La Trobe University

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Media and Communication


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
5 years full time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

This double degree combines an innovative legal education with a practical insight into the rapidly evolving media industry. It's the ideal preparation for a career in law and/or media, across different platforms and industries.

The law degree includes the compulsory subjects required by the Victorian Council of Legal Education to practise in Victoria. It also includes compulsory specialised subjects relevant to media such as Intellectual Property Law and Competition Policy. You'll get a high-quality legal education with a global and social justice perspective, and great hands-on experience. Our electives give you experience in areas like international advocacy, clinical legal education, mediation and negotiation.

The Bachelor of Media and Communication degree takes a 'digital first' approach to the converging fields of film, radio, television, new media and communications. You can major in media industries, journalism or public relations, and you'll have access to professionals from a range of backgrounds.

This program will get you career-ready with an emphasis on practical experience. Our moot court gives you the chance to apply the full range of skills, including client interviews, witness examination and negotiation. Depending on your Media and Communication major, you'll have the chance to work in our on-campus strategic communications agency, complete a professional internship, contribute to our digital publication,, and use our AV production equipment, TV studio, 24-hour digital editing suites and audio recording studio.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English and at least 30 in English other than EAL. Applicants with comparable qualifications may be considered. A limited number of students may also be considered under Special Entry Schemes.

Subject bonus

A study score of 25 in any Humanities or Legal Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find diverse professional roles throughout the legal, media and communication sectors. Typical roles include media and communications lawyers, journalists covering legal issues, and strategic advisors to companies and regulatory bodies.

Professional recognition

All La Trobe University Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to qualify for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer. Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training either by a 12-month period of Supervised Legal Training or by completing an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practise must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practise.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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