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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018


Combine your chosen area of the arts with a qualification to practise law, for a rewarding and challenging career.

Our Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts gives you the flexibility to choose your own path. You’ll study the fundamentals of the law, then take your pick from our list of arts majors. By completing the degree you will have satisfied the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria.

Your degree will be personally satisfying and well-rounded. You’ll enhance your legal-analytical skills with critical thinking and writing. You’ll also gain a rich understanding of the role and impact of the law in society.

Our law campus is in the heart of the legal precinct, with access to private, public and community law institutes. You’ll complement your legal expertise with work experience in the arts, media or government – for a respected and useful skill set.

We offer valuable opportunities to network and learn through industry partnerships, and international collaborations with exchange partners.

Our partnerships with Magistrates’ Courts and community legal services let you apply your legal knowledge while you study. Our arts degree extends those opportunities to local councils and the Parliament of Victoria, as well as media organisations.

Some of our major clients, partners and industry associations:

  • ABC
  • Department of Justice, Victoria
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Migration Institute of Australia
  • Penguin Books
  • Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers
  • SBS
  • St Vincent de Paul.

In choosing your arts major, you get the exciting opportunity to set up your future career in an area that holds your interest and meets your personal goals.

As well as studying the necessary areas of the law to practise in Australia, you can choose a range of subjects – from Indigenous studies to gender studies, political science to sociology.

Our lecturers and research staff are all experts in their fields. We provide additional guidance from adjunct professors – honorary staff who hold positions in the legal and arts communities.

VU’s adjunct professors include:

You can study overseas for a semester at one of our many international partner institutes. Choose the destination that best suits your arts or law career ambitions.

Our international law partners are in England, the USA and Malaysia:

  • University of Cambridge
  • Los Angeles Law School
  • International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Our Queen Street campus is located in the heart of Melbourne's legal district.

This dedicated law campus features:

  • specialised law library
  • legal research centres including the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
  • mooting court
  • computer labs, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, student lounges, study spaces & a prayer room.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Careers in law and the arts

Your double degree will give you the skills and qualifications to practise law in your chosen area. For example, you could work in the copyright law in the media, or community law specialising in Indigenous, Vietnamese or family issues.

Other job pathways include:

  • lawyer
  • media professional
  • creative arts administrator
  • public servant and policy worker
  • community sector professional
  • strategic communicator
  • manager
  • professional writer.


The Australian national site, Job Outlook, has these averaged salaries:

You can continue your studies with honours in law, a pathway to further graduate study.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts students will be required to complete 480 credit points (equivalent to 40 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Law Core studies
  • 168 credit points (equivalent to 14 units) of Law Professional Core units
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of a Law Elective studies from the list below


  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Arts Major 1 studies from the list below


  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Arts Major 2 studies from the list below


  • 2 X 48 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Arts Minor studies from the list below.

Please note: Students selecting Arts Major 2 must choose 24 credit points (2 units) in place of ACX3005 Graduating Project 1 and ACX3006 Graduating Project 2 as these units will be covered in Major 1.

The units can be selected from the following minors listed below:

  • International Development
  • Professional Communication
  • Aboriginal Yulednj (Knowledge) and Community
  • Global Leadership

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours:
Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws prior to 31 Dec 2014:  may be  awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3) after completion of the BLB4142 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation unit in their final semester. The class of honours will be determined by their GPA score in BLB4142. This GPA score will be calculated by the College of Law and Justice.

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (For students enrolled post 1 January 2015):
Students in any Bachelor of Laws course may apply to transfer into any Bachelor of Laws (Honours) once they have completed a minimum 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above i.e. 70–100% in those units. Students will then complete LLW5900 Advanced Legal Research Methods PLUS LLW5901 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation units in their final semesters. 

First Year Core

Professional Core

Law Electives

Honours for students enrolled 2015 and thereafter



We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of the Australian legal system, fundamental areas of legal knowledge and relevant specialist bodies of knowledge within the disciplines of law and humanities.  
  2. Review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of law and underlying principles and concepts in diverse contemporary local and international comparative contexts.  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to legal and humanities issues by analysing and applying information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems and promote justice in authentic/contemporary professional, community and global settings.  
  4. Exhibit professional accountabilities and ethical judgement, by evaluating, synthesizing and adapting knowledge, skills, legal reasoning and research to make appropriate responses to legal issues that reflect the legal, social, political and contextual factors.  
  5. Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and skills appropriate for legal and non-legal audiences, in both oral and written form.  
  6. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals and implement effective, creative strategies to promote lifelong learning and pathways to further learning including a commitment to ongoing professional development.  
  7. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills, necessary to operate in the immensely divergent and complex global and Australian cultures.  
  8. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  
  9. Critically review theory and research in chosen areas of study.  
  10. Critically reflect on the patterns of social, cultural and political experience of society in general and share insights into their own lives.  
  11. Initiate, organise, undertake, and communicate research into the lives of their communities, including 'creative works as research' for students completing creative arts disciplines.  
  12. Exemplify academic skills in reading, note-taking and collection and organisation of resource materials including the presentation of oral and written material.  
  13. Collaborate with skill and confidence in group discussion and activity.  
  14. Exhibit interpersonal skills consistent with professional practice.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
  • Mature: Academic record including GPA (see institutional page). Relevant work experience may be considered in the absence of an academic record.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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