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Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBLS

SATAC Code
424611 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 66.75 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 75.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Become a business professional in the private, public or legal sectors.
  • Learn the foundations of law and the Australian legal system.
  • Gain a strong understanding of law in business operations.
  • Extend your knowledge through a broad range of electives.
  • Take a direct pathway into the Bachelor of Laws or Laws Double Degree.
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017.

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.

Snapshot

Snapshot

With a degree from our five star Business School1 and a specialisation in legal studies, you’re all set for a career in the private, public or legal sectors.

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real industry challenges. You’ll have opportunities to embed an internship into your degree, and you can seek career mentoring from legal professionals. You will also complete career-focused electives in business and legal studies to get valuable industry experience and deepen your legal knowledge.

The Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies) is also a pathway into a Bachelor of Laws or Laws Double Degree.

1QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017

Why Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies)

Why this Degree

Our internationally recognised Bachelor of Business will give you a solid grounding in core business concepts. In your legal studies specialisation, you’ll study courses from our School of Law and focus on fundamental principles of the Australian legal system. These will give you a strong legal grounding.

Many of our teaching staff are legal professionals and current researchers and you will study their findings in class. We also involve our Australian and international business partners in course planning – so you’ll work on industry projects that are relevant today.

Our degrees are highly flexible and you can fast track your studies with our exciting summer and winter schools. By combining the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies) with another business degree you may be able to graduate with two different degrees for one extra year of study, depending on your study plan.

Real-world connections

Become a global citizen with a student exchange program. We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year. We collaborate with over 2,500 companies worldwide to bring our students placement, project, research and work opportunities. You can also choose to incorporate local or national internships and clerkships into your degree.

In the Business Career Mentor Program you’ll be paired with a legal professional. This will help you build professional networks and your career. In 2016 we matched over 190 students with mentors. The six-month program runs from March every year. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Employment for legal professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 17.8 per cent between now and November 20201. Careers to consider:

  • Court or legal clerk: performing clerical work for courts and legal practices such as organising jury and witness lists, maintaining order in courts, executing court orders, processing court documents, documenting court proceedings
  • Legal secretary: providing administrative and operational support to legal professionals such as law firms, government departments, law courts and judges
  • Paralegal: support the delivery of legal services such as case planning, legal research, drafting correspondence, fact checking, preparing for and assisting at trial, locating and interviewing witnesses
  • Legal advisor: preparing legal documentation; conducting legal research projects; consulting with clients and stakeholders

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The degree starts with core courses in business theory. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as international business; economics and accounting; business operations and intelligence.

You’ll then branch out into your legal studies specialisation where you’ll focus on areas such as the foundations of law and public law; torts and contracts. You will also study eight electives – four in legal studies and four in business. Through these you’ll get valuable industry experience and deepen your legal knowledge.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

Research

Our research in the area of law is recognised as above world-class1. We are committed to research that changes the profession. Our law researchers make an impact on the content, practice, administration and development of the law and legal education. UniSA’s high-quality research shapes the thinking of society, government and the legal profession. Our diverse range of specialists have extensive industry connections and experience, they examine future and emerging legal challenges and topical issues. Research concentrations at UniSA are:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law. Researching corporate governance, competition and consumer law, and Chinese commercial law.
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Exploring water law, climate change and environmental regulation, and the conservation of scarce resources.
  • Criminal Law and Sentencing. Investigating societal issues including juries and sentencing, policing and security, digital identity and cybercrime.
  • Public Law and Human Rights. Leading the way in research into Indigenous law, constitutional law, judicial power, children’s rights in family law proceedings, and the rights of older people.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Combined degrees

If you wish to specialise in two fields, you can pair two single degrees and create your own combined degree. This gives you choice, flexibility and increased value to employers at the start of (and throughout) your career. The flexibility of Business School degrees also means that you may be able to complete your study in four years full-time, depending on your study plan. There are many combined degree options, including:

  • accounting
  • economics, finance and trade
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • logistics and supply chain management
  • management
  • marketing
  • property
  • sport and recreation management
  • tourism and event management

Find out more about combined degrees.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Accounting Principles for Business Decisions ACCT 1009 4.5
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Experiential Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 2
Students that have completed a qualification in a business discipline at AQF Diploma level receive 36 units of block credit and complete the below
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Experiential Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 2
Students that have completed a qualification in a business discipline at AQF Adv Diploma level receive 54 units of block credit and complete the below
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Professional Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Legal Studies Elective 4.5
Legal Studies Elective 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2

I am passionate about creating recruitment opportunities for people with a disability and have continued my research through an Australian Research Linkage Grant (2011-2015) in partnership with Finding Workable Solutions Inc. Alongside my PhD (Marketing), I have a Diploma of Counselling and have worked in Alice Springs (Central Australian Aboriginal Congress) and Whyalla (Centacare Port Pirie Diocese).

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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