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University Handbook 2014

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business

Course code/s: LWLBUSB Bendigo

Note – subject to university approval, some changes to this program are pending.

Course description

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business is a five-year combined degree providing an accredited professional qualification in law as well as a degree in business. The program offers an innovative, high-quality legal education with a global and social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. 

You will undertake your first two years of study at the Bendigo Campus and then normally transfer into the equivalent combined degree program at the Melbourne Campus, where you will complete the remainder of your course. However, if you wish to remain in Bendigo, you can complete your later-year core subjects and a limited number of law electives through blended learning/video conferencing. Law electives are also available in intensive delivery at Melbourne in Summer and Winter School. At Bendigo, you can complete a business major in human resource management, international business or marketing. This degree also shares a business foundation and first year framework with all other undergraduate degrees offered by the La Trobe Business School which enhances the flexibility available to you. While at Bendigo, you normally complete eight core law subjects and eight business subjects. You will receive full Advanced Standing for these subjects at Melbourne provided they remain in the same degree and have commenced a business major at Bendigo which can be continued at Melbourne. You are advised to seek advice about business majors at the start of your first year at Bendigo, particularly if you wish to take a different major at Melbourne to those offered at Bendigo. At the Melbourne Campus, you can complete a business major in business economics, financial management, financial planning, human resource management, international management, macroeconomics, management, management information systems, marketing or sports management.

At the Melbourne Campus, you will complete the remainder of the Council of Legal Education core law subjects and undertake law electives as well as completing your business major. Most students will transfer into the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (LWLBUS), but it is also possible to transfer into other double degree programs including the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Accounting, the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Economics and the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Finance. Students wanting to major in international business will have to transfer into the Bachelor of Laws and the Bachelor of International Business concurrently. For further information about law electives, please refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) in the Bendigo entry of this handbook. For further general information about the business component of this degree, please consult the information for the Bendigo Bachelor of Business (RBB) in this Handbook, but note that the specific degree requirements for this combined degree are more restrictive. For further information about yearsthree-five, please refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (LWLBUS) in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law section of this handbook.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are VCE units 3 and 4, and a study score of at least 35 in English (ESL) or 30 in any other English.

Degree requirements

You must:

  • complete a total of at least five years of full-time study or equivalent
  • complete in sequence the compulsory law subjects
  • complete in sequence the compulsory business subjects
  • complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in law and 240 credit points in accounting, business, economics, finance, management and marketing)
  • complete a major from a business discipline.

Please note: a major consists of 8 (120 credit points)  prescribed subjects and will include no more than 30 credit points at first-year level, 30 or more credit points at second-year level, and 45 or more credit points at third-year level.  For more information on subjects that are part of business majors, visit: business majors .

Course approval

All Bendigo students must have their enrolments, including subject variations, approved by a course adviser in order to ensure that they receive full advanced standing for their studies following transfer to Melbourne.

Course structure

Most students will complete eight core law subjects and eight core business subjects at Bendigo, then complete the remainder of their program at Melbourne from years three-five of the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (LWLBUS). Prior to transfer, students can also enrol in law electives at the Melbourne Campus in summer and winter school and may be able to complete one law clinic placement subject at Bendigo, Rural and Regional Issues in Justice (LAW2RRJ).

First year
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online) MGT1AIM
TE-SEM-1* Business Foundations BUS1BUF
TE-SEM-1* Accounting and Finance for Business BUS1AFB
TE-SEM-1 Dispute Resolutions LAW1DR
TE-SEM-1 Legal Institutions and Methods LAW1LIM
TE-SEM-2* Business Economics BUS1BUE
TE-SEM-2* Business Analytics BUS1BAN
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Criminal Law LAW1CRL
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Public Law LAW1PPL

*This is the preferred order in which these subjects should be taken.

Please note: MGT1AIM is a not-for-credit subject which students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 FBEL level 1 elective (major)  
TE-SEM-1 Either an FBEL or LTU free elective#  
TE-SEM-1 Contract Law A LAW2CTA
TE-SEM-1 Principles of Tort Law LAW2TOT
TE-SEM-2 FBEL level 1 elective (major)  
TE-SEM-2 Either an FBEL or LTU free elective#  
TE-SEM-2 Contract Law B LAW2CTB
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Constitutional Law LAW2CSL

# Unless taking a sequence of two language subjects, students are limited to one LTU elective in second year.

Third to fifth years

Please consult the Melbourne chapter for the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (LWLBUS) in this Handbook. For general information about business majors, please consult the Melbourne chapter for the Bachelor of Business (LBB) degree in this Handbook.

Students wishing to major in international business will enrol in the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LVLUE) and Bachelor of International Business (LBIB) concurrently, but will be granted a reduction in the overall credit points for these two degrees to bring them into line with the credit points in a five year combined degree. For further information, please consult the Bachelor of International Business (LBIB) entry and the Bachelor of Laws (LVLUE) entry in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law section in this Handbook. For further information on the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Accounting (LWLAC), the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Economics (LWLEC) or the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Finance (LWLFI), please consult the relevant entries in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law section in this Handbook.

Elective law subjects

For 2014 elective law subjects, refer to list under Bachelor of laws electives in the Melbourne entry of this handbook.  Note that Bendigo students can, if they wish, apply to undertake a placement at the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre or another legal organisation for academic credit by enrolling into an elective subject called Rural and Regional Issues in Justice (LAW2RRJ).

Legal studies in Bachelor of Business

You are not permitted to take legal studies or business law subjects as business electives within this degree, unless you have prior permission from the Director of Programs, School of Law, Melbourne on (03) 9479 1524 .

Honours

You may be permitted to undertake Honours in the law program in the final year of your law studies. Normally an average grade of B+ over two full-time years of law study is required. Honours comprises a research component and a compulsory research seminar. You must complete a 10,000-word thesis (which takes the place of two law electives) on a topic to be approved by the Honours Research and Graduate Studies Committee. The compulsory research seminar is conducted throughout the year. You must attend 10 sessions and are required to present a paper on their individual research project.

Students invited to enrol in Honours in business or international business must complete a further full-time year of study. For further information, please consult the relevant entries for the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of International Business in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law section of this Handbook.

Professional recognition

The law degree includes those subjects approved by the Victorian Council of Legal Education, which must be successfully completed as a prerequisite for entry into legal practice. See the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) (LVLGE) at Melbourne for specific subjects and further information.

For information on professional recognition for business subjects completed within this combined degree, please consult the relevant entries for the Bachelor of Business (LBB) in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law section in this Handbook.