Start Date
February
August

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHLD

SATAC Code
424831 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 90.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): A,A,A
TAFE/RTO: AdvDIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 87.25
TAFE/RTO: Dip
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Degree overview

  • Study the Law degree ranked No. 1 in South Australia and in the top 125 in the world1.
  • Ranked No. 1 in SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Management2.
  • Gain a competitive edge with expertise in two fields and graduate with two degrees in just five years.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of key legal principles, processes and methods with a professional law honours degree.
  • Learn about effective management systems with a focus on people management including recruitment, training, performance and retention.
  • Gain real-world experience as part of your studies through an internship, student exchange or mentorship opportunity.
  • Undertake a professional placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.
  • Experience our on-campus moot court 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 above world-class research in Human Resource Management4.
  • Ranked No. 1 in South Australia for Law campus facilities5.
  • Join our UniSA Law Students Association and benefit from a like-minded community and participate in a variety of social and networking events.

12021 THE Subject Rankings. 22021 QS Subject Rankings. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 4Results in Business and Management - 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

AA190312_1.jpgGain a competitive edge by combining law with human resource management and graduate with two degrees in just five 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 human resource management. This legal expertise, combined with the knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your specialisation, will set you on track for a leadership career.

In your law studies you’ll gain practical real-world experience by undertaking an industry or clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year. 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 can also gain valuable experience at our Legal Advice Clinic, solving legal problems of clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

In your human resource management studies you will develop the skills and knowledge to manage people to achieve positive outcomes. You’ll understand recruitment, staff performance appraisal, training and development, and staff retention. During your studies, you will also develop a solid understanding of management systems.

If you wish to practise law, you should also familiarise yourself with the requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in South Australia. 

What you'll learn

AA190090.jpgThis degree is made up of 40 courses. You will do 24 courses in law and 16 courses in human resource management.

Laws (Honours)

From your first few weeks as a law student you'll do practical courses and see what it's like to argue a case and provide legal advice. You’ll gain valuable skills that you can apply in reasoning, reporting, analysis, negotiation, communication and advocacy to resolve complex legal problems.

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.

Through practical learning experiences including mooting and witness examination, you will be prepared for legal practice upon graduation.

You'll also be able to choose from an industry or clinic placement, a law reform project or high-level research in your final year.

Human Resource Management 

You will study core courses such as Management and Organisations, Business and Society and Professional Development in Business. You will also learn the latest in specialist areas such as:

  • staffing, training and development
  • performance and compensation management
  • management of industrial relations

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 2)
Foundations of Human Resource Management BUSS 2043 4.5
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Career Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
OR
International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Business Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Performance and Compensation Management BUSS 2048 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Elective 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Legislation LAWS 1020 4.5
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Torts B LAWS 1015 4.5
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS 2030 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Managing the Employment Relationship BUSS 3037 4.5
Recruitment and Selection BUSS 3082 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Training and Development BUSS 2036 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Employment Law COML 2007 4.5
Strategic Human Resource Management BUSS 3038 4.5
Organisational Behaviour BUSS 2046 4.5
HR Analytics BUSS 3110 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Contracts B LAWS 1009 4.5
Land Law LAWS 2038 4.5
Corporations Law A LAWS 3080 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Contemporary Property Law LAWS 2018 4.5
Law Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Corporations Law B LAWS 3081 4.5 Note(s): 2
Constitutional Law LAWS 2008 4.5
Equity and Trusts LAWS 3084 4.5
FIFTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Evidence LAWS 4003 4.5 Note(s): 2
Administrative Law LAWS 3006 4.5
Lawyers, Ethics and Society LAWS 4006 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Environment and Natural Resources Law LAWS 2037 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation LAWS 4016 9 Note(s): 2
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 3
During the final year students must complete one 9 unit capstone course
Law Reform Clinic LAWS 4017 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Legal Advice Clinic LAWS 4018 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,4
Law Professional Placement LAWS 4021 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,4
Research Project A LAWS 4019 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Research Project B LAWS 4020 4.5 Note(s): 2 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. 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

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

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 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

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

P5071921_1.jpgWith our Law degree ranked No.1 in South Australia, in the top 125 in the world1, and our research in the area of law recognised as world-class2, you will be learning from experts. Learn from those at the forefront of the legal profession with our teaching staff committed to developing not only your knowledge, but your confidence.

Our innovative combination of smaller class sizes, practice-based learning and courtroom-like facilities deliver a learning experience that takes you beyond the theory of law. You will graduate with professional honours and an advanced understanding of legal principles, including the opportunity to experience an industry or clinic placement, undertake a law reform project or conduct high level research in your final year. In our Legal Advice Clinic you’ll gain valuable experience, solving the legal problems of clients under the guidance of a managing solicitor.

In your HRM studies, you’ll have opportunities to embed an internship, mentoring or work-integrated learning into your degree for valuable industry experience. You will also learn research insights into current and future workplace challenges. Our researchers' scientific approach enables organisations and employees to be innovative, agile and adaptable as the global marketplace, people, and technology continue to change. 

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.

12021 THE Subject Rankings.   22018 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.

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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 desired skillset for a diverse range of careers including:

  • Employment relations specialist: providing high level policy advice on current legislation and coordinating policy projects of national and international scale
  • Mediator: facilitating negotiation and settlement between disputing parties by providing direction and encouragement; working collaboratively with the parties and finding creative ways to reach a mutual solution
  • Negotiation consultant: working with clients to discuss, identify, test, and evaluate specific strategies or elements of a negotiation
  • 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 (with further study): 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

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

Admission to practise

If you wish to seek admission to practise law in South Australia you must satisfy a number of specified course requirements in your degree, followed by the completion of Practical Legal Training.

Professional accreditation and recognition

The Law degree is accredited by the Bar Council of India. Indian students studying in Australia can have their Law Degree recognised for the purposes of a legal career in their home country. Students who wish to be admitted in India are advised to consult with the Bar Council about what bridging courses they may need to complete.

This program covers in a comprehensive way the academic requirements for admission to practice (the Uniform Admissions Rules) as specified by the National Law Admissions Consultative Committee. Students seeking admission to practice are required to complete an approved practical legal training (PLT) program. It is expected that students will complete the law degree before commencing the PLT. Students seeking admission to practice in other Australian jurisdictions should apply to the appropriate admitting authority. There are additional course requirements for students who wish to seek professional accreditation.

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

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

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).

Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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.

More scholarships

Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 sports and fitness facilities, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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

Our 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:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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 human resource management 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 advanced facilities including modern 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 made the most of my law degree by undertaking internships, editing UniSA’s Student Law Review, and carrying out research for several barristers. My advice is to take these opportunities as the skills I have developed will hold me in good stead for my future career."

Travis Shueard

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Associate, Piper Alderman

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Travis Shueard

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Associate, Piper Alderman

“I have always been very people-focused so I chose to study a double degree that would allow me to utilise my skills to really make a difference in people’s lives. There are so many crossovers between human resources and the law that I know will open up many career options, whichever path I take. During my studies, we got to sit in on a real Supreme Court case and undertake a moot assessment where we experienced what it would be like to argue a legal issue in front of a judge. I was also able to travel to London and Italy for three weeks to study the relationship between literature, art and the law. These experiences reflect real-life settings, allowed me to have confidence in my abilities and are some of the most rewarding I have ever had.”

Hannah Greenwell

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