Why study law?

We're dedicated to providing you with a global perspective, practical legal skills and a spirit of service to the legal profession and the community. We offer a high quality, innovative legal education, with a strong commitment to social justice, interdisciplinary enquiry and an international perspective.

  • Be prepared for employment in a global legal economy.
  • Gain practical experience that links learning with legal practice.
  • Study the law in its broad social, political and economic context.
  • Develop analytical, problem-solving and critical research skills.
  • Choose from eleven professionally accredited law programs, with nine leading to double degrees.
  • Go on to do an Honours year, if you're a top student. This involves close supervision, access to a research and writing skills program, and a 10,000 word thesis.

High quality teaching and learning

La Trobe Law School has a dedicated Director of Teaching and Learning and a commitment to small-group teaching in all of our tutorials and seminars. Some subjects are offered through blended learning mode; lectures in core subjects are all recorded and available online.

We design many of our assessment tasks to help you develop group problem-solving, communication and advocacy skills. We also prepare you for employment in a global legal economy by offering electives with an international focus and facilitating overseas study opportunities. Our diverse student intake also contributes to a rich teaching and learning environment.

Didn't meet the entry requirements? There are other ways in.

Looking for a way to study law? An ATAR isn't the only answer. La Trobe has a number of pathways that will put you on track into a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or a law double degree.

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Bachelor of Criminology

Crime, and our response to it, are shaped by gender, race, power and money. Learn how innovation can solve issues and build a safer community with our Bachelor of Criminology

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Bachelor of Arts

Follow your passion and your career goals when you study our Bachelor of Arts. You'll build your foundation knowledge and gain Advanced Standing towards your preferred degree to pursue your dream career in the legal profession.

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Work-ready graduates

Our graduates are renowned for their practical skills. Under the supervision of staff with extensive professional experience, you'll have access to practical learning opportunities such as:

  • judicial mentoring
  • compulsory mooting (mock presentation of a legal issue before an opposing counsel and a judge)
  • simulated role-plays
  • work placements in a legal environment.

Career opportunities

La Trobe graduates can work in legal practice and beyond.

Our graduates have found positions in top-tier law firms, the Victorian bar, judicial administration, government and corporate bodies, Victoria Legal Aid, community legal services and public interest advocacy groups.

Roles include solicitor, barrister, judge's associate, litigation manager, patent attorney, law librarian, lecturer, equal opportunities officer, intelligence analyst, industrial relations officer, immigration officer, taxation officer, ministerial, legal or policy adviser, and in dispute resolution and compliance.

Many law graduates use their skills in related fields such as social work, policing or human services.

La Trobe's Career Development Centre can help you prepare and develop resumes, apply for jobs and develop interview skills. Start planning your career now.

Application information

Mid-year entry – Bendigo Campus

Mid-year entry to law courses at La Trobe's Bendigo Campus requires attendance at one foundational law class at La Trobe's Melbourne campus. We'll provide full details when you enrol.

All mid-year and direct applications

All direct applications must be accompanied by a personal statement addressing work experience, community involvement, personal circumstances and accomplishments and career goals.

Your study experience

Find out more about studying with the La Trobe Law School