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Demonstrate your academic and professional excellence with a double degree in law (honours) and business. This program prepares you for a career in the legal community, business or government.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business at Victoria University lets you create your own career path. You’ll graduate with the academic qualifications and experience to practise law. You’ll also have the skills, knowledge and professional acumen to work in your chosen area of business.

We focus on both practical and theoretical learning. Our close links to the legal and business communities give you valuable opportunities for professional development and work experience.

Studying honours in law indicates a strong academic ability. Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) meet the requirements to be admitted to legal practice in Australia.

We offer valuable opportunities to network and learn through law & justice industry partnerships, and international collaborations with exchange partners.

We also have well-established industry connections in the finance sector and you can gain practical experience with our clinical legal education programs.

Our partnerships with Magistrates’ Courts and community legal services let you apply your legal knowledge while you study. Some of our major clients, partners and industry associations include:

  • Australian Centre for Financial Studies
  • Department of Justice, Victoria
  • Migration Institute of Australia
  • FCG Legal
  • Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria.

Our lecturers and research staff are experts in their fields. We also provide guidance from adjunct professors – honorary staff who hold positions in the legal and financial communities.

VU’s adjunct professors include:

  • Alan Kohler, financial journalist
  • Hon. Dr Craig Emerson, former politician
  • Ian James, Managing Director of Mushroom Music
  • Hon. Michael Kirby, retired High Court Judge
  • Nicola Roxon, Former Attorney-General.

You can study overseas for a semester at one of our many international partner institutes. Choose the destination that best suits your business or law career ambitions.

Our international law partners are in England, the USA and Malaysia:

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

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.

Delivery mode

Face to Face

Careers in law & business

When you graduate, you’ll have the option of practising as a private lawyer, taking a role in a government department such as Treasury or Foreign Affairs, or working in a community legal centre.

Your area of business specialisation will help determine your other career options. Our specialisations include:

  • lawyer
  • accounting
  • banking and finance
  • management in HR, IT, hospitality or tourism
  • international trade
  • marketing
  • music industry
  • supply chain management and logistics.


The Australian national site, Job Outlook, has these averaged salaries:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/ Bachelor of Business students will be required to complete 480 credit points (equivalent to 40 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core Law studies 
  • 132 credit points of Professional Core Law units
  • 24 credit points of Law Honours units
  • 36 credit points of Law Elective studies
  • 12 credit points (1 unit) of the International Business Challenge
  • 96 credit points (8 units) of a Business Major studies including the Applied Business Challenge capstone unit

Students who complete the degree will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Business, without any reference to a Class of Honours.

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.

First Year

Year 2

12 credit points of Law Elective studies

36 credit points of Business Major studies 1

Year 3

12 credit points of Law Elective units

60 credit points of Business Major studies 1

Year 4

60 credit points of Business Major studies 2


60 credit points of Business Discipline Minor studies 1 AND Business Breadth Minor studies 1

Year 5

12 credit points of Law Elective studies

36 credit points of Business Major studies 2


36 credit points of Business Discipline Minor studies 1 AND Business Breadth Minor studies 1

Law Electives



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 understandings of the Australian legal system, fundamental areas of legal and business knowledge and relevant specialist bodies of knowledge within the disciplines of law and business;  
  2. Review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of law and business and underlying principles and concepts in diverse contemporary local and international comparative contexts;  
  3. Identify, articulate and respond to legal issues by 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 judgment, by evaluating, synthesising and adapting knowledge, skills, legal reasoning and research to make appropriate responses to legal issues that reflect the legal, 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 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;  
  9. Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and contributes to the evidence base within the legal discipline.  

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.


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

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.


Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the university admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Admission requirements

Applicants for this degree will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course


We consider both ATAR and other criteria


ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Special admission programs

Special admission programs are available to applicants who may come from a disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environment. These include:

  • Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for VTAC applicants
  • Early Entry Offer Program (EEOP)
  • Special Consideration

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people who have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) and have also completed:

  • a higher education (university) qualification OR
  • at least 6 months of continuous study in an undergraduate or higher qualification, at an Australian university within the last 5 years.

Entry requirements

Students in any Bachelor of Laws may apply to transfer into any Bachelor of Laws (Honours) once they have completed a minimum 192 credit points and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above.

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than 2 years ago and do not have any formal academic history.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Additional requirements

Students in any Bachelor of Laws may apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree once they have completed a minimum 192 credit points and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above i.e. 70–100%. Applicants will be assessed on the top 12 Law units. Students will be further assessed on an outline of a proposed thesis topic and availability of a college based or college affiliated supervisor. Successful applicants will enrol in both Advanced Research Legal Methods and Advanced Legal Research Dissertation instead of 24 credit points of law electives.

Pathways & credits

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 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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