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 can be studied as part of the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Innovation.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
Recommended double majors:
What jobs can the Business Law Major (BCom) lead to?
- Company secretary
- Compliance officer
- Contract manager
- Law clerk
- Legal administrator
- Settlement agent
- Banking and finance
- Human resources
- Media and marketing
What you'll learn
- Discipline knowledge and professional capabilities.
- Culturally capable and respectful of Indigenous peoples and knowledges. Graduates will have an applied understanding of Nyungar katajininy warniny, and other First Peoples’ ways of being, knowing and doing.
- Innovative, creative and entrepreneurial. Graduates will be able to apply their discipline knowledge with intellectual inquiry, be creative leaders in problem solving and transcend traditional ideas.
- Globally engaged and responsive. Graduates will engage with global perspectives and understand how to apply and adapt their knowledge to a changing environment.
- Effective communicators with a digital mindset. Graduates will be able to effectively communicate, and confidently use and adapt technology to meet the needs of life, learning and work.
- Industry connected and career capable. Graduates will be able to create and sustain meaningful work to meet the needs of industry, government and community through engagement and networking.