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Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws BCLA

Program focus


The Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws aims to produce
graduates who meet the aims and objectives of both the Bachelor of
Commerce and the Bachelor of Laws degree programs. This double degree
offers students the benefit of exposure to multiple disciplines.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

5 years full-time, up to 10 years part-time

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws has been accredited
by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, Queensland, and the Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland as an approved academic
qualification under the Supreme Court (Legal Practitioner Admission)
Rules 2004
(Qld). This will partially satisfy the requirements
to practise as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland, or as a legal
practitioner elsewhere in Australia. Intending solicitors and barristers
must also complete an approved practical legal training course in
order to become admitted to practice. USQ law graduates have the option
of completing their practical legal training through a one-year traineeship
in a law practice, or through an institution that offers a practical
legal training qualification.

Accounting major graduates will meet the educational entrance
requirements of CPA Australia and The Institute of Chartered
Accountants in Australia (ICAA). This provides Associate membership
of CPA Australia, eligibility to study the CPA professional exams
and eligibility to study the ICAA professional exams.

Finance major graduates will meet the educational entrance requirements
to become an Associate member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia).

The Faculty of Business and Law is currently seeking accreditation
for its Information Technology Management major from the Australian Computer Society

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Program aims

The program aims to produce graduates who meet the aims and
objectives of both the Bachelor of Business and the Bachelor of Laws
degree programs. This double degree offers students the benefit of
exposure to multiple disciplines.

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Program objectives

At the completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate strong communication skills

  • identify, analyse and solve problems in different decision contexts

  • think constructively and logically

  • make effective and creative use of modern technologies

  • acquire specific knowledge and skills relevant to their major
    study areas

  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of accounting,
    finance, economics and business

  • satisfy educational entrance requirement of relevant professional
    bodies

  • act within the ethics of their profession

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical framework of
    subject areas of study

  • apply theoretical knowledge, concepts and principles to areas
    of practical significance

  • research legal issues at a proficient level

  • critically appraise law reform trends and recent developments
    and assess their impact upon legal practice and public policy.


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Program structure

The program comprises 40 units as follows:

Area of study Number of courses
Commerce courses 15 courses (7 x core courses plus 1 x 8“course major)
Law courses 25 courses (22 core courses plus 3 law elective courses)

The structure is set out in the following table:

All majors
Commerce core 7 courses ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making,CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts, ECO1000 Economics, FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance, MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour, MKT1001 Introduction to Marketing, STA2300 Data Analysis
Commerce major 8 courses for example, Accounting
Law core 22 courses
Law electives 3 courses

Commerce component

The Commerce component shall comprise:

  • 7 core courses: ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making
    , CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts
    , ECO1000 Economics
    , FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance
    , MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour
    , MKT1001 Introduction to Marketing
    , STA2300 Data Analysis

  • One 8-course discipline-based major from the majors available
    under the Bachelor of Commerce (except the Business
    Law major).


Law component

The Law component shall comprise:

  • 22 core Law courses listed below

  • 3 Law electives from the list below.


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Core courses

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
Law Core Courses:
LAW1201 Legal Process and Research S1, S2 S1, S2
LAW1202 Law in Context S2 S2
LAW2201 Contract A S1 S1
LAW2202 Contract B S2 S2
LAW2203 Torts A S1 S1
LAW2204 Torts B S2 S2
LAW2205 Criminal Law A S1 S1
LAW3423 Criminal Law B S2 S2
LAW2206 Legal Conflict Resolution S1 S1
LAW2207 Company Law S1 S1
LAW3201 Constitutional Law A S1 S1
LAW3202 Administrative Law S2 S2
LAW3461 Constitutional Law B S2 S2
LAW3203 Property Law A S1 S1
LAW3204 Property Law B S2 S2
LAW3205 Equity S1 S1
LAW3206 Trusts S2 S2
LAW3208 Evidence S1 S1
LAW3209 Procedure S2 S2
LAW3210 Theories of Law S1 S1
LAW3211 Legal Professional Practice and Ethics S1 S1
LAW4401 Capstone Project* S2 S2

Footnotes
*Students are expected
to have completed at least 16 core law courses before enrolling in LAW4401. It is also highly recommended that
this course be taken in the last semester of the students' enrolment
in the program.
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Major Studies/Specialisations


Commerce component

Students are required to undertake one 8-course major selected
from the following majors available within the Bachelor of Commerce:

  • Accounting major

  • Finance major

  • General Commerce major

  • Information Technology Management major

  • Sustainable Business major

  • Sustainable Economics and Policy major


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Elective courses

To fulfil the requirement of the Law component of the Bachelor
of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws students are required to undertake
3 elective courses from the following list of law courses

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus Semester/mode of offer Fraser Coast campus
LAW2107 Environmental Law S2 S2
LAW2301 e-Law S1
LAW3110 Insolvency and Restructuring Law S2
LAW3130 Revenue Law and Practice S1, S2, S3 S1S1
LAW3131 Revenue Law and Practice II S2
LAW3404 Banking, Finance and Insurance Law
LAW3405 Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law
LAW3406 Intellectual Property Law
LAW3421 Family Law S2
LAW3422 Succession Law S3
LAW3424 Land Contracts
LAW3441 Natural Resources Law S3
LAW3442 Workplace Law S2 S2
LAW3443 Public International Law S1 S1
LAW3444 Competition and Consumer Law
LAW3462 International Human Rights Law
LAW3463 Private International Law S2
LAW3464 International Trade Law S1
LAW5504 Comparative Law and Business¡ S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3
WIL3000 Work Integrated Learning - Law* S1, S2 S1, S2

Footnotes
¡In order
to enrol in LAW5504, a student must have successfully completed either LAW3423 or LAW3206 . A student must also
seek the approval from the Bachelor of Laws Program Coordinator prior
to enrolling in LAW5504.
*A student must
have completed at least half of the core law courses before enrolling
in WIL3000.
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Exit points

If students commence the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of
Laws and wish to exit with a Bachelor of Commerce, then they may do so if they have completed the Commerce core courses
one Commerce major at least 4 courses in Law constituting a minor
study in Law and 3 - 6 electives.

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