Interested in banking? Business analysis? Top-tier commercial law? The Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours) program is a key that unlocks a host of high-powered careers.

  • The Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours) develops your business acumen and financial literacy, and gives you a high-level understanding of the concepts, principles, policies and values of the law, both in Australia and in other jurisdictions.
  • Develop outstanding skills in critical, rational and analytical thinking, and learn how to craft clear and persuasive arguments. The program also meets the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.
  • Benefit from a strong co-curricular program that includes real-world experience in the legal profession; holistic events to help you stay healthy, engaged and motivated; and national and international mooting competitions.
  • Graduate with an internationally respected honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market and provide a pathway to future research or learning.

Be part of a law school that offers professional networks, an innovative environment, and the broadest employment outcomes. Join a class that includes some of Australia's brightest and most promising upcoming minds.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The TC Beirne School of Law is an international leader in teaching and research. The school was also ranked 48th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject – the only Queensland law school to be ranked in the top 50.

  • In the classroom

    Personalised teaching experience

    Our courses are taught in small group settings and informal learning spaces in the Forgan Smith building, refurbished specifically for law students. You'll have the opportunity to test your knowledge with your peers and professors in an active learning environment.

  • Why study

    About UQ Law

     

  • Alumni
    UQ has a well-earned reputation in Australia and around the globe, so it means something to graduate from this law school. Law is an increasingly international practice, so graduating from a degree that has international recognition is a massive advantage. Mark McKechnie, LLB / BCom graduate (2006)
    Barrister-at-Law, Queensland Bar Association

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Many of our graduates enjoy employment in the legal profession and complete further training to work as barristers or solicitors, public prosecutors, community lawyers or government and military legal officers.

But don't let that limit you. A commerce/laws degree also opens up opportunities in:

  • diplomatic and intelligence services,
  • State and Federal Government policy research,
  • specialist negotiation and dispute resolution,
  • investment banking,
  • advising international NGOs such as the World Bank, or
  • PhD scholarships.

Graduates of the Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours) program can also pursue careers in business analysis, accounting and financial advice. 

We support our students to start thinking about their career early. Once you have identified a career of interest, our award-winning Student Employability Team – judged by the Australian Financial Review as the best in Australia – will help you map out a plan to get there.

  • Beyond the classroom

    National and international mooting

    During your studies, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of national and international mooting competitions to develop your professional skills. UQ mooting teams have a strong reputation for their high performance.

  • Alumni
    The mooting program is the closest thing students can experience to professional practice – you have a real problem to solve and students work together to find a solution. John McKenna QC, LLB (Hons I) / BA (Economics) graduate (1984) and Rhodes Scholar
    President, University of Queensland Law Graduates Association
  • Alumni
    University study teaches you about researching: how to take a lot of data and decide what is relevant, and then how to use the data to make a decision. My experiences have helped me to gain a sixth sense about how things work and the context in which you conduct your business. Mark Hutchison, BCom graduate (1986)
    CEO and President, GE Europe
  • Alumni
    The commerce degree was an excellent all-round basis for my career, which has evolved from analysing efficiencies of chocolate making, to ensuring strict controls in petroleum exploration, to reviewing the failure of a Sino-Australian joint venture, to reporting on business stories to a global audience. Cheng Lei, BCom graduate (1995)
    News Presenter, China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations give you plenty of opportunities to socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom. Choose from over 150 groups, catering to a huge range of interests from music to professional networking. Join the active UQ law societies and network with your peers and the profession.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Mathematics B.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours) is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours) has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Queensland Law Society

Accreditation body

The Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Legal Practitioners Admissions Board

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Commerce/Laws (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Accounting

Courses allow you to develop the skills necessary to practice in the accounting profession. Students complete the accounting major and use their electives to study the necessary prerequisites for associate membership of the key Australian accounting professional bodies, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).

Business Information Systems

This major is designed for those who wish to obtain education and in-depth training in the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of computer systems. Courses facilitate the development of information systems skills in a business environment. You will also gain the skills to design, develop and manage computer applications involving accounting data.

Finance

In this major you will undertake courses in financial management, portfolio management, and corporate finance principles including risk assessment and business statistics.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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