Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
4.5 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Block
Face to Face
Online

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

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.

Learn to apply your law and criminology study in simulated workplace environments and tasks, including:

  • advising clients
  • resolving disputes
  • mediation
  • using principled persuasion.

You may also take part in our renowned moot program, and gain invaluable experience through our Supreme Court and County Court internship programs. We offer placement opportunities at Victoria Police, Legal Aid or Westjustice Sunshine Youth Office, among many others.

Take the opportunity to study overseas as part of your VU law degree and you could find yourself on the other side of the world in England, the USA or Malaysia.

Our international law partners include:

  • University of Cambridge
  • Los Angeles Law School
  • International Islamic University of Malaysia.

International students may obtain a skills assessment for the Victoria Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).

Our Queen Street campus is located in the heart of Melbourne's legal district.

This dedicated law campus features:

  • specialised law library
  • legal research centres including the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
  • mooting court
  • computer labs, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, student lounges, study spaces & a prayer room.

If you’d like a dynamic and fulfilling job in law, learn from the best at VU.

Our lecturers and adjunct professors include some of Australia’s most reputable legal professionals, sharing their many years of experience and knowledge. They include:

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To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

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

Gain invaluable experience through our Supreme Court and County Court internship programs.

Careers in law and criminology

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.

Salaries

The government site Job Outlook lists the following average salaries:

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
  • 168 credit points of Professional Core Criminology study
  • 168 credit points of Professional Core Law 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 

First Year Core Units

Professional Core Units

Honours units available on application only:

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual and practical understandings of criminology, the Australian legal system, and 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 criminology and underlying principles and concepts in diverse contemporary local and international and comparative contexts;  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to legal and criminological 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 judgement, by evaluating, synthesising and adapting knowledge, skills, criminological and 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. 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. 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. 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;  
  8. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    OR
    Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Mature age students are encouraged to apply. Academic record including Grade Point Average will be considered. Relevant work experience may be considered in the absence of an academic record. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Advanced Diploma of Legal Services

Bendigo Kangan Institute

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Diploma of Policing

The Victoria Police

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Graduate Certificate in Police Prosecution

The Victoria Police

You will be credited for up to 120 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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