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Bachelor of Commerce / Law

Join Sydney's #1 Law faculty
Explore global perspectives and legal systems that align with your interests in the business world when you study the Bachelor of Commerce/Law. Make your mark with a successful career backed by industry experience and the hands-on skills needed to provide strategic commercial and legal advice.
Commencing Terms
Term 1 & 3
Duration
5 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Campus
Kensington
Codes
UAC code 426000
Program code 4733
CRICOS code 005946J
Entry Requirements
ATAR/2023 lowest selection rank
94.25 + LAT
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Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$16,500*
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
$84,000*

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Overview

Dreaming of a career in legal practice? Or perhaps you want to make your mark in the business world? Whatever your ambitions, you’ll stand out with UNSW’s Bachelor of Commerce/Law. Gain a strong understanding of business and a comprehensive legal education that will set you apart and prepare you to make a difference in the world.

In UNSW's Bachelor of Commerce/Law, you’ll learn core business principles in a range of disciplines before specialising in subjects that align with your interests and career ambitions. Become an expert in accounting, business, analytics, economics, finance,human resource management, information systems, marketing, taxation, or focus on emerging areas like fintech and cybersecurity management.

Your specialised business knowledge will be underpinned by a deep understanding of the law that sets your skills apart in both the legal and business worlds, gaining a strong understanding of the legal processes, systems and frameworks that govern our society. You’ll build a robust knowledge of how the law and business interact, and gain hands-on legal experience.

No matter which direction you choose to take your career, graduating with a law and commerce double degree from UNSW will prepare you for success with the knowledge, work experience and connections and professional skills to provide strategic commercial and legal advice in the real world.

Key features

Get real-world legal experience
 

Be challenged through debate and interactive discussion to develop professional skills like reasoning, legal research, analysis, argument and negotiation, and put what you learn in the classroom into action in the real world with hands-on experience in legal clinics, internships, case and mooting competitions, global practicums, and clerkships.

Choose from a range of business majors

Enhance your legal knowledge with a business lens that lets you pursue a wide range of specialised legal careers. UNSW offers a huge variety of business majors, including Business Analytics, Taxation, International Business and FinTech – the first university in Australia to offer this innovative specialisation. Our commerce courses are designed to reflect the nature of real-world business, and we call it the Integrated First Year. 

Make a difference in the world

Develop the values, skills and qualities necessary to become a qualified legal practitioner with a strong sense of citizenship, community and social justice, so you can make a real difference in society.

Graduate with a MyBCom digital portfolio

MyBCom is an award-winning interactive platform and assessment tool. You'll use MyBCom throughout your double degree to guide your studies, develop a tailored career plan that sets you up for success, and collate a portfolio of professional experiences to showcase your professional experience to future employers. 

Multiply your career opportunities 

Bring together two sought-after degrees and open up more career opportunities, with skills that are in-demand in Australia and around the world, from a university that has the most-employable graduates in the country, according to the AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

World-class education

UNSW Law & Justice is ranked 12th in the world for law* and UNSW Business School is the #1 business school in Australia**. You'll learn from the minds at the forefront of research and industry knowledge and study at a Group of Eight (Go8) university that has the highest quality teaching among Australia’s research-intensive law schools.

Join a community of great minds

With a commerce and law double degree, you’ll join a diverse cohort of interdisciplinary thinkers that combine their passion for law and justice with business expertise to make an impact in their future careers. Our graduates have applied their Bachelor of Commerce/Law degrees to countless industries as critical thinkers and problem-solvers, bringing the added perspective and skillset of a second specialisation. 

Get exclusive career support

Graduate career-ready with UNSW Law & Justice in-house careers service, dedicated to helping our students best position themselves to secure a rewarding job at the end of their studies. The service includes a range of resources and workshops to help students maximise their employability including interview preparation, resume & cover letter writing and a jobs board.  You’ll also have access to UNSW Business School’s Career Accelerator, which offers internships, mentoring, practicums and more, for hands-on experience that will set you apart.

Experiential learning

Apply your knowledge from the classroom to industry experiences and experiential learning opportunities with Work Integrated Learning (WIL). You’ll have the chance through both of your degrees to gain for-credit practical experience through exchange and international courses, internships, clinics and competitions.

Global student opportunities

Gain global perspectives by studying other countries’ legal systems through overseas electives in China, the USA, Switzerland, India, Vanuatu and Chile. Or immerse yourself in another culture with a student exchange at one of UNSW’s more than 300 exchange hosts across 38 countries.

End-to-end legal education

Prepare for a career in legal practice all in one place. All law graduates in Australia must complete PLT to practise as a lawyer. UNSW’s PLT is the Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP), so you can graduate from one place with all the qualifications you need to launch your legal career.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2024
**AFR BOSS 2023 Best Business School Rankings

Program Code

4733

CRICOS Code

005946J

Campus

Kensington

UAC Code

426000

Total Units of Credit (UOC)

240

Indicative Enrolments

800

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Entry requirements

2023 Lowest Selection Rank
94.25 + LAT
2023 A levels
17 + LAT
2023 IB Diploma
37 + LAT
2023 Lowest ATAR
85.2*
    1. The 2023 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023.
    2. The 2023 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2023 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2023 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Commencing terms

Domestic students are able to begin this degree in Term 1. Learn more about UNSW's trimesters here

Additional Selection Criteria

All domestic applicants* who wish to study an undergraduate Law double degree at UNSW need to sit the Law Admission Test (LAT), including those:

  • enrolled in their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 HSC or equivalent)
  • who have already completed their secondary schooling (e.g. those on a gap year)
  • who are currently studying at another university and wish to apply to transfer to UNSW Bachelor of Laws double degrees
  • students in Year 11 who wish to sit the LAT before their HSC year (LAT results are valid for two years)

*Domestic applicants include Australian citizens and permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens.

^Domestic applicants that aren’t required to sit the LAT as they’re assessed under multiple other criteria include:

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Advanced

Adjustment Factors

We offer adjustment factor schemes that take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

Alternative Entry
Not everyone applies to university straight from high school. That’s why UNSW considers a range of qualifications, life experience and pathway programs for admission into our degrees. Find out what you’ll need to apply to UNSW, depending on where you’re at in life.

Find out more

 

UNSW Internal Program Transfer (IPT)
Every year UNSW Law & Justice provides up to 100 places for students studying a non-law degree at UNSW to transfer into a Law double degree. Alternative entry through Internal Program Transfer (IPT) doesn’t require you to sit the LAT and providing you receive full credit for your first year of studies, it won’t take you any longer to complete a law double degree.

Find out more

 

Credit Transfer Policy
If you've completed prior learning at another tertiary institution or in another UNSW degree, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. Find out more in the Credit Transfer Rules and Regulations.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Commencing terms

International students have the unique benefit of being able to begin this degree in Term 1 or Term 3. Learn more about UNSW's trimesters here

Admission pathways


If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with UNSW College. UNSW College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your UNSW journey with confidence. 

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals.

Learn more

 

UNSW Internal Program Transfer (IPT)
Every year UNSW Law & Justice provides up to 100 places for students studying a non-law degree at UNSW to transfer into a Law double degree. Alternative entry through Internal Program Transfer (IPT) doesn’t require you to sit the LAT and providing you receive full credit for your first year of studies, it won’t take you any longer to complete a law double degree.

Find out more

 

Credit Transfer Policy
If you've completed prior learning at another tertiary institution or in another UNSW degree, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. Find out more in the Credit Transfer Rules and Regulations.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Commerce/Law double degree is five years full time, consisting of 40 courses (240 Units of Credit (UOC)). The degree includes:

  • Commerce Integrated First Year Courses
  • One Commerce Major
  • Core Law Courses
  • Prescribed Law Elective
  • Law Electives

Two degrees doesn’t mean double the workload. Each year you’ll complete the same number of units as a single degree, eight courses (48 UOC) across three terms. Our three-term calendar allows you the flexibility to tailor your schedule to suit your goals. With two three-course terms and one two-course term per year, you’ll have the time to focus on completing extra-curricular activities on campus or for-credit industry opportunities.

Professional development courses and experiences integrated into your degree include:

  • Working with clients and lawyers at Kingsford Legal Centre, a fully functioning legal centre that operates out of the UNSW Law & Justice Building.
  • Mandatory Work Integrated Learning – You must complete at least one course with a work-integrated learning focus such as an internship or business practicum
  • Final Year Synthesis – Synthesise your learning by applying and integrating the knowledge and skills gained throughout your Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
  • COMM3999 myBCom Graduate Portfolio

Study areas

Full program structure

You’ll study core commerce and law courses, with a commerce major, law electives and general education courses. As well as your for-credit courses, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop skills that are in demand in both business and legal careers, such as public speaking, problem solving and data analytics.

The UNSW Bachelor of Law degree explores all the areas of law you’ll need to understand for a career in legal practice in Australia, and teaches you key skills such as legal research, reasoning and analysis. Through UNSW’s core law courses, you’ll comprehensively study all areas of the law, including torts, administrative law, constitutional law, crime and criminal practice, and contracts. With your law electives, you can dive into the areas of the law you’re most interested in, including human rights law, intellectual property law, international criminal law and capital markets

In UNSW’s Bachelor of Commerce degree, you’ll study core business disciplines as a part of UNSW’s Integrated First Year (IFY). During your IFY courses, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of key business disciplines and how they interact, preparing you to solve complex business issues. First year courses include Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, where you’ll learn how to meet the challenges of innovation with leadership skills that you can use to shape the future of organisations; Behavioural Economics, where you’ll learn how to understand, model, and predict choices in complex setting; and Marketing Analytics, where you’ll learn how to use data to gauge consumer insights for marketing decisions.

UNSW’s Bachelor of Commerce offers a wide variety of business majors to choose from, including:

Sample study plan

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard five-year full-time study plan:

First Year

  • myBCom Blueprint* 
  • 3 Law Core Courses
  • 5 First Year Business Core Courses (Integrated First Year)

Second Year

  • MyBCom First Year Portfolio* ^
  • 3 Law Core Courses
  • 5 Commerce Courses

Third Year

  • Work-Integrated Learning internship or practicum**
  • 5 Law Core Courses
  • 3 Commerce Courses

Fourth Year

  • 5 Law Core Courses
  • 3 Commerce Courses

Fifth Year

  • MyBCom Graduation Portfolio*
  • Final Year Commerce Synthesis
  • 1 Prescribed Law Elective
  • 7 Law Electives

*Bachelor of Commerce credit-free courses dedicated to career planning and employability.

^Prerequisite: COMM0999 AND completed 30 UOC of Integrated First Year Courses

**Mandatory work experience

 

Future careers

A law and commerce double degree will make you a well-rounded graduate that’s prepared for a career practising law or applying your business nous to the world of commerce.

UNSW Law & Justice is ranked 1st in Sydney for law (QS World University Rankings by Subject (Law and Legal Studies), 2024), while UNSW Business School is the top business school in Australia (AFR BOSS Best Business School for 2023).

That’s because we teach our students to think outside the box, so when it comes to your career, employers will seek you out for your critical thinking, persuasive communication, creative problem solving, analytical and leadership skills.

Whether you’re looking to work in the legal profession or climb the corporate ladder, with a Bachelor of Commerce/Law, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue a range of career opportunities, and be prepared for the jobs of the future.

Potential careers

Some of the careers you could pursue with a commerce and law double degree includes:

  • Intellectual property lawyer
  • Contract and employment lawyer
  • Tax law specialist
  • Trial lawyer
  • Barrister
  • Consultant
  • In-house counsel
  • International practice
  • Consulting

End-to-end Legal Education at UNSW

Completing a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at UNSW will take you a step towards becoming a lawyer, followed by Practical Legal Training (PLT). All law graduates in Australia must complete PLT to practise as a lawyer. UNSW’s PLT is the Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP), so you can graduate from one place with all the qualifications you need to launch your legal career.

Step 1 – Complete your Bachelor of Laws (LLB).

Step 2 – Complete your GDLPP at UNSW.

Step 3 – Apply to the Supreme Court for admission to practice.

UNSW Law & Justice students also have the opportunity to fast track their path to practice by completing their PLT while finishing their undergraduate degree.

Honours

Take your Commerce studies to the next level with an additional one-year Honours degree, where you'll gain advanced knowledge and research skills in your chosen area of business. You'll have the opportunity to be mentored by top-tier researchers and work on industry relevant projects while undertaking a significant research thesis. Graduate with advanced knowledge, analytical, problem-solving and research skills that are highly sought after in business and government. Learn more about BCom Honours

Accreditation

Legal Profession Admission Board (NSW)

How to apply

 

To apply for our Law double degrees at UNSW, you will need to apply for Double Law (426000) through the UAC application portal. Upon receiving an offer to for this degree, you will choose the second degree to pair with Bachelor of Laws during the acceptance process.


Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students* are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

When applying for UNSW Bachelor of Commerce/Law through UAC, you’ll need your Law Admission Test (LAT) registration number to ensure your LAT results are considered in the admission process. The LAT registration opens in May and is held in September each year. Keep up to date with LAT key dates and requirements here.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, most offers are made in December and January. Please note that Term 3 intake for this program is only available for International students.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Find out more information on how to apply here.

*Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

Note that International Students are also able to apply for Term 3 Intake. 

Ready to apply?

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$16,500*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$84,000*

Commonwealth Supported Place: Student Contribution Band 4

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the university and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$51,500*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$285,500*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.

Featured scholarships

Several scholarships have been established to support students undertaking undergraduate Law at UNSW, including the:

  • Joan Brown Memorial Scholarship
    Established to assist a female high school leaver student with financial assistance to undertake undergraduate study in Law at UNSW.
  • UNSW Law & Justice Disability Support Scholarship
    Established to support students with a long-term medical condition or disability and who are in financial need.

Featured scholarship

UNSW Law & Justice International Award (PUCA1028)
This award was established to empower the brightest and most passionate international students to achieve their goals through UNSW Law & Justice studies.


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