Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

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Course essentials

Build on your existing academic experience to move into the field of law with a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) at Victoria University.

This course is available to bachelor degree graduates from any discipline. You’ll get the comprehensive training and hands-on experience to launch your legal career.

As well as exploring legal practice and ethics, this course covers all major areas of law, including contract, corporate and criminal law.

Through your studies and many practical opportunities available, you’ll develop valuable legal skills in:

  • negotiation
  • mediation
  • legal drafting
  • statutory interpretation
  • preparing for court appearances.

This degree includes the compulsory ‘Priestly Eleven’ subjects. So when you graduate, you'll have satisfied the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria.

Find out about Honours in Law.

Benefits of studying law at VU

  • World-class moot program – Develop your legal skills through our renowned moot program.
  • Study law overseas – Our international university partners for law study include Cambridge, Los Angeles Law School and the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
  • Partnerships and placements – Gain invaluable experience with our Supreme Court and County Court internship programs, as well as placement opportunities at Victoria Police, Legal Aid or Westjustice Sunshine Youth Office, among many others.
  • Study in the heart of the legal precinct – Our Queen Street campus is located within walking distance of the County Court, Supreme Court, and Law Institute of Victoria.


Build on your current qualifications to create a career that matches your interests and passions. Business graduates may excel in corporate law; social-work graduates in legal aid.

Many of our graduates choose to work in community legal centres providing legal access to disadvantaged groups, and in not-for-profit organisations.

Whatever your area of interest, 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.

Areas for legal practice include:

  • criminal law
  • family law
  • commercial law
  • business.

Roles in the legal field include:

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


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$104,000 (Job Outlook).

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

On successful completion of this course, students will 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 judgement, 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.  

Course structure

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 apply to undertake the unit BLB4142 in their later years based on a GPA of 7 or above as calculated  by the College of Law and Justice.  Students will be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3) dependant on thier GAP score and overal mark in BLB4142.

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. Students will then be required to complete units LLW5900 and LLW5901 in order to gradaute with honours. 

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Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

12 Credit points selected from the list of Law Electives

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

12 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.

Honours for students enrolled 2015 and thereafter

Admission requirements

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: 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.
  • 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.

How to apply for this course

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You can apply online direct to VU from 2 October 2017.

Applying to multiple institutions?

Apply via VTAC

VTAC applications due 28 September 2017.

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