Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

Choose Law at La Trobe

  • Gain practical experience with a semester shadowing a judge or magistrate, or through our moot court.
  • Study overseas in winter school in Shanghai and summer school in Hong Kong or Geneva.
  • Access subjects from the Master of Laws in Global Business Law.

Complete supervised legal work through our Clinical Legal Education program at:

  • Consumer Action Law Centre
  • Environmental Justice Australia
  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Career opportunities in law

This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. For more information on admission to practise, see Australian practise requirements and International practise requirements. A law degree opens up many opportunities – not just as a lawyer but also within commerce, government and not-for-profit organisations. Many law graduates use their skills in related fields such as dispute resolution, social work, policing or human services.

Recent graduates work at:

  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Fair Work Australia
  • Office of Public Prosecutions
  • Arnold Block Leibler
  • Victoria Legal Aid.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • demonstrate broad knowledge of Australian legal systems, institutions and procedures, including fundamental legal principles and concepts, substantive areas of law and international and comparative contexts
  • demonstrate analytical and practical skills in identifying legal issues, applying legal doctrine and solving legal problems using innovative and creative thought
  • effectively and cogently communicate legal research, knowledge and analysis orally and in writing to a variety of audiences both legal and non-legal
  • demonstrate a capacity to reflect on their own learning approaches, work independently, manage and foster personal and professional development, and collaborate effectively in a team environment
  • demonstrate an ability to study and research using appropriate technology and discerning judgment, identifying, consolidating and critically analysing relevant legal sources
  • recognise and reflect on lawyers' professional and ethical responsibilities and the importance of integrity and service in legal analysis and practice
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of the historical, social, economic and cultural contexts and implications of laws and the role of lawyers in promoting justice and equity.

Cost

Students from Australia and New Zealand

AUD$10,264 per year (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

We also offer Commonwealth Supported Places for this course, so you can get a law qualification for a fraction of what it costs at other universities. Find out more about student contribution rates and CSP eligibility.

International students

AUD$29,500 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

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Course structure

In your first year, you'll complete a combination of skills-based and public/private law subjects covering areas like:

  • dispute resolution
  • contract and tort law
  • criminal law
  • principles of public law.

In second and third years, you can choose from electives including:

  • Justice Rights and the Law
  • Disability Rights and the Law
  • Succession Law
  • Mental Disorder and Criminal Responsibility
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • Family, Society and Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Insurance Law and Practice
  • International Arbitration Practice
  • Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • Employment and Labour Relations.

Our Bendigo students can transfer to Melbourne after their first two years of study, or stay in Bendigo and complete their law subjects through blended learning and video conferencing.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

First year subjects

Semester 1Semester 2
Dispute ResolutionPrinciples of Criminal Law
Legal Institutions and MethodsPrinciples of Public Law
Principles of Tort LawPrinciples of Constitutional Law
Contract Law AContract Law B

For full details, see the handbook entries for Melbourne and Bendigo. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.


How to apply

Direct

Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.

International

Find out about how to apply as an international student.

Pathways

There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.


Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

Inside look

Serena Vos started her Bachelor of Laws at La Trobe after graduating from Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in arts and criminology. She says the accessibility of her lecturers and tutors has made all the difference to her experience.

Serena Vos

Serena Vos

Current student, Bachelor of Laws - Graduate entry

“La Trobe’s reputation and high rate of international students are what attracted me.”

story

I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with Honours. Arts Criminology and a General Arts Degree in contemporary studies with minor in political science. I met with a careers councilor to look at the opportunity to study abroad. The agency she suggested recommended La Trobe.

I enjoy the accessibility of professors and tutors La Trobe offers. It is possible to get to know your lecturers and you are not just a student number. The opportunities to get involved with the Law Students Association (LSA) have added to the enjoyment of the studies and has been an excellent way to get to know students and faculty members.

I hope to be a family lawyer in Victoria. I aspire to be a barrister and La Trobe has definitely put me on the right path.

Melbourne has been a great experience. It offers a dynamic variety of culture, arts and sport. I enjoy the architecture and fashion the city centre has to offer.

What I like most about the campus is the coffee! It’s everywhere. The people here are great. Very down to earth and welcoming to me as an international student. There are lots of social clubs to get involved in and sports/activities to participate in. La Trobe offers something for everyone. La Trobe has surpassed my study expectations. It is not your typical uni. How many uni’s have a wildlife reserve? Kangaroos on campus…enough said.

My advice for secondary students who are considering studying at university is, be focused on your goals and take time to think about what you want to do. Appreciate the time commitment involved in university and do not get discouraged in your studies. Keep positive and take as many opportunities as possible. Start broad with your options and specialise as you go.

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