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La Trobe Law School is made up of students and staff who are determined to make a difference. Highly dedicated and accomplished academics support your learning and encourage the development of your skills in small classes.

Located at our City Campus in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct, you’ll gain practical skills and hands-on experience in simulated legal activities such as client interviewing, witness examinations and negotiations. Learning from experienced scholars and practitioners, you’ll gain true mastery of critical thinking, research and writing skills, and develop an appreciation of the impact of law in your local and the global community.

Our Law School supports placement opportunities for hundreds of students every year.  Our students gain valuable industry experience in a range of law firms, government departments, human rights organisations and NGOs. We have been providing clinical legal education at La Trobe since the 1970s, and we’ve also established unique partnerships with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Rigorous training and supervision during placements ensure our graduates learn the skills to succeed, are well-versed in current industry practices, and have a practical grasp of the various career pathways open to them.

Graduates of our long-established, experienced and successful law school are highly employable and have the experience and networks needed to truly succeed.

Career opportunities

La Trobe Law School graduates are hired in all areas of the legal profession, and in varied roles. Our graduates have gone on to become law firm partners, judges, in-house counsel, barristers and solicitors, as well as occupying senior roles in business, government and NGOs.

Turning 25 in 2017, we're the third-oldest law school in Victoria.

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Course details for local students

Juris Doctor

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$36,800 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
City
Duration:
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. The accelerated program provides the option to complete the degree in less than 3 years by enrolment in the accelerated program and the completion of electives in the Summer and Winter Semesters.
Prerequisites:
An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification with a WAM of 65 or above OR an Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification with a personal statement. The personal statement should address reasons for seeking to study law, relevant employment experience, relevant skills and experience to enable to undertake study workload and learning environment ("Candidate study skills") and contribution to the community. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
All La Trobe University Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to qualify for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer. Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training either by a 12-month period of Supervised Legal Training or by completing an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practise must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practise.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Sample core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Corporations Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law A
  • Contract Law B
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity Evidence and Criminal Procedure
  • Foundations of Property Law
  • Legal Practice and Professional Conduct
  • Legal Process, Methods and Institutions
  • Real Property Law
  • Remedies
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Torts

Sample electives

  • Australian Family Law
  • Australian Intellectual Property Law
  • Biotechnology and the Law
  • Climate Change and Emissions Trading Law
  • Comparative Insolvency Law
  • Contemporary Issues in the Legal Profession
  • Cyber Law
  • Cyberterrorism and International Warfare
  • Data Protection Law
  • Human Rights Law in Context
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Cyber Crime
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Legal Research 1
  • Private International Law
  • Public International Law
  • Refugee Law in Context
  • Taxation Law

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Note: from 2019, the Juris Doctor will offer electives in Canadian Law.

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Choose Juris Doctor at La Trobe

La Trobe Law School is made up of students and staff who are determined to make a difference. Highly dedicated and accomplished academics support your learning and encourage the development of your skills in small classes.

Located at our City Campus in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct, you’ll gain practical skills and hands-on experience in simulated legal activities such as client interviewing, witness examinations and negotiations. Learning from experienced scholars and practitioners, you’ll gain true mastery of critical thinking, research and writing skills, and develop an appreciation of the impact of law in your local and the global community.

Our Law School supports placement opportunities for hundreds of students every year.  Our students gain valuable industry experience in a range of law firms, government departments, human rights organisations and NGOs. We have been providing clinical legal education at La Trobe since the 1970s, and we’ve also established unique partnerships with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Rigorous training and supervision during placements ensure our graduates learn the skills to succeed, are well-versed in current industry practices, and have a practical grasp of the various career pathways open to them.

Graduates of our long-established, experienced and successful law school are highly employable and have the experience and networks needed to truly succeed.

Career opportunities

La Trobe Law School graduates are hired in all areas of the legal profession, and in varied roles. Our graduates have gone on to become law firm partners, judges, in-house counsel, barristers and solicitors, as well as occupying senior roles in business, government and NGOs.

Turning 25 in 2017, we're the third-oldest law school in Victoria.

La Trobe Law School offers students the opportunity to become part of a tradition and a network of graduates like no other. Students and alumni alike share a common commitment to and respect for the law and, in particular, in its role in promoting justice.

It’s your time

Step up to postgraduate study.

Apply now

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Course details for international students

Juris Doctor (084540K)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount ($A):
38 800
Campus:
City
Duration:
3 years
English language requirements:
International Requirements: IETLS (Academic) Speaking=6.0, Writing=6.0, Reading=6.0, Listening=6.0, and Overall=6.5
Academic entry requirements:
An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification with a WAM of 65 or above OR an Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification with a personal statement. The personal statement should address reasons for seeking to study law, relevant employment experience, relevant skills and experience to enable to undertake study workload and learning environment ("Candidate study skills") and contribution to the community. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
All La Trobe University Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to qualify for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer. Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training either by a 12-month period of Supervised Legal Training or by completing an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practise must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practise. International graduates would need the relevant visa to complete a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. You're advised to obtain assurance of recognition of the course by relevant professional bodies in your preferred country of practice.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Sample core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Corporations Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law A
  • Contract Law B
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity Evidence and Criminal Procedure
  • Foundations of Property Law
  • Legal Practice and Professional Conduct
  • Legal Process, Methods and Institutions
  • Real Property Law
  • Remedies
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Torts

Sample electives

  • Australian Family Law
  • Australian Intellectual Property Law
  • Biotechnology and the Law
  • Climate Change and Emissions Trading Law
  • Comparative Insolvency Law
  • Contemporary Issues in the Legal Profession
  • Cyber Law
  • Cyberterrorism and International Warfare
  • Data Protection Law
  • Human Rights Law in Context
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Cyber Crime
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Legal Research 1
  • Private International Law
  • Public International Law
  • Refugee Law in Context
  • Taxation Law

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

Note: from 2019, the Juris Doctor will offer electives in Canadian Law.

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