Victoria Police officers interested pursing a law degree may be able to pathway into a law degree through the Police Prosecutors Pathway, an initiative of VU's College of Law & Justice.

The pathway recognises a Victoria Police officers' previous study, work skills and past experience as credits towards completion of the law degree.

Successful completion of the following Victoria Police programs are recognised by the College of Law & Justice as relevant prior learning for your law degree:

  • Diploma of Policing
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Police Prosecution).

As such, the University can credit you with Advanced Standing (credit) for certain units, which will enable you to ‘streamline’ your degree and achieve your goal faster.

You may be able to complete your law degree with the College of Law and Justice at Victoria University in as little as 2 years.

University graduates

If you have completed a university degree in addition to the prosecutor training there are a couple of options available when you apply for the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry).

Completed Diploma of Policing & Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Police Prosecution)

If you have completed a university degree, a Diploma of Policing and the Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Police Prosecution), you can:

Completed Diploma of Policing course only

If you have completed a university degree and the Diploma of Policing course you can:

Non-university graduates

If you have not completed a university degree, but have completed a Diploma of Policing there are a couple of options available when you apply for the Bachelor of Laws.

Completed Diploma of Policing & Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Police Prosecution)

If you have not completed a university degree, but have completed the Diploma of Policing and Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Police Prosecution) courses, you can:

Completed Diploma of Policing only

If you have not completed a university degree, but have completed a Diploma of Policing, you can:

How to apply

You can apply direct to VU via the link on each of the course pages:

Once you have been accepted into your course, find out if you are eligible for credit by completing the Application for advanced standing.

Contact us

For more information, contact Associate Professor Darryl Coulthard.

Phone: +61 3 9919 1899
Email: darryl.coulthard@vu.edu.au