Course essentials

VU course code:
Location and Specialisation:
Footscray ParkHuman Resource Management
Footscray ParkAccounting
City FlindersBanking and Finance
Study mode:
Full Time, Part Time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
5 years full time or longer for part time

Gain the academic and professional requirements to be admitted to legal practice in Victoria. Develop skills, knowledge and professional acumen across a range of business specialisations, preparing you for careers in the legal community, business or government.

You'll gain a range of legal professional skills such as advocacy, ethical judgement, communication, legal research and writing, interviewing and negotiation and relevant legal professional computing and related skills. This degree will provide a sound education in the principles and practice of a business specialisation by providing a comprehensive overview of relevant issues, methodologies, and techniques within the context of the Australian and/or international business environments.

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Direct applications due 22 February 2018.

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With an emerging demand for law graduates in the business sector, a double-degree in law and business will give you a competitive advantage. The flexibility of this course coupled with industry-based learning, allows graduates to work in a wide range of fields, only one of which is private legal practice.

Job titles

  • Financial analyst
  • Policy adviser
  • Legal adviser
  • Industrial relations adviser
  • Human rights advocate

Organisations employing laws and business graduates

Our graduates may begin their legal careers in a government department such as Treasury or Foreign Affairs, or in the corporate law sector. Many choose to work in community legal centres providing legal access to disadvantaged groups, and in not-for-profit organisations.


Bachelor of Laws graduates can expect to earn an average of A$50,000 four months after graduation (Graduate Careers Australia).

Employment rates

Four months after graduation, 82 per cent of Australian law graduates were employed (Graduate Careers Australia).


As part of VU’s commitment to Business Integrated Learning, students are encouraged to secure industry-based experience with assistance from VU staff.

Our partnerships with industry, including Victoria Legal Aid, WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office​ and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law provide opportunities for work placements.

Dynamic learning

VU's Victoria Law School equips graduates for success in the real world through its world-class moot program.

Course objectives

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

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of the Australian legal system, fundamental areas of legal and business knowledge and relevant specialist bodies of knowledge within the disciplines of law and business;  
  2. Review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of law and business and underlying principles and concepts in diverse contemporary local and international comparative contexts;  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to legal and business issues by analysing and applying information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve 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 that reflect the legal, social, political and contextual factors;  
  5. Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and skills appropriate for legal and non-legal 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 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 Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business students will be required to complete 480 credit points consisting of:

  • 264 credit points of core law units of study
  • 84 credit points of core business units including the Integrated Business Challenge
  • 12 credit points of International Business Challenge
  • 96 credit points of business major including the Applied Business Challenge
  • 24 credit points of Law electives from the list below (Law Elective 1 will be delivered in block mode)
  • Continuing students (ie those who commenced the degree prior to 2018) who have not completed LLW1001 Criminal Law by S1 2018 will be required to undertake LLW1001 Criminal Law and LLW1002 Criminal Investigation, Procedure and Sentencing.


Business majors include:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Event Management
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • International Hospitality Management
  • International Tourism Management
  • International Trade
  • Management and Innovation
  • Marketing
  • Music Industry
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management


NOTE: depending on student’s chosen major, additional units and/or time may be required for course completion.


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 and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above i.e. 70–100% in those units.

First Year Core

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

12 credit point Law Elective 1

12 credit point Business Major Unit 1

Year 3, Semester 2

12 credit point Business Major Unit 2

Year 4, Semester 1

12 credit point Business Major Unit 3

12 credit point Business Major Unit 4

Year 4, Semester 2

12 credit point Business Major Unit 5

12 credit point Business Major Unit 6

Year 5, Semester 1

12 credit point Business Major Unit 7

Year 5, Semester 2

12 credit point Business Major Unit 8 (BPD3100 Applied Business Challenge)

12 credit point Law Elective 2

Law 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)

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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.

  • Year 12: Successful completion of VCE (or equivalent); VCE English requirements: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.
  • Mature: Mature age students are encouraged to apply for admission. Academic record including Grade Point Average. Relevant work experience may be considered in the absence of an academic record. Applicants who have not completed Year 12 but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission. 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.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

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.

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