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Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

About the Course
This combined degree course provides students with the opportunity to major in a commerce program in conjunction with legal studies with a view to satisfying the academic requirements for admission into the legal profession and, depending on the specialization completed in the commerce program, possibly the accounting profession.


The Law course aims to provide knowledge of the legal system and legal principles, and to cultivate a capacity for legal research, analysis and communication. The course also deals with theoretical perspectives on the law and encourages an appreciation of legal issues of special significance to the Northern Territory, including Aboriginal legal issues.


The Commerce course caters for individuals working in or intending to work in commerce or government in fields such as economics, accounting, management, human resources, or marketing. It is of particular relevance to Australian or international students seeking membership of Australian professional bodies in these or related fields. The program provides students with the career and professional skills needed in a rapidly changing business environment. It allows for flexibility of study and prepares students for careers in a variety of business fields. In addition, communication, presentation and problem-solving skills are emphasised, making our graduate employment rate for this program one of the highest in Australia.


After completing the equivalent of one year full time study, students will have the option of transferring from the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws into the Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Laws, which directly addresses the requirements for membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. However, it is possible to satisfy the entry requirements of the two major Australian accounting professional bodies by the selection of appropriate units in the Bachelor of Commerce.


Graduates of this combined degree are awarded both the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Laws.


Course Structure
Candidates may complete the requirements for the course by completing two Common Units; and for the law component comprising 17 law core units (180 credit points), and six law specialist electives (60 credit points).


The commerce component is comprised of three core units, six specialist electives and four electives in either accounting, economics, human resource, management, marketing, marketing and public relations or organisational informatics specialisations.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 400 credit points.


Of the total 400 credit points:
-A minimum of 40 credit points must be taken from 300 level units
-Not more than 50 credit points shall be included with a grade of "PT" or "PC" or "PS"


The law degree will only be awarded following completion of the non-law and law course components totalling 400 credit points. Law double degree courses require completion of at least 20 credit points of common units, 240 credit points of law units and 140 credit points of non-law units.


Professional Recognition
Successful completion of the accounting component with the selection of appropriate electives will satisfy the entry requirements of the professional accounting bodies in Australia.


There are Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for International Students.

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