Crime, Justice and Legal Studies

Society and the role of law

Explore how the law shapes us and how we shape the law. What is the nature, role and impact of law in society?

Why study Crime, Justice and Legal Studies?

Crime, Justice and Legal Studies provides tools to understand and critically analyse the role of law and its place within broader social, cultural, political and economic contexts.

You'll be introduced to different disciplinary perspectives that offer insight into the nature, impacts and significance of law. You'll apply this knowledge to investigate a range of local and global issues, including citizenship, human rights and social justice, crime and criminal justice, law and popular culture.

You will reflect upon the relationship between law, policy and social change and develop strategies to identify and creatively address socio-legal problems.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2018 Handbook

Where can Crime, Justice and Legal Studies take me?

Crime, Justice and Legal Studies trains you for careers in a range of fields including community services, social welfare, human rights, criminal justice and legal education. It prepares you to work in both government and non-government sectors, in advocacy, policy evaluation, policy development and research.

Why La Trobe?

  • We have been teaching in the area of Crime, Justice and Legal Studies for 45 years.
  • Apply your knowledge in the workplace through our Work Integrated Learning program. Past placements include community organizations, law firms, research and policy units, community corrections and courts.
  • Approximately 25% of Crime, Justice and Legal studies students at La Trobe find graduate employment through their WIL
  • A truly interdisciplinary experience means you will build skills and learn theories from areas like sociology, gender studies and anthropology
  • Crime, Justice and Legal studies is the perfect pathway into La Trobe's new Bachelor of Criminology

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a major in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies, and a strong academic record, an Honours year will give you the chance to explore a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research or PhD program.

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course  or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at  another institution, you can apply  direct until applications close in December.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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