Take advantage of close community links and practical learning experiences that complement your in-depth theoretical knowledge. Focus on real-life scenarios and gain the work-ready skills valued by employers.
Learn from experts in the field and practising legal professionals including judges, senior academics, and a range of local organisations. Combine the elements of managing competitive and sustainable businesses with a keen awareness of contemporary standards of practice.
The Law component of this course is an approved qualification for admission to practise law in Queensland. Further information on admission to practise is available from the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, and Boards in other States. Practising legal professionals teach and tutor regularly, providing you with direct access to contemporary standards of practice and facilitate a practical learning environment. Your Law classes and workshops involve judges and senior academics along with local law firms, government agencies, community organisations and the local bar.
Our Business program focuses on providing skills and qualifications to prepare you for your future professional employment and positions of leadership, in organisations and the community.
You will participate in real-world experiences and learn from our researchers, managers and lecturers, who are experts in their field.
About JCU's Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Laws
Are you looking for a way to combine your interests in business and law? What if you could develop complementary skills in a way that will make you one of the most highly-sought graduates? JCU's law and business degree is the perfect way to combine your business mindset with your affinity for the intricacies of law. With this double degree in law and business, you will hone a set of sought-after skills that put you on the right track for success.
A Law and Business Degree with the Right Education: Right Outcome
Your dream career in business and law begins with this joint degree. Your Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Laws degree from JCU is widely acknowledged by professionals, both in public and private industry, as providing all the necessary practical skills and knowledge to succeed in a competitive field.
Whether you want to serve in the public sector or develop a successful career in private industry, your degree will position you for success. With a double degree in law and business, you will be especially valuable to businesses, government agencies, charities, and the broader legal professions.
As a graduate of JCU’s Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Laws degree, you will be ready to work in any area of law, including:
- Business and commercial law
- General legal practice
- Taxation law
- Criminal law
- Environmental law
- Industrial law
- As a solicitor or barrister
Your world-class education from JCU will qualify you to practise law in Queensland. JCU is committed to student success, and our network of legal and judicial professionals throughout Queensland will give you contacts in the wider legal world. They will also put you in a practical environment in line with the latest standards in law and justice.
This degree does more than just prepare you to practice law. It will also equip you with the business acumen you need to apply your legal skills in areas like economics, marketing, and many other business fields.
With this degree, you will be able to assess complicated situations and perform better than professionals with a singular focus. The skills you gain today will equip you for the jobs of the future.
We Invest in You
We are as committed to your future as you are! Experience has no substitute, and JCU’s lecturers and tutors are leading legal professionals who are making a difference in the local and global community. We regularly invite judges, senior academics, local law firms, government agencies and the local bar to host and take part in your law classes and workshops.
At the same time, our popular business program is designed with input from leading industry professionals, and will equip you with detailed knowledge of the commercial world. As you study, you will see firsthand how business and law intersect in the modern world.
The world changes constantly, and we are committed to updating our business program to include current research with real-world relevance. In JCU’s business with law degree, you are free to pursue your own unique interests and passions by choosing from a range of minors. Our Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Laws degree will set you up for success in the global workforce by correlating classroom learning with real-world application.
A Joint Law and Business Degree; a Joint Effort
As you take on a full-time, five-year degree that is both demanding and rewarding, you can rest assured that you will not go at it alone. Our joint business and law students and graduates overwhelmingly report feeling supported and equipped with all the resources they need to succeed.
As you pursue your degree, you can take advantage of our small class sizes and our popular Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). These sessions will pair you with students from the same course, and together you revise difficult material, consider different perspectives and discuss ideas together to gain a deeper, practical understanding.
Studying with lecturers committed to student success, you will not only master your primary courses but also revise your knowledge of maths, statistics and academic reading and writing. You can sign up for self-study workshops to help you with effective note taking, studying for exams and writing assignments. With this kind of practical support, you will develop a healthy study routine and become confident in your abilities.
Study JCU's Law and Business Degree and Be Ready for Success
A strong foundation to the start of your career is critical. When you obtain your business with law degree from JCU, you will be prepared for success. Get ready today for tomorrow and see how a law and business degree will equip you to follow your chosen career path and make a difference in the world.
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Consult the handbook for majors available at each campus and a detailed overview of available subjects.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the ÁñÁ«ÊÓÆµ’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Laws.
A major is your chosen area of specialisation. You can choose from the following four majors within the Bachelor of Business degree. You can choose to study one major, add a second major, or a combination of one major with up to two minors.
Not all majors are available at all campuses. The handbook provides detail about the subjects you can study within each major and the campuses each major is available at.
Human Resources Management
Discover what motivates employees and how you can boost performance and productivity in organisations. Learn how to effectively communicate, develop positive employment relations and create environments that help people thrive. Your passion for human resources can take you across industries within Australia and around the world.
Build specialised skills to manage and conduct business in a complex global environment. Your passion for developing strategies and planning for short- and long-term projects will see you involved in multi-national enterprises. With the skills to work in the exciting international arena, you can build a sustainable, competitive business position in the international marketplace.
Use your love of innovation, entrepreneurship and people-management to strengthen your employability. Learn how to lead businesses in highly competitive environments, solve complex organisational problems, plan effectively and hire the right employees. Managing finances, resources and direct business operations with confidence in a fast-paced setting. You will learn a variety of transferable skills, important in managing a business or team in any industry.
Marketing for the Digital Age
Gain the skills to speak directly to your customers through traditional advertising, digital marketing and social media. Your creativity and understanding of people will help you to become an effective marketer, fulfilling the needs of your customers or growing a new customer base. Develop industry knowledge by creating sustainable marketing strategies for real-world businesses. Transfer your skills across organisations in private, public and non-profit sectors and stand out in a competitive marketplace.
JCU Business – Law graduates are highly valued for their broad skillset, finding employment across various industries. Graduates with a JCU Business – Law degree will have an approved qualification for admission to practise law in Queensland, or may choose to use their qualifications to excel in other fields.
As a graduate, you may want to pursue a career in areas including government agencies, general legal practice, or in business and commercial law.
With a JCU Business – Law degree, you may find employment as a solicitor or barrister, a consultant, a manager, or alternatively, in various commercial-based roles across private, government, or not-for-profit industries.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the ÁñÁ«ÊÓÆµ’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Laws.
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2023. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 66.50
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Laws for Semester 1, 2023. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2023 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
<5 – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
Find out more about who you might study with by viewing this course’s student profile.
James Cook ÁñÁ«ÊÓÆµ applies bonus ranks under the Regional Preference Scheme and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Learn more about JCU’s adjustment factors.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7)
Professional accreditation status
The Bachelor of Laws is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) & Chief Justice.
To be eligible for admission as a solicitor in Queensland, an applicant must have completed approved law qualifications (this degree satisfies that requirement), have undertaken approved practical legal training via a practical legal training course or Supervised Traineeship at a firm, and be able to satisfy the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board and the Supreme Court of Queensland of their fitness to practise. The same requirements apply to those intending to practice as a barrister but, to obtain a barrister’s practising certificate applicants must also pass the Bar Exams and complete the Bar Practice Course after being admitted as a lawyer, followed by one year of mentoring and supervision.
This course is also certified under the Australian Law School Standards.
Business, Law and Governance
English (Units 3/4,C)
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
120 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Business, JCU graduates will be able to:
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws, JCU graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the ÁñÁ«ÊÓÆµ's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Laws.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
:03 Accounting for Decision Making
:03 Principles of Economics
:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application
:03 Principles of Data Analysis for Business
:03 Legal Institutions and Processes
:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis
:03 Contract Law 1
:03 Contract Law 2
:03 Contemporary Practice: The New Lawyer
:03 Human Rights Law or :03 Public International Law or :03 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
:03 Marketing Matters
:03 Personal Property and Land Law 1
:03 Land Law 2
:03 Principles of Criminal Law A
:03 Principles of Criminal Law B
:03 Torts A – Specific Torts
:03 Torts B – Negligence
:03 Professional Internship or :03 Multidisciplinary Project or :03 Independent Project
:03 Administrative Law
:03 Principles of Equity
:03 Law of Trusts
:03 Constitutional Law
:03 Company and Partnership Law
:03 Civil Procedure
:03 Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting
Select a Business major from Table A
Select 3 credit points of subjects from List 1
Select 15 credit points of subjects from List 2
:03 Clinical Legal Studies
:03 Competition Mooting
:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing
:03 Legal Placement
:03 Multidisciplinary Project
:03 Independent Project
:03 Environmental Law and Policy
:03 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
:03 Commercial and Personal Property Law
:03 Public International Law
:03 Conveyancing and Drafting
:03 Employment, Workplace and Industrial Relations Law
:03 Taxation Law
:03 Advanced Taxation Law
:03 Human Rights Law
:03 Health Law
:03 Family Law
:03 Alternative Dispute Resolution
:03 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing
:03 Intellectual Property Law
:03 Technological Disruption, Cyberspace and the Law
:03 Sport and Entertainment Law
:03 Advanced Company Law
:03 Contemporary Issues in Justice and Criminal Law
TABLE A (Business Majors)
Type of major
Credit points in major
24 credit points
|All Business majors are available for mid-year entry|
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
80 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS – BACHELOR OF LAWS
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Majors will appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Honours is available in either or both disciplines.
Business honours is available as an additional 24 credit points of study.
Law honours is available as an additional 24 credit points of study.
By invitation of the College Dean
Normally a minimum overall GPA of 5.0 (ie. credit average) is required across the bachelor degree with credits or better in the discipline specific areas.
JCU Prep provides a pathway into this course. Enrolling in this flexible program will enable you to meet entry requirements including subject pre-requisites and ATARs. Introductory academic subjects are also available to prepare you for tertiary study.
*Excludes entry into the Bachelor of Advanced Science, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit
ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Laws
I chose JCU because of the convenience of having a well-respected university so close to home. I had a keen interest in law and accounting and both degrees complement each other well. Iâ€™m confident that I will be exposed to a greater range of employment opportunities, which is definitely worth the extra year of study.
Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Laws
The WIL program at JCU gave me the opportunity to work with the legal team in multinational consulting firm Accenture. The skills learnt in the classroom were put to use in a practical environment such as contractual negotiation. This continues to assist me in my role where contractual disputes are often litigated.
Lecturer, College of Business, Law and Governance
This joint degree offers a variety of career options to graduates as it enhances careers in law and business. Our academic staff have a wealth of knowledge across these disciplines to help their students succeed in their studies.
Firm Partner at Connolly Suthers Lawyers
Connolly Suthers has a long history of employing JCU law graduates as they have a high level of understanding of the underlying principles and concepts of the Australian legal system. They demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills required in private practice. They know the north, its industries and people.