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La Trobe University
University Handbook 2015

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business

Course code/s: LWLBUSB Bendigo

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.

If you start your studies in Bendigo, you will complete the business subjects at Bendigo and if you wish to complete your final years of law subjects at Bendigo, you will undertake the core subjects and typically listen to all lectures, and participate in tutorials, online. You are  able to undertake elective subjects at the Melbourne Campus in summer and winter school, and participate in our study abroad options, such as Introduction to Chinese Law. You can also access subjects from our Master of Laws and Masters of Global Business Law during traditional non-teaching periods. Most summer and winter electives including our Global Business Law offerings are taught intensively over a five-day period.

Alternatively, after two years full time study, Bendigo students can apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at Melbourne and complete the final years of your law studies at the Melbourne Campus

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 information about the business component of this degree and the business majors and minors available at Bendigo, 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.

Admission requirements

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

Degree requirements

You must:

  • complete a total of at least five year's 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 eight prescribed subjects (120 credit points) 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.

Course structure

Students can also enrol in law electives at the Melbourne Campus in summer and winter semesters 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 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education (online) ABS0WOM
TE-SEM-1 Business Foundations BUS1BUF
TE-SEM-1 Accounting and Finance for Business BUS1AFB
TE-SEM-1 Legal Institutions and Methods LAW1LIM
TE-SEM-1 Dispute Resolution LAW1DR
TE-SEM-2 Business Analytics BUS1BAN
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Criminal Law LAW1CRL
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Public Law LAW1PPL
TE-SEM-2 Business Economics BUS1BUE

MGT1AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Second year

Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 Contract Law A LAW2CTA
TE-SEM-1 Principles of Tort Law LAW2TOT
TE-SEM-2 Sustainability BUS2SUS
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Constitutional Law LAW2CSL
TE-SEM-2 Contract Law B LAW2CTB
Either SEM-1 or 2 Two RBB major core subjects (30 cps)  

Third year

Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 Statutory Interpretation LAW2STA
TE-SEM-1 Foundations of Property Law LAW2FPL
TE-SEM-2 Civil Procedure LAW2CIV
TE-SEM-2 Real Property Law LAW2RPT
Either SEM-1 or 2 Four RBB major core subjects (60 cps)  

Fourth year

Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 Evidence and Criminal Procedure LAW2ECP
TE-SEM-1 Law School level 2 or 3 elective subject  
TE-SEM-1 LBB major capstone subject  
TE-SEM-1 Principles of Administrative Law LAW3ADN
TE-SEM-2 Entrepreneurship BUS3ENT
TE-SEM-2 Law School level 3 List A elective subject (below)  
Either SEM-1 or 2 Business, Economics and Law  level 3 elective subjects (30cps)  

Fifth year

Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 Company Law LAW3CMP
TE-SEM-1 Principles of Equity and Trusts LAW3ETR
TE-SEM-1 Law School level 2 or 3 elective subjects (30 cps)  
TE-SEM-2 Legal Practice and Conduct LAW3LPC
TE-SEM-2 Remedies LAW3REM
TE-SEM-2 Law School level 3 List A elective subject (below)  
TE-SEM-2 Law School level 3 elective subject  

List A: elective subjects

  • LAW3ELR Employment and Labour Relations Law, or
  • LAW3ITL Income Taxation Law, or
  • LAW3ATL Advanced Tax Law or an approved GBL subject.

Elective law subjects

For 2015 elective law subjects, refer to the La Trobe Law School's Subjects webpage.

Note: You may, if you 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.

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. Undertaking Honours takes the place of two law electives in the degree. You must complete a 10 000-word thesis 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 ten sessions and are required to present a paper on your individual research project.

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 this Handbook.