University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts

Course code/s: LWLATB

Course details
Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Ann Wardrop
Available to International students No Yes
CRICOS 075232G
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 Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts is a five-year combined degree providing an accredited professional qualification in law as well as a degree in arts. The program offers an innovative, high-quality legal education with a strong 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 a wide range of law electives, many with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education and International Advocacy and Negotiation. 

You will undertake your first two years of study at the Bendigo Campus and then normally transfer to the equivalent combined degree program at the Melbourne campus (LWLAT), where you will complete the remainder of your course. If you wish to remain in Bendigo, you can complete your later-year core law subjects and a limited number of electives through blended learning and some face-to-face delivery. Law electives are also available in intensive delivery at the Melbourne Campus in summer and winter semesters. You will initially select a major in arts from the disciplines offered at Bendigo. As there may be some arts disciplines on offer at Bendigo that are not available at Melbourne, you must normally choose an arts major at first year that can be continued at Melbourne. In addition, you cannot normally undertake any subjects offered by other schools at Bendigo. For further information on the list of offerings within these disciplines, see the Bendigo Campus chapter for the Bachelor of Arts in this Handbook, but note the specific degree requirements for this combined degree are more restrictive.

At the Melbourne Campus, students will complete the remainder of the core law subjects and undertake law electives as well as completing their arts major. For further information about law electives, please refer to the entry for Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) (LVLGEB) in the Bendigo entry in this Handbook.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

For Bachelor of Arts CILOs, please see the Bachelor of Arts ABA Melbourne in this Handbook.


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.

Degree Structure

Students will complete eight core law subjects and eight arts subjects over their two years at Bendigo, then will normally complete the remainder of their program at Melbourne. Students will receive full advanced standing for these subjects at Melbourne as long as the subject choice is approved beforehand. The degree structure is identical to that of the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (undergraduate entry) (LWLAT) offered at the Melbourne Campus, except that the arts subjects offered at Bendigo, which can then be taken as majors at Melbourne, are more restricted. Disciplines available as majors at Bendigo are set out below. It is possible to commence a major at Melbourne provided advice is sought at first year.

Prior to transfer, students can also enrol in law electives at the Melbourne Campus in summer and winter semesters and may be able to complete one law clinic placement subject at Bendigo.

Degree Requirements

You must:

  • complete a total of at least five years of full-time study or its equivalent
  • complete in sequence the compulsory law subjects
  • complete a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in law and a minimum of 240 credit points in arts)
  • satisfy the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts including one arts major consisting of 120 credit points (30 credit points at first year level (including a first-year core subject within their chosen discipline area), 45 credit points at second-year level (including a second-year core subject within their chosen discipline area) and 45 credit points at third-year level (including a third-year core subject within their chosen discipline area))
  • complete 90 credit points at third-year level overall in arts.

Course Structure

First year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM HUS1FAS First Year Elective
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Rethinking Our Humanity From Humanities and Social Sciences
Semester 2 LAW1CRL LAW1PPL HUS1TEN First Year Elective
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law Ideas that Shook the World From Humanities and Social Sciences


Second year


Second Year Elective*

Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Engagement and Employability (not available in 2017) Major Core from Humanities and Social Sciences
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL HUS2HUC Second Year Elective*
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law Humanities Count (not avaialable in 2017) Major from Humanities and Social Sciences

*Students can opt  to take Second Year Elective (Major Core)  and Second Year Elective (Major)  in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 but not together in the same Semester.

Third to fifth year

See years three–five of the degree structure for the entry for the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts degree (LWLAT) at Melbourne in this Handbook.

Arts majors available at Bendigo that can be continued at Melbourne:

  • English
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Indonesian
  • Human Geography

If you wish to complete a different major after transferring to Melbourne, you must seek advice before enrolling at the start of your first year of studies at Bendigo.

Elective law subjects

For information about law electives please refer to the list and information set out under the heading ‘Law Electives’ in this Handbook for LVLGE Bachelor of Laws Graduate Entry (Bendigo). For which electives are offered in 2017 please see the University's Subjects webpage.

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).


You may be permitted to undertake Honours in the law program in the final year of your law studies. Normally a grade of B+ average over two full-time years of law study is required. Honours comprises a research component and a compulsory research seminar. 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. The compulsory research seminar is conducted throughout the year. You must attend 10 sessions and are required to present a paper on your individual research project.

Students invited to enrol in Honours in arts must complete a further full-time year of study. For further information, please see the Bachelor of Arts entry in this Handbook.


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