Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations

Choose Law and International Relations at La Trobe

A degree with an emphasis on global and social justice.

  • Study at the first university to partner with the Australian lawyers for human rights.
  • Combine studies in international politics, economics and diplomacy with the study of Australian and international law.
  • Do a winter school subject in Shanghai.
  • Compete in international mooting competitions.
  • Take part in an international relations placement subject.

Career opportunities

This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. Graduates can work in government and non-government organisations, community sectors and private law firms, using their knowledge of social justice issues and offering a global law perspective.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • apply the law in a global context
  • understand the law in its social, political and economic contexts
  • think critically to find solutions to international issues
  • analyse relationships between countries and governments
  • reflect on the importance of countries to the global economy.
  • present your ideas in a compelling way.

Course info


Melbourne Campus


Five years full-time or part-time equivalent.


Find out more about how fees are calculated.

Selection criteria

Year 12 results (within five years of finishing)

You will be selected based on your ATAR score.

TAFE results or work experience

You will be selected based on relevant TAFE results or work experience if you're not a Year 12 school leaver.

Course prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Course content

Students need to:

  • complete in sequence the compulsory law subjects
  • complete in sequence the international relations subjects
  • complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in law and a minimum of 240 credit points in international relations subjects)
  • complete a total of 24 law subjects 16 international relations subjects.

For full details, see the handbook entry for Melbourne. 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: presenting your ideas to a judge

The La Trobe Moot Court

Studying with the La Trobe Law School gives you plenty of opportunities to practise your skills in areas like client interviewing, witness examination and negotiation. The School also has an outstanding national and international record in competitive mooting, which gives you the chance to put your legal knowledge into practice and network with lawyers, judges and academics from around the world.

La Trobe's moot court in session

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