University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

Course code/s: LVLGE – Melbourne

Course Details

Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Lola Akin Ojelabi
Available to International Students No Yes
CRICOS 075235E
Course Duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) is a three year degree that provides graduates with an accredited professional qualification in Law. The program offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a social justice perspective and a real emphasis on practical hands-on experiences. It includes all the compulsory subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer in Victoria, as well as a broad range of electives, many with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education, International Advocacy and Negotiation. With two intakes a year, students can study full-time or part-time. The core component of the program is very structured. The first year provides students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation for their future law studies through a combination of skills-based and public and private law subjects covering areas such as Dispute Resolution, Contract and Tort Law, Criminal Law and Principles of Public Law. The second and third years address other areas of private law obligation such as Property Law, Equity and Trusts and Remedies. Students also examine key aspects of statutory regulation, which impact on the common law, corporate regulation, principles of administrative review, and additional practice-related requirements such as Statutory Interpretation, Civil Procedure and Professional Conduct and Ethics. Elective subjects allow students to construct a specialisation in an area of interest (see further below). Some electives are also available in intensive delivery at Melbourne in summer and winter semesters. Students wishing to study Graduate Entry Law at the Bendigo campus should see the Handbook entry for Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) LVLGEB Bendigo.

Course intended learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge of Australian legal systems, institutions and procedures, including fundamental legal principles and concepts, substantive areas of law and international and comparative contexts.
  2. Demonstrate analytical and practical skills in identifying legal issues, applying legal doctrine and solving legal problems using innovative and creative thought.
  3. Effectively and cogently communicate legal research, knowledge and analysis orally and in writing to a variety of audiences both legal and non-legal.
  4. Demonstrate a capacity to reflect on their own learning approaches, work independently, manage and foster personal and professional development, and collaborate effectively in a team environment.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to study and research using appropriate technology and discerning judgment, identifying, consolidating and critically analysing relevant legal sources.
  6. Recognise and reflect on lawyers’ professional and ethical responsibilities and the importance of integrity and service in legal analysis and practice.
  7. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the historical, social, economic and cultural contexts and implications of laws and the role of lawyers in promoting justice and equity.

Admission requirements

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. Applicants may apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre for Semester 1 intake and must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reason for applying. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application.

Degree requirements

Students must:

  • complete at least three years full-time study or its equivalent
  • complete in sequence the compulsory core Law subjects
  • complete a total of 360 credit points in Law subjects
  • complete a total of 24 Law subjects (18 compulsory subjects and 6 electives).


LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit online 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.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Law (Graduate Entry) (LVLGE) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 100 KB]


First year

Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Principles of Tort Law Contract Law A
Principles of Public Law Principles of Criminal Law Principles of Constitutional Law Contract Law B

Second year

Foundations of Property Law Evidence and Criminal Procedure Statutory Interpretation  Law Elective Subject
Real Property Law Civil Procedure Law Elective Subject Law Elective Subject

Third year

Company Law Principles of Equity and Trusts 3rd year Law Elective Subject 3rd year Law Elective Subject
Principles of Administrative Law Remedies Legal Practice and Conduct 3rd year Law Elective Subject

Elective law subjects

The following Law electives are available to Bachelor of Laws students. Not all electives are offered every year. Some electives are subject to quotas and students must make an application. Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.

LAW2DDL Death, Dying and Law (Not Offered in 2018)
LAW2FSL (WK 04-05) Family Society and Law
LAW2IPL (S2) Intellectual Property Law
LAW2ICL (WK 48-02) Introduction to Chinese Law (Off Campus)
LST2EL (S1, S2) Environmental Law
LST2FLA (S2) Finance Law
LAW2LAM (WIN) Law and Medicine (City Campus)
LAW2PLP (S1) Public Interest Law Practice
LAW2RRJ (S2) Rural and Regional Issues in Justice (Bendigo)
LAW2SLP Sentencing Law and Policy (Not offered in 2018)
LAW2SIH (S2) Statutory Interpretation and Human Rights  
LST2BSL (S1, S2, SUM) Introduction to Business Law and Ethics 
LCR2CBP (S2) Law and Practice of Customs and Border Protection 
LCR2FSL (S2) Forensic Science and the Law 
LST2LBA (S1, S2) Law of Business Association
LAW2SLP Sentencing, Law and Policy (Not offered in 2018)
LCR2PSY (S1) Psychology and the Law
LAW3CPL (S1) Competitive Policy and Law
LCR3JVJ (S2) Juvenile Justice
LAW3BFL (S2) Banking and Finance Law
LAW3CJU (S1) Criminal Justice
LAW3DRL Disability Rights and Law (Not Offered in 2018)
LAW3ELR (S2) Employment and Labour Relations Law
LAW3ERL (S2) Environmental and Natural Resources Law (Online)
LAW3GIL General Insurance Law and Practice (Not offered in 2018)
LAW3HRL (S1) Human Rights Law
LAW3ITL (S1) Income Taxation Law
LAW3IAM (WK 06-24) International Arbitration Moot
LAW3IAP (S1, S2) International Arbitration Practice
LAW3JRL Justice, Rights and Law (Not offered in 2018)
LAW3RPS (S1) Legal Rights, Poverty and Legal Services
LAW3MDC (S2) Mental Disorder and Criminal Responsibility
LAW3NEG Negotiation (Not Offered in 2018)
LAW3PIL (S2) Public International Law
LAW3ANI (S1) Animal Welfare, Law and Policy (Online) 
LAW3CLP (S1) Criminal Law Policy and Reform  
LAW3JMT (SUM 2, WK 35-13) Jessup Moot 
LAW3PLN (S2) Planning Law and Policy (Online)
LAW3SCL Succession Law (Not offered in 2018)
LAW3LCL Legal Change Legislation And Law Reform (Not offered in 2018)
LAW2SSL Succession Law (Not offered in 2018)
LAW3WAT (WIN) Water Law (Online)
LAW3CLE (SUM 1, S1, S2) Clinical Legal Education
LAW3GCP (S2) Global Change
LAW4INB (S1, S2, SUM, WIN) Law Internship B 
LAW4THA (S1, S2) Law Honours Thesis Part A
LAW4THB (S1, S2) Law Honours Thesis Part B
LAW4INT (ALL YR) Legal Internship
LAW4LPP (S1, S2 or SUM) Legal Practice and Conduct Clinical Placement
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, SUM = Summer, WIN = Winter Semester, WK = WeeksALL YR = All Year

Additional information

Students wishing to study part-time are encouraged to complete core subjects before elective subjects in the early years of the program so they complete the prerequisites for future core and elective subjects. This gives greater choice and flexibility in later years and permits you to cluster your electives in an area of interest or specialisation. Although law electives carry a year-level code, you can normally undertake electives at any stage of your degree, subject to prerequisites.

Subject to quota and prerequisites, students are also permitted to take up to four of the subjects offered in the Master of Laws law electives at CSP rates. Students in the Graduate Law program can take the Masters subjects from the end of first year. These subjects are offered in summer or winter semesters. The School also offers many subjects with a practical skills component, such as Clinical Legal Education, Public Interest Law Practice, International Arbitration Practice, International Arbitration Moot, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution Skills and Theory. Subject to application and quota, Bendigo and Melbourne students can also undertake a placement in Bendigo at the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre or another legal organisation for academic credit by enrolling into an elective subject called Rural and Regional Issues in Justice (LAW2RRJ). Opportunities also exist for judicial mentoring and to work under supervision in government and non-government legal organisations. The School offers other opportunities for students to study overseas, including semester-long exchanges, intensive winter school programs run by Duke University School of Law in Hong Kong and Geneva, and an Introduction to Chinese Law summer school subject run in Shanghai. Subject to sufficient interest, suitably qualified and successful students can also apply to participate in the Willem C Vis (Far East) International Commercial Arbitration mooting competition in Hong Kong and/or Geneva. The School has an excellent track record in national and international competitive mooting.


High achieving students may apply to undertake Honours in the Law program in the final year of their Law studies. Normally students require an average grade of B+ in their law subjects prior to their final year. Honours comprises a research component and a series of compulsory research seminars. Undertaking Honours takes the place of two law electives in the degree. Students must complete a 10,000 word thesis on a topic to be approved by the Convenor of the Honours Program. Ten compulsory research seminars are conducted across the year and students are required to present a paper on their individual research project. 

Those students undertaking a double degree and wishing to do Honours in their other degree, will also need to refer to the other School’s entry in the Handbook for information on Honours.



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