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ECU has an entrepreneurial spirit – we like to be pioneers. And our School of Business and Law is no exception.
We were the first university school in Australia to teach employability skills in a specially-designed program called 'Business Edge'. We also introduced the first accredited online Law degree in Western Australia. And we're the only university in WA to offer courses like the Bachelor of International Hotel & Resort Management and the Master of Marketing and Innovation Management.
So if you aspire to be an Accountant, Lawyer, Hotel Manager, HR Manager, or even an Entrepreneur, this is your study area.
Are you an ECU alumnus with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Business or Law?
You may be eligible for one of our new scholarships if you apply for postgraduate study in Semester 1, 2017.
ECU Business students have plenty of opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in an industry setting.
Some of the practical experiences our students have undertaken included placements at the Commonwealth Bank, MacMahon, Rio Tinto, Ramsay Health Care, Joondalup Resort, Bankwest, Crowne Plaza, Nexia, Community Vision, BDO and the City of Joondalup.
Many of our students secure ongoing positions after completing work experience units and internships, so it can be a great way to kick‑start your career.
ECU was the first University in Western Australia to offer an accredited online law degree, in addition to its well-established on-campus degree course.
We understood that sometimes you need your studies to actually fit in with the rest of your life, whether its family commitments, full time work or another reason why you can't attend a campus.
When you study law online you have access to all on-campus facilities, interactive learning spaces, recorded lectures and online discussion groups.Online study at ECU
Our undergraduate courses in Business or Law disciplines have been developed in consultation with industry, so you know you'll be acquiring skills that future employers are looking for.
We're also responsive to industry needs, offering niche market courses tailored to industry demands.
Business major subjects like Accounting are well-regarded by industry; the Accounting major is accredited by CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and Institute of Public Accountants.
Our practical, hands-on approach to learning will also give you opportunities to participate in work placements, internships, study tours and more.
To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into study areas across ECU – Business & Law is one of those study areas.
Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Business or a Bachelor of Law.
For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Marketing, Human Resource Management, Accounting or Finance.
Postgraduate degrees involve coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Business by Research, or a Master of Finance and Banking (by coursework).
Combining a Business & Law degree with a degree from another ECU school can open up greater employment opportunities.
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Our Business and Law courses connect you with hands-on opportunities so you get lots of practice before joining the workforce. This includes field trips, case studies, study tours, internships, work placements, competitions and networking events.
Some of these opportunities can directly lead to employment when you graduate.
For example, some of our Law students work with real cases under the supervision of legal practitioners at the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre on our Joondalup campus.
Alan Watkins is an ECU Law Honours graduate who gained practical experience in major homicides, burglaries and traffic offences with Wolff Chambers. He also had the opportunity to serve a subpoena on a senior government official and sat at the bar table in the Supreme Court.
Accounting and Business Law student Stephen Peghini.
Stephen Peghini, a Business double major student, talks about the value of the Business Edge units embedded in his undergraduate course and of the vacation work experience he’s had with large professional services companies.
For the 8th year in a row, our graduates have rated ECU 5-stars for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide, a record unmatched by all but a few universities in Australia.
Our graduates have also rated their overall education experience 5 stars, as was the case for skills development, student support and for median graduate salary levels.
Some study highlights from past and present Business and Law students.
"I have been able to tailor my studies to suit my work and family commitments. "
"There are so many reasons why studying law at ECU has worked for me. The flexibility of online studies has allowed me to tailor my studies to suit my work and family commitments. The access I have to senior teaching staff and online research resources is absolutely invaluable. And, the opportunity to compete in local and international competitions has enabled me to develop world class advocacy skills. In addition to this, I have taken work placements in Community Legal Centres in Bunbury, Joondalup, and Mirrabooka. Exposure to real world clients and the variety of legal issues that arise has opened my eyes to the reality of legal practice, and brought my skills together in a workplace environment."
"I’ve always had an interest in marketing, advertising and PR."
"Marketing, Advertising and PR work hand-in-hand in the real world, so it made sense to unite them at uni too. The combined degree at ECU allowed me to study all three. We experienced the end-to-end process from PR consultant, to journalist, to publishing in classes that mirrored the real world. One of my units was held in an awesome computer lab where we were plugged in to live blogs and industry news – this was a great way to learn how to write a timely and successful press release."
Marketing, Advertising and PR graduate
"I found the business edge units to be highly beneficial."
"I have completed three Business Edge units and been able to identify my strengths and weaknesses. This has helped me to work on my areas of weakness, as well as grow my confidence, particularly with public speaking and networking. The lecturers here genuinely care about how you are progressing and I have always been able to get help and guidance when needed. And there are so many opportunities to learn and grow. I am part of ECU Enactus, a voluntary organisation, and earlier last year I was sponsored by Enactus to attend the International Conference in Beijing, China. It was an amazing experience, and I brought home a wealth of information for our team which we have used to grow and will help us to prepare for the upcoming National Conference."
"My parliamentary internship gave me insight into the political arena of law."
"It has definitely assisted me with my career as my research paper was published and discussed in Parliament, and my contribution acknowledged by the MP. I was also fortunate to undertake a work placement with the Law Society of Western Australia, in their Law Access Division. This gave me an insight into the pro bono area of work for law. I've had a great experience at ECU. You are taught to challenge yourself outside of a textbook and incorporate theoretical knowledge into practical experience."
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