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Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

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Overview

Improve your career prospects with a respected and flexible legal qualification. If you already have a degree, you can complete a bachelor of laws with honours in just three years.

When you add a law degree to your current qualification you open the door to a range of exciting career options.

Aim to become a specialised lawyer in your current field – for example, in the arts, science, sport or health (subject to further professional accreditation). Or change tack entirely, and aim for a career in government, community, or a private law firm.

You’ll complete the compulsory academic requirements to practise law, and gain skills in:

  • criminal law
  • commercial law
  • property law.

You’ll also gain authentic experience through our partnerships with public-sector authorities such as the Magistrates’ Courts, and private law firms.

Studying honours in law demonstrates academic excellence, and gives you the requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.

Our partnerships with Magistrates’ Courts and community legal services let you apply your knowledge while you study. More importantly, you’ll develop the skills needed to make a difference to the lives of real people.

You’ll gain authentic experiences within the justice system and related organisations. We provide you with the grounding needed for a rewarding career in law.

You’ll also benefit from the guidance of professionals appointed as adjuncts to the law college. These are honorary staff who hold positions in the legal community. VU’s adjunct professors include:

VU offers fantastic opportunities to network and learn through industry partnerships and international collaborations with exchange partners.

Some of our major clients, partners and industry associations are:

  • Department of Justice, Victoria
  • Migration Agents Registration Authority
  • Migration Institute of Australia
  • Department of Labour (New Zealand)
  • FCG Legal
  • Department of Education and Employment (Commonwealth; Learn Experience Access Professions Program)
  • Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Council of Legal Education
  • Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria (Melbourne, Sunshine)
  • Society of Notaries of Victoria
  • Victoria Police.

Study law with a second degree – and open the door to a career that combines your passion with practical skills, and helps you achieve your ambitions.

We offer the following double degrees:

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.

You’ll gain real insight into legal practice and start building networks for your future career.

Careers in law

The course prepares graduates to gain employment in the:

  • legal profession
  • legal sector generally
  • government, non government and private sectors.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry) meet the academic and professional requirements to be admitted to legal practice in Australia.

Salaries

The average annual salary for a lawyer in Australia (once you gain further training and experience) is:

Course structure

For students enrolled in a BLGE  prior to 2015, and who have successfully transferred a BLGE (Hons),  to attain the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry) students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 252 credit points (21 units) of core law units (Including the BLB4141/LLW5901 unit) of study PLUS
  • 36 credit points  (equivalent to 3 units) of law electives selected from an approved list

For students enrolled in a BLGE post 2015 and who are successful in a transfer to the BLGE (Hons), to attain the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry) students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 264 credit points (23 units) of core law units of study (Including the units BLB4141/LLW5901 and LLW5900) PLUS 
  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of a law elective selected from an approved list.

For students enrolled pre 2015, who complete the degree Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry), they will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) with 1st, 2A or 2B class.  

For students enrolled in 2015 and thereafter, who complete the degree Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry), they  will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Graduate Entry), without any reference to a Class of Honours.

First Year Core

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) from the list of Law Electives

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 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 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 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; and  
  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.

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

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.

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 (equivalent to 16 units) and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above i.e. 70–100% in those units.

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.

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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