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Business Law

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-BSLAW

Major
Business Law Major (BCom)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
200

Outline

Learn to identify and manage legal risk in business contracts, consumer law and taxation.

Highly ranked course

In the THEWUR 2020 Rankings by Subject, Curtin ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for the subject of Law.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Businesses work with laws every day in entering contracts, acquiring business assets, leasing premises and hiring staff. Knowledge of business law is critical to complying with legal requirements and identifying and managing legal risk.

In this major, you’ll gain a sound knowledge of the laws that govern businesses and commercial transactions.

You’ll discover how the law is created, changed and applied to business and government, and appreciate ethical issues in business situations.

In particular, you’ll understand how the law impacts on all areas of business, identify and manage appropriate legal risks that arise in businesses and learn how to meet relevant legal requirements.

You’ll also develop significant knowledge about business law, contracts, torts, real property, company law, employment/labour law, consumer and competition law, business intellectual property and taxation.

You can follow your interests by choosing to study units in public relations law, international business law, safety and environmental health law, and practical employment law.

While this major does not qualify you to practise as a lawyer, it does meet the increasing demand for graduates who have the legal knowledge and practical skills to work in corporate business or government and it may be a useful stepping-stone to further law studies, such as Curtin’s Bachelor of Laws.

Business Law is offered as part of the Bachelor of Commerce. You can personalise your study plan with other majors, minors or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • With economic structure rapidly becoming globalised, knowledge of legal implications in corporate governance, and the wider aspects of business law and ethical practices, will give you relevant knowledge when entering the workforce.
  • Due to Australia’s economic expansion, there is a strong demand for trained professionals in the corporate administrative field.
  • Knowledge in areas of business law can give you a competitive edge in a rapidly changing marketplace.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has partnered with Curtin Business School (CBS) to offer internships to students who have completed 200 credits or more of their business degree, these internships are for course credit and provide real-world exposure to our students.

These business internships will not only give students credit towards their degree, they will receive the industry experience and practical skills needed to achieve great things after graduation and give employers the opportunity to support and lend their expertise to the students, encouraging the future workforce, whilst being assisted to meet their business goals.

Industry engagement and internship opportunities

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

  • Compliance Officer
  • Contract Manager
  • Legal Administrator
  • Governance Officer
  • Company Secretary
  • Law Clerk
  • Settlement Agent

What you'll learn

  • identify and explain legal concepts and issues that apply to the business environment
  • analyse and identify commercial risks through an understanding of legal requirements. enhance written and analytical skills and hone ability to read, analyse and conceptualise documentation through examination of statute and judge made law
  • locate and extract and evaluate pertinent information and critically synthesise this knowledge to make supporting judgements relevant to the business legal environment
  • communicate information and knowledge on the business legal environment using written and oral communication
  • use electronic resources to effectively extract relevant legal information and convey synthesised legal information though well presented modes of communication
  • develop an intellectual curiosity about legal concepts in the business environment that provides a foundation to allow the graduate to take responsibility for their own learning and development
  • recognise that some features of the common law system have application internationally to many other countries using that legal system
  • recognise the extent to which cultural practices and differences impact upon law in a business environment.
  • demonstrate leadership, ethical practice, integrity, ensuring timely outcomes, as well as working independently to achieve identified outcomes

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Applications ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either verbal or quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Other requirements and notes for this course

A double major with Property is not available to international students.

Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Marketing and Business Law Double Major (BCom) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-BSLAW
  • Last updated on: December 3, 2019