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Business Law

Undergraduate Major


Business Law Major (BCom)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


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

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Ashleigh Fotios

I took part in an internship placement as a law clerk, assisting solicitors with day-to-day management of their cases. This was an eye-opening experience for me, as I got to see first-hand what it takes to be a successful legal professional. It greatly improved my self-confidence and my wonderfully supportive team empowered me to contribute my ideas.

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.

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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 learn how the law is created, changed and applied to business and government, and appreciate ethical issues in business situations.

In particular, you’ll discover how the law impacts businesses, 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 law, 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. As a result, this major opens up a wide variety of career prospects for you, ranging from governance officer, contract and risk compliance manager to a director or company secretary.

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.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Commerce degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Commerce.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Recommended double majors:

Why study

  • With economic structures 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 course content is industry-focused, allowing you to apply your knowledge to case studies and practical scenarios.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has partnered with Curtin to offer internships to students who have completed 200 credits or more of their commerce degree. These internships will give you credit towards your degree, increase your industry experience and put you in direct contact with leading professionals.

Student profile

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Career information


  • Administrator
  • Company secretary
  • Compliance officer
  • Contract manager
  • Law clerk
  • Legal administrator
  • Settlement agent


  • Accounting
  • Banking and finance
  • Government
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Media and marketing
  • Property
  • Resources

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

Entry requirements

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.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Last updated on: June 2, 2020