University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts

Course code/s: LWLATB

Course details
Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Course Code LWLATB LWLAT
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 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 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. Students can select a Major from among a wide range of Disciplines, including some languages, Philosophy and the Performing Arts. If they wish, students can also complete Law electives that complement their Arts specialisation. For example, a student who majors in Politics might complete Law electives such as Public International Law, Human Rights Law or Justice Rights and the Law. 

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.  

The course is available at both Melbourne and Bendigo Campuses.  Students wishing to study Bachelor of Laws/Arts at the Melbourne campus see this Handbook entry for Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts LWLAT Melbourne.

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 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. 

Course intended learning outcomes

For the Bachelor of Laws Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), please see the entry in this Handbook for Bachelor of Laws LVLUE (Melbourne). For Bachelor of Arts CILOs please see the entry for Bachelor of Arts ABA (Melbourne) in this Handbook.

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 requirements

Students 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.

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

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.

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Laws - Bachelor of Arts (LWLATB) Bendigo 2018 [PDF 130 KB]

Current commencements from 2017

First year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM HUS1FAS OPTION
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Rethinking Our Humanity Arts Major - 1st Year Core
Semester 2 LAW1CRL LAW1PPL OPTION OPTION
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law HUSS Elective Arts Major - 1st Year Core

 

Second year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT HUS2NGP OPTION
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law Next Generation Professionals Arts Major - 2nd Year Core
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL OPTION OPTION
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law HUSS Elective HUSS 1st year elective

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2STA LAW2FPL HUS3RPL OPTION
Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Research for Professional Life: Shaping Your Future  
Semester 2 LAW2CIV LAW2RPT OPTION OPTION
Civil Procedure Real Property Law  Law Elective  HUSS Elective

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP LAW3CMP OPTION OPTION
Evidence and Criminal Procedure Company Law Arts Major 2nd - Year Core   Law Elective 
Semester 2 LAW3ADN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Principles of Administrative Law Arts Major - 3rd Year Core Law Elective  Law Elective 

Fifth year

Semester 1 LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION OPTION
Principles of Equity and Trusts Arts Major - 3rd Year Core   Arts Major - 3rd Year Core   Law Elective 
Semester 2 LAW3REM LAW3LPC OPTION OPTION
Remedies Legal Practice and Conduct Arts Major - 3rd Year Core   Law Elective 

Pre 2017 commencements

First year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM OPTION OPTION
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods First Year Elective from HuSS (15 cps)* First Year Elective (Major) from HuSS (15 cps)*
Semester 2 LAW1CRL LAW1PPL OPTION OPTION
Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Public Law First Year Elective from HuSS (15 cps)* First Year Elective (Major) from HuSS (15 cps)*

*Students can choose to take their elective subjects (depending on availability)  in either Semester 1 or Semester 2, but must not exceed 60 credit points in a semester.

Second year

Semester 1 LAW2CTA LAW2TOT OPTION OPTION
Contract Law A Principles of Tort Law First Year Elective from HuSS (15 cps)* First Year Elective from HuSS (15 cps)*
Semester 2 LAW2CTB LAW2CSL OPTION OPTION
Contract Law B Principles of Constitutional Law Second Year Elective (Major) from HuSS  (15 cps)* Second Year Elective (Major Core) from HuSS  (15 cps)*

*Students can choose to take their elective subjects (depending on availability)  in either Semester 1 or Semester 2, but must not exceed 60 credit points in a semester.

Third year

Semester 1 LAW2STA LAW2FPL OPTION OPTION
Statutory Interpretation Foundations of Property Law Second Year Elective from HuSS (15 cps)* Second Year Elective (Major) from HuSS  (15 cps)*
Semester 2 LAW2CIV LAW2RPT OPTION OPTION
Civil Procedure Real Property Law  Law Elective (15 cps)* Third Year Elective (Major) from HuSS (15 cps)*

*Students can choose to take their elective subjects (depending on availability)  in either Semester 1 or Semester 2, but must not exceed 60 credit points in a semester.

Fourth year

Semester 1 LAW2ECP OPTION OPTION OPTION
Evidence and Criminal Procedure Law Elective (15 cps)* Law Elective (15 cps)* Third Year Elective (Major) from HuSS (15 cps)*
Semester 2 LAW3ADN OPTION OPTION OPTION
Principles of Administrative Law Third Year Elective from HuSS (15 cps)* Law Elective (15 cps)* Third Year Elective (Major Core) from HuSS (15 cps)*

*Students can choose to take their elective subjects (depending on availability)  in either Semester 1 or Semester 2, but must not exceed 60 credit points in a semester.

Fifth year

Semester 1 LAW3CMP LAW3ETR OPTION OPTION
Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts Law Elective (15 cps)* Third Year Elective from HuSS (15 cps)*
Semester 2 LAW3REM LAW3LPC OPTION OPTION
Remedies Legal Practice and Conduct Third Year Elective from HuSS (15 cps)* Third Year Law Elective (15 cps)*

*Students can choose to take their elective subjects (depending on availability)  in either Semester 1 or Semester 2, but must not exceed 60 credit points in a semester.

Law electives

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. 

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, LAW3ANI Animal Welfare Law and Policy.

Arts major disciplines

For further information and a list of the Arts Major Disciplines and elective subjects available at the Melbourne campus see the Areas of Study section of the handbook.

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 the students are required to present a paper on their individual research project.

Those students undertaking a double degree will also need to refer to the other School's entry in this Handbook for information on Honours.

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