Crime, Justice and Legal Studies

Crime, Justice and Legal Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the relationship between law and society.  That means it draws upon the insights, theories and methods of various disciplines and areas of study. These include criminology, cultural studies, history, politics, philosophy, media studies, and gender, sexuality and diversity studies. As such our teaching program fosters the analytical skills and knowledge required to critique, reform and evaluate the role of law in a range of different contexts. Subjects cover a broad range of contemporary issues, including citizenship, the 'rule of law', human rights, social justice, law and development, crime and criminal justice, law and popular culture, the administration of law, and law's role in relation to social policy and social change. Crime, Justice and Legal Studies staff, in conjunction with the Law School, co-teach the Bachelor of Criminology.

Our research program is rich and diverse; staff are currently researching on topics including the historical and contemporary practices of punishment, sexual and domestic violence, technology-facilitated violence, online activism, judicial decision-making, constitutional reform, corporate crime, native title, and the worker's compensation system.

La Trobe ranks ‘at world standard’ for research in Law & Legal Studies (ERA 2018-2019 assessment).

Crime, Justice and Legal Studies students are well placed to work in both government and non-government sectors.

Our graduates are currently working in:

  • Research and policy development
  • Policing
  • Criminology and criminal justice
  • Legal education
  • Human rights
  • Advocacy
  • Community development and social welfare

Crime, Justice and Legal Studies Undergraduate Subjects 

Year LevelSemester 1WinterSemester 2Summer
1st year

Law and Disorder (LST1LOJ)


From Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment (LST1PDC)

2nd year

Sentencing and Corrections (LST2SCR)

Victimology: Victims, Justice and the Law (LST2VIC)

Law, Justice and Power (LST2LJP)

Drugs, Governance and Modern Society (fully online subject – LST2DRU)

Police, Society and Democracy (LST2POL)

3rd year

Critical Social Research (LST3CSR)

Big Ideas in Criminology (LST3BIG)

Socio-Legal Research Methods (LST3SLR)


Law, Policy and Community (LST3LPC)

Law, Rights and Social Justice (LST3LSJ)

Legal Studies Workplace competence (LST3LWC)

Reflecting on Violence (LST3TTV)

Legal Studies Workplace competence (LST3LWC)

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