Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Criminology

VU course code: LBLC | CRICOS: 102416E | Level of study: Undergraduate
4.5 years full time or longer for part time
In person, Online Self-Paced
City Campus, Online Self-Paced
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Launch a career investigating and prosecuting crime, or defending the criminally accused, with a law and criminology degree from VU.

Our Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminology will give you broad knowledge of the causes and consequences of crime. You'll gain expertise in criminal investigation, sentencing, and security, at national and international levels.

You will also develop practical skills in investigating and providing strategic advice in relation to crime and crime management.

The Bachelor of Laws satisfies the academic requirements to become an Australian Lawyer, as required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB). In order to become an Australian Lawyer, you'll also need to complete Practical Legal Training or an equivalent.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

Minimum ATAR: 80.45

This course has a minimum ATAR entry requirement. This means you’ll need to achieve a certain ATAR, along with other criteria, to be considered for this course.

The following table shows the ranking results of our current student intake and is an indication of the ATAR you’ll need to successfully apply.

VU course code: LBLC

VTAC course code: 4300610941

Campus: City Queen

ATAR profile of people who received an offer for the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology.
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer96.2099.95
Median rank to receive an offer78.8087.05
Lowest rank to receive an offer69.0080.45


Learn more about ATAR

What is ATAR?

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) compares the results of final-year school students, with adjustments made for factors such as hardship. The ranking is expressed as a number between 0 and 99.95. ATAR minimum entry requirements are not usually essential entry criteria for applicants who have completed secondary education more than 2 years ago.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course structure

To attain the awards of Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Criminology students will be required to complete in total 432 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies
  • 156 credit points of Professional Core Law study
  • 120 credit points of Professional Core Criminology studies
  • 60 credit points of Elective studies

To attain the award of Bachelor of Law (Honours) students will be required to transfer in Year 5 to LHLW Bachelor of Laws (Honours) based on eligibility and must complete:

  • 24 credit points of Honours units in the final year of study

To be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours:

Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws prior to 31 Dec 2014 may apply to undertake the unit Advanced Legal Research Dissertation in their later years in this degree based on a GPA of 7 or above as calculated by the Victoria Law School. Students will be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3) dependant on their GAP score and overall mark in Advanced Legal Research Dissertation.

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) course. Students with only 8 or less units to complete, will be assessed on top 12 Law units completed. Where average score is 70% or above for the top 12 Law units completed, students are eligible to make an application for transfer into Honours degree, and will be further assessed on an outline of proposed thesis topic and availability of a collage based or college affiliated supervisor. Where approved, students must have at least 2 spaces of law electives available and once transferred must enrol in both Advanced Legal Research Methods and Advanced Legal Research Dissertation. In order to graduate with honours, students must successfully pass both these units.


Fees & scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how




When you graduate from a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Criminology at Victoria University, you’ll be in high demand because we’ll make sure you’re job-ready. 

You could work as a lawyer or in legal practice in areas including criminal law, family law, commercial law and business. Many of our graduates choose to work in community legal centres providing legal access to disadvantaged groups, and in not-for-profit organisations.

Roles in the legal field include:

  • solicitor
  • lawyer
  • policy adviser
  • legal adviser
  • human-rights advocate.

Your qualification will be widely recognised in areas including:

  • forensic work
  • police work
  • community legal settings
  • legal aid
  • security and intelligence organisations
  • paralegal work
  • youth justice
  • correctional services
  • community services.


Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to find average salaries in Australia for various law/legal professions:

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