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5 years full time or longer for part time

The Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Finance) / Bachelor of Laws combines areas to help develop the connections between the fields of law and commerce.

Studying this double degree ensures you fulfil the academic requirements for admission as an Australian Lawyer and prepares you for work in the financial services industry through the Charter Financial Analysts (CFA) Body of Knowledge.

Engage with important ethical principles and develop appropriate professional conduct towards clients, employers, and community.

You'll also be provided with the professional and academic skills required to:

  • investigate contemporary issues
  • examine the integrity and sustainability of financial markets and legal practices in Australia
  • make decisions as ethical and responsible global professionals.

CFA endorsement

This double degree has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.” 

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Financial Planning courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.


Graduates find employment in a wide range of jobs in various professional settings including private corporations, professional service firms, the public service and community sector.

Job titles

  • financial analyst
  • financial services management (investment fund managers and trustees)
  • financial adviser
  • banker
  • investment analyst
  • insurance consultant/superannuation
  • stockbroker
  • research analyst
  • portfolio manager
  • strategic planning and project evaluation analyst (takeovers, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures)
  • equity market analyst

Graduates also meet the academic and professional requirements to be admitted to legal practice in Australia.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of the finance, quantitative methods, economics, accounting, and investment areas with advanced specialist financial knowledge within the finance discipline and the Australian legal system, fundamental areas of legal knowledge and relevant advanced specialist bodies of knowledge within the discipline of law;  
  2. Critically review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of finance and law and underlying principles and concepts in diverse contemporary local and international and comparative contexts,  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to legal issues by critically analysing and applying information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve financial and legal problems and promote justice in authentic/contemporary professional, community and global settings;  
  4. Exhibit professional accountabilities and ethical judgement, by evaluating, synthesising and adapting knowledge, skills legal reasoning and research to make appropriate responses to legal issues and effective decisions that reflect the social, political and contextual factors;  
  5. Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and skills appropriate for financial, legal and other audiences, in both oral and written form;  
  6. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals and implement effective, creative strategies to promote lifelong learning and pathways to further learning including a commitment to ongoing professional development;  
  7. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills necessary to operate within broad parameters in the immensely divergent and complex global and Australian cultures; and  
  8. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  

Course structure

To attain the awards of Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Finance) and Bachelor of Laws students will be required to complete in total 480 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core units
  • 72 credit points Core units
  • 120 credit points Commerce (Applied Finance) Professional Core units
  • 180 credit points Law Professional Core units
  • 12 credit points of Law Elective units from the approved list

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours:
Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws prior to 31 Dec 2014 may be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3). The class of honours will be determined by their GPA score in BLB4142/LLW5901. This GPA score will be calculated by the College of Law and Justice.

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (For students enrolled post 1 January 2015):
Students in any Bachelor of Laws course may apply to transfer into any Bachelor of Laws (Honours) once they have completed a minimum 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above i.e. 70–100% in those units.

First Year Core Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

Year 5, Semester 1

Year 5, Semester 2

12 credit points (1 unit) from Law Elective list

Law Elective Units

Students complete 36 Credit Points (3 units) from the following list of electives:

Honours for students enrolled 2015 and thereafter

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Applicants with a diploma in the field of business or finance (minimum 80% of GPA score or equivalent) will have advanced standing equivalent to three specified units of study (36 credit points). Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
  • Mature: Academic record including GPA (see institutional page). A minimum of 5 years relevant professional work experience may be considered in the absence of an academic record. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Financial Planning courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

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