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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleBCom/LLB
CRICOS code017104G
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Undergraduate student services, telephone +61 3 9905 3300, visit or email


  • Students would normally expect to complete the course in five years. Course completion can be accelerated by undertaking additional units during normal semesters or over summer semester, with the approval of the managing faculty.


The study of law develops problem-solving skills and powers of analysis. It teaches precise and imaginative use of language. It also promotes ethical thinking and a focus on justice and fairness. It enhances students' thinking, reasoning and expressive abilities within legal and related contexts, leading to employment in the legal profession, law reform agencies, government service or other relevant areas of employment.

The Bachelor of Commerce provides a professional education in a range of units related to commerce disciplines, with a strong emphasis on developing the analytical skills and professional competence required for careers in the business or public sector.


The objectives of the LLB program at Monash are to enable students to gain an understanding of basic legal concepts and legal institutions and of the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing their development. Upon completion of the LLB, students will be able to identify, use and evaluate the concepts, principles, rules and methods used in legal argument and will have developed oral and written skills, especially of legal argument, legal research and critical analysis. Students will have gained an understanding of concepts of justice, a concern to promote justice and an appreciation of their professional responsibilities.

The Bachelor of Commerce graduates will:

(a.) be able to construct conceptual frameworks and use these to analyse complex issues in the corporate sector, government and the professions

(b.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(c.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(d.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions to business problems.

Admission to practice: Disciplinary reports

Warning to students of consequences of cheating or general misconduct

Students should note that a local applicant applying for admission to practise law in Victoria is required by the Admission Rules 2008 to provide to the Board of Examiners:

(1.) a report from the university disclosing any disciplinary action taken against the student during the course (including any finding under the University Discipline Statute that the student has cheated in an assessment); and

(2.) an affidavit stating that the applicant has made full written disclosure of "every matter which a reasonable applicant would consider that the Board of Examiners might regard as not being favourable to the applicant". This may include an incident of academic or general misconduct, even if it did not lead to disciplinary action.

The Board of Examiners will consider these matters in assessing whether the applicant is a 'fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession'.

Professional recognition

The Law component of this degree is recognised by the Council of Legal Education (CoLE). For further information refer to:

The Commerce component of this degree is recognised by various legal bodies. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Commerce single degree at:


The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 12 compulsory units which must be completed by all students enrolled in an LLB program plus a further six 'quasi-compulsory' units which must be completed by students who wish to be qualified for admission to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Victoria. The remainder of the program consists of law elective units chosen by the student. Refer to 'Bachelor of Laws - basic course structure' at The award of an honours degree in law is based on the weighted average of marks obtained in Monash law units.

The commerce course structure has two main components:

  • a set of core units which provide an introduction to the key areas of commerce
  • a major from the Faculty of Business and Economics. All units taken as part of this major must be from Clayton campus. For details of the units required, see the entry for the Bachelor of Commerce in this Handbook at

Bachelor of Commerce component requirements

Students must complete 16 units (96 points) from the Faculty of Business and Economics as follows:

(i.) five compulsory common core units (30 points):

  • AFC1000 Principles of accounting and finance
  • ECC1000 Principles of microeconomics
  • ETC1000 Business and economic statistics
  • MGC1010 Introduction to management
  • MKC1200 Principles of marketing

(ii.) at least two units from the following list (12 points):

  • AFC1030 Introduction to financial accounting, or AFC2140 Corporate finance
  • ECC1100 Principles of macroeconomics
  • ETC1010 Data modelling and computing
  • MGC1020 Organisations: contexts and strategies

(iii.) a major of eight units (48 points)

  • the major must come from the approved list of majors detailed in the Bachelor of Commerce entry
  • at least two units (12 points) must be completed at each of second and third-year levels

(iv.) additional units from the faculty in the Bachelor of Commerce at the Clayton campus to reach the required minimum of 16 units.

Additional degree requirements:

  • BTC1110 Business Law is excluded from this degree
  • two law units (12 points) as a substitute for compulsory core unit BTC1110 comprising LAW1101 (Introduction to legal reasoning) and LAW2101 (Contract A)
  • a maximum of eight first-year level units (48 points)
  • a minimum of four third-year level units (24 points), from those offered by the faculty at the Clayton campus
  • in addition to specific unit prerequisites, second -year level units require the successful completion of three first-year level units and third-year level units require the successful completion of two second-year level units.

Bachelor of Laws component requirements

Students must complete 26 units (156 points including the 48 points of law units counted as part of the Bachelor of Commerce degree) from the Faculty of Law as specified below.


First year - 48 points

  • LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning
  • LAW1104 Research and writing
  • LAW2101 Contract A
  • LAW2102 Contract B
  • 24 points first-year-level core units from the Faculty of Business and Economics

Second year - 54 points

  • LAW3401 Property A
  • LAW3402 Property B
  • 6 points elective law units
  • 36 points approved by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Third year - 54 points

  • LAW4169 Equity
  • LAW4171 Corporations law
  • LAW4170 Trusts
  • 36 points approved by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Fourth year - 48 points

Fifth year - 48 points

Progression to further studies

Students may undertake honours in business and commerce at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Commerce at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study.


Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.