Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Prepare yourself for a thriving legal career. La Trobe's Bachelor of Laws is a practical, skills-based and social-justice oriented approach to legal education. Our accredited course offers a diverse range of electives, tailoring your learning to your specific career aspirations. Develop essential legal skills such as advocacy, mediation, negotiation, critical thinking and dispute resolution. Learn the versatility and skills that make you more employable. Prepare for the future of law by exploring emerging areas such as law and technology and legal entrepreneurship. You'll also benefit from over 150 clinical placement opportunities, industry networking events and classes with practising scholars. Only the first two years of this course are offered in Bendigo. While it is possible to arrange long-distance learning, it is recommend to transfer to the Melbourne Campus to complete degree with a wider selection of subjects. Reasons to study law at La Trobe: - Study at a leading Law School, with a 45-year history of teaching law - Take advantage of clerkship or placement opportunities at law firms and community legal centres - Participate in mooting competitions in Hong Kong, Vienna and Frankfurt - Enjoy a personalised learning experience with small class sizes - Study future-focused and industry-leading technology and cyberlaw subjects - Be mentored by experienced barristers, solicitors and judges - Study at a university with a strong global reputation - Access study abroad opportunities in Europe, the USA, Asia and South America. Double degree options including Arts, Business, Science, Psychological Science and Media. Note for Bendigo students: From third year onwards, students have the option to transfer to the Melbourne Campus or continue to study with blended delivery for compulsory subjects and e-learning options for elective subjects. Some intensive law electives are available over summer and winter at the Melbourne Campus. The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.
You need to: - complete a total of four years of full-time study or its equivalent (part-time study is only available to local students) - complete a sequence of the compulsory law subjects - complete a minimum of 480 credit points, including 360 credit points in law and a minimum of 120 credit points in other non-law disciplines. After completing first year, you can if you wish apply to transfer into a five-year double degree to extend your knowledge and skills in a particular area of interest (see descriptions of law double degrees for more information). Honours in law is offered in the final year based on academic merit. A grade average of B+ from two years of law study is typically required for entry into the Honours program.
Standard entry requirements
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. International applicants must include a personal statement addressing relevant work experience, personal accomplishments and achievements, community involvement and career goals. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
All La Trobe University Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor law 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.
Honours is offered to students whose work is of a sufficiently high standard and is undertaken in the final year of the course. International students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course.
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Law electives are available in intensive delivery mode at the Melbourne Campus in Summer and Winter School.