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Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBLS

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2019: AUD$ 31,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 32,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
082890D

Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 Business School in SA for graduate careers1.
  • 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 elective courses.
  • Take a direct pathway into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Laws (Honours) Double Degree.
  • The University of South Australia Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide2 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2018.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.   2UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 176 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,521 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Snapshot

Snapshot

A specialised degree in legal studies will prepare you for a business 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 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 our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Laws (Honours) Double Degree.

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.

Degree 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 Note(s): 2
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2
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 Note(s): 2
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 2
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 2
or International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 3
Career Development for Professionals BUSS 1060 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5 Note(s): 2
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5 Note(s): 2
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 2
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
International Business Environments BUSS 3103 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Legal Studies Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Legal Studies Elective 4.5
Experiential Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 2

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 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

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies)

Why this Degree

This degree will give you a solid grounding in core business concepts and expertise in some areas of the law. You’ll study courses from our School of Law and focus on fundamental principles of the Australian legal system.

Many of our teaching staff are legal professionals and current researchers and you will study their findings in class. We also consult with industry as part of course planning – so you’ll work on real-world projects that are relevant today.

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

More ways to study

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and accelerated learning pathways. Plus, you can make the most of professional development courses endorsed by industry, build leaderships skills employers value through UniSA+ and seek support at our on-campus Business Student Hub.

Real-world connections

In addition to learning from teachers with professional experience as part of your studies, we offer opportunities for you to connect with industry outside the classroom:

  • Complete an internship or industry project 
  • Become a global citizen with our overseas exchange program – we have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year
  • Build your network and career by participating in our Business Career Mentor Program which pairs you with an experienced business professional

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

As the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

Employment for legal professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 17.8 per cent between now and November 20202. 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 adviser: preparing legal documentation; conducting legal research projects; consulting with clients and stakeholders
  • Government affairs/policy adviser: analysing policies and their effects to provide advice and guidance to governments and organisations; offering strategic policy and planning advice on programs and operations; reviewing, developing, and implementing policies and strategies

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.   2Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

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 Student 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 Student Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have over 30 years of business-linked experience in Australia and internationally and a long held commitment to achieving wider business literacy in the community, evidenced through my teaching and consultancies such as co-writing the South Australian Year 12 Accounting curriculum. As the Bachelor of Business Program Director, I assist students to succeed in the Business School's exciting selection of industry relevant undergraduate degree majors offered in both Australia and Hong Kong.

Ms Jane Knowler

Program Director

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