Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This five-year double degree prepares you to take advantage of today's rapidly evolving work environment, giving you a legal education with a global social justice perspective. You'll learn to challenge the way you think about yourself, your community and our world. You'll have the opportunity to build expertise in areas like politics, languages, sociology, and media studies. By combining studies in law and arts, you can build a career in areas like entertainment law, publishing, public relations, international business, diplomacy, management or government. To build your practical skills, we also offer hands-on experience through internships, work experience programs, and our study abroad program. A number of students participate in United Nations events and conferences, where they join discussions on global issues such as climate change. You can choose to match your law electives to your arts major if you wish. If you major in politics, for example, you can do related elective law subjects like public international law, human rights law or justice rights and the law. If you study languages, philosophy or drama, you could choose elective law subjects in areas like Chinese law or intellectual property law. Only the first two years of this course are offered in Bendigo. While it is possible to arrange long-distance learning, it is recommended to transfer to the Melbourne Campus to complete degree with a wider selection of subjects. Bendigo students may undertake all core law subjects at the Bendigo Campus but a wider selection of law electives are available at the Melbourne Campus. Some electives are available in intensive delivery at Melbourne during Summer and Winter semesters. The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.


Students complete 600 credit points (360 credit points in law and a minimum of 240 credit points in arts). The Bachelor of Laws comprises a minimum of 480 credit points, including 360 in law and a minimum of 120 in non-law disciplines. After first year, students can apply to transfer into a five-year double degree. Honours in law is offered in the final year based on academic merit. The Bachelor of Arts includes an arts major consisting of 120 credit points. Honours is offered to high-achieving students. Honours in Law is available in the final year, while Honours in Arts requires an additional year of full-time study.


  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Creative Arts
  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Spanish.

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. International students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. Applicants are welcome to provide supporting documentation in support of their application and a personal statement if they want other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include any 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.

Study pathways

Honours in Law is available in the final year, while Honours in Arts requires an additional year's full-time study.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo No
  • Full-time : 5 years
  • Part-time
Melbourne No
  • Part-time
  • Full-time : 5 years

Further information

Students cannot complete a major in psychology or mathematics within this double degree, even though students in the three-year single arts degree may do so. Only the first two years of this course are offered in Bendigo. While it is possible to arrange long-distance learning, we recommend transferring to the Melbourne Campus to complete this degree with a wider selection of subjects. Law electives are available in intensive delivery mode at the Melbourne Campus in Summer and Winter School.

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