Honours in law

Why study Honours in law?

Undertaking Honours in law gives you the opportunity to pursue a year-long program of study which combines coursework and research in a specialised area of knowledge. The advanced analytical, research and communication skills you will gain as a result of completing honours are highly sought after by employers and will be advantageous when seeking work in a competitive job market.

Career opportunities

Graduates can work in legal practice and beyond. 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.

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Course information


In the Bachelor of Laws degree, Honours is undertaken as part of the final year of law studies (undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis). It is not an additional year, as is the case in most other degree programs. Students complete a thesis and must attend and contribute to a series of Honours seminars.

Students are required to complete a 10,000 word thesis (which counts as two law electives), supervised by a member of the Law School's academic staff, on a topic to be approved by the Honours Convenor. Students enrol in Law Thesis Part 1 (LAW4THA) in Semester 1 and Law Thesis Part 2 (LAW4THB) in Semester 2.

Honours Seminars
Students must also attend the Honours seminar series. These seminars are compulsory for all LLB Honours students. There will be approximately ten seminars (depending on eventual enrolments), beginning in first semester and to be completed approximately by the end of August. Every student will be required to present a report on their research during the seminar series.

3MT (c) Competition
All students are expected to enter the Honours Three Minute Thesis competition.  There will be heats and a final. The rules for the competition will be provided in class.

Entry requirements

Entry into Honours is by application and is usually determined after completion of the third year of the Bachelor of Laws.

How to apply

Entry to the Law Honours programme is by application. Honours students are selected on the basis of their performance in core subjects for the law degree. Currently enrolled later year law students may apply in November of the previous year for first semester entry and May for mid-year entry.  Application is by means of a form available from the Honours Program Director.  There are Information sessions each October and May in which students are informed as to the procedures and criteria for application and also as to supervision.

Contact details

Dr David Wishart
Director of Law Honours Program
La Trobe Law School
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
La Trobe University
Bundoora Victoria Australia 3086
T: +61 3 9479 1252 
E: D.Wishart@latrobe.edu.au

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