Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Partner facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBMus/LLB
CRICOS code023731G
Total credit points required258
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students can complete the course in five years: This is achieved by undertaking more units than the standard 24 credit points per semester (this is subject to approval), or by undertaking summer semester units.


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.

In addition to the chief music major, students will be exposed to the historical, creative, technical and cultural aspects of music.


The objectives of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program at Monash are to enable students to gain an understanding of basic legal concepts and legal institutions and of the historical, social, political and economic factors influencing their development. Upon completion of the LLB, students will be able to identify, use and evaluate the concepts, principles, rules and methods used in legal argument and will have developed oral and written skills, especially of legal argument, legal research and critical analysis. Students will have gained an understanding of concepts of justice, a concern to promote justice and an appreciation of their professional responsibilities.

The music component contains both theoretical and practical modules that prepare graduates for a range of roles within the music industry.

Admission to practice: disciplinary reports

Warning to students of consequences of cheating or general misconduct

Students should note that a domestic applicant applying for admission to practise law in Victoria is required by the Admission Rules 2008 to provide to the Board of Examiners:

(1.) a report from the University disclosing any disciplinary action taken against the student during the course (including any finding under the University Discipline Statute that the student has cheated in an assessment); and

(2.) an affidavit stating that the applicant has made full written disclosure of "every matter which a reasonable applicant would consider that the Board of Examiners might regard as not being favourable to the applicant". This may include an incident of academic or general misconduct, even if it did not lead to disciplinary action.

The Board of Examiners will consider these matters in assessing whether the applicant is a "fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession".

Professional recognition

The Law component of this degree is recognised by the Council of Legal Education (CoLE). For further information refer to:


The Bachelor of Laws course consists of 156 points including 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. Students must also refer to 'Bachelor of Laws - basic course structure' at The award of an honours degree in law is based on the weighted average of marks obtained in Monash law units.

The music component requires that students must complete 102 points of study, including 15 compulsory units and two elective units.


First year

  • ATS1345 Introduction to western music
  • ATS1346 Introduction to world musics
  • ATS1349 Chief music study I
  • ATS1350 Chief music study II
  • ATS1899 Music theory and ear training 1
  • ATS1900 Music theory and ear training 2
  • LAW1101 Introduction to legal reasoning
  • LAW1104 Research and writing

Total: 48 points

Second year

  • ATS2797 Professional practice in music 1
  • ATS2798 Professional practice in music 2
  • ATS2808 Chief music study III
  • ATS2809 Chief music study IV
  • ATS2901 Music theory and ear training 3
  • ATS2902 Music theory and ear training 4
  • LAW2101 Contract A
  • LAW2102 Contract B

Total: 48 points

Third year

Music units

  • ATS3687 African music: Musical change, social change and performance
  • ATS3818 Global popular and roots music
  • ATS3819 Applied music 1 - Orchestration
  • ATS3820 Applied music 2 - Conducting
  • ATS3821 Music composition techniques: Chance, sets and computers
  • ATS3822 Jazz history 2: Readings in improvisation and cross cultural musical relationships
  • ATS3824 Music in society: Musicians, performances and institutions
  • ATS3825 Western art music in the 20th and 21st century
  • ATS3826/ATS3827
  • ATS3828 Music composition techniques: Film and orchestration
  • ATS3829

Total: 54 points

Fourth year

Students intending to practice law in Victoria must complete the quasi-compulsory units below as two of their elective law units:

Total: 54 points

Fifth year

Students intending to practice law in Victoria must complete the quasi-compulsory units below as four of their elective law units:

Total: 54 points

Progression to further studies

Students may undertake honours in music at the end of three years of study, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Music program and completed a minimum of 144 points of total study. Refer to the entry for 0822 Honours degree of Bachelor of Music.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Music at the end of three years of study by transferring into the single 0821 Bachelor of Music degree, provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Music.


Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Laws (with Honours)
Bachelor of Music

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.