University Handbook 2016

Bachelor of Legal Studies

Course code/s: LBLS Melbourne

This degree is being phased out. No new enrolments will be permitted from 2015. Prospective students should see the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts major in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies, offered at the Melbourne Campus.

Students currently enrolled in this degree will be able to complete their degree under the structure outlined below.

Course Description

This degree aims to equip students with knowledge and skills that are relevant to a range of law-related vocational contexts including research and policy development, criminology and criminal justice, legal education, human rights and social justice, advocacy, community development and social welfare. The degree offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on law and legal issues by combining subjects in legal studies and criminology, with electives drawn from other disciplines taught in the University, especially the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Core subjects at first-, second and third year levels provide the framework for understanding and assessing the relationship between law and society, the nature and function of legal institutions, and the role of law in relation to social change and social justice. The vocational aspect of the degree is underscored by specially designed subjects including the foundation skills based, Law in Action (LST1LIA) and Legal Studies Workplace Practice (LST3LSW), which provides an intensive overview of vocational practices and pathways for graduates in legal studies. In their third year, students also gain practical experience by undertaking the work placement subject, Legal Studies Workplace Competence (LST3LWC). By selecting from a wide range of electives students are able to tailor their study to reflect their personal and vocational interests.

Course Structure

All subjects are worth 15 credit points unless otherwise stated.

First year (120 credit points)

In first year, students must complete:

  • three first-year elective subjects from Humanities and Social Sciences, totalling 45 credit points
  • two first-year elective subjects from anywhere within the University (prerequisites permitting), totalling 30 credit points.

Note:LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Teaching Period Subject Title Subject Code
First year
TE-SEM-1 Law in Action LST1LIA

* Students who have not completed LST1LLC and/or LST1CCR will need to contact the Student Administration Office for further advice.

Second year (120 credit points)

In second year, students must complete:

  • LST2LJP: Law, Justice and Power
  • at least 45 credit point subjects at second-year level chosen from the list below
  • second-year elective subjects from Humanities and Social Sciences, totalling 30 credit points
  • second-year elective subjects from anywhere in the University (prerequisites permitting), totalling 30 credit points.
Teaching Period Subject Title Subject Code
Second year
TE-SEM-1 Applied Ethics PHI2AET
TE-SEM-1 Law, Justice and Power (Core) LST2LJP
TE-SEM-1 Anarchists and Terrorists HIS2ANA
TE-SEM-1 Police, Society and Democracy LST2POL
TE-SEM-1 Sociology of Mobilities SOC2SOM
TE-SEM-2 Mind, Madness & Society SOC2MIN
TE-SEM-2 Victimology LST2VIC
TE-SEM-2 Slavery and Human Trafficking HIS2HTS

Third year (120 credit points)

In third year, students must complete:

  • LST3LPC: Law, Policy and Community
  • LST3SLR: Introduction to Socio-Legal and Political Research
  • 30 credit points of third-year level subjects chosen from the list below
  • third-year elective subjects from Humanities and Social Sciences, totalling 30 credit points
  • third-year elective subjects from anywhere in the University (prerequisites permitting), totalling 30 credit points.
Teaching Period Subject Title Subject Code
Third year
WK03-03 Legal Studies Workplace Practice (Summer) LST3LSW
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Socio-Legal and Political Research (Core) LST3SLR
TE-SEM-1 Aboriginal Australian History: the Colonial World HIS3AAH
TE-SEM-1 Crime, Law and Culture LST3CLC
TE-SEM-2 U.S. Civil Rights Movement HIS3ACR
TE-SEM-1 Diversity, Democracy, Dissent (30 credit points) GSD3DDD
TE-SEM-2 Law, Policy and Community (Core) LST3LPC
TE-SEM-2 Discrimination and the Law LST3DAL
TE-SEM-1 International Law and International Organisation POL3ILO
TE-SEM-2 Legal Studies Workplace Competence (30 credit points) LST3LWC

Honours program for the Bachelor of Legal Studies

Honours consists of a full year of study and is available to students who have completed a three year Bachelor of Legal Studies and who have met Honours entry requirements. In order to be admitted to Honours students must usually have achieved a strong B average in their second and third year legal studies subjects and have completed LST3SLR.

During Honours, students must complete 60 credit points of coursework (see below) as well as a 12,000-15,000 words research thesis. Research on the thesis is undertaken throughout the year in consultation with an approved supervisor. Prospective candidates are strongly advised to identify a thesis topic and potential supervisors before completing the third year of their degree. Students may enrol in Honours on a full-time or part-time basis. Mid-year commencement is also possible.  Entry into Honours is by application. Students who are interested in pursuing Honours are encouraged to speak with legal studies staff about their interests and to attend the advertised Honours information session, which is held towards the end of second semester each year.

Legal Studies Honours Coursework Subjects
TE-SEM-1 Fundamental Concepts in Legal Studies and Criminology LST4FCL
TE-SEM-2 Conceptualising Social Sciences: Key Concepts and Debates SSC4CSS

For further information please contact ASK La Trobe (for current student enquiries) or call 1300 135 045 (for prospective student enquiries).


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