University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology

Course code/s: LZCRL

Course Details
Location Bundoora  Bendigo
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Available to International students YES NO
CRICOS 089316M
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

The criminal justice system employs significant numbers of people in policing (State and Federal), courts, customs, security, corrections, various forms of detention (immigration detention, juvenile detention, etc.), in forensic professions such as forensic psychology and forensic science.  Graduates with an understanding of crime and causation and institutional responses to it are also increasingly sought by not-for-profit organizations and government departments.

The Bachelor of Laws/Criminology double degree is designed to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on criminology by combining subjects in law and criminology with electives drawn from other disciplines. Graduates will gain broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in relation to policy development, policing and security. The course aims to provide career opportunities in the traditional areas of legal practice as well as government agencies, security and intelligence agencies, correctional services, community services, and private security.

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 intended learning outcome

  • 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. Identify, evaluate and apply approaches to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.
  • Demonstrate analytical and practical skills in identifying legal issues, applying legal doctrine and solving legal problems using innovative and creative thought. Discuss and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of the various actors in the criminal justice system.
  • Effectively and cogently communicate legal research, knowledge and analysis orally and in writing to a variety of audiences both legal and non-legal.
  • Justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of criminology as a discipline and practice and the varying explanations and strategies it offers for explaining and responding to crime.
  • Demonstrate an ability to study and research using appropriate technology and discerning judgment, identifying, consolidating and critically analysing relevant legal sources.
  • Construct and communicate effective, appropriate and persuasive argument. 
  • Recognise and reflect on lawyers’ professional and ethical responsibilities and the importance of integrity and service in legal analysis and practice.
  • Learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism, and adopt a reflective approach to a student’s own capabilities and performance. 
  • 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.
  • Criminology: Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of criminology and the criminal justice system.
  • Identify, research and create practical responses to issues in the criminal justice system.

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 - Bachelor of Criminology (LZCRL) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 131 KB]

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

Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Law, (Dis)Order and Justice Contracts Law A
Principles of Criminal Law From Prisons to Detention Centres Understanding Crime Principles of Public Law

Second year

Victimology Sentencing and Corrections Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law Principles of Tort Law
Police, Society and Democracy Introduction to Forensic Science and The Law Principles of Constitutional Law Contract Law B

Third year

Introduction to Socio-Legal and Political Research International Criminal Law  Statutory  Interpretation Foundations of Property Law
Semester 2 LCR3ETA LST3LPC


Criminal Law, Ethics and Accountability  Law, Policy and Community Criminology Elective Real Property Law

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP




Evidence and Criminal Procedure Criminology Elective Criminology Elective Law Elective
Semester 2 LAW3ADN LAW2CIV LCR2CBP Law Elective
Administrative Law Civil Procedure Law and Practice of Customs and Border Protection Law Elective

Fifth year

Semester 1 LAW3ETR LAW3CMP



Principles of Equity and Trusts Company Law Law Elective Law Elective
Semester 2 LAW3LPC LAW3REM



Legal Practice and Conduct Remedies Law Elective Law Elective


Law electives

For further information about law electives offered in 2018 please refer to the list and information set out under the 'Law Electives' page from the Law Handbook.

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the 'Subject Search' guide for further details.

Criminology electives 

For further information about law electives offered in 2018 please refer to the list and information set out under the 'Crime, Justice and Legal Studies' page from the HUSS Handbook.

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the 'Subject Search' guide for further details.