Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts

VU course code: LHWA | Level of study: Undergraduate
5 years full time or longer for part time
In person
City Campus, Footscray Park
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


The Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts will equip you with knowledge and skills across two disciplines, allowing you to determine your own individual career path.

This course is designed for students of the Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts who have shown strong academic ability in law.

During this course you’ll study the compulsory academic requirements to practise law, as well as areas of the law which interest you. We make sure you’re work-ready through authentic experiences with public-sector authorities such as the Magistrates’ Courts, and private law firms. When you graduate you'll have the academic requirements in law required to practise law; on completion of the Practical Legal Training requirements you can apply to be admitted to practise law in Australia.

You'll also have the skill, knowledge and professional acumen across a range of Arts specialisations, which will enable you to choose from professions outside of the legal sector, including roles in corporate, government, community and non-government organisations.

An honours degree in law demonstrates high academic achievement, and can be completed in the same timeframe as a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts.

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 (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts students will be required to complete 480 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core Law units

  • 132 credit points of Professional Core Law units
  • 36 credit points of Law Elective studies
  • 24 credit points of Law Honours studies

  • 96 credit points of Arts Major studies 1


  • 96 credit points of Arts Major studies 2


  • 2 x 48 credit points of Arts Minor studies

  • Note: Students are required to complete only one pair of capstone units in their degree (either ACX3005 Graduating Project 1 & ACX3006 Graduating Project 2 or ACX3007 Studio Project 1 & ACX3008 Studio Project 2). Students should select the capstone units offered for their preferred major and then replace the capstone units in the second major with 2 Level three units from a related Discipline major.

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.


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




Your double degree will give you the skills and qualifications to practise law in your chosen area. For example, you could work in the copyright law in the media, or community law specialising in Indigenous, Vietnamese or family issues.

Other job pathways include:

  • lawyer
  • media professional
  • creative arts administrator
  • public servant and policy worker
  • community sector professional
  • strategic communicator
  • manager
  • professional writer.


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

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