La Trobe Law School student experience

The La Trobe Law School prides itself on producing highly skilled, flexible, career ready graduates – who are ready to make a difference.

But learning is a partnership. Our diverse and engaged student body play a key role in the Law School’s culture and outcomes.

Our programs offer students a wide range of electives, allowing them to tailor their studies to their career aspirations.

Clinical placements introduce them to the workplace. And, our student associations host regular networking and career events, connecting future graduates with future employers.

Together, we achieve great outcomes. Our students become barristers, solicitors and in-house counsel, or work in corrections and victim support services.

Find out how we set our students up for success.

At La Trobe University, we have a longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice; our students are amongst the most diverse of all Australian universities, and we are committed to providing a learning environment and workplace where all students and staff feel valued, respected and supported to achieve their full potential.

We care about building a connected community that actively champions diversity and inclusion to help people thrive. We achieve this by supporting our people, valuing diverse thinking as a key driver of innovation, and holding ourselves to account in delivering a culture where equity is a way of life.

La Trobe is committed to promoting equal opportunities and support for all students and staff, with a focus on six key pillars: cultural, disability, gender equality, Indigenous, LGBTIQA and life stages.

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We want our students to have an excellent experience with us and hope they return as they progress through their professional careers.

We meet regularly with our student associations in Law and Criminology, and other student representatives, to ensure that we are responsive, problem solve and work together to enhance the student experience.

Because we have small class sizes, our students have ready access to staff and great opportunities to co-partner in learning.

Our students can also engage socially through the Law Students’ Association and the Criminology Students’ Society. Both associations host networking career events, giving students opportunities to connect with future employers.

We also believe that wellbeing is just as important as success. La Trobe offers extensive support services to optimise the student experience.

Find out more about how we support our students to excel at La Trobe.

Our students undertake placements in a range of interesting settings, ensuring they have the practical skills and experience they need to thrive in the workplace.

Placements are designed to support students to develop job ready skills, build confidence and explore potential careers. Our students gain experience in interviewing and working with clients, drafting documents, research and analysis, case management and reflective practice.

We offer placements with the courts, law firms, community legal centres and other community organisations, as well as in policing and corrections. Students can also self-source a placement locally, interstate or overseas.

Many of our placements involve students working directly with clients at our community clinics. In partnership with legal and social organisations, students work under professional supervision to deliver much needed services to the community. Students work as lawyers and criminology students work as community support workers.

Our placement opportunities recognise that Law and Criminology graduates work in a wide range of careers and legal settings. Our programs ensure that they make a seamless transition from university to employment.

Find out more about our partnerships.

The La Trobe Law School offers an industry-leading advocacy subject, an elective that trains students in oral and written legal advocacy, and from which our highly successful mooting teams are drawn.

Our School has an outstanding record in competitive mooting at both national and international levels. Our teams consistently reach the finals of international mooting competitions, and School advocates have won many speaker awards over the years.

La Trobe Law teams regularly participate in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moots in Hong Kong and Vienna, the Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot, the Jessup Moot and the International Criminal Court Moot in the Hague.

Being part of La Trobe Law’s mooting program helps students to develop their written and oral advocacy skills and learn the value of teamwork. It also provides opportunities to network with lawyers, judges and academics from around the world.

In addition to mooting, La Trobe Law School offers students opportunities to participate in a variety of simulated legal activities including client interviewing, witness examinations and negotiations.

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La Trobe partners with universities around the world, enabling students to add an international perspective to their studies.

Our students explore Law and Criminology in the global context through our course curriculum, as well as international study options.

They can undertake short overseas placements during their degree, adding to their learning and personal development.

Many also take up the opportunity to go on exchange, enabling them to explore the laws and justice systems of other countries.

Find out more about our exchange programs.

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I have had the opportunity to grow, not just academically, but also emotionally, personally, professionally and socially, through my involvement in a range of exchange programs, extra-curricular activities, student clubs and networking events.