Whether it's advocating for a client, supporting community services or writing policy that shapes the nation, studying law empowers you to make an impact on society.
In La Trobe's Bachelor of Laws (Honours), you'll develop the knowledge and expertise to establish yourself as a forward-thinking legal professional. You'll combine outstanding intellectual and skills-based legal training with a progressive approach to law, preparing you for a rewarding career.
Explore the principles of key areas of legal practice. Tailor your degree to your career aspirations with a diverse range of electives. Study how legal practice shapes the most pressing challenges of our time, including in areas such as environmental law, international law, intellectual property law, and cyber law and policy.
As you study, you'll build your talents in advocacy, negotiation and dispute resolution, so you'll be ready to apply them in both legal and non-legal settings. You'll also have opportunities to test your skills in competitions - whether that's competing against fellow La Trobe students, going up against students from other Australian universities, or even competing with representatives from international universities like Harvard, Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong.
Learn from legal experts in our Law School and hone your skills in critical thinking, research, writing and teamwork. Then put your knowledge into practice with opportunities for real-world placement experiences - from working in environments including community legal centres, law firms and government agencies to building mentor relationships with judges, magistrates and coroners.
Want to use your legal training to pursue your passion? Study your Bachelor of Laws (Honours) as a double degree and add a new discipline to your expertise - such as arts, criminology, commerce, science, psychological science, global studies or media and communications. You'll be prepared for exciting careers that mix legal expertise and technical knowledge to meet the needs of modern employers.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Bachelor Degree Honours.
Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure. For more information, please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook.
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Laws (Honours), students must complete a total of 480 credit points across 4 years.
Year 1 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Year 2 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Year 3 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Year 4 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.Subject name Subject code Year Credit points ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE LTU0AIM 1 0 WOMINJEKA LA TROBE: INDIGENOUS CULTURAL LITERACY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ABS0WOM 1 0 DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW1DR 1 15 LEGAL INSTITUTIONS AND METHODS LAW1LIM 1 15 PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL LAW LAW1CRL 1 15 PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC LAW LAW1PPL 1 15 CONTRACT LAW A LAW2CTA 2 15 CONTRACT LAW B LAW2CTB 2 15 PRINCIPLES OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW LAW2CSL 2 15 PRINCIPLES OF TORT LAW LAW2TOT 2 15 CIVIL PROCEDURE LAW3004 3 15 EVIDENCE AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW3001 3 15 FOUNDATIONS OF PROPERTY LAW LAW3002 3 15 REAL PROPERTY LAW LAW3005 3 15 STATUTORY INTERPRETATION LAW3003 3 15 PRINCIPLES OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW LAW4004 4 15 PRINCIPLES OF EQUITY AND TRUSTS LAW4003 4 15
A range of standalone elective subjects is available in this course. Some electives are recommended for your course, but you may also be able to choose from a range of University-wide electives or electives from other interest areas or disciplines. Note these electives may have their own prerequisites and other requirements. Please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook for the subjects available.
Core choice subjects are one or more subject groups you need to select in your course. Core choice subjects may be specific to your course, major, minor, specialisation or other learning requirements.Subject name Subject code Year Credit points LAW INTERNSHIP B LAW4INB 4 15 LEGAL RESEARCH PROJECT LAW4005 4 15
Capstone subjects are required subjects in your course or major that help you integrate and apply the knowledge and skills you gain to solve real world problems. Capstone subjects are often taken towards the end of your course.Subject name Subject code Year Credit points COMPANY LAW LAW4002 4 15
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.
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This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. After graduation, you could work across a range of industries, including in legal practice, the community sector, international development, environmental protection, government, banking and professional services.
Possible roles include:
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) course includes the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to meet the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer.
Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training via either a 12-month period of supervised legal training or completion of an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practice must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practice.
International students are advised to obtain assurance of recognition of the course by the relevant professional bodies in their preferred country of practice.
International graduates require a relevant visa to complete a practical legal traineeship and a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. Please contact the Australian Department of Immigration for details.
Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. For further details, including admission to the legal profession and/or relevant visa requirements, please contact the professional body for details.