Honours in Law

Studying honours in law at Victoria University does not require an additional year, the core units required for honours can be taken during your Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree.

There is no doubt that graduating with honours is a personal achievement and it also improves your employability in the highly competitive legal market.

 

Law courses accepting honours applications

The following law courses accept honours applications:

Apply for honours

Depending on when you commenced your course, there are two different methods of applications for honours.

Students who commenced their LLB course from 2015 onwards

You will need to transfer to the Honours degree. To transfer you will need to have:

  • eight law units (BLB or LLW units) or fewer left to complete your Bachelor of Law (LLB) course (usually the last year of your course)
  • an average score of at least 70 or above. This must be confirmed by the College Manager, Diane Storey.

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), students in any Bachelor of Laws course may apply to transfer into any Bachelor of Laws (Honours) course.

Students with eight or less units to complete will be assessed on the top 12 law units completed. Where a student's average score is 70% or above for the top 12 law units completed, they're eligible to make an application for transfer into an Honours degree. They will be further assessed on an outline of a proposed thesis topic, dependent on the availability of a college-based or college-affiliated supervisor.

Where approved, students must have at least two spaces of law electives available and once transferred must enrol in both LLW5900 Advanced Legal Research Methods and LLW5901 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation. In order to graduate with honours, students must successfully pass both these units.

Please note:

  • Cross-institutional subjects are not counted
  • You should keep two law electives free while studying your initial LLB course, so that when you transfer to the honours course, you are able to complete the two required dissertation units which are both electives:
    • LLW5900 Advanced Legal Research Methods
    • LLW5901 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation.

Contact the college professional staff for further information and to apply.


Students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015

To graduate with honours, you must meet the eligibility criteria, including the completion of the Advanced Research Dissertation unit.

  1. To apply to study the Advanced Research Dissertation unit, ensure you have 10 units or less left to complete your LLB course (usually in your last or second last year of your course) and your BLB units meet the required Grade Point Average (GPA).
  2. Contact Diane Storey (diane.storey@vu.edu.au) who will check your eligibility based on your GPA of seven or above.

Eligibility criteria to study Advanced Research Dissertation

You must meet the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements based on the best two thirds of your BLB subjects (cross-institutional subjects are not counted).

Contact us

For more information, contact the College of Law & Justice professional staff.