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Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Laws

Approved Abbreviation: BAccounting/LLB


Western Sydney University Course Code: 2785.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089438A


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2018 or later.

Commencement Year 2017 - 2785.2 Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Laws

Commencement Year 2016 - 2785.1 - Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Laws

The course couples undergraduate qualifications in law and accounting. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of accounting principles and practice, combined with study of economics, finance, statistics and law. Students develop professional legal skills, including the ability to analyse and interpret legal material, understand fundamental legal principles, the relationship between law and society, and solve non-legal problems. Students can tailor study for career paths in a variety of local and international law fields.

The course meets the undergraduate academic requirements for admission to legal practice through the Legal Profession Admission Board and also satisfies the current pre-admission educational requirements for registration as a practicing accountant. Graduates may pursue further specialised study.

The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited with and satisfies the pre-admission educational requirements for membership of CPA Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Completion of this degree will allow students to claim a number of exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in obtaining the CIMA Professional Qualification.

The University has approval from the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) to deliver courses in Australian taxation law and commercial law for tax (financial) advisers and tax agents. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Accounting degree (including completion of specific electives) satisfies the tertiary qualifications requirements to register as a Tax (Financial) Adviser or Tax Agent. Details of which units must be completed to meet these requirements can be found via the link below.

TPB Tax (Financial) Adviser Registration Requirements

Study Mode
Five years full-time or ten years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Sarah Hookcourseadvicelaw@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Campbelltown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above

Advanced standing

Advanced Standing will be assessed in accordance with University policy.

Accreditation
Graduates of the Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Laws are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training. Providing students complete unit 200019 Revenue Law (students can select this as an LLB alternate unit), this degree satisfies the accreditation requirements of CPA Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) for entry into their respective programs. Completion of this degree will allow students to claim a number of exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in obtaining the CIMA Professional Qualification. In addition, by utilising their alternate units to complete the Taxation major, MT2032, students satisfy the tertiary education requirements to register as a Tax (Financial) Adviser and a Tax Agent with the TPB. Details regarding these requirements can be found via the link located above. Students choosing to exit with the Bachelor of Accounting at the end of the third year who wish to seek professional accreditation as an accountant will need to complete all units listed in the first three years of the recommended course sequence and units 200019 Revenue Law (students can select this as an LLB alternate unit) and 200018 Law of Associations (an additional unit).

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements

Admission

Eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Laws is based on the following requirements:

Recommended studies: HSC English (Advanced)

Assumed Knowledge: HSC 2 unit Mathematics

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Accreditation

This degree is internationally accredited with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and students who complete this degree will receive exemptions from 11 ACCA papers.

Details available on the ACCA website at

https://www.accaglobal.com/an/en.html

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students enrolling in these units may need to have a National Crime Check and consent or prohibited employment declaration as they may be conducting their placement in circumstances where they work with minors: • 200699 Clinical Legal Placement • 200701 Issues in the Criminal Justice System (corrective services field trip requirement) also records and identity check. • 200772 Family Dispute Resolution The following units require a visa for the relevant country and the ability to travel at specified time: • 200759 Foundations of Chinese Law • 200983 Foundations of Indian Law

Course Structure

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Laws requires the successful completion of 400 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Note: Students wishing to seek professional accreditation as an accountant will need to complete alternate unit 200019 - Revenue Law as one of the eight LLB alternate units.

Students can tailor their study to include units that are recognised for specialist tax and financial planning practice in the accounting profession. Note that additional study may be required to achieve full accreditation in those specialist fields. Students should seek advice from the DAP re alternate units to be taken.

Students choosing to exit with the Bachelor of Accounting at the end of the third year who wish to seek professional accreditation as an accountant will need to complete all units listed in the first three years of the recommended course sequence and units 200019 - Revenue Law (students can select this as an LLB alternate unit) and 200018 - Law of Associations (an additional unit).

Students enrolled in the 2785 Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Laws will only be eligible to graduate from their Bachelor of Laws degree upon completion of the entire 400 credit point course. Students enrolled in this course who wish to graduate with a standalone law degree prior to completion of the entire Bachelor of Accounting component must transfer to course 2502 Bachelor of Laws (Non Graduate Entry) which requires the completion of 320 credit points (inclusive of 80 credit points of non-LLB study).

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

200977Fundamentals of Australian Law
200010Criminal Law
200972Accounting in Context
200525Principles of Economics

Spring session

200978Legal Analysis and Critique
200008Torts Law
200111Financial Accounting Applications
200488Corporate Financial Management

Year 2

Autumn session

200011Contracts
200116Management Accounting Fundamentals
200973Techniques in Financial Accounting

Choose one of

200032Statistics for Business
200052Introduction to Economic Methods

Spring session

200811Alternative Dispute Resolution
200974Accounting Standards and Governance
200108Contemporary Management Accounting

Accounting Alternate unit 1

Year 3

Autumn session

200020Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics
200534Accounting Information Systems
200109Corporate Accounting Systems

Accounting Alternate unit 2

Spring session

200984Government and Public Law
200535Auditing and Assurance Services
200118The Accountant as a Consultant

Accounting Alternate unit 3

Year 4

Autumn session

200757Equity & Trusts
200012Property Law

And two LLB Alternate units

Students who will be seeking professional accreditation as an accountant should enrol in unit 200019 - Revenue Law in place of one LLB Alternate unit

Spring session

200013Administrative Law
200018Law of Associations

And two LLB Alternate units

Year 5

Autumn session

200009Constitutional Law
200015Criminal Procedure and Evidence

And two LLB Alternate units

Spring session

200756Remedies
200813Civil Procedure and Arbitration

And two LLB Alternate units

Accounting Alternate Units

Students must complete 30 credit points from the list of Accounting alternate units below:

200627Financial Planning
200272Insurance Advising - Theory and Practice
200265Personal Asset Management
200899Retirement and Succession Planning
200900Self-Managed Superannuation and Trusts

LLB Alternate Units

Students must complete 80 credit points of units from the list of Bachelor of Laws alternate units. The most recent version of course 2501 indicates which units are offered in the course.

(Note that students must choose alternate unit 200019 if seeking professional accreditation as an accountant.)

200019Revenue Law
200021Land Transactions Law
200186Advanced Taxation Law
200220International Criminal Law
200271Financial Services Law
200294Mediation
200295Bioethics
200296Law Economics and Business Ethics
200297Law of Employment
200298Immigration and Refugee Law
200529Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the World
200629Advanced Family Law
200632Elder Law
200633Family Law
200635Human Rights Law
200637Intellectual Property
200638International Business Transactions Law
200639International Trade Law
200641Wills and Succession
200646Advocacy
200647Planning and Environment Law
200649Jurisprudence
200650Advanced Torts and Civil Wrongs
200652Space Law - Commercial Aspects
200653Public International Law
200654Anti-Discrimination Law
200656Conflict of Laws
200657Corporate Governance
200659Insolvency Law and Policy
200661Media Law
200663International Moot Court
200697Banking and Securities Law
200699Clinical Legal Placement
200700Law Honours Dissertation
200701Issues in the Criminal Justice System
200702Public Health Law
200704Independent Study (Law)
200755Advanced Constitutional Law
200758Transactional Law
200759Foundations of Chinese Law
200772Family Dispute Resolution
200773Moot Court
200799Work Health and Safety Law
200800International Climate Law
200801International Environmental Law
200802Law and Public Policy (Development and Implementation)
200803Law of International Organisations
200804Law of the Sea
200856Medical Law
200858Australian Consumer Law
200900Self-Managed Superannuation and Trusts
200905Australian Competition Law
200908Human Rights and the Asia Pacific
200943Practising in the Public Interest
200944First Peoples and the Australian Legal System
200955Information and Data Governance Law and Regulation
200956Islam, International Law and Human Rights
200982Mental Health Law
200983Foundations of Indian Law
201007Revenue Law Industry Placement
201018Cyber Law and Justice
201020Elder Law Industry Placement
201027Law's Self-Understanding
201028Judicial Internship
201039Technology, Innovation and the Law
201040Designing Law Apps for Access to Justice

Please note that the availability of Bachelor of Laws Alternate Units may vary from session to session. New units may become available and some discontinued. The School of Law will publish information on which units are available in a session.

Honours

Students may be eligible to undertake the embedded Law Honours program as part of their course attempt.

Students must meet the following criteria for admission:

Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65 or, demonstration of the likelihood, as assessed by the Dean or delegate in exercise of their discretion, of completing (or being expected to complete) the Bachelor of Laws degree with a GPA of at least 5.5; and

Statement of Intent; and

Demonstrated satisfactory academic writing skills appropriate to the discipline.

In addition, admission depends on the appointment of a Principal Supervisor by the Dean of the School.

Students must undertake the embedded School of Law honours unit, 200700 Law Honours Dissertation. This unit is a yearlong 20 credit point unit undertaken where a student has completed no less than 160 credit points of Bachelor of Laws units and no more than 200 credit points of Bachelor of Laws units (where GPA requirements are also met). Students must apply for admission to 200700 Law Honours Dissertation by way of a rule waiver.

For the Bachelor of Laws (Hons), the calculation of the Honours Award level (Class of Honours) is based on the results of Honours Research and the overall course GPA.

1. The award of Honours Class 1 for the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) requires achievement within the range of 85% - 100% for Honours Research and a GPA of 6.0 or greater in the Bachelor of Laws units.

2. The award of Honours Class 2 Division I for the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) requires achievement within the range of 75% - 100% for Honours Research and a GPA of 5.8 or greater in the Bachelor of Laws units.

3. The award of Honours Class 2 Division II for the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) requires achievement within the range of 85% - 100% for Honours Research and a GPA of 5.5 or greater in the Bachelor of Laws units.

4. Honours Class III is not awarded in the Bachelor of Laws (Hons).

School of Law Honours Award Level guidelines

Please see the Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy and associated School of Law Guidelines for the admission criteria.

Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy



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