Monash undergraduate degrees in law

A Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a great start to your career. You can also further enhance your career options and professional outcomes by combining your law degree with another discipline in one of our seven double degrees.

In a double degree, you undertake both qualifications simultaneously; enabling you to complete your degrees in a shorter time than if you took each degree separately.

Most of the double degrees are five years in length, except for Engineering, which is six years.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree

The Monash Law Faculty has undertaken a major curriculum review of the Bachelor of Laws degree.

Along with all other Australian law schools, we are adjusting our course in response to the needs of the legal profession and to ensure it is aligned with contemporary developments in legal education. The course is also compliant with the AQF qualification requirements.

With our new Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you will now be required to undertake a research unit and a commercial law unit, as part of the requirements of your degree.

You will be awarded a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) if you successfully complete the degree, by passing all units.

The new degree will offer you features such as a greater use of a range of teaching and learning methods and assessment activities through the degree.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is now structured so that you will study your compulsory units in the first three years and progress through the course as a cohort group of students.  This will help you build an even stronger support network in the early years of study. It will also help you to develop and build your skills as you progressively study a series of units.

A Bachelor Honours degree requires that graduates ‘demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence'. This means that by undertaking our Bachelor of Laws (Honours) you will complete a research unit that satisfies this requirement and will give you the necessary research skills to graduate with a higher-level qualification.

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Your pathway into law

There is more than one way to become a student at Monash Law School. Find out about pathways into Law for undergraduates.

Credit (advanced standing for prior learning)

If you have already successfully completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time study at an approved university, you may be eligible for credit for your prior learning in the Bachelor of Laws, reducing your study time from the normal four years full-time study.

With advanced standing, you may be able to enter the first year of law and be eligible for up to 36 points of credit. This means you may be able to complete the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in just over three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent).

You can transfer from a course:

  • in another faculty at Monash (internal transfer)
  • at another approved university (external transfer).

See Credit Policy - Undergraduate Courses

Students with a bachelor degree

Graduates who have already completed a bachelor degree are ineligible for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Monash.  Students are encouraged to apply for the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) which meets the academic requirements for admissions to legal practice.