La Trobe University

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Undergraduate

Details

University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 5 million
Student Population 36,000
Int'l Student Population 7,000
Main Campus Melbourne (Bundoora, suburb of Melbourne)
Program Campus Melbourne or Bendigo
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$40,600 (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake Feb/March & July
Next Available Intake March
Application Deadline No set deadline*

Overview

The La Trobe Law School’s progressive and practical courses ensure that graduates are career ready—and ready to make a difference in their local and global communities.

Their vision is to create a teaching and learning environment that focuses on social justice and employability, with research outcomes that shape the law for the better.

La Trobe Law School partners closely with community legal centres, law firms, and criminal justice organizations. The school’s outstanding clinical placement program ensures that students graduate with valuable workplace experience, a commitment to professional responsibility, and high ethical standards.

High-impact research
Researchers in the La Trobe Law School are tackling some of the big issues of our time, partnering with industry, government, and community organizations to influence law reform in Australia and overseas. Researchers participate in test case litigation, serve as expert witnesses in superior court cases and regularly engage with the media.

The La Trobe Law School is rated at well above world average in the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia.

Program

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.

You’ll learn from legal experts and hone your skills in critical thinking, research, writing, and teamwork.

Clinical Placements
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.

Dispute resolution
Build key skills in negotiation and mediation to support your future practice. Learn about the processes of arbitration, conciliation, mediation, and negotiation in private and commercial disputes.

Evidence and criminal procedure
Build your understanding of the criminal legal system and procedure. Learn how to apply criminal law to real-world scenarios and provide legal advice.

Contract law and company law
Learn how to apply the legal principles governing the creation, interpretation, and termination of a contract. Develop the skills to specialize as a corporate legal expert through studies in incorporation, corporate governance, and the various methods of financing.

Public law
Discover how government power is distributed, exercised, and controlled. Learn about federalism, grants, and taxation, the external affairs’ power, and how governments are held accountable for their actions.

Double Degree Option

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. Contact OzTREKK for more information about this option.

La Trobe International Scholarship
La Trobe University values academic excellence. High-achieving international students thinking about applying to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) will be automatically considered for this scholarship worth 20% – 30% off the annual tuition fees for the duration of your studies. All candidates are automatically considered at the time of application—no separate application required. Please contact OzTREKK’s law admissions team at law@oztrekk.com for more info about this scholarship opportunity!

Admission Requirements

Completed high school diploma
Completed high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 90% and Grade 12 English.

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3 months prior to the program start date.