Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations

La Trobe University

Students have the opportunity to combine knowledge of international politics, economics and diplomacy with the study of Australian and international law. The international relations subjects give students an understanding of the social, political and economic influences on world events. Students can take electives in sociology, the global economy, diplomacy, modern political thought, social change and conflict. Law studies will cover the fundamental principles of Australian law, civil litigation, property, contract and constitutional laws. Students can also use their electives to study areas such as human rights law, public international law and international crime. As they progress, students have the opportunity to complete additional studies including Honours in Laws, subjects from La Trobe's Global Business Law program at the Master's level, and clinical practice in a law firm. Students can also take an international relations placement subject, which will prepare them for a career in the field, and participate in international mooting competitions or La Trobe's winter school subject in Shanghai.

Course Fee:

International: $179,000

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and may be limited places available.


Students are required to complete compulsory law subjects in sequence, and a total of 600 credit points (360 credit points in law and a minimum of 240 credit points in international relations subjects. Students complete a total of 24 law subjects (18 compulsory subjects and six electives), and 15 or 16 international relations subjects. These should include core subjects in first and second year, at least 90 credit points in third year, and elective subjects from an elective list each year. Honours is offered to high-achieving students. Honours in Law is available in the final year, while Honours in International Relations requires an additional year of full-time study.

Subjects you can Study:

Anthropology, International economics, International relations, International studies, Law, Politics, Sociology.

Study Pathways:

Honours is offered to high-achieving students. Honours in Law is available in the final year, while Honours in International Relations requires an additional year of full-time study. Students have the opportunity to complete additional studies including Master's level subjects from the Global Business Law program, and clinical practice in a law firm.


All La Trobe University Bachelor of Laws courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to qualify for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer. Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training either by a 12-month period of Supervised Legal Training or by completing an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practise must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practise.

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info No Full time 5 years
Melbourne No info No Part time
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

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