Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

VU course code: BLGE | CRICOS: 041647K | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
In person
VU Melbourne: City Campus
29 April 2024
21 April 2024
Overview

Overview

Build on your previous study and equip yourself for a fulfilling career in law with a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) at Victoria University (VU).

If you hold a degree in any other discipline, you can fast-track your law degree with VU. By entering as a graduate, you’ll study the same core subjects as your classmates in the Bachelor of Laws but graduate in three years instead of four.

Enjoy the flexibility of studying in four-weeks blocks with the unique VU Block Model®, with the option to study some of your units fully online so you can manage work and family commitments.

You’ll be based in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct at our City Campus, learning from expert legal academics and supported by adjunct professors who are some of Australia’s most reputable legal professionals. Thanks to our partnerships with the courts and community legal services, you’ll also gain practical, real-world experience of the justice system – preparing you to work in the corporate, commercial, community or government legal sectors.

In this condensed law degree, you’ll gain a broad perspective on legal practice and gain specialist academic and professional skills including:

  • advocacy
  • ethical judgement
  • communication
  • legal research and writing
  • interviewing and negotiation
  • legal interpretation.

By studying all of the major areas of law (including contract, torts, property, constitutional, criminal and corporate), you’ll graduate from VU’s Bachelor of Laws having satisfied the academic requirements of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to legal practice in Victoria.

You may also be able to complete an honours thesis in your final year, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

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 Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:
228 credit points of Core Law studies
60 credit points of Law Elective studies.

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 the aggregate of points attributed to the top two thirds of units so listed shall then be calculated and a grade point average determined. Students will be further assessed on an outline of a proposed thesis topic and availability of a college based or college affiliated supervisor. Students will be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3) based on their aggregate of points 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 if the selection criteria is met.

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

Fees

Scholarships

CAREERS

Take advantage of the strong future growth predicted in the legal sector, with job opportunities for solicitors and barristers expected to grow by more than 20% over the next five years, and opportunities also strong for judicial and other legal professionals.

In Melbourne, law graduates are in high demand particularly in banking and finance, corporate/commercial, litigation, private equity, projects, property, tax and workplace relations.

With a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) from VU, you’ll be in high-demand and equipped to work as a lawyer or in legal practice in areas including criminal law, human rights law, family law, commercial law and business.

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

You could take on roles in the legal field such as:

  • lawyer (barrister or solicitor)
  • in-house legal counsel
  • policy adviser
  • legal adviser
  • human-rights advocate.