What will I learn?

Overview

Combining a professional qualification in law with a criminology degree, this program offers an innovative, high-quality legal education with a strong global and social justice perspective and a real emphasis on hands-on experiences. The program includes all the compulsory law subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession in Victoria and a wide range of law electives.

The criminology component is designed for students interested in the significant challenges crime and criminal justice pose for practitioners and policy makers. Combining subjects in criminology with electives drawn from other disciplines to complement the law program, this degree fosters a unique interdisciplinary perspective and will equip students with the skills and knowledge required to meet the changing needs of the employment market, and make a difference in communities through advocacy and policy development.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Professional recognition

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 practice must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practice.

International graduates would need the relevant visa to complete a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. You're advised to obtain assurance of recognition of the course by relevant professional bodies in your preferred country of practice.

Career outcomes

The Bachelor of Laws/Criminology aims to give you an opportunity for a career as a lawyer (see professional recognition for more details), or work in the criminal justice system in various areas. These areas include state and federal policing, courts, customs, security, corrections, various forms of detention (immigration detention, juvenile detention, etc.), forensic professions such as forensic psychology and forensic science. Graduates with an understanding of crime and causation and institutional responses to it are also increasingly sought by not-for-profit organizations and government departments.

Which department am I in?

Department of Law and Criminology

CRICOS

089316M

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,600.00 (US$ 23,781) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 March 2020

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with a certain grade. International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels); or Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level), Over six subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Entry into a Bachelor Degree program at La Trobe University requires completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with certain grade. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Australia.

Subject prerequisites

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

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper based - Overall score of 575 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT) - Overall 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing; Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 176 with no less than 169 in any component; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

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About this uni

Students at the La Trobe Law School receive a global perspective, benefit from open-door policy and a real emphasis on practical experience.

  • World standard research in Law & Legal Studies
  • Offers a range of experiential learning opportunities
  • Actively promotes socio-legal and interdisciplinary research
  • Experienced and highly qualified world-class staff