareness and judgement. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in legal advocacy, negotiation, and legal technology and extend their professional and learning experiences through work integrated learning, clinical placement and international exchange engagements.

Study Mode

Five years full-time or ten years part-time.  Students may be required to travel between campuses in order to complete their subjects.

Program Advice

Dr Sarah Hook

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Full Time Internal See Above
Campbelltown Part TIme Internal See Above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See Above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See Above

Accreditation

Graduates from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training.

Where the full recommended subject sequence of the major is satisfactorily completed:

  • Accounting, Testamur Major is accredited with CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).
  • Applied Finance, Testamur Major satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia).
  • Human Resource Management, Testamur Major Is accredited with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).
  • Marketing , Testamur Major satisfies the educational requirements for recognition as a Certified Practising Marketer and eligibility for membership of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).
  • Property, Testamur Major is accredited by the Australian Property Institute (API) and, depending on electives chosen, students may be eligible for API Certified Practising Valuer (CPV) certification. Students, depending on chosen electives, are also eligible for API certifications of Certified Property Practitioner, Certified Property Manager, Certified Asset Manager and Certified Development Practitioner.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Accreditation

The Accounting degree is internationally accredited with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and students who complete this degree will receive exemptions from 11 ACCA papers.

Details available on the ACCA website at

https://www.accaglobal.com/an/en.html

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Laws are published at: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_law_courses 

The School of Business has developed a set of Inherent Requirements for the discipline of Accounting as part of a university--wide pilot. These requirements are available at:  https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_accounting_courses

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the program but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation.  For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

This program is designed for students in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws program who wish to undertake an Honours program. 

Students must meet all of the following criteria for admission:

  • Completion of at least 160 credit points of law study (or 140 credit points if two Summer subjects are undertaken);
  • Demonstration of the likelihood of graduating with an Honours Weighted Average Mark (HWAM) of at least 70 at the time of graduation; or an Admission Average Mark (AAM) of at least 70 at the time of admission to the Honours program. Refer to https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/schools/sol/honours for details
  • Submission of a ‘Nomination of Topics’ form which expresses preferences among supervisor-defined topics and/or describes a student-defined topic in a scholarly manner. Refer to https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0008/1784474/Honours_topic_nomination_form_2020.docx
  • Demonstration of satisfactory academic writing skills
  • Availability of a principal supervisor

Special Requirements

Students enrolling in these subjects may need to have a National Police Certificate and consent or prohibited employment declarations as they may be conducting their placement in circumstances where they work with minors. This would be managed on an as needs basis:

  • JUST 4001 Clinical Legal Placement
  • LAWS 3074 Judicial Internship
  • LAWS 3077 Legal Internship
  • LAWS 4012 First Nations Peoples' Access to Justice Clinic
  • LAWS 3080 Street Law Clinic
  • JUST 3011 Issues in the Criminal Justice System (corrective services field trip requirement)- Also records and identity check.

The following units require a visa for the relevant country and the ability to travel at a specified time:

Program Structure

Qualification for the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) requires satisfactory completion of 400 credit points as per the following program sequence which includes:

240 credit points of Law subjects comprising:

  • 160 credit points of specified core subjects to meet Priestly 11 accreditation requirements:
  • 10 credit points Research Training Component (LAWS 4016 Legal Research and Methodology)
  • 20 credit points Research Component (LAWS 4011 Law Honours Dissertation)
  • 50 credit points of LLB alternate subjects. (Note that students wishing for accounting accreditation must choose and complete the LLB Alternate subject LAWS 4008 Revenue Law).

150 credit points of business subjects including:

  • 30 credit points compulsory core subjects: (excluding LAWS 1001 Enterprise Law);
  • 40 credit points selected to prepare you for careers in business (Professional subjects); and
  • 80 credit points of business subjects for the selected major.

 10 credit points of any elective subject from across the University (excluding LAWS 1001 Enterprise LawLAWS 2010 Law of Business OrganisationsLAWS 3070 Taxation Law and any other inter-disciplinary law subject offered by the School of Law).

Please note that Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) students can complete a elective subject from any School across the University in place of the Business core subject LAWS 1001 Enterprise Law (excluding LAWS 1001 Enterprise LawLAWS 2010 Law of Business OrganisationsLAWS 3070 Taxation Law and any other inter-disciplinary law subject offered by the School of Law). Enrolment in elective subjects is subject to availability and meeting rules for individual subjects (for example co-requisite and pre-requisite rules).

Students enrolled in the 2840 Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) will only be eligible to graduate from their Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree upon completion of the entire 400 credit point program. Students enrolled in this program who wish to graduate with a standalone law degree prior to completion of the entire Bachelor of Business component must transfer to program 2829 Bachelor of Laws (Non Graduate Entry) (Honours) which requires the completion of 320 credit points (inclusive of 80 credit points of non-LLB study).

Students should refer to the 2786 Bachelor of Business handbook entry and the handbook entry for the Business Major for details of the Bachelor of Business Core subjects, Professional subjects and the Major subjects.

Business Major

Students in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree must select a Bachelor of Business major and complete all subjects of that major.

Note to students who choose the Accounting major: Students in the Accounting major are advised to complete subject LAWS 4008 Revenue Law as one of their five LLB alternate subjects. Students who do not complete LAWS 4008 Revenue Law as part of their law degree will be required to complete this subject or LAWS 3070 Taxation Law separately. LAWS 3070 Taxation Law cannot count towards the requirements of the law degree.

Students in the Accounting major should also note that in order to achieve accreditation with CPA Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), they will need to complete one additional subject (10 credit points) over and above the 400 credit points of this program. This means that students who wish to achieve accreditation will also need to complete ACCT 2001 Contemporary Management Accounting 

Please note that students who early exit from the double degree without completing all the requirements of the law degree and who seek to achieve accreditation with CPA Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), must in addition to completing their business subjects and the first eight law subjects also complete LAWS 3045 Law of Associations (or LAWS 2010 Law of Business Organisations) AND LAWS 4008 Revenue Law (or LAWS 3070 Taxation Law). Students who later resume the law degree component of the program cannot count LAWS 2010 Law of Business Organisations or LAWS 3070 Taxation Law towards their law degree.

Note to students who choose the Property major: The Bachelor of Business (Property) is accredited by the Australian Property Institute (API) and, depending on flexible subjects chosen, students may be eligible for API Certified Practising Valuer (CPV) certification. Students, depending on chosen flexible subjects, are also eligible for Australian Property Institute (API) certifications of Certified Property Practitioner, Certified Property Manager, Certified Funds Manager, Certified Asset Manager and Certified Development Practitioner. Students in the Property major should note that in order to achieve accreditation with the Australian Property Institute (API), they will need to complete an additional two subjects (20 credit points) over and above the 400 credit points of this program. This means that students who wish to achieve accreditation must also complete MGMT 3004 Statutory Valuation and BLDG 1011 Property Building 

Elective Subjects

Students can complete an elective subject from any School across the University in place of the Business core subject LAWS 1001 Enterprise Law (excluding LAWS 1001 Enterprise Law LAWS 2010 Law of Business OrganisationsLAWS 3070 Taxation Law and any other inter-disciplinary law subject offered by the School of Law).  Enrolment in elective subjects is subject to availability and meeting rules for individual subjects (for example co-requisite and pre-requisite rules).

Early Exit from the Program

Early exit with program 2786 Bachelor of Business is possible upon satisfactory completion of: 80 credit points of law subjects i.e. the first eight law subjects as specified in the program sequence; 150 credit points of business subjects; and 10 credit points of an elective subject. This can be achieved in the equivalent of three years full time study.

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) on completion of the entire 400 credit point program. Students are not accredited to complete a law degree as part of the program. Should enrolled students in this program wish to pursue a standalone law degree they must transfer out of this program to program 2829 Bachelor of Laws (Non Graduate Entry) (Honours). However, such a transfer to program 2829 is not the same as an “early exit”.

Planning study

It may be possible to vary the sequence of subjects so that students study a greater concentration of either law or business study each semester, to minimise travel between campuses and to overcome timetabling problems. Students should speak to their Academic Program Advisor as needed.

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 400 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.  

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
LAWS 1003 Fundamentals of Australian Law 10
LAWS 2004 Criminal Law 10
Select one Business core subject 10
Select one of the following: 10
One Business core subject
 
One Business major subject
 
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 1009 Legal Analysis and Critique 10
LAWS 2013 Torts Law 10
Select one Business core subject 10
Select one of the following (whichever was not taken in Autumn): 10
Select one Business core subject
 
Select one Business major subject
 
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
LAWS 2003 Contracts 10
Select two Business professional subjects 20
Select one Business major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 2001 Alternative Dispute Resolution 10
Select one Business professional subject 10
Select one Business engaged subject (professional subject) 10
Select one Business major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
LAWS 2015 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics 10
Select three Business major subjects 30
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 2008 Government and Public Law 10
Select two Business major subject 20
Select one elective subject 10
Accounting students are advised to take ECON 2002 Corporate Financial Management in place of the elective subject  
Property students are advised to take MGMT 3003 Special Valuation in place of the elective subject  
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Autumn session
LAWS 3018 Equity & Trusts 10
LAWS 3082 Property Law 10
Select two LLB Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 3081 Administrative Law 10
LAWS 3045 Law of Associations 10
Select two LLB Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 5
Autumn session
LAWS 4015 Constitutional Law 10
LAWS 4004 Criminal Procedure and Evidence 10
LAWS 4016 Legal Research and Methodology 10
Select one LLB Alternate subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 4014 Remedies 10
LAWS 4013 Civil Procedure and Arbitration 10
LAWS 4011 Law Honours Dissertation 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points400

LLB Alternate Subjects

Students must complete 50 credit points of subjects from the list of Bachelor of Laws alternate subjects below.

(Note that students must choose alternate subject LAWS 4008 Revenue Law if seeking professional accreditation as an accountant.)

Subject Title Credit Points
LAWS 4017Access to Justice Clinic10
LAWS 3001Advanced Family Law10
LAWS 4003Advanced Taxation Law10
LAWS 3002Advanced Torts and Civil Wrongs10
LAWS 3003Advocacy10
LAWS 3004Anti-Discrimination Law10
LAWS 3005Australian Competition Law10
LAWS 3006Australian Consumer Law10
LAWS 3007Banking and Securities Law10
LAWS 2014Bioethics10
LAWS 3011Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the World10
LAWS 3013Conflict of Laws10
LAWS 3014Corporate Governance10
LAWS 3015Cyber Law and Justice10
LAWS 4010Designing Law Apps for Access to Justice10
LAWS 3016Elder Law10
LAWS 3022Family Dispute Resolution10
LAWS 3023Family Law10
LAWS 2005Financial Services Law10
LAWS 2007First Peoples and the Australian Legal System10
LAWS 4012First Nations Peoples' Access to Justice Clinic10
LAWS 3024Foundations of Chinese Law10
LAWS 3025Foundations of Indian Law10
LAWS 3083Gender and the Law10
LAWS 3028Human Rights and the Asia Pacific10
LAWS 3027Human Rights Law10
LAWS 3029Immigration and Refugee Law10
JUST 3008Independent Study (Law)10
LAWS 3030Information and Data Governance Law and Regulation10
LAWS 3031Insolvency Law and Policy10
LAWS 3032Intellectual Property10
LAWS 3033International Business Transactions Law10
LAWS 4006International Climate Law10
LAWS 3034International Criminal Law10
LAWS 4007International Environmental Law10
LAWS 3036International Trade Law10
LAWS 3039Islam, International Law and Human Rights10
JUST 3011Issues in the Criminal Justice System10
LAWS 3074Judicial Internship10
LAWS 3042Jurisprudence10
LAWS 3079Law, Economics, Ethics and Change10
LAWS 3044Law and Public Policy (Development and Implementation)10
LAWS 3046Law of Employment10
LAWS 3047Law of International Organisations10
LAWS 3048Law of the Sea10
LAWS 3075Law's Self-Understanding10
LAWS 3078Legal, Economic and Social Transformation in Taiwan10
LAWS 3077Legal Internship10
LAWS 4016Legal Research and Methodology10
LAWS 3049Media Law10
JUST 2013Mediation10
LAWS 3050Medical Law10
LAWS 3052Mental Health Law10
LAWS 3053Moot Court10
LAWS 3055Planning and Environment Law10
LAWS 3056Practising in the Public Interest10
LAWS 3061Public Health Law10
LAWS 3063Public International Law10
LAWS 4008Revenue Law10
LAWS 3067Self-Managed Superannuation and Trusts10
LAWS 3068Space Law - Commercial Aspects10
LAWS 3080Street Law Clinic10
LAWS 3076Technology, Innovation and the Law10
LAWS 3071Wills and Succession10
LAWS 3072Work Health and Safety Law10

Please note that the availability of Bachelor of Laws Alternate Subjects may vary from year to year. New subjects may become available and some others discontinued.  The School will publish information on which units are available in a session.

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of the program for students who may have passed subjects in the list in 2022 or earlier.

JUST 4001 Clinical Legal Placement, replaced by LAWS 4017 Access to Justice Clinic