Start date
February
July

Duration
5.5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHLF

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
AUD$ 32,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
111139B

Degree overview

  • Complete your Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) in your final year of study and graduate industry ready.
  • Ranked No.1 in SA for graduate careers in Law1.
  • Join a university ranked No. 1 in South Australia and top 10 in Australia for Business and Economics2.
  • Gain a competitive edge with expertise in two fields and graduate with two degrees in just 5.5 years.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of key legal principles, processes and methods with a professional law honours degree.
  • Learn about the economic, legal and political influences that affect global business.
  • Be prepared to advocate for justice, serve your communities and act with courage and integrity after graduation in a range of legal matters.
  • Gain real-world experience as part of your studies through an internship, student exchange or mentorship opportunity.
  • Experience our on-campus moot courts and learn what it’s like to act as an advocate and present before a judge.
  • Participate in our student-run Legal Advice Clinic and provide advice to clients under the supervision of a managing solicitor.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Law3 and Accounting4.
  • Ranked No. 1 in South Australia for Law campus facilities5.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Law and Paralegal Studies –Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
22021 THE Subject Rankings.
32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
4Results in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
5ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Law and Paralegal Studies – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

AA190274.jpgGain a competitive edge by combining law with accounting and graduate with two degrees in just 5.5 years.

A double degree expands your knowledge and opens doors to a broad range of career opportunities.

You will graduate with professional honours, an advanced understanding of legal principles of Australian law and the latest legal concepts in Accounting. This legal expertise, combined with the knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your Accounting specialisation, will set you on track for a rewarding career.

In your law studies you can undertake a Community Justice Project, practice advocacy and negotiation, or gain industry experience through participation in our Legal Advice Clinic or a professional placement. You’ll also be involved in mock-trials in our moot court, learning what it’s like to act as an advocate and argue a case before a judge. You will also have the opportunity to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP), a compulsory qualification needed to practise as a barrister or solicitor in South Australia.

In your accounting studies you’ll develop strong business knowledge, and skills in financial accounting, taxation, company law, and auditing. You’ll also learn about the current economic, legal and political influences affecting global business.

What you'll learn

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This degree is made up of 40 courses. You will do 24 courses in law and 16 courses in accounting.

Laws (Honours)

As a UniSA Law student, you’ll gain valuable skills from day one, including in reasoning, reporting, analysis, negotiation, communication and advocacy. You will also experience what it's like to argue a case and provide legal advice.

Throughout your degree you will study core courses that teach you the fundamental legal concepts that underpin the Australian legal system. Courses such as torts, contracts, criminal law and constitutional law will give you a good understanding of basic legal principles.

Our Law program also features courses that build your leadership skills, intercultural communication, project management and capacity for community engagement.

You will have the opportunity to complete your GDLP in your final year of study, in addition to practical learning experiences including mooting, negotiation, and witness examination; ensuring you’ll be prepared for legal practise upon graduation.

Accounting

You will study core courses in areas such as accounting and economic theory. These courses will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals. You will also learn the latest in specialist areas such as:

  • Financial and management accounting
  • Strategic financial analysis
  • Sustainability accounting and reporting

Through your choice of electives you can expand your knowledge in an area of professional interest such as health law, sports law, family law and human rights law.

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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
OR
Business Elective 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Law, Governance and Citizenship LAWS 1030 4.5
Lawyering and Leadership LAWS 1031 4.5
Torts LAWS 1032 4.5
Common Law in Context LAWS 1027 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Legal Policy, Lawmaking and Justice LAWS 1020 4.5
Community Justice Project LAWS 1028 4.5
Contracts LAWS 1029 4.5
Intercultural Communication, Interviewing and Negotiation LAWS 1025 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Financial Accounting 2 ACCT 2005 4.5
Management Accounting ACCT 2006 4.5
Sustainability Accounting and Reporting ACCT 3010 4.5
Taxation Law 1 ACCT 3002 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 3007 4.5
Contemporary Issues in Accounting ACCT 3003 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
Auditing Theory and Practice ACCT 3005 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Lawyers, Ethics and Society LAWS 4006 4.5 Note(s): 2
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Property Law LAWS 2038 4.5
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS 2030 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Administrative Law LAWS 3006 4.5
International Law and Environmental Justice LAWS 2040 4.5
Legal Analytics and Research LAWS 2041 4.5
Law Elective 4.5
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Civil Dispute Resolution LAWS 3087 4.5
Corporate Law LAWS 4022 4.5 Note(s): 2
Practical Capstone Course 9 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Evidence LAWS 4003 4.5 Note(s): 2
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5 Note(s): 2
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Law Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
SIXTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice 18 Rule(s): 5,6
OR
Research Methodologies and Methods SOCU 4006 9 Rule(s): 4
Honours Thesis 1 LANG 4010 9 Rule(s): 4

Study hours

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

Assessment

UniSA_Law-23 copy.jpgYour studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays and research papers
  • assignments and in-class tests
  • examinations
  • various law moots
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practical, team-based projects

Global opportunities

Our strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas open up doors to new possibilities and experiences, giving you the opportunity to undertake international exchanges and study tours. 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 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 examine both future and emerging legal challenges and topical issues, and have extensive industry connections and experience. Research areas of focus 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

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Accounting

PA191036.jpgWith our law research recognised as world-class1, you’ll be taught by industry experts. Learn from those at the forefront of the legal profession with our teaching staff committed to developing not only your knowledge, but also your confidence.

You will graduate with professional honours and be ready to practise law, having completed your GDLP in your final year of study. You will have an advanced understanding of legal principles and methods from participating in a Community Justice Project, undertaking a professional placement, or participating in our Legal Advice Clinic, solving the legal problems of clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

You'll benefit from our strong links with the accounting profession in both industry and research areas. Our accounting researchers produce research of international significance and establish strong relationships with world-class research partners. Through connections like this, our accounting degree remains contemporary and respected in the workplace.

More ways to study

Our study options and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from two study intakes, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as accelerated learning pathways.

You can also join our active student community with the UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) – an independent body that provides educational and vocational support, and hosts a variety of social and networking events.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

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. We collaborate with over 2,500 companies worldwide to bring you placement, project, research and work opportunities. You can also choose to incorporate local or national internships and clerkships into your degree.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Our quality teaching, focus on developing your practical skills and opportunities to connect with industry beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

You will hold a desirable skillset for a diverse range of careers including:

  • Corporate lawyer: ensuring the legality of commercial transactions within an organization and informing clients of their legal rights and responsibilities
  • Forensic accountant: working in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes; researching and preparing forensic reports for courts; providing expert evidence
  • In-house counsel: working closely with the chief executive of a business to understand strategic business issues, manage risk and offer tangible solutions; offering legal advice to business units
  • Management accountant: assisting senior management make critical business decisions; preparing forecasts, budgets and risk analysis; advising managers about the financial implications of business decisions
  • 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
  • Procurement manager: implementing and managing consistent strategies for procuring, storing and distributing goods and services; monitoring business trends and product availability to ensure best prices, quality and delivery times; managing supplier relationships; overseeing a team of purchasing agents
  • Project manager: ensuring projects are delivered on time and according to project plans; managing project team resources; scheduling, preparation and resource forecasting; managing vendors and suppliers; managing budgets
  • Solicitor:
    Commercial Solicitor: focusing on business-specific legal practice such as: corporate, contract, competition, communications, commercial property, finance, employment, intellectual property, transport, sports and media law
    Personal Solicitor: focusing on areas such as personal injury, family and tort law, criminal litigation, succession and inheritance, residential property, taxation and trusts
  • Barrister: advocacy, litigation and dispute resolution, preparing matters for trial.
  • Tax accountant: preparing and filing corporate tax returns and maintaining records; helping organisations to run efficiently and comply with current tax laws; advising on current taxation legislation and procedures; participating in internal audit processes
  • Tax lawyer: assisting and representing individuals and/or businesses with tax strategy and planning; managing and addressing reporting and compliance issues; overseeing complex business and legal relationships

You can also consider other legal careers such as lawyer, judge's associate, mediator and more.

Industry facts

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Careers as legal professionals in Australia are predicted to grow 15.9% by 2024.

Australian Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Projections, 2019 Occupational Projections.

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Opportunities for legal professionals are becoming more diverse, with a 61% increase in the number of lawyers working in corporate and government sectors.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2018.

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The legal profession in Australia is growing, with practising solicitors increasing by 33% over the past seven years.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2018.

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.

An alternative entry option is available through the Foundation Studies program with UniSA College subject to Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements.

You may also be considered for entry through the Diploma in Business program with UniSA College. A competitive GPA is required.

You could also consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).

International

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree. You could consider the Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies).

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 UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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.

UniSA law students can join our active UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) and benefit from a like-minded community while participating in a variety of social and networking events.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

You may be able to study accounting courses online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

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.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

The creation of law through judgments handed down by judges over centuries makes law one of the most significant and profound intellectual achievements of our society. Law speaks to the human condition. It cements core values – integrity, loyalty, perseverance and compassion. And it has never been needed as much it is needed today. I believe that this philosophy, which is integral to the law program at UniSA, equips you with the skills, passion and commitment to excel in your future careers – the legal profession, government, business, community enterprise and postgraduate study.

Ms Jane Knowler

Program Director

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What others are saying

"I have found studying a law double degree at UniSA to be extremely engaging. My lecturers are wonderful and they are committed to helping their students succeed, which makes studying at the university even more enjoyable. The degree focuses on the practical application of theory, preparing you for professional practice and making transition into the workplace smoother."

Grace English

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Senior Analyst, SRG Partners

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Grace English

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Senior Analyst, SRG Partners