University of Technology Sydney

C09120v1 Bachelor of Economics Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Economics (BEcon)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))

Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. Check with your faculty's student centre.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
Professional recognition
Other information


This combined program is offered jointly by UTS Law and UTS Business. One of the most popular combined law degrees, this course brings together foundational understanding of law and how institutional rules and incentives shape economic outcomes as well as real-world experience to make students work-ready upon graduation.

Honours relates to the law component only and students must successfully complete both of the research subjects: 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis. Strong research skills are valued highly in contemporary professional practice.

The degree seeks to provide students with the knowledge, competencies and values necessary to develop critical, analytical and evaluative skills essential for a dynamic and rewarding career in economics and law.

The program provides full-time study for students wishing to obtain a professional legal qualification that satisfies the academic requirements only for admission as a lawyer.

Students have the opportunity to engage in deeper study of the law by studying 76090 Research Methodology and undertaking 76040 Research Thesis. This course can be a pathway to higher degree research programs.

Career options

Career options include legal adviser within a government department, lawyer in corporate and commercial sector, mergers and acquisitions, property, and intellectual property, economics, industry, consulting, industrial relations, international relations, media and environmental studies.

Course intended learning outcomes

BUS.1.1 Identify economic concepts appropriate to the analysis of specified economic problems in society and explain the nature and potential use of these concepts
BUS.2.1 Critically analyse economic problems in Australian and global society using and justifying appropriate economic concepts and frameworks
BUS.2.2 Locate relevant data and apply appropriate econometric techniques to quantify the size of economic relationships in specified markets and economies
BUS.3.1 Produce high-quality written texts that clearly articulate the application and justification of economic concepts and frameworks to particular problems to propose insightful solutions
BUS.3.2 Use oral communication to present economic concepts and solutions in an appropriate form for different audiences
BUS.3.3 Undertake a team-based project to solve a complex economic problem
BUS.4.1 Critically analyse the role of assumptions and value judgments in economic analysis and discuss the implications of their adoption
BUS.4.2 Analyse and discuss the intended and unintended effects of economic decisions on social welfare, equity and the environment
BUS.5.1 Combine economic analysis and econometric techniques to address typical complex problems faced by economists in diverse work environments
LAW.1.0 A coherent understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge, including the Australian legal system, social justice, cultural and international contexts and the principles and values of ethical practice
LAW.2.0 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards, including an understanding of approaches to ethical decision making, the rules of professional responsibility and an ability to reflect upon and respond to ethical challenges in practice
LAW.3.0 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including an ability to identify and articulate legal issues, apply reasoning and research, engage in critical analysis and make reasoned choices
LAW.4.0 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues
LAW.5.0 Effective and appropriate communication skills including highly effective use of the English language, an ability to inform, analyse, report and persuade using an appropriate medium and message and an ability to respond appropriately
LAW.6.0 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies, including initiating self-directed work and learning, judgment and responsibility, self assessment of skills, personal wellbeing and appropriate use of feedback and a capacity to adapt to and embrace change


LAW = Law course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
BUS = Business course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Assumed knowledge

Proficiency in English and mathematics.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is five years of full-time study. The law component requires attendance of 12–15 hours a week and timetable constraints may require attendance at both daytime and evening classes.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 240 credit points, allowing students to graduate with the separate degrees of Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws. The study components for course completion are as follows.

The law component of 144 credit points is made up of:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option
  • a 30-credit-point law option, which includes either:
    • 18 credit points of law options, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, or
    • a 6-credit-point technology law, policy and ethics (Capstone 1) subject, a 6-credit-point applied project in law, innovation and technology (Capstone 2) subject, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, and either a disruptive technologies and the law subject or a local internship.

The economics component of 96 credit points comprises:

  • 66 credit points of core economics subjects, and
  • 30 credit points of elective economics subjects.

Industrial training/professional practice

To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program.

Students enrolled in this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

STM91017 Core subjects (Economics) 66cp
STM91052 Law stream (Honours) 144cp
CBK91208 Electives (Economics) 30cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C09120

Course program

The standard program shown is for a full-time student with law options.

All options shown are law options and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK91100.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09444 Legal Futures and Technology need to study 76106 Technology Law, Policy and Ethics (Capstone 1) in the Autumn session of their final year and 76107 Applied Project in Law, Innovation and Technology (Capstone 2) in their final Spring session.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
23000 Principles of Microeconomics   6cp
23565 Mathematics for Economics and Business   6cp
26134 Business Statistics   6cp
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
Spring session
23567 Intermediate Microeconomics   6cp
23001 Principles of Macroeconomics   6cp
23571 Introductory Econometrics   6cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
23568 Intermediate Macroeconomics   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Spring session
70211 Contracts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
23592 Game Theory   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
23572 Applied Microeconometrics   6cp
23002 Market Design   6cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
23003 Economic Policy and Market Design (Capstone)   6cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Spring session
76040 Research Thesis   6cp
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. Honours candidates must complete 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis within the course. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information.

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222