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Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws

Location
Townsville; Cairns
Commencing
February, July
Duration
5 years full-time
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
English
Desirable; Maths B (4,SA) or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
CRICOS code
031833B
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JCU Business-Law graduates are highly valued and broadly-skilled finding find employment across various industries. Graduates with a JCU Business-Law degree will have an approved qualification for admission to practice law in Queensland.

Graduates pursue careers in areas including government agencies, general legal practice, and business and commercial law.

You could find employment as a solicitor or barrister, a consultant, or a manager, or in various roles across private, government, and not-for-profit industries.

Give your career a far-reaching, competitive start with the Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws. Pair your business insight in accounting, economics, management, marketing or tourism with a strong understanding of the law to bring unparalleled expertise to future roles.

Take advantage of close community links and practical learning experiences that complement your in-depth theoretical knowledge. Focus on real-life scenarios and gain the work-ready skills valued by employers.

Learn from experts in the field and practicing legal professionals including judges, senior academics, and a range of local organisations. Combine the elements of managing competitive and sustainable businesses with a keen awareness of contemporary standards of practice.

The Law component of this course is an approved qualification for admission to practise law in Queensland. Further information on admission to practice is available from the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, and Boards in other States. 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.

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.

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

Consult the handbook for majors available at each campus and a detailed overview of available subjects.

Additional information

Are you looking for a way to combine your interests in business and law? What if you could develop complementary skills in a way that will make you one of the most highly-sought graduates? JCU's law and business degree is the perfect way to combine your business mindset with your affinity for the intricacies of law. With this double degree in law and business, you will hone a set of sought-after skills that put you on the right track for success.

Right Education: Right Outcome

Your dream career in business and law begins with this joint degree. Your Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Laws degree from JCU is widely acknowledged by professionals, both in public and private industry, as providing all the necessary practical skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive field.

Whether you want to serve in the public sector or develop a successful career in private industry, your degree will position you for success. With a double degree in law and business, you will be especially valuable to businesses, government agencies, charities, and the broader legal professions.

As a graduate of JCU’s Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Laws degree, you will be ready to work in any area of law, including:

  • Business and commercial law
  • General legal practice
  • Taxation law
  • Criminal law
  • Environmental law
  • Industrial law
  • As a solicitor or barrister

Your world-class education from JCU will qualify you to practise law in Queensland. JCU is committed to student success, and our network of legal and judicial professionals throughout Queensland will give you contacts in the wider legal world. They will also put you in a practical environment in line with the latest standards in law and justice.

This degree does more than just prepare you to practice law. It will also equip you with the business acumen you need to apply your legal skills in areas like economics, marketing, and many other business fields.

With this degree, you will be able to assess complicated situations and perform better than professionals with a singular focus. The skills you gain today will equip you for the jobs of the future.

We Invest in You

We are as committed to your future as you are! Experience has no substitute, and JCU’s lecturers and tutors are leading legal professionals who are making a difference in the local and global community. We regularly invite judges, senior academics, local law firms, government agencies and the local bar to host and take part in your law classes and workshops.

At the same time, our popular business program is designed with input from leading industry professionals, and will equip you with detailed knowledge of the commercial world. As you study, you will see firsthand how business and law intersect in the modern world.

The world changes constantly, and we are committed to updating our business program to include current research with real-world relevance. In JCU’s business with law degree, you are free to pursue your own unique interests and passions by choosing from a range of minors. Our Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Laws degree will set you up for success in the global workforce by correlating classroom learning with real-world application.

A Joint Degree; a Joint Effort

As you take on a full-time, five-year degree that is both demanding and rewarding, you can rest assured that you will not go at it alone. Our joint business and law students and graduates overwhelmingly report feeling supported and equipped with all the resources they need to succeed.

Studying with lecturers committed to student success, you will not only master your primary courses but also revise your knowledge of maths, statistics and academic reading and writing. You can sign up for self-study workshops to help you with effective note taking, studying for exams and writing assignments. With this kind of practical support, you will develop a healthy study routine and become confident in your abilities.

Ready for Success

A strong foundation to the start of your career is critical. When you obtain your business with law degree from JCU, you will be prepared for success. Get ready today for tomorrow and see how a law and business degree will equip you to follow your chosen career path and make a difference in the world.
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Choose from 12 majors within the business degree. A major is your chosen area of specialisation. Not all majors are available at all campuses. The handbook provides detail about the subjects you can study within each major and the campuses each major is available at.

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.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? 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.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws

Handbook year

2020

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 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 Principles of Economics

BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

BU1007:03 Principles of Data Analysis for Business

LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

LA1105:03 Contract Law 1

LA1106:03 Contract Law 2

LA1107:03 Contemporary Practice: The New Lawyer

LA1027:03 Human Rights Law or LA1022:03 Public International Law

Level 2

BX2019:03 Business Information Systems

LA2021:03 Personal Property and 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

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 specified 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 Independent Project

PLUS

Select 21 credit points of LA level 4 subjects from List 2

Notes:

1. LA4022:03 Civil Procedure and LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting is a requirement for students who do intend, at any time, to seek admission as a Legal Practitioner in Queensland.

2. Themes listed below are for guidance only.

List 2

LA4022:03 Civil Procedure

LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting

Themes

  • Sustainability
  • Social Justice
  • Governance

Sustainability

LA4030:03 Mining and Resources Law and Governance

LA4011:03 Environmental Law

LA4036:03 Indigenous People and Law in Australia

LA4035:03 Native Title Law and Policy

LA4007:03 Succession

LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting

Social Justice

LA4010:03 Advanced Criminal Law

LA4027:03 Human Rights Law

LA4031:03 Health Law

LA4034:03 Alternative Dispute Resolution

LA4032:03 Family Law

Governance

LA4012:03 Public International Law

LA4015:03 Commerical Law

LA4023:03 Taxation Law

LA4037:03 Bankruptcy and Insolvency

LA4033:03 Contemporary Issues in Consumer Protection and Commercial Regulation

LA4106:03 Advanced Company Law

LA4013:03 Law of Corporate Investigations

LA4020:03 Employment, Workplace and Industrial Relations Law

LA4042:03 Maritime Law

LA4045:03 Intellectual Property Law

LA4049:03 Technological Disruption, Cyberspace and the Law

LA4050:03 Sport and Entertainment Law

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 Principles of Economics

BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

BU1007:03 Principles of Data Analysis for Business

LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

LA1105:03 Contract Law 1

LA1106:03 Contract Law 2

LA1107:03 Contemporary Practice: The New Lawyer

LA1027:03 Human Rights Law or LA1022:03 Public International Law

Note: Students undertaking the Governance and Society major must select LA1027 as LA1022 is part of their major structure.

Level 2

BU2108:03 Marketing Matters

LA2021:03 Personal Property and 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

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 Business major from Table A

PLUS

Select 21 credit points of LA level 4 subjects from List 2

Notes:

1. LA4022:03 Civil Procedure and LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting is a requirement for students who do intend, at any time, to seek admission as a Legal Practitioner in Queensland.

2. Themes listed below are for guidance only.

List 2

LA4022:03 Civil Procedure

LA4038:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting

Themes

  • Sustainability
  • Social Justice
  • Governance

Sustainability

LA4030:03 Mining and Resources Law and Governance

LA4011:03 Environmental Law

LA4036:03 Indigenous People and Law in Australia

LA4035:03 Native Title Law and Policy

LA4007:03 Succession

LA4019:03 Conveyancing and Drafting

Social Justice

LA4010:03 Advanced Criminal Law

LA4027:03 Human Rights Law

LA4031:03 Health Law

LA4034:03 Alternative Dispute Resolution

LA4032:03 Family Law

Governance

LA4012:03 Public International Law

LA4015:03 Commercial Law

LA4023:03 Taxation Law

LA4037:03 Bankruptcy and Insolvency

LA4033:03 Contemporary Issues in Consumer Protection and Commercial Regulation

LA4106:03 Advanced Company Law

LA4013:03 Law of Corporate Investigations

LA4020:03 Employment, Workplace and Industrial Relations Law

LA4042:03 Maritime Law

LA4045:03 Intellectual Property Law

LA4049:03 Technological Disruption, Cyberspace and the Law

LA4050:03 Sport and Entertainment Law

TABLE A (Business Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Other notes

All Business majors are available for mid-year entry

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Banking and Finance

External

 

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Economics

Townsville

External

 

Financial Management

Townsville

External

 

Hospitality and Tourism Management

External

 

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

International Business

External

 

Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Marketing

Townsville

External

 

Sports and Events Management

Townsville

External

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors available internally in Cairns

Townsville

Not all majors available internally in Townsville

Candidature

Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 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

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

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

80 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$32,280 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international student.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

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

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