Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

VU course code: LHLW | CRICOS: 087895C | Level of study: Undergraduate
4 years full time or longer for part time
In person
City Campus


Complete a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in the standard law-degree timeframe, and improve your job prospects in a competitive market.

Our program prepares you for a rewarding career in the public or private sectors.

Aim to work as a lawyer in a top-tier law firm, or an adviser in a community organisation. We give you the broad knowledge and professional qualifications to choose your own path.

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.

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:

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

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) students will be required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies

  • 156 credit points of Core Law studies

  • 84 credit points of Law Elective students

  • 48 credit points of Non Law electives

All students who complete the degree will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), 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.


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



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) meet the academic and professional requirements to be admitted to legal practice in Australia.


Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to find average salaries for various law-related professions in Australia, including the average salary for solicitors in Australia.