Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
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.
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.
- Anthropology, International economics, International relations, International studies, Law, Politics, Sociology.
Standard 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.
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.
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.
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