Course essentials

VU course code:
BLGE
Location:
Duration:
3 years
Intake:
2018: February and July
CRICOS:
041647K
Fees:
2018: A$13,000 per semester

Build on your existing academic experience to move into the field of law with a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) at Victoria University.

This course is available to bachelor degree graduates from any discipline. You’ll get the comprehensive training and hands-on experience to launch your legal career.

As well as exploring legal practice and ethics, this course covers all major areas of law, including contract, corporate and criminal law.

Through your studies and many practical opportunities available, you’ll develop valuable legal skills in:

  • negotiation
  • mediation
  • legal drafting
  • statutory interpretation
  • preparing for court appearances.

This degree includes the compulsory ‘Priestly Eleven’ subjects. So when you graduate, you'll have satisfied the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria.

Find out about Honours in Law.

Benefits of studying law at VU

  • World-class moot program – Develop your legal skills through our renowned moot program.
  • Study law overseas – Our international university partners for law study include Cambridge, Los Angeles Law School and the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
  • Partnerships and placements – Gain invaluable experience with our Supreme Court and County Court internship programs, as well as placement opportunities at Victoria Police, Legal Aid or Westjustice Sunshine Youth Office, among many others.
  • Study in the heart of the legal precinct – Our Queen Street campus is located within walking distance of the County Court, Supreme Court, and Law Institute of Victoria.

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Careers

Build on your current qualifications to create a career that matches your interests and passions. Business graduates may excel in corporate law; social-work graduates in legal aid.

Many of our graduates choose to work in community legal centres providing legal access to disadvantaged groups, and in not-for-profit organisations.

Whatever your area of interest, when you graduate from a Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University, you’ll be in high demand because we’ll make sure you’re job-ready.

Areas for legal practice include:

  • criminal law
  • family law
  • commercial law
  • business.

Roles in the legal field include:

  • solicitor
  • lawyer
  • policy adviser
  • legal adviser
  • human-rights advocate.

Salaries

Four months after graduation, the average salary of Bachelor of Law graduates is A$53,000 (GradStats).

Average annual earnings of a solicitor in Australia is A$104,000 (Job Outlook).

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 local and 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 evaluating, synthesising and 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.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:
264 credit points of Core Law studies
24 credit points of Elective students (from the lists below).

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 BLB4142 in their later years based on a GPA of 7 or above as calculated  by the College of Law and Justice.  Students will be awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Class H1, H2A, H2B or H3) dependant on thier GAP score and overal mark in BLB4142.

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) 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. Students will then be required to complete units LLW5900 and LLW5901 in order to gradaute with honours.

First Year Core Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

12 Credit Points from the list of Law Electives

Year 3, Semester 2

12 Credit points selected from Law Electives

LAW ELECTIVES Students complete FOUR units (48 Credit Points) from the following list: * NOTE: The elective unit BLB4142 Advanced Legal Research Dissertation is ONLY available to students enrolled in this course since pre-2015.

Honours for students enrolled 2015 and thereafter

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.

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.

  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • International: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent, with a high Grade Point Average or excellent results. Postgraduate qualifications will be evaluated according to the nature of the relevant degree. An applicant must submit a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) which includes a summary of prior work experience and reasons for applying for the course. The College Dean or delegate(s) will evaluate this statement and take it into consideration in selection. PLUSaddition to academic requirements, English language requirements of an IELTS (Academic module) result with a minimum overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent must be met.
  • Mature: Admission into this course is based on performance in prior undergraduate studies or higher. An applicant is expected to demonstrate completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent with a high Grade Point Average or excellent results. Postgraduate qualifications will be evaluated according to the nature of the relevant degree. An applicant must submit a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) which includes a summary of prior work experience and reasons for applying for the course. The College Dean or delegate(s) will evaluate this statement and take it into consideration in selection.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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 any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Policing

The Victoria Police

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Graduate Certificate in Police Prosecution

The Victoria Police

You will be credited for up to 120 credit points of 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 for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

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