La Trobe University

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Media and Communication

Overview

Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration
5 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
34 400

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, www.upstart.net.au, and use our AV production equipment, TV studio, 24-hour digital editing suites and audio recording studio.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English and at least 30 in English other than EAL or international equivalent.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)

for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

Career outcomes

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

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.
International graduates would need the relevant visa to complete a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. You're advised to obtain assurance of recognition of the course by relevant professional bodies in your preferred country of practice.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

34 400

Scholarships

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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

CRICOS code: 085004D