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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, now integrated into our Bachelor of Commerce course. 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, Project Manager or even an Entrepreneur, this is your study area.
ECU has built a facility with state-of-the-art technology that gives both online and on-campus students the opportunity to put theory into practice in a simulated court room environment.
The Moot Court is a unique hybrid teaching space, with seating for a jury and a public gallery. It allows law students to participate in mock trials, including witness testimony and cross-examination simulations.
The Court contains several technical features, including remote witness and remote judge video conferencing capabilities.
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.
With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.
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.
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.
At ECU, we group similar fields of work into study areas – Business & Law is one of them.
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.
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For the 11th year in a row, ECU graduates have given a 5-star rating for teaching quality in the 2018 Good Universities Guide.
This record is unmatched by all but two other Australian universities.
ECU has also received the highest student satisfaction rating of all public universities in the 2017 Australian Government QILT survey.
More than 86% of our students rated their overall university experience positively.
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
"My work placement will count as credit towards my degree."
"I graduated from high school as one of the top ten achievers in my year. ECU’s School of Business and Law has an outstanding reputation so I applied for direct entry using my high school results. The facilities at ECU are exceptional and I feel so lucky to have access to them. All students have access to unlimited Wi-Fi, library resources and computer facilities as well as private study rooms and areas. The lecturers are qualified, helpful and friendly, making me comfortable in my studies. These facilities give me the ability to complete every assignment to a desired standard. I also have the opportunity to complete a work placement for a company provided by ECU that will count as credit towards my degree."
Project Management and Human Resource Management student
"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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