Law is a fundamental business discipline. Its study allows you to develop a wider perspective on both the business and regulatory landscape and specialised expertise that will not only enrich your business career but can also lay the foundations for successful postgraduate studies in law.

Introduction

A major in Business Law will provide you with a solid understanding of the Australian legal system and how it impacts on business and commercial transactions. The units studied give detailed consideration to the law relating to contract, torts, corporations, agency, partnership, fiduciary obligations, taxation, banking, finance, intellectual property, competition, consumer protection and international trade.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Business Law major focuses on the fundamental relationship between law and business and is ideal for those planning careers in a wide range of business areas including professional accounting, business management, international trade and industrial relations.

It will equip you with important skills in teamwork and in written and oral communication as well as high-level analytical, problem solving and research skills. You will learn how to recognise, analyse and, where possible, avoid many of the legal problems that can arise in the course of common business transactions. Further, and perhaps more importantly, where such avoidance is not possible, you will acquire knowledge and skills that will empower you to intelligently request, understand and act on legal services and advice. These are vital business skills that are relevant not just to business in the context of the Australian legal system but also in the context of the legal systems of the many other 'common law' countries around the world. Thus, as the accountability and personal liability of professionals, business managers and public servants continues to grow, a strong grounding in business law is increasingly being seen as an attractive attribute for potential employers both nationally and internationally.

All units in this major are taught by the full time academic staff of Western Australia's leading Law School so students will not only obtain exposure to some of this state's leading academic lawyers they will also have the opportunity to make use of the UWA Law Schools' state-of-the-art libraries and research facilities.The fields of study covered in this major can also be taken as option units in first or second year outside of this major.

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Student profile – Jessica Vu

Studying Business Law has allowed me to learn about commercial businesses - how they run, how they're structured, and more importantly how the laws affect them, both within Australia and internationally. It has been a great introduction to law, with the real life case studies and oral presentations in class allowing me to develop my writing and presentation skills.

 

Not only has the major been an interesting and fulfilling part of my degree, but I've made so many friends from taking the same classes with like-minded people. Making connections with people in the same field has helped not only my personal development, but possibly future career developments as well.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

A major in Business Law does not, qualify you to be admitted to legal practice however the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA), Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and the National Institute of Accountants (NIA) all require the following Business Law units (or equivalent) to be studied at the undergraduate level: LAWS1104 Introduction to Law; LAWS2301 Company Law; and ACCT2331 Taxation. Note: While the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accounts (CPA) does not require graduates to have taken these courses they do highly recommend them.

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Career opportunities

Business Law graduates are well qualified for a variety of roles in the private and government sectors. These include careers in accountancy, business management, marketing, international trade, banking and finance, public service, industrial relations, human resource management and related professions and endeavours that draw on an appropriate level of knowledge of business law, such as those undertaken by government organisations and Non Government Organisations (NGOs) involved in areas such as consumer protection, competition policy, financial regulation, trade policy and legal assistance.

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Further study opportunities

Students can choose to take additional postgraduate studies including the Juris Doctor, Graduate Diploma in Law, Graduate Diploma in Commercial and Resources Law, Master of Law or Master of Commercial and Resources Law.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
29

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled score of 50 or higher in Mathematics: Methods ATAR, you will need to successfully complete additional mathematics study as part of your degree.

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Commerce, however students without Mathematics may have a restricted choice of units in the Finance and Economics majors.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Business Law: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-14 contact hours and at least as many hours private study
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BCom), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
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Contact details: course information
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law M253, University of Western Australia, Hackett Entrance 1, Crawley, WA 6009
law-fao@law.uwa.edu.au
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