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Start date
February
August

Duration
5 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHLD

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2020: AUD$ 32,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2021: AUD$ 34,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

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
089091A

Degree overview

  • Study the Law degree ranked No.1 in South Australia and in the top 100 in the world1.
  • 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 the economic, legal and political influences that affect global business.
  • 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 Accounting4.
  • Join our active UniSA Law Students Association (USALSA) – benefit from a like-minded community and participate in a variety of social and networking events.

12020 THE Subject Rankings.  22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  3Results in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 

Snapshot

AA190274.jpgGain a competitive edge by combining law with accounting 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 Accounting. 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.

Our accounting degree is contemporary and very respected in the workplace. In your 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.

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

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

Laws (Honours)

From your first few weeks as a law student you'll undertake 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.

Commerce (Accounting)

You will study core courses from the Business School 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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 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)
Financial Accounting 1 ACCT 1006 4.5
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Business Finance BANK 2007 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Foundations of Law LAWS 1016 4.5
Contracts A LAWS 1008 4.5
Torts A LAWS 1014 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Legislation LAWS 1020 4.5
Principles of Public Law LAWS 1021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Contracts B LAWS 1009 4.5
Torts B LAWS 1015 4.5
Land Law LAWS 2038 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
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 5)
Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 3007 4.5
Contemporary Issues in Accounting ACCT 3003 4.5
Strategic Financial Analysis BUSS 3083 4.5
Cost Management and Control Systems ACCT 2013 4.5
OR
Elective 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Criminal Law and Procedure LAWS 2030 4.5
Contemporary Property Law LAWS 2018 4.5
Corporations Law A LAWS 3080 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4)
Environment and Natural Resources Law LAWS 2037 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
Auditing Theory and Practice ACCT 3005 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 5)
Law Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation LAWS 4016 9 Note(s): 2
During the final year students must complete 9 units but can complete 18 units from the capstone courses as listed below
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. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have 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.

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 Commerce (Accounting)

PA191036.jpgWith our Law degree ranked No.1 in South Australia1, in the top 100 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.

You'll benefit from our strong links with the accounting profession in industry and and research. 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.

12020 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.

Our Business Career Mentor Program pairs you with a legal or business professional, helping you to build your network and career. 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.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Careers in law, along with jobs in social welfare, are predicted to increase 12.9% by 20221.

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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. 

Admission to practice

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.

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017 Occupational Projections.

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.

The program is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the Chartered Accountants Program.

The program is accredited by CPA Australia and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the CPA Program.

Industry facts

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Careers in law, along with jobs in social welfare, are predicted to increase 12.9% by 2022.

Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017 Occupational Projections.

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The legal profession in Australia is continuing to grow, with more than 71,000 practising solicitors in Australia registered in 2016.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2016.

job-listings

Opportunities for legal professionals are becoming more diverse, with a 59% increase in the number of lawyers working in the corporate and private sectors.

Urbis, National Profile of Solicitors Report 2016.

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 or the Diploma in Business with UniSA College, subject to Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements.
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 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 are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas 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 have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 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, a 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

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

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 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 teach and research in private law, primarily equity, trusts, property and contract law. I have recently taken on a new course which considers legal ethics and the legal profession. I am also engaged in several research projects with my colleagues – one of these focuses on how online courts can improve access to justice, and the other involves writing a legal ethics problems handbook for use by students and teachers in legal ethics courses.

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)

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Grace English

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Employers often tell us that UniSA law graduates show strength in taking initiative with a ‘can do’ attitude, and are prepared for the  challenges of the legal profession – this is testament to our teaching ethos and culture of engagement. Our industry connections allow students to hear from experts about how the law is applied, which adds an invaluable element to their learning.

Dr Michelle Fernando


Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA Law School

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Dr Michelle Fernando


<br />Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA Law School