University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business

Course code/s: LWLBUSB Bendigo - This course is under revision and the new structure will be published shortly.

Course Details
Location Bendigo
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LWLBUSB
Available to International students No
Course duration 5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 600
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

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  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 information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the Law Electives page. Please see the University's Subject Search guide for electives offered in 2018.

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), but note that the specific degree requirements for this combined degree are more restrictive. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of degree, you will be able to

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge of Australian legal systems, institutions and procedures, including fundamental legal principles and concepts, substantive areas of law and international and comparative contexts.
  2. Demonstrate analytical and practical skills in identifying legal issues, applying legal doctrine and solving legal problems using innovative and creative thought.
  3. Effectively and cogently communicate legal research, knowledge and analysis orally and in writing to a variety of audiences both legal and non-legal.
  4. Demonstrate a capacity to reflect on their own learning approaches, work independently, manage and foster personal and professional development, and collaborate effectively in a team environment.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to study and research using appropriate technology and discerning judgment, identifying, consolidating and critically analysing relevant legal sources.
  6. Recognise and reflect on lawyers’ professional and ethical responsibilities and the importance of integrity and service in legal analysis and practice.
  7. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the historical, social, economic and cultural contexts and implications of laws and the role of lawyers in promoting justice and equity.
  8. Design and evaluate innovative solutions through the application of your disciplinary knowledge and skills to researching, analysing and resolving social, environmental and business challenges;
  9. Recognise and apply future-focused, socially and environmentally responsible, business principles to generate sustainable economic value;
  10. Engage professionally and effectively with individuals and organisations, in a manner which is respectful of the needs, values, personalities and capabilities of others;
  11. Communicate professionally and effectively with a range of audiences, for a variety of purposes, using appropriate communication tools;
  12. Master the knowledge and skills required to practice your chosen discipline.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are VCE units 3 and 4, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Course 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. 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.

Please Note:

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit online subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

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

La Trobe 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

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).

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Laws - Bachelor of Business (LWLBUSB) Bendigo 2018 [PDF 130 KB]

First year

Business Foundations Accounting and Finance for Business Legal Institutions and Methods Dispute Resolution
Business Analytics Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law Business Economics

Second year

Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Business Elective Subject Business Major Core Subject (15cp)
Principles of Constitutional Law Contract Law B Sustainability Business Major Core Subject (15cp)

Third year

Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Business Major Core Subject (15cp) Business Major Core Subject (15cp)
Civil Procedure Real Property Law Business Major Core Subject (15cp) Business Major Core Subject (15cp)

Fourth year

Evidence and Criminal Procedure Law School level 2 or 3 elective subject (15cp) Business Major Core Subject (15cp) Law School level 2 or 3 elective subject
Principles of Administrative Law Entrepreneurship Business level 3 elective subject (15cp) Business Major Core Subject (15cp)

Fifth year

Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Law School level 2 or 3 elective subject (15cp) Law School level 2 or 3 elective subject (15cp)
Legal Practice and Conduct Remedies Law School level 3 List A elective subject Law School level 3 elective subject

List A: Elective Subjects

LAW3ELR (S2) Employment and Labour Relations Law
LAW3ITL (S1) Income Taxation Law
LAW3ATL (WIN) Advanced Tax Law or an approved GBL subject
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WIN = Winter Semester

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subjects webpage for further details.


Elective Law Subjects

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the Law Electives page. Please see the University's Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2018.

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). The Law School may offer some electives online, for example, LAW3ANI Animal Welfare Law and Policy.

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.


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 Convenor of Honours. 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.


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