Law & Justice
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.
In 'Law & Justice':
Courses we offerOur courses provide you with practical legal skills for future employment.
College staffMeet the Dean of the College of Law & Justice, and find contact details for academic staff.
Practical legal educationThe College of Law & Justice offers a suite of programs designed to ensure you graduate with a legal education which emphasises practical experience.
Sir Zelman Cowen CentreQuality education, research & services for government, legal practitioners, industry & community.
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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
- problem solving
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DICTUM - Victoria Law School Journal
DICTUM aims to distinguish itself from other law journals by committing to:
- explore topical and contentious legal issues
- include at least one student contribution per issue
- publish shorter, punchier articles, ranging from 4000 – 6000 words
- look beyond the general legal community, including government bodies, financial institutions and other interest groups
We are passionate about promoting academic integrity and high quality scholarship. All submissions are subject to an independent, anonymous peer review.
Peer review system
DICTUM uses a double-blind review system: submissions are referred to at least two independent and anonymous referees. Once we have referred a suitable manuscript for review, contributors will be notified of the outcome in approximately 30 days.
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 most recent edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3 (AGLC3)
- submissions will only be considered with a completed copy of DICTUM's Publication Policy
For further information, contact DICTUM via email at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.