Honours in law

Why study Honours in law?

Undertaking Honours in law gives you the opportunity to pursue a year-long program of study which combines coursework and research in a specialised area of knowledge. The advanced analytical, research and communication skills you will gain as a result of completing honours are highly sought after by employers and will be advantageous when seeking work in a competitive job market.

Career opportunities

Graduates can work in legal practice and beyond. 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.

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Course information

Local students

Structure

In the Bachelor of Laws degree, Honours is undertaken as part of the final year of law studies (undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis). It is not an additional year, as is the case in most other degree programs. Students complete a thesis and must attend and contribute to a series of Honours seminars.

Thesis
Students are required to complete a 10,000 word thesis (which counts as two law electives), supervised by a member of the Law School's academic staff, on a topic to be approved by the Honours Convenor. Students enrol in Law Thesis Part 1 (LAW4THA) in Semester 1 and Law Thesis Part 2 (LAW4THB) in Semester 2.

Honours seminars
Students must also attend the Honours seminar series. These seminars are compulsory for all LLB Honours students. There will be approximately ten seminars (depending on eventual enrolments), beginning in first semester and to be completed approximately by the end of August. Every student will be required to present a report on their research during the seminar series.

Entry requirements

Entry into Honours is by application and is usually determined after completion of the third year of the Bachelor of Laws.

Application information

Choose your supervisor [PDF 505KB]

Download Honours in law application form 2018 [PDF 90KB].

Contact details

Darren O'Donovan
Senior Lecturer
d.odonovan@latrobe.edu.au

International students

Structure

In the Bachelor of Laws degree, Honours is undertaken as part of the final year of law studies (undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis). It is not an additional year, as is the case in most other degree programs. Students complete a thesis and must attend and contribute to a series of Honours seminars.

Thesis
Students are required to complete a 10,000 word thesis (which counts as two law electives), supervised by a member of the Law School's academic staff, on a topic to be approved by the Honours Convenor. Students enrol in Law Thesis Part 1 (LAW4THA) in Semester 1 and Law Thesis Part 2 (LAW4THB) in Semester 2.

Honours Seminars
Students must also attend the Honours seminar series. These seminars are compulsory for all LLB Honours students. There will be approximately ten seminars (depending on eventual enrolments), beginning in first semester and to be completed approximately by the end of August. Every student will be required to present a report on their research during the seminar series.

Entry requirements

Entry into Honours is by application and is usually determined after completion of the third year of the Bachelor of Laws.

How to apply

International Students can apply directly through La Trobe International.

Contact details

Dr Jillian Murray Director of Law Honours Program
La Trobe Law School
Faculty of Business Economics and Law
La Trobe University
Bundoora Victoria Australia 3086
T: +61 3 9479 1761
E: jill.murray@latrobe.edu.au

More information

For more information read the Guide to studying honours in Law [PDF 240KB].

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