Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies

RMIT University

This course provides students with a professional and practical education in legal studies, focusing on the social, political and operational contexts of law and dispute resolution within Australia and globally. Developed in ongoing consultation with industry, it prepares students for employment in diverse areas such as courts and tribunals, mediation and arbitration, law offices, local and state government departments, ombudsman's offices, businesses, community legal services, and human rights organisations. Students can elect to specialise in areas such as family law, Indigenous studies, environmental law, youth justice, criminal law, drug law reform, business law, dispute resolution or international human rights. In their final year, students are given practical experience through supervised placements in relevant agencies and are supported in developing successful career pathways or moving into further study such as the postgraduate Masters of Justice or Juris Doctor law degree.

Course Fee:

Australian: $74,880
International: $80,640

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


Year 1 - You will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the sociology of law and an introduction to important areas such as family law, criminal law, torts and alternative dispute resolution. Year 2 - You will develop a solid legal grounding in welfare law, information law, mediation and international human rights. You will study critical debates relating to how society responds to social issues including substance abuse, criminality and imprisonment. Year 3 - You will develop a solid legal grounding in civil procedure, legal and justice issues of relevance to young people and engage in the practice of mediation. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to perform paralegal duties and understand policy processes in the legal and justice system. You will also gain organisational skills and undertake work experience.

Subjects you can Study:

Dispute resolution and mediation, Human rights, Justice, Law, Law (Family), Law (civil), Law (criminal), Law (evidence), Law (information), Law (labour relations), Legal practice, Legal studies, Organisational processes, Social sciences, Sociology.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are guaranteed entry (subject to certain criteria) into this program: Advanced Diploma of Justice Diploma of Languages Advanced Diploma of Translating Advanced Diploma of Interpreting Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Community Services Work Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Youth Work.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include paralegal, youth justice officer, victim support officer, judge's associate, court registrar, conciliator, contracts officer, Fair Work Australia officer, law reform advocate, legal policy or project officer, mediator, negotiator, social policy or project officer, Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission officer, Human Rights Commission officer, Ombudsman's officer, Gender and Sexuality Commission officer.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Related Careers:

Law Clerk, Lawyer, Sociologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 52.15 No Full time 3 years
City 52.15 No Part time 6 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

Interest areas include:

The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

If you would like any further information, please complete an enquiry form for local or international students. 


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