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

How to:

  • 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.

International students

AUD$30,500 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 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
  • Remedies

You'll also choose your arts major from the following selection:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Professional and creative writing
  • Communications
  • Creative arts
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • Italian studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Legal studies
  • Media
  • Modern Greek
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

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
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.

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

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


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: 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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