Information on this page is for Australian residents

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

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Build on your existing academic experience to move into the field of law with a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) at Victoria University.

This course is available to bachelor degree graduates from any discipline. You’ll get the comprehensive training and hands-on experience to launch your legal career.

As well as exploring legal practice and ethics, this course covers all major areas of law, including:

  • contract
  • torts
  • property
  • consitutional
  • criminal
  • corporate.

Through your studies and many practical opportunities available, you’ll develop valuable legal skills in:

  • negotiation
  • mediation
  • legal drafting
  • statutory interpretation
  • preparing for court appearances.

This degree includes the compulsory ‘Priestly Eleven’ subjects. So when you graduate, you'll have satisfied the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria.

We also offer Honours in Law.

Our partnerships with industry mean you’ll learn from experienced professionals in the legal sector – working on cases that have a real impact on people.

VU law students have provided over 1000 young people with free legal advice and referrals through a program at WEst Justice Sunshine Youth Office.

You could gain invaluable experience with our Supreme Court and County Court internship programs, as well as legal placement opportunities at:  

  • State Trustees Program
  • Victoria Police (Prosecutions Division)
  • Victoria Legal Aid:
    • Magistrate’s Courts program
    • Family Law Clinic
    • Infringements Clinic
  • WEstjustice:
    • Sunshine Youth Clinic
    • Family Law Clinic
    • Refugee Clinic

At VU, we make sure you graduate with plenty of practical experience under your belt. That’s why we encourage students to take advantage of our renowned moot program.

A moot court is a mock court which simulates the proceedings of a live court room. By participating, you’ll develop your legal skills and be work-ready to practise law in the real world.

Take the opportunity to study overseas as part of your VU law degree and you could find yourself on the other side of the world in England, the USA or Malaysia.

Our international law partners include:

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

International students may obtain a skills assessment for the Victoria Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).

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, student lounges, study spaces and a prayer room.

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced VUHQ course advisers to get your questions answered.

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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

A law degree is the first step towards becoming a barrister or solicitor. Upon graduation, you will meet the academic requirements as required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board. Admission as an Australian lawyer can be obtained after successful completion of the practical legal training requirements.

VU’s Bachelor of Laws will give you a broad range of skills and knowledge that prepare you for work in the legal sector and beyond.

You could go on to work in government, non-government and private sectors in roles such as:

  • legal practitioner (barrister or solicitor)
  • in-house legal counsel
  • lawyer
  • policy adviser
  • business manager/company administrator
  • public administrator
  • teacher
  • law reform research officer
  • legal adviser
  • human rights advocate.

Salary

The average starting salary for Bachelor of Law graduates in Australia is $55,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

The average annual salary for a solicitor in Australia (once you gain further training and experience) is $104,000 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:
264 credit points of Core Law studies
24 credit points of Elective students (from the lists below).

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours:

Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws prior to 31 Dec 2014 may apply to undertake the unit BLB4142 in their later years based on a GPA of 7 or above as calculated  by the College of Law and Justice.  Students will be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3) dependant on thier GAP score and overal mark in BLB4142.

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 be required to complete units LLW5900 and LLW5901 in order to gradaute with honours.

First Year Core Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

12 Credit Points from the list of Law Electives

Year 3, Semester 2

12 Credit points selected from Law Electives

LAW ELECTIVES Students complete FOUR units (48 Credit Points) from the following list: * NOTE: The elective unit BLB4142 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation is ONLY available to students enrolled in this course since pre-2015.

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 advanced specialist bodies of knowledge within the discipline of law;  
  2. Critically 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 and comparative contexts;  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to legal issues by critically 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, synthesising and adapting knowledge, skills legal reasoning and research to make appropriate responses to legal issues that reflect the 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 within broad parameters 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.  

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.

Credits

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: Completion of an Australian Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Mature: Admission into this course is based on performance in prior undergraduate studies or higher. An applicant is expected to demonstrate completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent with a high Grade Point Average or excellent results. Postgraduate qualifications will be evaluated according to the nature of the relevant degree.
    An applicant must submit a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) which includes a summary of prior work experience and reasons for applying for the course. The College Dean or delegate(s) will evaluate this statement and take it into consideration in selection.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Diploma of Policing

The Victoria Police

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Graduate Certificate in Police Prosecution

The Victoria Police

You will be credited for up to 120 credit points of study.

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.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

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

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