Study options

La Trobe Law School is dedicated to providing you with a global perspective, practical legal skills, and a spirit of service to the legal profession and the community.

You will be taught by highly qualified staff with extensive teaching experience, world-standard research profiles and a strong tradition of professional engagement. Our academic staff produce expert research across a broad range of areas, including access to justice, commercial law and taxation, criminal law and justice, family law, human rights and international law, law and society and public institutions and administrative law. Our expertise informs teaching in both core and elective subjects and will provide you with insights into current issues in legal practice, public policy and law reform.


Bachelor of Laws

Our Bachelor of Laws, Combined Degrees and Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) include all the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to meet the academic requirements for admission to legal practice as an Australian lawyer. We focus on developing your skills in critical thinking, analysis, advocacy, mediation and negotiation, and allow you to build a specialised degree through your elective choices.

Bachelor of Criminology

Learn to critically engage with the issues, people and processess involved in criminal justice and related fields. Make a positive difference to the community by becoming professionals in fields such as policing, corrections, customs, crime prevention, advocacy, and research and policy development. The knowledge and practical and analytical skills you acquire from the Bachelor of Criminology will enable you to understand crime and responses to it in all their complexity.



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.


Juris Doctor

La Trobe Law School's Juris Doctor offers a global perspective on the law from our City Campus in the heart of Melbourne's legal precinct. Offered by an established, experienced and succesful law school with a strong commitment to social justice and interdisciplinary research, you will learn from elite legal minds and experienced practitioners in a friendly and supportive environment and benefit from a range of unique offerings.

This course meets the academic requirements set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. View the JD course structure.

Master of Laws

Taught by distinguished academics and practitioners from around the world, La Trobe's Master of Laws is an internationally relevant and contemporary qualification. It prepares graduates for work in business, government or public interest organisations.

Higher Degree Research

La Trobe Law School promotes cross-disciplinary research that delivers effective outcomes for private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Find out more about applying to study a Higher Degree Research at La Trobe University.

Elective Subjects

In order to provide a variety of areas for study, the School offers a range of elective law subjects at its Melbourne Campus, with a LAW code. Most elective subjects are offered on a rotational basis. Some electives are offered in summer and winter semesters and these are normally taught in block mode (e.g. five-day intensives).

Law electives are normally only available to undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws or relevant combined degree program. However, a limited number of Bachelor of Laws electives are open to non-Bachelor of Laws students. These subjects attract a Level 3 HECS banding. Please see further entries below for eligibility and lists of approved subjects. Bachelor of Laws students cannot undertake legal studies subjects as law electives. The subject code for law electives must begin with LAW. However, if Bachelor of Laws students are required to select non-law electives as part of their degree they may be able to undertake legal studies subjects (subjects with an LST code).

Subject to application and quota, students enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws program may also take up to four of the subjects offered in the Master of Laws in Global Business Law or Masters of Laws as law electives at undergraduate domestic or international rates as the case may be. These subjects are usually offered in summer or winter semesters. For further information, refer to the Bachelor of Laws Electives.