Course essentials

VU course code:
LHLW
Location:
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Duration:
4 years full time or longer for part time

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree prepares you for a range of careers in the legal community, corporate and community sectors, government and non-government organisations.

This broad ranging course combines:

  • foundation subjects
  • the compulsory "Priestley Eleven" areas of legal knowledge required for admission to legal practice in Australia
  • practical subjects to hone your legal skills
  • and a range of electives to enable you to explore the areas of law which interest you.

Achieving an Honours degree in law indicates a strong academic ability and readiness for higher degree studies.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Legal courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

Careers

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.

Course objectives

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.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) students will be required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 288 credit points of Core Law studies
  • 96 credit points of Elective students (from the lists below). This can include up to 48 credit points 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.

First Year Core

Year 2, Semester 1

12 credit points selected from list of Elective Units

Year 2, Semester 2

36 credit points selected from list of Elective Units

Year 3, Semester 1

24 credit points selected from list of Elective Units

Year 3, Semester 2

24 credit points selected from list of Elective Units

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

Elective Units The unit code provides an indicator of the relative difficulty of one unit compared to another. For example 2000 coded units such as LLW2001, have less advanced learning outcomes, and so are recommended for first or second year electives, while 4000 coded units are recommended as electives for study in the latter years of this course.

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

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

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Legal courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

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