Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws

JCU’s joint Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws gives you the business expertise and the legal qualifications required to practice law. Business skills complement your legal practice, particularly in areas such as management, corporate and commercial tax, and written communication. Our subjects are designed with a focus on real-life scenarios and the development of work-ready skills.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; Maths B (desirable)
OP/Rank
15/67

Career opportunities

This is a highly valued joint degree sought after by many employers. Depending on your business major, you will have the expertise to obtain employment in myriad business and/or law related positions. Corporations, private and professional practices, and government departments greatly value Business-Law graduates because of the complementary skills and detailed commercial knowledge acquired in both disciplines.

Our graduates work in a range of areas within the private and public sectors and are particularly valued in business, industry and the broader legal professions.

Law graduates can find work in private practice, corporations, government and non-government agencies in a wide variety of areas:

-  government agencies in a wide variety of areas
-  general legal practice
-  solicitor or barrister
-  business and commercial law
-  environmental law
-  conveyancing and property law
-  criminal law
-  industrial law
-  taxation law

This course is an approved qualification for admission to practice law in Queensland.  Students wishing to practice should obtain further information from the Barristers’ and Solicitors’ Admission Boards.

The Law component of this course is an approved qualification for admission to practise law. Further information on admission to practice is available from the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, and Boards in other States. Depending on the business major selected, you may be eligible to apply for membership of organisations including the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Human Resources Institute or the Australian Marketing Institute.

Course highlights

Our Business program focuses on providing skills and qualifications to prepare you for your future professional employment and positions of leadership, in organisations and the community.

Our Law program is particularly proud of its community links and strong networks in the legal profession and judiciary of northern Queensland. Practising legal professionals teach and tutor regularly, providing you with direct access to contemporary standards of practice and facilitate a practical learning environment. Your Law classes and workshops involve judges and senior academics along with local law firms, government agencies, community organisations and the local bar.

You will participate in real-world experiences and learn from our researchers, managers and lecturers, who are experts in their field.

Course overview

This is a popular joint degree with excellent career outcomes.

All law subjects required for admission to practice are covered in this joint degree that spans 5 years of full-time study. Depending on your desired career path and whether you study in Townsville or Cairns, you have a wide choice business majors including Economics, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing, and Sports and Events Management, to name a few. Some of these majors are available to study online, giving you greater flexibility.

Majors within the Bachelor of Business are designed with input from industry experts and incorporate current research for real-world relevance. Our lecturers have strong business and academic credentials and focus on creating a challenging and inspiring learning environment.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311061) - Apply now
Cairns (321061) - Apply now


Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.

Subjects

Course Structure

ACCOUNTING MAJOR

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

LA1103:03 Law, Society and Change

LA1104:03 Legal Concepts

LA1105:03 Contract Law 1

LA1106:03 Contract Law 2

Level 2

BX2019:03 Business Information Systems

LA2015:03 Land Law 1

LA2016:03 Land Law 2

LA2017:03 Principles of Criminal Law A

LA2018:03 Principles of Criminal Law B

LA2019:03 Torts A – Specific Torts

LA2020:03 Torts B – Negligence

Level 3

LA3004:03 Evidence

LA3006:03 Administrative Law

LA3011:03 Commercial and Personal Property Law

LA3013:03 Principles of Equity

LA3014:03 Law of Trusts

LA3105:03 Constitutional Law

LA3106:03 Company and Partnership Law

Level 4

LA4023:03 Taxation Law

OPTIONS

Select Accounting major

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 4 LA subjects from:

LA4014:03 Clinical Legal Studies

LA4021:03 Competition Mooting

LA4039:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing

LA4041:03 Legal Placement

LA4043:03 Multidisciplinary Project

LA4044:03 Independent Project

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of any LA level 4 subjects

MAJOR

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Accounting

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

ALL OTHER BUSINESS MAJORS

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

LA1103:03 Law, Society and Change

LA1104:03 Legal Concepts

LA1105:03 Contract Law 1

LA1106:03 Contract Law 2

Level 2

BU2108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

LA2015:03 Land Law 1

LA2016:03 Land Law 2

LA2017:03 Principles of Criminal Law A

LA2018:03 Principles of Criminal Law B

LA2019:03 Torts A – Specific Torts

LA2020:03 Torts B – Negligence

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multidisciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

LA3004:03 Evidence

LA3006:03 Administrative Law

LA3011:03 Commercial and Personal Property Law

LA3013:03 Principles of Equity

LA3014:03 Law of Trusts

LA3105:03 Constitutional Law

LA3106:03 Company and Partnership Law

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 4 LA subjects from List 1

List 1

LA4014:03 Clinical Legal Studies

LA4021:03 Competition Mooting

LA4039:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing

LA4041:03 Legal Placement

LA4043:03 Multidisciplinary Project

LA4044:03 Individual Project

PLUS

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of any LA level 4 subjects

TABLE A (OTHER BUSINESS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Banking and Finance

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Economics

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Financial Management

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Health Management

Townsville (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

Business major

Available mid-year

Hospitality and Tourism Management

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

International Business

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Marketing

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Sports and Events Management

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.

Handbook

Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws

Course code

60610

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

The Accounting Major for this course is jointly accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).  Students who complete the accredited award may join either or both of the professional accounting bodies (CPA Australia, and/or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)). They must then complete the professional programs of whichever body they join plus their required number of years of professional experience in order to become full members of the accounting profession and practice as an accountant.

The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) & Chief Justice.

To be eligible for admission as a solicitor in Queensland, an applicant must have completed approved law qualifications (this degree satisfies that requirement), have undertaken approved practical legal training via a practical legal training course or Supervised Traineeship at a firm, and be able to satisfy the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board and the Supreme Court of Queensland of their fitness to practise. The same requirements apply to those intending to practice as a barrister but, to obtain a barrister’s practising certificate applicants must also pass the Bar Exams (three 1.5 hour examinations, focusing on legal ethics, practice and procedure, and evidence).and complete the Bar Practice Course after being admitted as a lawyer, followed by one year of mentoring and supervision.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (4, SA)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

Applicants who wish to pursue the Accounting major in the Business component of the degree must nominate it as part of their application.

Post admission requirements

Honours program requirements:

Entry to the Honours program is by invitation of the College Dean.

Current enrolment in Level 4 of the James Cook University Bachelor of Laws pass degree, with an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) or better

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

120 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws, JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broader contexts within which legal issues arise

  • Demonstrate an understanding of principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles

  • Identify and articulate legal issues and apply legal reasoning and research, critical analysis and creative thought, judgement and intellectual independence to generate appropriate responses to legal issues and to identify and solve legal problems

  • Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, analyse, evaluate, consolidate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues

  • Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas for legal and non-legal audiences both orally and in writing

  • Collaborate effectively

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement and with due consideration of ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts, appropriate approaches to ethical decision-making, professional responsibility and professional judgement in planning, problem solving and decision-making in professional practice and/or scholarship

  • Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community.

  • Learn and work independently, reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.

Course Structure

ACCOUNTING MAJOR

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

LA1103:03 Law, Society and Change

LA1104:03 Legal Concepts

LA1105:03 Contract Law 1

LA1106:03 Contract Law 2

Level 2

BX2019:03 Business Information Systems

LA2015:03 Land Law 1

LA2016:03 Land Law 2

LA2017:03 Principles of Criminal Law A

LA2018:03 Principles of Criminal Law B

LA2019:03 Torts A – Specific Torts

LA2020:03 Torts B – Negligence

Level 3

LA3004:03 Evidence

LA3006:03 Administrative Law

LA3011:03 Commercial and Personal Property Law

LA3013:03 Principles of Equity

LA3014:03 Law of Trusts

LA3105:03 Constitutional Law

LA3106:03 Company and Partnership Law

Level 4

LA4023:03 Taxation Law

OPTIONS

Select Accounting major

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 4 LA subjects from:

LA4014:03 Clinical Legal Studies

LA4021:03 Competition Mooting

LA4039:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing

LA4041:03 Legal Placement

LA4043:03 Multidisciplinary Project

LA4044:03 Independent Project

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of any LA level 4 subjects

MAJOR

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Accounting

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

ALL OTHER BUSINESS MAJORS

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

LA1103:03 Law, Society and Change

LA1104:03 Legal Concepts

LA1105:03 Contract Law 1

LA1106:03 Contract Law 2

Level 2

BU2108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

LA2015:03 Land Law 1

LA2016:03 Land Law 2

LA2017:03 Principles of Criminal Law A

LA2018:03 Principles of Criminal Law B

LA2019:03 Torts A – Specific Torts

LA2020:03 Torts B – Negligence

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multidisciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

LA3004:03 Evidence

LA3006:03 Administrative Law

LA3011:03 Commercial and Personal Property Law

LA3013:03 Principles of Equity

LA3014:03 Law of Trusts

LA3105:03 Constitutional Law

LA3106:03 Company and Partnership Law

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 4 LA subjects from List 1

List 1

LA4014:03 Clinical Legal Studies

LA4021:03 Competition Mooting

LA4039:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing

LA4041:03 Legal Placement

LA4043:03 Multidisciplinary Project

LA4044:03 Individual Project

PLUS

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of any LA level 4 subjects

TABLE A (OTHER BUSINESS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Banking and Finance

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Economics

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Financial Management

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Health Management

Townsville (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

Business major

Available mid-year

Hospitality and Tourism Management

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

International Business

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Marketing

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Sports and Events Management

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

1. To be eligible for accreditation with Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia) and/or the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) students must complete the Accounting major as well as the following subjects:

BX2014:03 Financial Management

BX2016:03 Business Modelling

BX2019:03 Business Information Systems

2. In accordance with the requirements of the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld), students who intend, at any time, to seek admission as a Legal Practitioner in Queensland must include as subjects within their degree:

LA4022:03 Civil Procedure

LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting

3. Students seeking admission to practise law are strongly advised to include the following level 4 subjects:

LA4007:03 Succession

LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting

LA4032:03 Family Law

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

80 credit points in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS – BACHELOR OF LAWS

Approved abbreviation

BBus-LLB

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any business major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Honours is available in either or both disciplines

Business honours requires an additional 24 credit points of study

Law honours is available within this-course (see separate Handbook document)

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Business Honours is to be taken

Current enrolment in the final year of the James Cook University Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws pass degree, with an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) or better

Honours

The Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.