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Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    5 years full-time; up to 12 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws degree course at the University of New England (UNE), will give you a solid foundation in economics and the law.

You'll develop an in-depth understanding of how these two areas operate and interact, from the micro to the macro level - you'll learn about legal frameworks, how modern economies operate and the relationship between law and regulation. The critical thinking, analytical and practical skills you'll develop can be applied in a wide variety of careers across sectors that include government, private and not-for-profit.

Both online and on-campus study options are available at one of Australia's largest and most innovative law schools. An Honours program is also open to eligible students.

Practical industry experience

In the economics component of this degree, you can elect to complete the Work Ready Unit to help you graduate with a strong mix of practical experience to complement your learning.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws, you could still be eligible to receive an undergraduate qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English and mathematics.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this economics course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Microeconomics (introductory and intermediate)
  • Macroeconomics (introductory and intermediate)
  • Business statistics
  • Introduction to business analytics
  • Australian economic institutions and performance
  • Calculus and linear algebra (1, 2)

You may also select one of the following majors:

  • Applied econometrics
  • Economics
  • Economic development
  • Environmental analysis and policy
  • Electives selected from any unit offered by UNE

In this law course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Introduction to legal systems and methods
  • Law in context
  • Criminal law
  • Law of contract (I, II)
  • Constitutional law
  • Law of torts (I, II)
  • Corporation law
  • Property law (I, II)
  • Criminal and civil procedure
  • Evidence and proof
  • Professional conduct
  • Equity and trusts
  • Administrative law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Advanced research, writing and advocacy

Listed units:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Indigenous Australians and law
  • Sports law
  • Interviewing for advocacy
  • Succession
  • Advanced criminal law
  • Criminal process, sentencing and punishment
  • Conveyancing
  • Intellectual property law
  • Human rights
  • Industrial law
  • Banking and finance law
  • Local government law
  • Introduction to environmental law
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Taxation law
  • Natural resources law
  • Advanced torts
  • Conflict of laws
  • Public international law
  • Family law
  • Competition and Australian consumer law
  • Information technology law
  • Commercial law
  • Legal practice in rural and regional communities
  • International arbitration
  • Special studies in law (A, B)
  • Honours in law (Honours only)
  • Research methodology and theory (Honours only)
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England.

This qualification offers graduates array of career options requiring strong decision-making and problem-solving capabilities, as well as in-depth knowledge and understanding of legal and economic issues.

Graduates who complete professional legal training (PLT) and are admitted to practice as a solicitor or barrister could pursue working within a legal practice or as in-house legal counsel in many areas of business or government, such as;

  • Finance companies
  • Banks
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Government departments
  • Consultancy and research firms
  • International organisations
  • Federal and state public services
  • Financial management, forecasting, insurance and agribusiness firms
  • Agencies such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in business could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Accountant
  • Office Administrator
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing Officer
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Economist
  • IT Analyst
  • Judge

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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