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 will allow graduates from other disciplines to build on their existing studies and experience to obtain a qualification in the field of law. The course also aims to satisfy the academic requirement for admission to practice as a legal practitioner in Victoria.

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. Subject to Grade Point Average (GPA), students undertaking the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Laws combined degrees may receive their award with honours. In calculating a specified grade of honours, the following points shall be attributed to Bachelor of Laws units - 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 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation; Bachelor of Laws with 2A Honours - GPA of 7 or more and a Distinction grade in the unit of study 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 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation.

Compulsory Law Units of Study

Electives

Four units of study selected from the following:

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 Bachelor's degree with a high Grade Point Average or excellent results. Postgraduate qualifications will be evaluated according to the nature of the relevant degree. An applicant relying on qualifications obtained overseas must produce evidence that the qualifications have been assessed and recognised as equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree or higher. Ordinarily a certificate by the Overseas Qualifications Unit or other similar body will be required. An applicant must submit a statement of prior work experience and reasons for applying for the course in not more than 500 words. The Head of School 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 satisfying the entry requirements for Australian resident students or demonstrating equivalence, overseas students must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language: International English Language Testing System - overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6.0.
  • 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 Bachelor's degree with a high Grade Point Average or excellent results. Postgraduate qualifications will be evaluated according to the nature of the relevant degree. An applicant relying on qualifications obtained overseas must produce evidence that the qualifications have been assessed and recognised as equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree or higher. Ordinarily a certificate by the Overseas Qualifications Unit or other similar body will be required. An applicant must submit a statement of prior work experience and reasons for applying for the course in not more than 500 words. The Head of School 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.

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