Economics / Law - 4744

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Law


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 240

UAC Code: 426000

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Laws (Major)

Bachelor of Economics (Major)

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Program Description

The UNSW Business School, in conjunction with the Faculty of Law, offers the Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws (BEc/LLB) as a 5 year dual program which combines the strengths and flexibility of each single degree. This program will appeal to students wanting to combine two strong, focused and highly regarded professional programs.

  • Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. To see your program requirements, visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.
  • The dual degree program Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Laws is described on this page. If you are in the BEc program as a single degree or in another dual degree, see the respective Handbook page for your program.
  • For questions regarding the Bachelor of Economics requirements for the program, students should consult staff in the UNSW Business School Student Centre. For questions relating to the Bachelor of Laws component of the program, students should consult the Faculty of Law.
The program is a five year full-time combined program leading to the award of the two degrees of Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (BEc/LLB).

The BEc degree may be awarded with Distinction where a student has achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75% in the UNSW courses completed as part of that degree.

Transferring Majors (Streams):
Students must nominate a major (stream code) at enrolment. Subsequent transfers to another major may be possible subject to the approval of both Faculties.

Candidates enrolled in the combined degree program BEc/LLB may be awarded the degree of BEc after the completion of specified requirements. Full details are given in the 'Rules Relating to the Award of Degrees'.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

This program provides an opportunity to obtain two degrees of professional importance to business, administration and commercial law practice. At the completion of this program students will have obtained a sound knowledge base in the disciplines of both Economics and Law.

Please refer to the program objectives for the BEc component as listed for the 3543 Bachelor of Economics program

Program Structure

Total Unit Requirements
  • Law compulsory courses - 96 UOC
  • Law prescribed elective - 6 UOC
  • Law elective courses - 42 UOC
  • Approved economics courses - 96 UOC
  • Total 240 UOC
Approved Sequence of Study
Students must study economics courses in a sequence approved by the School of Economics and law courses in a sequence approved by the School of Law. Specifically, all or the majority of law core courses must be completed prior to enrolling in law electives. Approved sequences for each combined program are given below; other sequences may be approved under special circumstances.

Stream LAWSA14744 provides a standard outline of the sequence of law courses in Years 1-5 of the combined Economics/Law program.

Stream for Economics/Law 4744

The requirements for the Bachelor of Economics component of the dual degree (96 UOC) are:
  • Economics courses (84 UOC)
  • Free electives (12 UOC)
The 14 courses (84 UOC) required from the School of Economics consist of compulsory core courses, major requirements and economics electives.

Compulsory core courses account for 48 UOC (8 courses):

Notes on possible substitutes:
  • Any one of the following courses is an acceptable substitute for ECON1202: MATH1031 or MATH1131 or MATH1141 or MATH1151.
  • Any one of the following courses is an acceptable substitute for ECON1203: MATH1041 or MATH2089 or MATH2099 or MATH2801 or MATH2841 or MATH2901 or ACTL2002 or ACTL2131.
Major requirements Students must complete at least one major in Economics, Econometrics or Financial Economics consisting of 10 courses (60 UOC). The 10 courses include 6 courses from the compulsory core courses. (ACCT1501 and ECON1401 do not count towards a major.) For the remaining 4 courses (24 UOC), students must complete at least three courses at level 3 (numbered 3XXX) plus one additional course from any level.

Economics electives: Students must select enough electives (usually 2 courses) to satisfy the requirement that 14 courses (84 UOC) are completed from the School of Economics.

Free Electives: Students must select enough free electives (usually 2 courses or 12 UOC) to satisfy the requirement of 16 courses (96 UOC) in the Economics component of the degree. These courses may be taken from those offered by the UNSW Business School or other Faculties within UNSW except those with a GEN code (GENxxxx). These courses may be selected to obtain an additional major or minor or may be selected according to your interests

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in combined law degrees (with exception to Jurisprudence/Law) are not required to complete general education courses. However, if a student wished to graduate with their BEc degree after 3 years, students are required to complete 12 UOC of General Education from Faculties other than Law and Business as well as the required law and commerce courses for years 1-3.


Honours in Economics
High-achieving students should consider applying to the 1 year Honours program BEc (Hons) 4502. For information on Honours in Economics students may also refer to the School of Economics Honours information page.

Honours in Laws
The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) will be awarded with the following levels of Honours:

Honours Class 1
Honours Class 2, Division 1
Honours Class 2, Division 2

To be awarded Honours in Law, students are not required to complete an additional year. Honours in Law is based on academic excellence throughout the degree. There are three criteria relevant for awarding Honours:

Honours Weighted Average Mark (WAM)
The Honours WAM weighting for core/electives for the Honours WAM is currently under review.

Satisfactory performance in written research
The Research Requirement for Honours is under review.

Not been found guilty of plagiarism or serious misconduct on more than one occasion and not more than one failure in the law program

For more information, please visit the Honours Page on the Law website

Academic Rules

For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws
For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws component of this combined degree program, please refer to program 4701. Although 4701 program is no longer on offer, all combined law students enrolled in the LLB will need to comply with the rules stated here.

A direct link is given below:
Bachelor of Laws 4701

Rules Relating To The Bachelor of Economics
Please refer to the Program Structure for the academic requirements relating to this program. Rules relating to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Economics shall apply wherever relevant. Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for further information.

Candidates for the combined Economics/Law degree program may be awarded the degree of BEc when they have completed the requirements for the award of the first three years of the combined Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws program - as set out in the program outline - and subject to satisfactory completion of 12UOC of General Education requirements for the single pass degree.


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