Law Double degrees
La Trobe Law School is committed to teaching law in its social, political and economic context. Through high quality, small group teaching and hands on learning experiences, we’ll help you build a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and prepare you for future employment.
The double degree option lets you combine your law studies with other university subjects and graduate with two degrees – enhancing your career options.
Why study a double degree?
Many Australian law graduates hold two degrees, and most La Trobe law students (apart from graduates) enrol into a five-year double degree law program. In a double degree, along with your law studies you’ll do all the subjects required to complete a major in your non-law studies – approximately two years’ worth.
If you are in a double degree, the law units you take are spread out over five years so you normally do a combination of law and non-law units in each semester.
The double degree advantage
The advantage of a double degree is that you will graduate with two degrees, but in five years rather than six. If you transfer into a double degree after one or two years in another tertiary course, you will receive advanced standing for any relevant non-law subjects. This means that you will often be able to complete the degree within the normal time frame.
Completing the double degree will enable you to choose complementary subjects in each program if you wish. It will also enhance your future career options. For example, as a law/accounting graduate you may be able to work as a lawyer within the accountancy profession.
Multiple Degree Options with Flexibility
As an applicant, you can choose from 11 professionally-accredited undergraduate law programs. At our Melbourne campus, graduates can apply for the three-year Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry). School-leavers can apply for the four-year Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate Entry) or one of our nine five-year double degree programs:
- Law/International Relations
- Law/Media Studies
- Law/Psychological Sciences
Students at our Bendigo campus can enrol into either of our two single degrees or one of four double degree programs (Law/Arts; Law/Business; Law/Psychological Science; and Law/Science). After one* or two years*, you can transfer to Melbourne for the remainder of their course. But, you may also be able to complete later year subjects through blended learning and/or intensive courses.
Two intakes per year (March and July**) mean you can study full- or part-time*** and take summer and winter school subjects to speed up your course. These opportunities may also be available to students at the Melbourne campus.
*Graduates usually transfer after one year of full-time study
**July intake not available at Bendigo campus.
***Part-time study is not available to international students
After 17 January 2013, applicants may apply direct to La Trobe Law School.
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