University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Media and Communication

Course code/s: LWLMC – Melbourne

Course Details
Location Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LWLMC
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 079862A
Course Duration 5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 600
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

Combining an accredited professional qualification in Law with studies in Media and Communication, this recently revised double degree offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a global and 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 in Victoria and compulsory specialised subjects relevant to media such as Intellectual Property Law, Competition Policy and Law or an approved subject from the Master of Laws. The Bachelor of Media and Communication offers a flexible and forward-looking approach to the converging fields of film, radio, television, journalism, new media and communications. It enables students to undertake a Major in Media Industries, Journalism or Public Relations. The program recognises the diverse career paths open to graduates by preparing them for employment in law and/or a broad range of media-making, across different platforms and industries.

Course intended learning outcomes


  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.

Media and communications:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the field as it relates to their specialist study across local and global contexts, including knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques relevant to their field of study.
  2. Graduates can develop, research and evaluate concepts, ideas, information, images and processes, relevant to their field of study, through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice.
  3. Graduates can interpret, communicate and exchange ideas, problems and arguments across personal, professional and disciplinary settings using a variety of modes and media that are suited to audiences and contexts.
  4. Ability to effectively gather and communicate ideas and information across a variety of platforms in the forms relevant to the different disciplines.
  5. Graduates can work independently and collaboratively to demonstrate self-management and exhibit the skills needed to develop and sustain effective networks, relationships and connections relevant to their specialist area of study.
  6. Graduates can exercise judgments that reflect the values and principles underlying their field of study and demonstrate responsibility and accountability in their relationships, communication, conduct, practice and future learning.
  7. Graduates can critically and creatively apply knowledge, skills and practices relevant to their field of study revealing autonomy and judgment to appraise, analyse, produce or create works suited to a range of audiences.

Course requirements

Students must:

  • Complete a total of at least five years full-time study or its equivalent
  • Complete in sequence the compulsory Law subjects
  • Complete in sequence the compulsory Media subjects
  • Complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in Law and 240 credit points from Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Complete a total of 24 subjects in Law (19 compulsory subjects and five electives)
  • Complete a total of 16 subjects from Humanities and Social Sciences (four compulsory subjects, eight subjects comprising the Major, and four elective subjects).
  • 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.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are Units 3 and 4: a study score least 30 in English (EAL) and at least 25 in any other English. Applicants with comparable qualifications may be considered. A limited number of students may also be considered under Special Entry Schemes.

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

First year

Legal Institutions and Methods Dispute Resolution Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps) Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps)
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law Writing for Media Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps)

Second year

Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Using Social Media Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps)
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps) Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps)

Third year

Foundations of Property Law Statutory Interpretation Law Elective (15 cps) Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps)
Civil Procedure Real Property Law Intellectual Property Law Media, Law and Ethics

Fourth year

Evidence and Criminal Procedure Law Elective (15 cps) Professional Internship* Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps)
Principles of Administrative Law Law Elective (15 cps) Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps) Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps)

*MAC3INT - Coordinator's approval required for this subject

Fifth year

Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps) Law Elective (15 cps)
Legal Practice and Conduct Remedies Media & Communications Major or Elective (15 cps) Law Elective (15 cps)

Media and communication subjects

For details of the Majors and elective subjects, refer to the entry for the Bachelor of Media and Communication.

Elective law subjects

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the Law Electives page. Please see the University's Subject Search guide for electives offered in 2018. 


Students may be permitted to undertake Honours in the Law program in the final year of their Law studies. Normally an average grade of B+ over two full-time years of law study is required. Honours comprises a research component and a compulsory research seminar. Students must complete a 10,000 word thesis (which takes the place of two elective subjects) on a topic to be approved by the Convenor of the Honours program. The compulsory research seminar is conducted throughout the year. Students must attend ten sessions and are required to present a paper on their individual research project.



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