Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts
Choose Law/Arts at La Trobe
La Trobe was the first university to partner with the Australian lawyers for human rights.*
*Source: Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
- Get a legal qualification with a global and social justice perspective.
- Study law subjects such as contract law, civil procedures and statutory interpretations in combination with a humanities or social sciences major.
- Choose from a wide range of areas, including journalism, media, philosophy, sociology, history, languages or performing arts.
- Complement your arts specialisation with subjects such as international advocacy or mediation.
- Our history, archaeology and classics subjects rank in the top 5% in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).
Career opportunities in law/arts
Your combined law/arts skill set will give you a wide knowledge base and unique opportunities in the workforce.
In addition to being a lawyer in a firm, recent graduates have worked at:
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Department of Justice
- Land Victoria
- Kalgoorlie Miner
- Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services.
Note that admission to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria requires the completion of a traineeship at the conclusion of your degree.
What you'll learn
- develop a legal education with global and social perspectives
- manage areas of advocacy, mediation and negotiation
- build a career in law specialising in areas relating to international relations, social justice and related arts subjects such as entertainment law, publishing and diplomacy.
Students from Australia and New Zealand
AUD$8208 per year (based on typical first-year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.
AUD$30,500 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.
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In your first year, you'll study foundation subjects to introduce you to the core principles of law in areas like dispute resolution, criminal law and public law. You'll then complete specific law subjects required by the Council of Legal Education for admission to practice in Victoria and choose from a range of law electives:
- Contract Law
- Principles of Tort Law
- Principles of Constitutional law
- Statutory Interpretations
- Foundations of Property Law
- Civil Procedure
- Real Property Law
- Evidence and Criminal Procedure
- Principles of Administration Law
- Company Law
- Principles of Equity and Trusts
You'll also choose your arts major from the following selection:
- Asian Studies
- Professional and creative writing
- Creative arts
- Italian studies
- Legal studies
- Modern Greek
For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.
First year subjects
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Dispute Resolution||Principles of Criminal Law|
|Legal institutions and methods||Principles of Public Law|
|First year elective (Arts major)||First year elective (Arts major)|
|First year elective (any Arts)||First year elective (any Arts)|
Only the first two years of this course are offered in Bendigo. While it is possible to arrange long distance learning, transferring to the Melbourne campus is recommended to complete your degree with a wider selection of subjects.
Law electives are also available in intensive delivery at Melbourne in summer and winter schools.
How to apply
Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.
Find out about how to apply as an international student.
Check out some of our many other pathway options available.
Scholarships and financial support
Inside look: an international voice for La Trobe at the United Nations
In 2013, Darcy Gillian was a student representative in the United Nations-supported Global Voices conference which changes location each year. Darcy went to Warsaw, Poland, where he joined thousands of students and UN delegates from around the world to discuss the impact of climate change on society over two weeks.
"It was a chance to develop negotiation skills with like-minded people, to engage with international policy and to experience the real-life operations of international politics, environments and economic affairs," he said.
Youth delegates are given the opportunity to speak with advocates, negotiators and lobbyists as well as former and current leaders in research, politics and framework operations. They engage in discussions and decision-making processes that later lead to international policy and development.
Darcy has returned from his trip, eager to put his double degree to use.
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