BP339 - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance)

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Plan: BP339BLDD - Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance)
Campus: City Campus

Overview

Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance)
Award abbreviation: LLB/BBus(Eco&Fin)
Total credit points: 504
Career: UGRD
Duration: Domestic students: 5 years full time; 10 years part time; International student: 5 years full-time
Location: Melbourne City Campus
Owning school: Graduate School of Business and Law (660H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/graduate-school-of-business-and-law
ASCED code: 090999
CRICOS code: 103212J

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Purpose of the Program

This program is a double degree program that comprises the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance). It prepares graduates for legal careers related to financial management. With the increased scrutiny into the financial services and banking industry, organisations are responding to intensifying compliance regimes. Graduates from this double degree have the opportunity to work in various areas of law, for example, as Financial Services Advisory Lawyers or Dispute Resolution Lawyers in legal service organisations or public and private enterprises. During the double degree, career development learning is scaffolded across early, mid and late stages of the program.

Bachelor of Laws

The Bachelor of Laws program is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board as meeting the educational requirements for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. You will be able to be admitted to practice after completing a recognised Practical Legal Training course (6 months); or supervised workplace training with a law firm (12 months).

By completing the Bachelor of Laws program you will possess a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the Australian legal framework and fundamental legal principles, an understanding of comparative and international legal systems, an understanding of the ethical framework in which the Australian legal system operates, and a fundamental knowledge of the extra-legal factors impinging upon the substantive law. 

Learning activities and experiences in this program include case-based learning with students encouraged to engage in critical discussion in seminars and online forums, supplemented by active, authentic experiential learning opportunities in various simulations that develop legal skills. These simulations include writing briefs and other legal documents, mooting, interviewing, negotiation and mediation skills. These are integrated into most substantive law courses to ensure that you develop the skills in close connection with the legal knowledge. Clinical legal education and industry placement opportunities are also provided.

A capstone experience will be provided in the courses LAW2591 Law of Evidence (12 credit points), which will give you the opportunity to critically reflect on the curriculum of this program. The course promotes the integration and synthesis of a range of knowledge and skills gained in the program and the application of these in discipline related real-world scenarios.

Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance)

The Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) program provides the knowledge and skills required in the financial management of public and private enterprises through a broad-based curriculum involving highly-focussed and in-depth theoretical and practical learning and professional training in economics and finance, combined with generalist business studies in statistics, accounting, marketing, management, and business IT.

The program is delivered on-campus through face-to-face teaching and learning, with some online components, where you will be engaged in a variety of learning experiences, including lectures and tutorials, individual assignments, collaborative team-based projects, presentations, and activities using the Financial Markets Training Simulator. Assessments include formal examinations, written assignments, presentations, evaluation of case studies, projects, and in-class tests.

The final year of the program includes the capstone course BAFI1018 International Finance (12 credit points) which will provide you the opportunity to critically reflect on, consolidate and apply the theoretical approaches and work- practice experiences gained throughout the program in discipline related real-world scenarios, providing you with the skills and attributes necessary for work-readiness in your chosen career field or to progress successfully to further studies at the graduate level. This program will prepare you to work in a globalised, international context as a professional economist, analyst, researcher, trader, or financier in the banking, stockbroking, funds management, insurance and superannuation industries and in other private sector or government organisations requiring high level, technical expertise in financial and economic analysis, or for post-graduate studies and possible employment in tertiary education and academia.  This double degree program is delivered on-campus. 

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Articulation and pathways

Pathway:
Applicants who do not meet the published program entry requirements may wish to consider a Pathway.

Articulation:
The below articulation and credit arrangements are only applicable to students who have met the published program entry requirements and are subject to change.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University Credit Policy and Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) requirements. 

Applicants who have completed or partially completed a similar program at another institution (with entry criteria similar to this program) may be granted some credits or exemptions towards this program. Please refer to the RMIT website for more information on how to apply for credit.

Bachelor of Laws

Australian law degrees are required to include 11 core areas of knowledge – the ‘Priestley 11’. These areas are: Criminal Law and Procedure, Tort, Contract, Property, Equity, Company Law, Administrative Law, Federal and State Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Professional Conduct. Exemptions towards the Priestley 11 courses are not possible unless the equivalent Priestley 11 courses have been completed in an undergraduate law program from an accredited law school. Students are advised to seek clarification from the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) to ensure the credit will not impact admission to legal practice. 

Credit for all other law courses can only be granted if a course has been completed at an accredited law school. This means the course code must contain LAW, indicating a law discipline.

The only exception is if a student has been admitted via the RMIT BP204 Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies program. Students will be exempt from completing LAW2580 Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World, if they have successfully completed the following four courses:

HUSO2235 Introduction to Law 
HWSS1144 Alternative Dispute Resolution
POLI1025 Power and Governance
SOCU2095 Sociology of Law

Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance)

Completition of an RMIT University VET programs, Higher Education Diplomas & Associate Degrees in the same or related discipline enable you to receive advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

Current advanced standing arrangements for College of Business and Law programs can be found here.

If you require more information on articulation and credit, please contact RMIT Connect

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Entrance requirements

The BP339BLDD Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Business (Economics & Finance) final intake will be Semester 1 2022 and formally discontinued Semester 2 2022. The program will be taught out until Semester 1 2033. Current students should refer to the program transition plan and/or seek academic advice for further information.

Applicants with recent secondary education (current and within the past two years):

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent. VCE study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.

Associate Degree applicants:

Applicants who have successfully completed the equivalent of an Associate Degree with GPA converted to ATAR.

All Bachelor of Business Degree applicants:

Applicants who have successfully completed the equivalent of four courses in an Australian Bachelor Degree with GPA converted to ATAR and no double-fail in any required course of the receiving degree.

Open Universities Australia (OUA) applicants:

Successful completion of four Open Universities Australia higher education units with a with GPA converted to ATAR.

Work and Life Experience:

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.
Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited by the statutory and professional bodies listed in the table below.

To be eligible to be admitted to practice law in Australia, graduates must additionally complete the Practical Legal Training (PLT) requirements, either a one year of Supervised Workplace Training with a law firm or an approved PLT course.  The PLT course can be undertaken on a fee paying basis through Leo Cussen Centre for Law or The College of Law. 

Statutory/Professional Body

Accreditation Description

Victorian Legal Admissions Board [VLAB] www.lawadmissions.vic.gov.au

Program satisfies the academic requirements for graduate admission to the Australian Legal Profession.

Council of Australian Law Deans [CALD] www.cald.asn.au

The School is compliant with the standards for Australian Law Schools adopted by the Council of Australian Law Deans and assessed by the Australian

Law Schools Standards Committee [ALSSC]

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers, printers and group study rooms are available at each Melbourne Library location. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Contact Ask the Library for assistance and further information www.rmit.edu.au/library

Study Support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. 

Online learning tools and content 

As a student in this program, you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal www.rmit.edu.au/students.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University 

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

  • transition to tertiary study and learning 
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant 
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning 
  • career development and employment 
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters) 
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad. 

We also offer a dedicated support service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-students

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