Charles Darwin University

Bachelor of Accounting/Diploma of Laws

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

The Bachelor of Accounting/Diploma of Laws is a unique course that prepares you to qualify as an accountant and teaches you about the legal issues affecting accounting practices. The course is an opportunity to gain two qualifications in three years (if you study full time) and expand your career prospects as a more sought-after accountant in the corporate world.The Bachelor of Accounting will give you the employment and professional skills you need in a rapidly changing business environment. You will learn about financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, taxation, business law, corporate law, and finance. The course also develops your communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.The Diploma of Laws is designed to give you an understanding of the law, without committing to a full law degree. You will gain a broad understanding of how the legal system and legal processes impact corporate accounting. During the course, you will choose from a range of specialist units in law, so you can tailor your studies to suit your accounting interests and career goals. On completing the diploma, you can apply to study a Bachelor of Laws and transfer credits for the units you have completed, so you can finish your degree faster.


The course requires completion of common units, core accounting and law units and specialist elective law units. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Accounting core course units will satisfy the entry requirements of the professional accounting bodies in Australia. Students can select from a range of law specialist electives according to their area of interest.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)     20Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)Plus either:CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title from 2016), orCUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologySelect Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.Core Units(17 units)    170Compulsory Core units totalling 170 credit points as detailed below. Law Core UnitLWZ115 Legal ProcessAccounting Core UnitsACT102 Introduction to AccountingCOM105 Business CommunicationsECO107 Economics and the Modern Business Enterprise (replaces ECO105 from S2 2020)LAW105 Introduction to Business LawMAN105 Introduction to ManagementQAB105 Quantitative Analysis for BusinessACT202 Management AccountingACT204 Financial AccountingFIN205 Business FinanceLAW205 Commercial and Corporate Law for Owners, Managers and Professionals (new title from 2021)ACT301 Accounting Theory and Contemporary IssuesACT302 Strategic Management AccountingACT303 Principles of AuditingACT304 Accounting Information SystemsACT305 Corporate AccountingTAX305 TaxationSpecialist Elective(5 units)     50Law Specialist Elective units totalling 50 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.Students cannot include more than 10 credit points (one unit) of Specialist Electives at 100 level.Law Specialist Elective UnitsLWA110 Legal History (offered each year) LWA111 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal SystemLWA112 Environmental and Planning LawLWA113 Customary LawLWA120 Law in Context (added from 2021)LWA210 Contemporary IssuesLWA213 Family LawLWA217 Resources and Energy LawLWA221 Human Rights LawLWA316 Intellectual Property LawLWA319 Private International LawLWA321 Public International LawLWA325 SuccessionLWA328 Competition and Consumer LawLWA329 Conveyancing LawLWA331 Finance and Securities LawLWA115 Comparative Legal Systems (previously LWZ112)LWZ114 Criminal LawLWZ116 TortsLWZ118 ContractsLWZ204 Constitutional LawLWZ210 EquityLWZ211 TrustsLWZ223 Property LawLWZ304 Administrative LawLWZ315 Corporations LawLWZ316 EvidenceLWZ317 Civil ProcedureLWZ320 Professional Responsibility  Electives (0 units)      0There are no elective units in this course    240Total Credit PointsStudents who commence in or after 2013No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or aboveStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information. Course Changes - 2021Unit added as a specialist elective option LWA120 Law in Context.LAW205 Commercial and Corporate Law for Accountants' unit title change to 'Commercial and Corporate Law for Owners, Managers and Professionals' 


  • Business, Accounting and Services Industries, Law

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
CDU Online International: $26,872 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
CDU Waterfront Darwin International: $26,872 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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