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Monash University

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Course code: 0080 ~ Course abbreviation: BA/LLB ~ Total credit points required: 252 ~ 5 years full-time, 10 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Law

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This double-degree program allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Laws degree in a minimum of five years of study. The study of law develops problem-solving skills and powers of analysis. It teaches precise and imaginative use of language. It also promotes ethical thinking and a focus on justice and fairness. It enhances students' thinking, reasoning and expressive abilities within legal and related contexts, leading to employment in the legal profession, law reform agencies, government service or other relevant areas of employment.

Course objectives

The objectives of the LLB program at Monash are to enable students to gain an understanding of basic legal concepts and institutions and of the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing the development of legal concepts and legal institutions; to identify, use and evaluate the concepts, principles, rules and methods used in legal argument; to develop oral and written skills, especially of legal argument, legal research and critical analysis; and to develop in students an understanding of concepts of justice, a concern to promote justice and an appreciation of their professional responsibilities.

Arts graduates are expected to: 1. develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge; 2. develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in various humanities, arts and social science disciplines; 3. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the disciplines they study; 4. become aware of the combination of personal and cultural understandings, ethical attitudes, and (where appropriate) the physical and aesthetic appreciations that underpin the traditional liberal arts education provided by the faculty; 5. develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, as are appropriate to the disciplines they study; 6. demonstrate the capacity to apply these studies in the changing circumstances of intellectual life and of the profession they are likely to inhabit; 7. have an understanding of international trends and of the intellectual context of economic, technological and social change; 8. develop the skills and attitudes required to undertake life-long learning.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 12 compulsory units which must be completed by all students enrolled in an LLB program plus a further six 'quasi-compulsory' units which must be completed by students who wish to be qualified for admission to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Victoria. The remainder of the program consists of law elective units chosen by the student. The Bachelor of Arts course requires that students complete 96 points of arts units consisting of three first-year sequences of study, a major sequence in an arts discipline, a minor sequence in another arts discipline and two additional arts elective units. Refer to the Faculty of Arts website at for a list of the arts disciplines available.

Course requirements

First year - 48 points

  • LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning
  • LAW1104 Research and writing
  • LAW2101 Contract A
  • LAW2102 Contract B
  • 24 points of first-year units from the Faculty of Arts consisting of two units each from two different arts disciplines

Second year - 54 points

  • LAW3301 Criminal law and procedure A
  • LAW3302 Criminal law B
  • 12 points of first-year units from Faculty of Arts, consisting of two units of study in one arts discipline
  • 12 points of second-year units from the Faculty of Arts, consisting of two units in the minor sequence
  • 12 points of second-year units from the Faculty of Arts, consisting of two units in the major discipline
  • 6 points of any year-level units from any Faculty of Arts discipline

Third year - 54 points

  • LAW2201 Torts A
  • LAW2202 Torts B
  • LAW3401 Property A
  • LAW3402 Property B
  • 24 points of third-year units, or18 points of third-year and 6 points of second-year units from the Faculty of Arts, consisting of four units in the major area of study
  • 6 points of any year-level units from any Faculty of Arts discipline

Fourth year - 48 points

Fifth year - 48 points

Students have a maximum time limit of 10 years to complete the course from the date of commencement.

Course progression requirements

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Arts, or undertake honours in arts* at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study.

    * See the course entry for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Bachelor of Laws.

Contact details

Undergraduate student services, telephone +61 3 9905 3300, visit or email