La Trobe University

Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
32 200

This three-year accredited graduate degree gives you the chance to build knowledge of the law from a global and social justice perspective. We focus on developing your skills in critical thinking, analysis, advocacy, mediation and negotiation.

In first year, you'll cover dispute resolution and the principles of constitutional, tort, public and criminal law. Second and third year offer units on other aspects of the law including corporate regulation, property law, evidence and criminal procedure, statutory regulation, and legal practice and conduct. You can also attend our winter school in Shanghai and summer school in Hong Kong or Geneva, and access summer and winter school electives from the Master of Laws in Global Business Law.

You'll gain practical experience through our judicial mentoring program that allows you to spend a semester shadowing a judge or magistrate. You can also undertake supervised legal work in our law clinic and at organisations like the Consumer Action Law Centre, the Office of Public Advocate and the Environmental Justice.

Our moot court gives you more practical experience through simulated activities like witness examination, negotiation and client interviews. We also have an exchange program that gives you the chance to study with our partner universities around the world.

Bendigo students can transfer to Melbourne in third year or continue on at Bendigo through e-learning options.

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

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

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

Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in a language other than English must submit an IELTS (or equivalent) test result with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no individual score less than 6.0.

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

This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. You may find work as a litigation manager, ministerial adviser or in dispute resolution.

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$)

32 200


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.

Additional information

An overseas law graduate or practitioner hoping to seek admission to practice in Australia should seek a ruling from the Victorian Council of Legal Education as to the extent to which existing academic qualifications and practical legal training may be regarded as sufficient. This should be made at least six months before commencing this course. This ruling may require the completion of a number of law subjects as well as an additional period of practical training.

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: 075235E