Law

lawWhy study Law?

La Trobe Law School offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a strong commitment to social justice and interdisciplinary enquiry and an emphasis on hands-on experience. Our Law subjects are ranked in the Top 200 globally by the QS World University Rankings.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Juris Doctor

This internationally recognised degree/qualification fulfils the academic requirements of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to practise law in Australia. For more information on admission to practise, see Australian practise requirements and International practise requirements. You'll study at our City Campus in the heart of Melbourne's legal precinct from leading researchers and experienced practitioners. This three-year degree also gives you the option of completing your studies sooner by enrolling in the accelerated program.

Master of Laws in Global Business Law

Today's practitioners must be able to operate in a global legal economy. The Global Business Law (GBL) program offers access to the latest developments in international commercial law and practice. It will enable you to build on your knowledge and skills in an existing area or move into an international business environment for the first time.

Master of Laws

Taught by distinguished academics and practitioners from around the world, La Trobe's Master of Laws is an internationally-relevant and contemporary qualification. It prepares you for work in private practice, business, government or public interest organisations.

Career opportunities

Our law graduates are now in senior positions in the legal profession – including law firm partners and judges, as well as occupying senior positions in government, corporations and non-profit organisations.As the third oldest law school in Victoria, La Trobe has a well-established and supportive network of graduates. Whether you're an aspiring lawyer or want a law degree that will help you build another great career, this degree will enhance your career outcomes.

Courses

Local students

2016 - apply now

Master of Laws

Duration :
1.5 year full-time or 3 years part-time
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
This program allows you to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. It aims to prepare you to work in a global legal economy even if you don't necessarily wish to practise exclusively in a commercial environment.
Prerequisite
Bachelor of Laws or international equivalent.
Fee amount
$28,650 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Advanced Standing is available for up to four subjects if you hold a TEQSA level 8 law qualification or international equivalent. Advanced Standing may also be awarded if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction (these applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis). With Advanced Standing it might be possible to complete the program in 12 months.
This course offers rolling start dates. All subjects are normally taught in five-day block release mode throughout the year but many are offered between semesters one and two (winter school) and in summer school (November-February). You should time your arrival accordingly.
How to apply

To find out more about the Summer intake for this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Laws (Master)Melbourne

Master of Laws in Global Business Law

Duration :
1.5 years or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
Explore key issues and challenges in commercial law and practice in areas of global interest. Leading academics and commercial practitioners will help you to build on your knowledge and skills in an existing area of interest or specialisation, such as Asian or US law, or move into an international business environment for the first time.
Subjects are usually delivered in block mode over five days during the winter and summer semesters. Some subjects may be offered during Semesters 1 and 2. These subjects are recognised by other Australian law schools, and cross-institutional study is welcome.

In any semester, a minor thesis of 12 000 words equivalent to two subjects may be undertaken subject to approval. All subjects offered are capable of being credited to other LLM programs in Australia.
Prerequisite
Applicants must have completed a law degree.
Fee amount
$28,650 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
The Law School may offer 60 credit points of Advanced Standing if you hold a TEQSA level eight qualification and/or if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction. The program can then be completed in 12 months with 120 credit points (8 x 15 subjects). Advanced Standing applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply

To find out more about the Summer intake for this course and studying at La Trobe:
To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Laws in Global Business LawMelbourne

2017

Juris Doctor

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.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
City
Year
2017
About this course
Get a global perspective and explore social justice with our Juris Doctor. This course prepares you for admission in Australia and is accredited by the Council of Legal Education. It is also an internationally-recognised degree.

Learn at our city campus - in the heart of Melbourne's legal precinct with guidance from academics and practitioners. We offer flexibility with electives and placements, and an option to do a two-year accelerated program.

This course will enhance your career outcomes. Graduates work in practice, academia, and the government or corporate sector.
Professional recognition
The Juris Doctor include the subjects required by the Victorian Council of Legal Education to qualify for admission to legal practice. Admission to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria usually requires the completion of a traineeship (formerly referred to as articles of clerkship) or an approved practical legal training course (for example, the Leo Cussen Institute). 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.
Prerequisite
An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification with a WAM of 70 or above OR completion of an undergraduate degree with a WAM of 65 to 69 with a personal statement. The personal statement should address reasons for seeking to study law, employment experience and community contribution. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application.

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.
Subject bonus
N/A
Fee amount
$35,250 per 120 credit points.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Juris DoctorCity

Master of Laws

Duration :
1.5 year full-time or 3 years part-time
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This program allows you to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. It aims to prepare you to work in a global legal economy even if you don't necessarily wish to practise exclusively in a commercial environment.

Subjects will focus on areas of global interest, including international business and arbitration law, USA business and corporations' law, intellectual property law and Asian and European business law; but may also include subjects in alternative dispute resolution, comparative legal traditions, international criminal law and public interest law.
Prerequisite
Bachelor of Laws or international equivalent.

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.
Fee amount
$30,500 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Advanced Standing is available for up to four subjects if you hold a TEQSA level 8 law qualification or international equivalent. Advanced Standing may also be awarded if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction (these applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis). With Advanced Standing it might be possible to complete the program in 12 months.
This course offers rolling start dates. All subjects are normally taught in five-day block release mode throughout the year but many are offered between semesters one and two (winter school) and in summer school (November-February). You should time your arrival accordingly.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
0Melbourne

Master of Laws in Global Business Law

Duration :
1.5 years or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Explore key issues and challenges in commercial law and practice in areas of global interest. Leading academics and commercial practitioners will help you to build on your knowledge and skills in an existing area of interest or specialisation, such as Asian or US law, or move into an international business environment for the first time.
Subjects are usually delivered in block mode over five days during the winter and summer semesters. Some subjects may be offered during Semesters 1 and 2. These subjects are recognised by other Australian law schools, and cross-institutional study is welcome.

In any semester, a minor thesis of 12 000 words equivalent to two subjects may be undertaken subject to approval. All subjects offered are capable of being credited to other LLM programs in Australia.
Prerequisite
Applicants must have completed a law degree.

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.
Fee amount
$30,500 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
The Law School may offer 60 credit points of Advanced Standing if you hold a TEQSA level eight qualification and/or if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction. The program can then be completed in 12 months with 120 credit points (8 x 15 subjects). Advanced Standing applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
1Melbourne

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

2016 - apply now

Master of Laws (077186D)

Duration :
1.5 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 980
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
This program allows you to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. It aims to prepare you to work in a global legal economy even if you don't necessarily wish to practise exclusively in a commercial environment.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Law degree or approved international equivalent.
Additional information
Advanced Standing (credit) is available for up to four subjects if you hold a TEQSA level eight law qualification or international equivalent. Advanced Standing may also be awarded if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction (these applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis). With Advanced Standing it might be possible to complete the program in 12 months.

All subjects are normally taught in five-day block release mode throughout the year but many are offered between Semesters 1 and 2, in Summer and Winter Semesters (January-February, and June-July respectively), so you should time your arrival accordingly.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Laws (Master)Melbourne

Master of Laws in Global Business Law (078688G)

Duration :
18 months
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 980
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
Explore key issues and challenges in commercial law and practice in areas of global interest. Leading academics and commercial practitioners will help you to build on your knowledge and skills in an existing area of interest or specialisation, such as Asian or US law, or move into an international business environment for the first time.
Subjects are usually delivered in block mode over five days during the winter and summer semesters. Some subjects may be offered during Semesters 1 and 2. These subjects are recognised by other Australian law schools, and cross-institutional study is welcome.

In any semester, a minor thesis of 12 000 words equivalent to two subjects may be undertaken subject to approval. All subjects offered are capable of being credited to other LLM programs in Australia.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have completed a law degree or its international equivalent.
Additional information
The Law School may offer 60 credit points of Advanced Standing (credit) to those who hold a TEQSA level eight qualification or international equivalent and/or who have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in their home jurisdiction. The program can then be completed in 12 months with 120 credit points. Advanced Standing applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Laws in Global Business LawMelbourne

2017

Juris Doctor (084540K)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
35 500
Campus
City
Year
2017
About this course
Get a global perspective and explore social justice with our Juris Doctor. This course prepares you for admission in Australia and is accredited by the Council of Legal Education. It is also an internationally-recognised degree.

Learn at our city campus - in the heart of Melbourne's legal precinct with guidance from academics and practitioners. We offer flexibility with electives and placements, and an option to do a two-year accelerated program.

This course will enhance your career outcomes. Graduates work in practice, academia, and the government or corporate sector.
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 70 or above OR completion of an undergraduate degree with a WAM of 65 to 69 with a personal statement. The personal statement should address reasons for seeking to study law, employment experience and community contribution. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application.

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
The Juris Doctor include the subjects required by the Victorian Council of Legal Education to qualify for admission to legal practice. Admission to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria usually requires the completion of a traineeship (formerly referred to as articles of clerkship) or an approved practical legal training course (for example, the Leo Cussen Institute). 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
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Juris DoctorCity

Master of Laws (077186D)

Duration :
1.5 years
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
34 000
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This program allows you to construct a course of study with a strong global and international focus, taught by leading academics and practitioners from Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. It aims to prepare you to work in a global legal economy even if you don't necessarily wish to practise exclusively in a commercial environment.

Subjects will focus on areas of global interest, including international business and arbitration law, USA business and corporations' law, intellectual property law and Asian and European business law; but may also include subjects in alternative dispute resolution, comparative legal traditions, international criminal law and public interest law.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Law degree or approved international equivalent.

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.
Additional information
Advanced Standing (credit) is available for up to four subjects if you hold a TEQSA level eight law qualification or international equivalent. Advanced Standing may also be awarded if you have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in your home jurisdiction (these applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis). With Advanced Standing it might be possible to complete the program in 12 months.

All subjects are normally taught in five-day block release mode throughout the year but many are offered between Semesters 1 and 2, in Summer and Winter Semesters (January-February, and June-July respectively), so you should time your arrival accordingly.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
Laws (Master)Melbourne

Master of Laws in Global Business Law (078688G)

Duration :
18 months
Semester starts :
January, June, December
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
34 000
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Explore key issues and challenges in commercial law and practice in areas of global interest. Leading academics and commercial practitioners will help you to build on your knowledge and skills in an existing area of interest or specialisation, such as Asian or US law, or move into an international business environment for the first time.
Subjects are usually delivered in block mode over five days during the winter and summer semesters. Some subjects may be offered during Semesters 1 and 2. These subjects are recognised by other Australian law schools, and cross-institutional study is welcome.

In any semester, a minor thesis of 12 000 words equivalent to two subjects may be undertaken subject to approval. All subjects offered are capable of being credited to other LLM programs in Australia.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have completed a law degree or its international equivalent.

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.
Additional information
The Law School may offer 60 credit points of Advanced Standing (credit) to those who hold a TEQSA level eight qualification or international equivalent and/or who have been admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia or equivalent in their home jurisdiction. The program can then be completed in 12 months with 120 credit points. Advanced Standing applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
Laws in Global Business LawMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Related study options

Didn't find a suitable course? You could also try these study options:

Your study experience

Overseas study opportunities

Gain valuable overseas experience by taking part in the student exchange program for 6-12 months. We have over 22 exchange partners in Canada, the US, South America, Europe and the UK. See student exchange.

We also offer a winter school program in Shanghai, Introduction to Chinese Law, led by Professor Jianfu Chen. Study in Hong Kong or Geneva as part of the Duke University Summer School program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce or focus on staff in Law.

Student and graduate profiles

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

After finishing my German Law Degree in 2004 I was keen to try something new.

Mr Florian Schwarz, Business, Economics and Law