University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate Entry)

Course code/s: LVLUEB Bendigo

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 you to complete subjects in another non-law discipline of choice such as science, media studies or marketing, without having to complete a separate degree in that discipline. The program offers an innovative, high-quality legal education with a global and social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experience. It includes all the compulsory law subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to practise in Victoria and a wide range of law electives, many with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education, International Advocacy and Negotiation.

You will undertake your first two years of full-time study at the Bendigo Campus and then normally transfer into the equivalent degree at the Melbourne Campus, where you will complete the remainder of your course. At Bendigo, law lectures in the first eight core subjects are normally provided online with face-to-face tutorials or seminars. However, if you wish to remain in Bendigo, you have the opportunity to complete your later-year core law subjects and a limited number of law electives through blended learning. Law electives are also available in intensive delivery at Melbourne in summer and winter semesters. The 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. For further information about law electives, please refer to the law electives page.

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)
  • Complete a total of 24 subjects in law (18 compulsory subjects and 6 electives).

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) (LVLUEB) Bendigo 2018 [PDF 130 KB]

You will complete eight core law subjects and seven or eight non-law subjects at Bendigo, and normally complete the remainder of your program at Melbourne (years 3–4). Prior to transfer, you can also enrol in law electives at the Melbourne Campus in summer and winter semesters and, subject to application, may be able to complete one law clinic placement subject at Bendigo Rural and Regional Issues in Justice (LAW2RRJ).

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 You 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, you are encouraged to take a sequence in one discipline. If you have transferred into the Bachelor of Laws after at least a year of prior tertiary study at an accredited institution, you should apply for Advanced Standing for these non-law electives at 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 You 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, you are encouraged to take a sequence in one discipline. If you have transferred into the Bachelor of Laws after at least a year of prior tertiary study at an accredited institution, you should apply for Advanced Standing for these non-law electives at the start of teaching period 1.

Third year (following transfer to Melbourne)

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

Fourth year

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

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 Subjects webpage for electives offered in 2018. Note that Bendigo students can, if they wish, apply to undertake a placement at the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre or another legal organisation for academic credit by enrolling into an elective subject called Rural and Regional Issues in Justice (LAW2RRJ). The Law School may offer some electives online, for example, LAW3ERL (Environment and Natural Resources Law), LAW3WAT Water Law & Policy.

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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