University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate Entry)

Course code/s: LVLUE Melbourne

Course Details
Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LVLUEB LVLUE
Available to International Students No Yes
CRICOS 075236D
Course Duration 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 480
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

This four year Law course provides an accredited professional qualification in Law, but also requires students to complete subjects in another non-law discipline of choice such as Science, Politics, Media and Communication Studies or Commerce, without having to complete a separate degree in that discipline. The program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. It includes all the compulsory law subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer in Victoria and a wide range of law electives, many with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education, International Advocacy and Negotiation. This program is designed for school leavers and tertiary students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree. Students may apply to transfer into a five-year combined degree, should they wish to complete a second degree such as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Students wishing to study undergraduate entry law at the Bendigo campus should see the Handbook entry for Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate Entry) LVLUEB Bendigo

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge of Australian legal systems, institutions and procedures, including fundamental legal principles and concepts, substantive areas of law and international and comparative contexts.
  2. Demonstrate analytical and practical skills in identifying legal issues, applying legal doctrine and solving legal problems using innovative and creative thought.
  3. Effectively and cogently communicate legal research, knowledge and analysis orally and in writing to a variety of audiences both legal and non-legal.
  4. Demonstrate a capacity to reflect on their own learning approaches, work independently, manage and foster personal and professional development, and collaborate effectively in a team environment.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to study and research using appropriate technology and discerning judgment, identifying, consolidating and critically analysing relevant legal sources.
  6. Recognise and reflect on lawyers’ professional and ethical responsibilities and the importance of integrity and service in legal analysis and practice.
  7. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the historical, social, economic and cultural contexts and implications of laws and the role of lawyers in promoting justice and equity.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are VCE Units 3 and 4, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Course Requirements

Students admitted to the undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Laws must:

  • complete a total of four years of full-time study or its equivalent
  • complete in sequence the compulsory law subjects
  • complete a minimum of 480 credit points (360 credit points in Law and a minimum of 120 credit points in other non-law disciplines).

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate Entry) (LVLUE) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 130 KB]

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out in the Law Electives page. For further information on subjects visit the University's Subjects webpage.

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

First year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM OPTION OPTION
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Non-law Elective (15 cps)1 Non-law Elective (15 cps)1
Semester 2 LAW1CRL LAW1PPL OPTION OPTION
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law Non-law Elective (15 cps)1 Non-law Elective (15 cps)1

Key: 1 Students may take non-law subjects from any other area offered by the University, subject to the approval of the School of Law and the other area concerned. Where possible, students are encouraged to take a sequence in one Discipline. Students who have transferred into the Bachelor of Laws after at least a year of prior tertiary study at an accredited institution should apply for advanced standing for these non-law electives prior to the start of teaching period 1.

Second year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT OPTION OPTION
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Non-law Elective (15 cps)1 Non-law Elective (15 cps)1
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL OPTION OPTION
Contract Law B Constitutional Law Non-law Elective (15 cps)1 Non-law Elective (15 cps)1

Key: 1 Students may take non-law subjects from any other area offered by the University, subject to the approval of the School of Law and the other area concerned. Where possible, students are encouraged to take a sequence in one Discipline. Students who have transferred into the Bachelor of Laws after at least a year of prior tertiary study at an accredited institution should apply for advanced standing for these non-law electives prior to the start of teaching period 1.

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP LAW2FPL LAW2STA OPTION
Evidence and Criminal Procedure Foundations of Property Law Statutory Interpretation Law Electives (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW2CIV LAW2RPT OPTION OPTION
Civil Procedure Real Property Law Law Electives (15 cps) Law Electives (15 cps)

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Third-year Law Electives (15 cps) Third-year Law Electives (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW3ADN LAW3REM LAW3LPC OPTION
Principles of Administrative Law Remedies Legal Practice and Conduct Third-year Law Electives (15 cps)

Mid- Year Intake 

First year

Semester 2 LAW1LIM LAW1PPL LAW2CTA LAW1CRL
Legal Institutions and Methods Principles of Public Law Contract Law A Principles of Criminal Law

Second year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW2TOT LAW2STA LAW2ECP
Dispute Resolution Principles of Tort Law Statutory Interpretation Evidence and Criminal Procedure
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL LAW2CIV OPTION
Contract Law B Constitutional Law Civil Procedure Non-law Elective (15 cps)1

Key: 1 Students may take non-law subjects from any other area offered by the University, subject to the approval of the School of Law and the other area concerned. Where possible, students are encouraged to take a sequence in one Discipline. Students who have transferred into the Bachelor of Laws after at least a year of prior tertiary study at an accredited institution should apply for advanced standing for these non-law electives prior to the start of teaching period 1.

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2FPL OPTION OPTION OPTION
Foundations of Property Law Law Electives (15 cps) Law Electives (15 cps) Law Electives (15 cps)
Semester 2 LAW2RPT LAW3REM LAW3ADN LAW3LPC
Real Property Law Remedies Principles of Administrative Law Legal Practice and Conduct

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Third-year Law Electives (15 cps) Third-year Law Electives (15 cps)
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Third-year Law Electives (15 cps)  Third-year Law Electives (15 cps) Third-year Law Electives (15 cps) Third-year Law Electives (15 cps)

Fifth year

Semester 1 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Non Law elective Non Law elective Non Law elective Non Law elective

 

Honours

High achieving students may apply to undertake Honours in the Law program in the final year of their law studies. Normally students require an average grade of B+ in their law subjects prior to their final year. Honours comprises a research component and a series of compulsory research seminars. Undertaking Honours takes the place of two law electives in the degree. Students must complete a 10,000 word thesis on a topic to be approved by the Convenor of the Honours Program. Ten compulsory research seminars are conducted across the year and students are required to present a paper on their individual research project.

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