Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

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Course essentials

This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course


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.

Honours in Law 

Find out more about Honours in Law and method of application.

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$83,200 (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

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

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.

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

To attain the Bachelor of Laws students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 32 units) consisting of:
240 credit points (equivalent to 20 units) of Core Law studies
48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) 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 be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3). The class of honours will be determined by their GPA score in BLB4142/LLW5901. This GPA score will be calculated by the College of Law and Justice.

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.

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: * NOTE: The elective unit BLB4142 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation is ONLY available to students enrolled in this course since pre-2015.

Law electives

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.

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