Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Within the Bachelor of Laws program, Honours is generally undertaken as part of the final year of law studies. It is not an additional year, as in the case of most other degrees such as the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. The Honours year is by application. It includes the research and writing of a 10,000 word thesis (which counts as two law electives) under the supervision of a member of School academic staff on a topic to be approved by the Honours Convenor. Students enrol in Law Thesis Part 1 (LAW4THA) in Semester one and Law Thesis Part 2 (LAW4THB) in Semester two.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Henderson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminar participation; Supervision; Thesis

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. To be able to develop a research question dealing with a problem in a specific area of knowledge about law or of law, to identify appropriate research techniques designed to investigate and present plausible response(to that question, and to formulate and present such response(s).
02. Independently review, analyse and synthesise complex primary and secondary material
03. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a specific area of legal knowledge of their own choosing
04. Demonstrate critical thinking and judgment in developing a new understanding of a specific area of legal knowledge
05. Produce an original thesis showing sound reasoning, a coherent exposition of knowledge, effective writing and compliance with established style requirements

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Henderson

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
Four 2.00 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
N/AN/AOtherIndividualNo100 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Presentation Hurdle: all Honours candidates are required to present their research in a 3MTĀ© Competition, which is subjected to questioning and assessment by their peers a

N/AOral presentationIndividualYes0