Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

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Build on your existing studies and experience to obtain a qualification in the field of law.

This three year degree, only available to Higher Education graduates from any discipline, comprises foundation subjects, the compulsory “Priestley Eleven” subjects for admission to legal practice in Victoria, practical subjects, and a small number of electives.

Course essentials

Careers

When you graduate from a Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University, you’ll be in high demand because we’ll make sure you’re job-ready. Our hands-on approach to learning, coupled with teachers with years of experience in the legal profession, will give you the advantage and the confidence to get ahead in your career.

Job titles

  • Solicitor
  • Lawyer
  • Policy adviser
  • Legal adviser
  • Human rights advocate

Organisations employing law graduates

You could work as a lawyer or in legal practice in areas including criminal law, family law, commercial law and business.

Industries in Melbourne with the greatest demand for law graduates are banking and finance, corporate/commercial, litigation, private equity, projects, property, tax and workplace relations (Graduate Careers Australia).

Salaries

Four months after graduation, the average salary of Bachelor of Law graduates is A$53,000 (GradStats).

Average annual earnings of a solicitor in Australia is A$93,960 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Employment for solicitors in Australia is expected to grow very strongly in the next five years (Job Outlook).

Partnerships and placements

Our partnerships with industry, including Victoria Legal Aid, Sunshine Youth Legal Centre and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law provide opportunities for work placements.

Dynamic Learning

VU's Victoria Law School equips graduates for success in the real world through its world-class moot program.

Study pathways

Transferring to VU

You can get credit in the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) (BLGE) for study you have done at other universities. We have formal credit transfer arrangements for this course with the following universities

Victoria Police

  • If you studied the Graduate Certificate of Public Safety (Police Prosecution) you may get over a year of credit.

Victoria Police

  • If you studied the Prosecutors Training Course you may get up to half a year of credit.

To find out more about the pathways available for this course, please contact the College of Law and Justice.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

Course objectives

The course learning outcomes embody the educational rationale and include the concepts, theories and ideas central to the discipline. The course learning outcomes also closely align with the Threshold Learning Outcomes expected for Bachelor of Laws degrees and satisfy academic and professional requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria. The course will equip graduates to obtain employment in law firms, at the Bar and elsewhere. The course aims to produce intellectually well-rounded law graduates who have the professional and academic skills required to work in a variety of legal settings. The course provides graduates with attributes and competencies as would be expected of law graduates from an Australian Law School and to satisfy the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria. Aligned with AQF level 7, upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws (BLGE) (Graduate Entry) it is expected that graduates 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 judgment, 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.

Units and electives

The course is offered over three years on a full-time basis or part-time equivalent. All undergraduate degree units of study carry a value of 12 credit points. Each student must obtain 288 credit points through academic study to graduate. The course total of 24 Units of Study for this degree is comprised of: • 20 core law units of study • 4 elective law units of study selected from an approved list, To obtain an Honours degree in law: • Students who have been continuously enrolled in this course since 2014 or earlier: Subject to Grade Point Average (GPA), students undertaking the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) and who commenced this course prior to 2015 may receive their award with honours. In calculating a specified grade of honours, the following points shall be attributed to Bachelor of Laws units with BLB or LLW codes:- Pass = 5 points; Credit = 6 points; Distinction = 7 points; High Distinction = 8 points. In calculating the GPA, those Bachelor of Laws units successfully completed by the student will be ranked in order commencing with 8 point units and ending with 5 point units (if applicable). The aggregate of points attributed to the first two thirds of units so listed shall then be calculated and a grade point average determined (aggregated so calculated by the number of units being the first two thirds of units in the list). Bachelor of Laws with 2B Honours - GPA of 7 or more and a Credit grade in the unit of study BLB4142/LLW5901 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation; Bachelor of Laws with 2A Honours - GPA of 7 or more and a Distinction grade in the unit of study BLB4142/LLW5901 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation; Bachelor of Laws with 1st Class Honours - GPA of 7.5 or more and a Distinction or better grade in the unit of study BLB4142/LLW5901 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation Students who commenced this course after 1 January 2015 can apply mid - course to transfer into Bachelor of Laws (Honours)(Graduate Entry).

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

12 Credit points selected from the list of Law Electives

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

12 Credit Points from the list of Law Electives

Year 3, Semester 2

24 Credit points selected from Law Electives

LAW ELECTIVES
Students complete FOUR units (48 Credit Points) from the following list of Law Electives in the BLGE.
The code of each unit provides an idea of the relative difficulty of each unit compared to other units, eg 2000 level units such as LLW2001, and so are recommended for the earlier part of the BLGE. Similarly 4000 level units are recommended as electives in students' final year.
* NOTE: The elective unit BLB4142 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation is ONLY available to students enrolled in this course since pre-2015.

These units count as Law Electives in the BLGE

Law Electives normally offered in Semester 1 (not every elective may be offered every year)

Law Electives normally offered in Semester 2 (not every elective may be offered every year)

Law Electives normally offered in Summer semester (not every elective may be offered every year)

(these are normally offered in Burst mode)

Admission information

  • TAFE: Not applicable as the minimum entry requirement is satisfactory completion of an Australian Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Year 12: Not applicable as the minimum entry requirement is satisfactory completion of an Australian Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • International: Admission into this course is based on performance in prior undergraduate studies or higher. An applicant is expected to demonstrate completion of at least a three year Bachelor's degree in Australia 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. An applicant may further be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process. In addition to academic requirements, English language requirements of an IELTS (Academic module) result with a minimum overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent must be met.
  • Mature: Admission into this course is based on performance in prior undergraduate studies or higher. An applicant is expected to demonstrate completion of at least a three year Bachelor's degree in Australia 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.
  • Other: Graduates who have been unsuccessful in gaining entry in the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) (BLGE) may gain entry into the Bachelor of Laws undergraduate program (BLAW), and potentially apply at a later stage for transfer into BLGE on the basis of excellent academic results in the Bachelor of Laws. An applicant may further be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

How to apply for this course

Apply through VTAC

Applications close on 7 November 2014.

When you're ready:

  1. Apply via the VTAC website.
  2. As part of the application you may need to complete extra requirements such as:
    • submit a VTAC Personal Statement
    • attend an interview, audition, information session or workshop
    • submit a folio
    • sit a test

Extra requirement details are available in the VTAC Guide.

You need to complete all extra requirements by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Apply direct to VU

You can submit an application for this course directly to VU via our online Admissions Centre

Note that your direct application will not be assessed until all VTAC applications have been processed.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

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

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