Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Criminology - 2019

Honours - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty


Partner faculty


Admission and fees


Course progression map

L3012 (pdf)

Course type


Standard duration

5 years FT, 10 years PT

This course is equivalent to 5.25 years of full-time study and may be accelerated to complete in five years. This will require a one unit overload in each of two semesters.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)


Bachelor of Criminology

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)


A Monash Law degree will enable you to join the next generation of high achieving lawyers, with the ability to solve complex, demanding and interesting problems.

The Law degree will provide you with a solid foundation in the concepts, procedures and reasoning underpinning the Australian legal system and the research, analytical and communication skills of the legal profession.

The Criminology degree responds to the increasing global demand for graduates with a deep understanding of the role of crime in contemporary social and economic life, and well-developed professional skills in understanding global issues in crime.

This double degree will allow you to graduate with expertise in both of these skill sets in a clearly named double degree.

NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:

  • L3001 Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • A2008 Bachelor of Criminology


The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double-degree course and receive the awards.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 252 points:

1. 156 points must be completed in Parts A, B, C and D as described below in Bachelor of Laws (Honours) component.

Refer to L3001 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) single degree entry for the details of important admission to practice information.

2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B and C as described below in Bachelor of Criminology component, of which:

  • no more than 36 points of level 1 Arts units can be completed
  • at least 36 points must be completed at level 3 of which at least 24 must be arts units

Law component

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a specialist course that develops through themes: legal methodology and legal practice; public law; and private law. The specialised knowledge and advanced skills are imparted in later year elective units, including a final year project involving intensive research and writing.

Part A. Legal methodology and legal practice (24 points)

This theme includes the nature of law, and particularly statute law enacted by parliaments and common law developed by courts. It also includes the key concepts, principles and methods of research and reasoning that enable lawyers to identify and interpret law and apply it to relevant facts in order to provide legal advice. It covers the law of procedure and evidence that governs judicial proceedings, alternative methods of resolving legal disputes and the code of ethics that regulates the professional conduct of legal practitioners.

You must complete:

Part B. Public law (30 points)

Public law includes constitutional law, administrative law and criminal law. It concerns the powers and procedures of the legislative, executive and judicial organs of government and how they are regulated and controlled by 'the rule of law'. It also concerns the legal relationship between government and individuals, including the protection of individual rights.

You must complete:

Part C. Private law (48 points)

Private law deals with legal relationships between legal persons, including corporations as well as individuals. It includes the study of property rights, contractual rights and obligations, wrongs (called 'torts') such as trespass and the negligent infliction of injury, and the law of equity and trusts.

You must complete:

Part D. Extending expertise: specialist law electives (54 points)

In later years of the course, you will be able to choose from a broad range of elective law units. High achieving students may also include one or two master's units in their final year of study. Elective law units enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of law that suit your own interests, skills and career goals. In addition to public and private law, these include international law, commercial law and human rights law. You will have opportunities to study overseas, and to undertake work-based learning, for example, in our legal clinical program and in local and international internships.

You must complete undergraduate law electives (54 points) as follows:

a. at least one of the following commercial law units (6 points):

  • LAW4701Not offered in 2019 Commercial transactions
  • LAW4702 Competition and consumer law
  • LAW4703Not offered in 2019 Introduction to intellectual property
  • LAW4704 Taxation law
  • LAW4162 Family property and financial disputes
  • LAW4198 Australian commercial law
  • LAW4179 International commercial arbitration
  • LAW4668Not offered in 2019 International investment law
  • LAW4342 Patents, trade marks and unfair competition
  • LAW4671 Private investment law

b. at least one of the following law research units (6 or 12 points):

  • LAW4801 Research project
  • LAW4802 Research practicum
  • LAW4803 Clinical externship
  • LAW4805 Mooting and advocacy competition
  • LAW4806 Jessup moot competition
  • LAW4807 Vis arbitration moot
  • LAW4327 Honours thesis (12 points)
  • LAW4328 Professional practice (12 points)
  • LAW4330 Family law assistance program: Professional practice (12 points)
  • any master's level elective (usually 12 points) which is approved for undergraduate enrolment, and has as part of its assessment regime a research assignment with a word limit of 3750 words or more

c. additional law electives to bring the total for Part D to 54 points:

  • including other units from the lists of commercial law and law research units above
  • high achieving students may be eligible to complete a maximum of two master's level electives in the final semester, which can be counted towards a Master of Laws degree if they wish to progress to graduate studies.

Law units begin with the prefix LAW and suitable units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate law units are those that commence with the numbers 1-4.

Criminology component

Bachelor of Criminology is a specialist course that develops through three themes that combine to underpin criminology studies: Part A. Expert knowledge, Part B. Global reach and focus and Part C. Collaboration and innovation.

Part A. Expert knowledge, Part B. Global reach and focus and Part C. Collaboration and Innovation (96 points)

Core units (60 points)

You must complete:

  • ATS1420 The global crime problem
  • ATS1421 The complexity of crime
  • ATS1422 Controlling crime, controlling society
  • ATS1423 Punishment, court and corrections
  • ATS2469 Victims, justice and the law
  • ATS2552 Crime, justice and the public
  • ATS2553 Indigenous justice in Australia
  • ATS3004 Crime, risk and security
  • ATS3255 Professional project 1
  • ATS3256 Professional project 2

Elective units (36 points)

You must complete either option 1 or 2 below (36 points), of which 12 points are at Level 3:

Option 1:

  • Two first year units in any Arts discipline (12 points)


  • Four units from the elective list below (24 points)

Option 2:

  • Six units from the elective list below (36 points)

Elective list

  • ATS2056 Crime and inequality
  • ATS3223 Gender, violence and society: Understanding social patterns
  • ATS3224Not offered in 2019 Gender, violence and society: Criminal justice responses
  • ATS2456 Cybercrime
  • ATS3322Not offered in 2019 Practical and comparative penology
  • ATS3308Not offered in 2019 Politics of crime
  • ATS3459Not offered in 2019 Prisons, power and punishment
  • ATS3462 International crime and justice
  • ATS3466 Sex, gender and crime

Study Tours

  • ATS3210 Study tour: Crime and criminal justice
  • ATS3231Not offered in 2019 Study tour: Europe, human rights and criminal justice
  • ATS3464Not offered in 2019 Study tour: Comparative criminology

Alternative exits

You may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor Laws (Honours) or a Bachelor of Criminology degree after four or three years respectively, depending on the units studied.

If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 204 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B, C and D for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Criminology prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B and C for the Bachelor of Criminology.