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: 24

Min UOC For Award: 240

UAC Code: 426000

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Economics (Major)

Bachelor of Laws

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Program Description

This program is for new 2018 commencing students. If you are a continuing student please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you started your Dual Law degree or contact the Faculty of Law for advice.

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:
  • Compulsory Economics course (6 UOC)
  • Economics Major requirements (60 UOC)
  • Economics Electives (12 UOC)
  • UNSW Business School First-Year Elective (6 UOC)
  • UNSW Business School Electives (12 UOC)
Economics Requirements:
Students are required to complete at least 13 Economics courses including:
Business School Requirements:
Students are required to complete 3 Business School courses:
Course Substitution Options:
There are courses in the School of Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science) and the School of Actuarial Studies (Business School) that are alternatives for the quantitative methods courses in Economics: ECON1202 and ECON1203. Therefore:
If you complete the sequence MATH1131/MATH1231 or MATH1141/MATH1241 or MATH1151/MATH1251 you may use this as a substitute for the sequence ECON1202/ECON1203.
These substitutes for the compulsory core courses count towards the 16 Business School courses (96 UOC) required for the degree.

Note: ECON1202 and ECON1203 may not be good substitutes for the indicated MATH and ACTL courses depending on your program. You should check with your program authority regarding course substitutions.

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
High achieving students may be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

Please visit the Honours in law website for further information about the current Honours policy (applicable to students who commenced the LLB in 2014 or earlier) and the new policy (applicable to students who commenced the LLB from 2015 onwards).

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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