University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

Course code/s: LZCOML – Melbourne

Course Details
Location Melbourne
Course Coordinator Greg Jamieson
Course Code LZCOML
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 084538D
Course Duration 5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

Combining a professional qualification in law with a commerce degree, this program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a strong social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. The program includes a wide range of law electives, including subjects complementary to business such as banking and finance law, income taxation law and global business law. The commerce component is designed to develop responsible, engaged and innovative work-ready graduates through providing students with opportunities to talk with business and work with business.

The Bachelor of Commerce comprises an eight-subject common core and an eight-subject primary major. You can choose your primary major from five key Business Disciplines: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing. The common core, which extends through all three years of the degree, is designed to offer students a broad introduction to Business Disciplines, along with the opportunity to apply disciplinary knowledge, research, analytical and problem-solving skills to resolving social, environmental and business problems and opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to talk with business and community leaders and to apply knowledge and skills in a professional working environment.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are English Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL. Applicants with comparable qualifications may be considered. A limited number of students may also be considered under special entry schemes.

Course Requirements

  • The degree is designed to be completed within five years of full-time study, although part-time study is possible.
  • You must complete the course set out below, comprising 600 credit points (360 credit points in Law and 240 credit points in Commerce – 40 subjects).
  • You must complete in sequence the compulsory Law subjects.
  • You must complete in sequence the compulsory Commerce subjects.
  • You must complete 24 subjects from the Bachelor of Laws degree, including all the compulsory subjects required for admission to the legal profession in the State of Victoria, eight common core subjects from the Bachelor of Commerce and eight subjects reserved for a primary Major chosen from Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing. For information on the subjects required in the Bachelor of Commerce core Majors visit Commerce Majors.
  • You must complete all prerequisite subjects prior to enrolling in a core or elective subject.
  • Students will be required to complete a work integrated learning experience in the subject Professional Practice in Business and the scope of the degree allows for a range of international study tours to be offered as part of the range of work integrated learning opportunities.
  • LTU0AIM 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.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

First Year

Business Foundations Accounting and Finance for Business* Legal Institutions and Methods Dispute Resolution
Business Economics Business Analytics Principles of Public Law Primary Commerce Major Core Subject (15 cps)

*Students enrolled in an Accounting major do not have to take BUS1AFB , instead accounting majors take the first subject of their BCom major, ACC1AMD .

Second Year

Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Primary Commerce Major Core Subject Primary Commerce Major Core Subject
Sustainability Principles of Criminal Law Contract Law B Primary Commerce Major core subject

Third Year

Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects  Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects
Principles of Constitutional Law Civil Procedure Real Property Law  Commerce Primary Major Core Subjects

Fourth Year

Evidence and Criminal Procedure Select from List A (15 cps) One Commerce Primary Major Capstone Subject (15 cps) School of Law level 2 or 3 Elective Subject
Principles of Administrative Law Entrepreneurship One La Trobe Business School Third Year Elective School of Law level 3 List A Elective
BUS3PPB (S1) Professional Practice in Business
ACC3AWP (WK 46-50) Accoutning Work Placement
BUS3ELP (S1 or S2) Experiential Learning Project
BUS3BST (WK 01-08) Business Study Tour
ACC3IAS International Accounting Study Program (not offerered in 2017)

Fifth year

Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Law Level 2 or Level 3 Elective Subject (15 Credit points) Law Level 2 or Level 3 Elective Subject (15 Credit points)
Legal Practice and Conduct Remedies School of Law level 3 List A Subject School of Law Level 3 Elective Subject

Law electives

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the heading ‘Law Electives’ in this Handbook for LVLGE Bachelor of Laws Graduate Entry (Melbourne). Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2017.

Note: You may, if you wish, apply to undertake a placement

School of Law level 3 List A Subject

LAW3ITL  (S1)  Income Taxation Law
LAW3ELR (S2)  Employment and Labor Relations Law
LAW3BFL (S2)  Banking and Finance Law
LAW3ATL (WIN) (Weeks 27 & 28) Advanced Tax Law
(S1 or S2) Approved Global Business Law (GBL) subjects
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester



Accounting Major

ACC1AMD (S1 & S2) Accounting for Management Decisions
ACC1AIS (S1 &S2)  Accounting and Information Systems
FIN1FOF (S1 & S2)  Fundamentals of Finance
ACC2CRE (S1 & S2) Corporate Reporting
ACC2CAD (S1 & S2)  Cost Accounting and  Decision Making
ACC3AFA (S1 & S2) Advanced Financial Accounting
ACC3MAC  (S1 & S2) Performance Management and Control
ACC3AUD   (S1 & S2)  Auditing and Assurance     
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2

Students choosing to complete an accounting major should note that: Introduction to Business Laws and Ethics (LST2BSL ) is a subject required for accreditation by CAANZ and must be taken as an elective subject in second year, AND that while Taxation (ACC3TAX ) is no longer part of the membership requirements for CPA Australia, it is required for membership of CAANZ, hence students are advised to choose to complete Taxation as one of their third year electives. Students who do not complete the taxation subject as part of their degree may be required to undertake further study to be admitted to membership of CPA Australia.

Economics Major

ECO1RIG (S1 & S2) Recessions, Inflation and Economic Growth
ECO2CFC (S2) Consumers, Firms, Competition
ECO2MFG  (S2) Macroeconomic Fluctuations, Growth and Policy
ECO2IQA  (S1 & S2)  Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
ECM2IE  (S1 & S2) Introductory Econometrics
ECM3MEC  (S1) Modelling with Econometrics
ECO3CMF  (S1)  Competition, Market Failure and Government
ECO3EGS (S2) Economic Growth and Stability: Theory and Evidence (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester – SUM = Summer Semester

Finance Major

FIN1FOF  (S1) Fundamentals of Finance
ECO2IQA (S1 & S2) Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
ECM2IE (S1 & S2) Introductory Econometrics
FIN2BFI (S1 & WIN) Banking and Financial Institutions
FIN3CFI  (S1 & S2) Corporate Finance
FIN3IFM  (S1 & SUM 2) International Financial Management
FIN3IPM (S1 & S2) Investment and Portfolio Management
 FIN3CSF (S2) Case Studies in Finance (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN

Management Major

MGT1FOM (S1 & S2) Foundations of Management
MGT2OBE (S1) Organisational Behaviour
MGT2BET (S2) Business Ethics
MGT2HRM (S1 & S2) Human Resource Management
MGT2IMG (S2 & SUM2) International Management
MGT3LWM (S1 & WIN) Leadership: What Matters?
MGT3SMG (S1 & S2) Strategic Management (capstone)
MGT3OCD (S2)  Organisational Change and Development
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2 – WIN = Winter Semester - SUM2 = Summer Semester 2

Marketing Major

MKT1MDP (S1 & S2) Marketing: Defined, Planned and Delivered   
MKT2BBM  (S2) Branding and Brand Management
MKT2CBE  (S1 & S2) Consumer Behaviour
MKT3ADV (S1) Advertising and Sales Promotion
MKT3SEM (S1) Social Marketing
MKT3MRE (S1) Marketing Research
MKT3IMK (S1 & S2) International Marketing
MKT3SMK  (S1 & S2) Strategic Marketing (capstone)
S1 = Semester 1 – S2 = Semester 2



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