Law & Justice

The Hon. Michael Kirby speaks about the benefits of studying law at VU

The College of Law & Justice incorporates the Victoria Law School and the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.

We provide education in all aspects of the law. Designed in consultation with legal professionals, our courses provide solid foundations for a successful law career.

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Victoria Law School

The Victoria Law School (VLS) aims to provide you with skills to address the exciting challenges of contemporary legal practice. Together with legal principles and research techniques, you'll learn skills including:

  • writing for particular audiences
  • negotiation
  • problem solving
  • mediation

We also provide you with the ability to critically examine the law, and potential opportunities for law reform and improvement.

The VLS operates from the City Queen campus in the heart of Melbourne's legal and district, and at VU's flagship campus, Footscray Park.

We aim to provide our students with practical legal skills training to equip you for the workplace, whether within the legal domain or other professional settings.

Research activities

The governance research program sits within the College of Law and Justice, and aims to improve governance of the private and public sectors through the use of independent academic research, consultancies and postgraduate teaching.

The VLS encourages research that involves working with industry partners to solve real-world problems. Research is undertaken by academic staff members and research students in the college's disciplinary groups:

  • Governance and Regulation
  • Courts and Justice
  • International Law

Higher degrees by research

Research degrees can be obtained by undertaking a Master by Research, PhD or Professional Doctorate.

To find a supervisor with similar research interests to you, email law.school@vu.edu.au

Find out about applying for a research degree, or becoming a research student.

Victoria University Law and Justice Journal

The Victoria University Law and Justice Journal (VULJ) was formerly known as Dictum and is the official law journal of Victoria University and its affiliated body, the College of Law and Justice. VULJ aims to distinguish itself from other law journals by committing to:

  • explore topical and contentious legal issues
  • publish shorter, punchier articles, ranging from 4000 – 6000 words
  • extend our audience beyond the traditional legal community, including government bodies, financial institutions and other interest groups

The current issue of VULJ is available online. Older copies are also available from the online archives.

Authors

The Victoria University Law & Justice Journal is now accepting article submission for Vol. 4 Iss. 1 2014. Submissions close 30 May 2014.

Complete author guidelines can be viewed on the VULJ website.

Peer review system

Final publication decisions will be made after consultation between the editors and the governance board.

  • advisory word limit is 4000 – 6000 words (excluding footnotes)
  • submissions should contain an abstract of approximately 150 words
  • all submissions must comply with the most recent edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3 (AGLC3)

Sponsors

The VULJ accepts sponsorship from legal and related organisations who would like to show their support for the Victoria University Law and Justice Journal and our publications.

Registration of interest

Anyone wishing to register their interest in becoming an author, peer reviewer or in sponsoring the journal can complete the online form.

Contact VULJ

More information about VULJ is available at the journal site, or you can contact VULJ at vulj@vu.edu.au.

Board of Examiners requirements

The Legal Board of Examiners requires VU to forward by registered mail a student's academic conduct report, completion letter, certificate 4.14 and official transcript.

If you require these documents to be processed please email your request to law.school@vu.edu.au and include your:

  • student ID
  • full name
  • years of study
  • whether you completed your degree at VU
  • your intended admission date.

Please allow at least 3 weeks for your request to be processed. There is no charge for this service.

Contact us

Victoria Law School Administration Office
Level 1, City Queen campus
Phone: +61 3 9919 6100
1300 VIC UNI (1300 842 864)
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