Crime, justice and legal studies

Why study crime, justice and legal studies?

The law plays a significant role in all aspects of our lives, from our relationships with each other, to the way in which our system of government operates. Our legal system is constantly changing and being challenged through activism, advocacy, crime trends and perceptions of justice.

Understanding the way that people shape law and how law shapes people is a key aim of Legal Studies. Legal Studies students critically investigate the nature, character and power of law. Legal Studies enriches debate about law and offers diverse ways to critique, reform and evaluate the role of law in a range of different contexts.

By exploring the ramifications of law on different groups within society, students gain powerful insights into the forces that shape our society – and the effectiveness of our legal system. Graduates find work in community services, criminal justice, social welfare, legal education and human rights areas, working in both government and non-government sectors. La Trobe Graduates are well suited to careers in advocacy, policy evaluation, policy development and research.

Career opportunities

Research and policy development, criminology, community work, advocacy, human rights, mediation and dispute resolution, criminal justice, social welfare, and community legal education.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


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Bachelor of Arts

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: 50.1Albury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: NA

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent3 years

Bachelor of Criminology

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: 60.6Bendigo: 67.3

Start dates: Multiple start dates at various locationsMarch (Melbourne and regional campuses) and July (Melbourne Campus only)

Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent3 years

Bachelor of Laws

ATAR and location:Melbourne: 90.75Bendigo: NA

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Multiple start dates at various locations

Duration: 4 years4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Other ways into undergraduate study

Learn how you can plan a pathway into your preferred degree, including single subject entry. See also La Trobe University Access and Equity programs which support a variety of ways into undergraduate study for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

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