Law & Justice
We provide education in all aspects of the law giving you an outstanding number of opportunities to empower your career development so you graduate work ready.
Our extensive network of local and international partnerships as well as expert legal professionals will enable you to take advantage of our distinguishing features such as:
- hands-on exposure to legal work by participating in our court partnership programs
- a unique, new course double degree with honours - Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
- opportunities to take part in local, international and award winning moot competitions
- summer and winter school study options
- a tight-knit community right in the heart of Melbourne’s legal district close to legal libraries and the Supreme, Federal and Magistrates’ Courts
- involvement with practical based research staff and industry partners
- overseas exchange opportunities
- our highly active Law and Justice student society, Dictum.
The College of Law & Justice delivers undergraduate programs through the Victoria Law School and research, postgraduate studies and professional development through the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.
In 'Law & Justice':
Courses we offerOur courses provide you with legal skills for future employment, as well as other career pathways that could range from working for Government or Treasury departments.
Honours in LawStudying honours in law at Victoria University does not require an additional year. Core units required for honours can be taken during your Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree.
Practical legal educationOur College offers a suite of programs designed to ensure you graduate with a legal education which emphasises practical experience.
Industry partnershipsWe pride ourselves on our close connections with industry and the legal community.
Our research focusWe provide research training and support, develop research capacity and maintain external engagement with government and industry.
Sir Zelman Cowen CentreQuality education, research & services for government, legal practitioners, industry & community.
Michael Kirby Justice OrationsThe annual Michael Kirby Justice Oration provides a platform for leaders within our community to share their experience on justice issues.
Dean's seminar series, College of Law & JusticeThe College of Law & Justice is holding a Dean's Seminar Series, covering the theme of "Future of the legal profession – Where are we going?"
College staffMeet the Dean of the College of Law & Justice, and find contact details for academic & professional staff.
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Law & Justice Journal
Our Law and Justice Journal is the official law journal of the university.
The aim of the journal is 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.
Peer review system
Final publication decisions will be made after consultation between the editors and the governance board.
- comply to a word limit of 4000 – 6000 words (excluding footnotes)
- contain an abstract of approximately 150 words
- comply with the most recent edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3 (AGLC3).
We accept sponsorship from legal and related organisations who would like to show their support for the journal and our other publications.
Expressions of interest
If you're interested in becoming an author, peer reviewer or in sponsoring the journal please submit an expression of interest.
Contact the journal
For an overview of our courses, research strengths and facilities, download the Law & Justice Discipline Guide.
Student placements & internships
One of our greatest strengths as a university is our links with industry. We provide education in all aspects of the law and as one of the most industry connected universities in Australia our students graduate work-ready.
Law and justice students have access to unique court internship and placement programs with the Magistrates’, Supreme, County and Family Courts, with the rare opportunity to shadow a judge. We recently launched a new internship program with the Victoria Police in the Legal Services Department and the Prosecutions Division.
Our students’ professional legal skills are further enhanced by our mooting program. Students compete against law schools in national and international competitions to resolve legal issues that resemble real-life disputes in a simulated live courtroom setting.
Some of our major partners and connections include the Department of Justice, Victoria; FCG Legal; Department of Education and Employment (Commonwealth) (Learn Experience Access Professions Program); Law Institute of Victoria; Council of Legal Education; Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria (Melbourne, Sunshine); Society of Notaries of Victoria and Victoria Police.
‘VU’s real industry learning helped us gain the confidence and networks to make it in this competitive job market. In my final year at VU I was awarded a graduate position with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), which led to a permanent role as a senior analyst.’
Dorothy Tsirmbas – Risk Management, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business
Our courses are accredited by:
- Council of Legal Education
- CPA Australia (Certified Practicing Accountants)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
- Australian Computer Society
- Australian Human Resources Institute
- Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA)
- EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS)
- Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)
- Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)
- National Recognised Training.
Our students learn from expert teachers and high profile adjunct professors including:
- The Honourable Michael Kirby, former High Court Judge
- The Honourable Nicola Roxon, former Attorney-General
- The Honourable Michael Rozenes, County Court Chief Judge
- Robert Stary, criminal law specialist.
‘Victoria University was the first University that first commenced a program with the Magistrates’ Court, and the Magistrates’ Court is the people’s court. That’s where 90% of criminal cases are resolved. This is what VU law students have ahead of everyone else – practical placements and practical knowledge of how the justice system operates.’
Robert Stary – Principal, Stary Norton Halphen Criminal Law Specialists