Law

Why study law?

We're dedicated to providing you with a global perspective, practical legal skills and a spirit of service to the legal profession and the community. We offer a high quality, innovative legal education, with a strong commitment to social justice, interdisciplinary enquiry and an international perspective.

  • Be prepared for employment in a global legal economy.
  • Gain practical experience that links learning with legal practice.
  • Study the law in its broad social, political and economic context.
  • Develop analytical, problem-solving and critical research skills.
  • Choose from eleven professionally accredited law programs, with nine leading to double degrees.
  • Go on to do an Honours year, if you're a top student. This involves close supervision, access to a research and writing skills program, and a 10,000 word thesis.

High quality teaching and learning

La Trobe Law School has a dedicated Director of Teaching and Learning and a commitment to small-group teaching in all of our tutorials and seminars. Some subjects are offered through blended learning mode; lectures in core subjects are all recorded and available online.

We design many of our assessment tasks to help you develop group problem-solving, communication and advocacy skills. We also prepare you for employment in a global legal economy by offering electives with an international focus and facilitating overseas study opportunities. Our diverse student intake also contributes to a rich teaching and learning environment.

Work-ready graduates

Our graduates are renowned for their practical skills. Under the supervision of staff with extensive professional experience, you'll have access to practical learning opportunities such as:

  • judicial mentoring
  • compulsory mooting (mock presentation of a legal issue before an opposing counsel and a judge)
  • simulated role-plays
  • work placements in a legal environment.

Career opportunities

La Trobe graduates can work in legal practice and beyond.

Our graduates have found positions in top-tier law firms, the Victorian bar, judicial administration, government and corporate bodies, Victoria Legal Aid, community legal services and public interest advocacy groups.

Roles include solicitor, barrister, judge's associate, litigation manager, patent attorney, law librarian, lecturer, equal opportunities officer, intelligence analyst, industrial relations officer, immigration officer, taxation officer, ministerial, legal or policy adviser, and in dispute resolution and compliance.

Many law graduates use their skills in related fields such as social work, policing or human services.

La Trobe's Career Development Centre can help you prepare and develop resumes, apply for jobs and develop interview skills. Start planning your career now.

Courses

Featured course

Bachelor of Criminology

Semester starts: March (Melbourne and regional) and July (Melbourne only) March (Melbourne and regional) and July (Melbourne only)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws

Semester starts: March (Melbourne and regional) and July (Melbourne only) March (Melbourne and regional) and July (Melbourne only)
Duration: 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent 5 years

Bachelor of Laws

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent 4 years

Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent 5 years

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent 5 years

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time 4 years

Featured course

Juris Doctor

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
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. 3 years

Master of Arts

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. 2 years

Featured course

Master of Cybersecurity (Law)

Semester starts: March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online) March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online)
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies. 2 years full-time. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.

Master of Laws

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July), Summer (October) Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July), Summer (October)
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. 1 year full-time.

Application information

Alternative pathways

Going straight from school to university isn't an option for everyone. There may be other pathways to help you gain entry into this course. See alternative course pathways.

Mid-year entry – Bendigo Campus

Mid-year entry to law courses at La Trobe's Bendigo Campus requires attendance at one foundational law class at La Trobe's Melbourne campus. We'll provide full details when you enrol.

All mid-year and direct applications

All direct applications must be accompanied by a personal statement addressing work experience, community involvement, personal circumstances and accomplishments and career goals.

Your study experience

Find out more about studying with the La Trobe Law School

Student and graduate profiles

Find out about the experiences of one of our Law students.

The La Trobe environment is relaxed with students from all types of cultural backgrounds.

Christina Kouppi, Business, Economics and Law

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.