Credit for prior studies - Faculty of Law

What is credit for prior studies?

Where a student is assessed to have completed the equivalent of a unit at other tertiary institution prior to enrolment, they may receive credit for that unit and their new Monash course requirements may be correspondingly reduced.

See also Monash University Credit Policy.

Who is it for?

Students who have been admitted into a course managed by the Faculty of Law:

  • LLB students who have transferred either internally or externally into a course managed by the Faculty of Law. Note: Applicants who have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time study in another faculty at Monash (internal transfers) or another approved university (external transfers) may be able to enter first year of law in Bachelor of laws (LLB) or double degree and be eligible for up to 36 credit points of credit, which means they will be able to complete LLB in just three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) instead of four years.
  • Students who previously studied law at a postgraduate level. Students studying Graduate Diploma in Law students may be eligible for credit for previous studies or work-based learning at an equivalent level.
  • Monash LLB Honours students who have taken two masters-level electives can have them granted towards a Master of Laws (LLM) degree.


The Monash University credit Policy provides that credit transfer may be granted for units passed in a university or accredited course offered by a Registered Training Organisation, subject to an assessment of equivalence: Credit transfer is assessed on the basis of learning content in terms of the curriculum, depth of study and credit point value of previous unit of learning.

How is it credited towards your Monash degree?

Credit may be applied for once the student is enrolled in the course. Credit for law units taken elsewhere may be granted either as specified credit for a particular Monash law unit, or unspecified credit (6 or 12 credit points) for a law elective.

Note: For LLB and JD students, a minimum of 96 credit points of law units must be undertaken at Monash.

Application process

Apply to receive credit for previous study towards your degree in accordance with the application process and documentation requirements.

  • Collect supporting documentation:

1.    an original or certified copy of your academic results

2.    unit syllabus / unit outlines (unit synopsis, assessment regime, number of hours, textbooks used) for the year the unit was studied is required for all studies not completed at Monash University.

3.    evidence of the accreditation status of your previous law school if you are applying for law unit/s

4.    Information regarding the AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) level of the units must also be provided in relation to applications for credit.

5.    Where credit is being sought for a Priestley 11 unit, an official letter from the previous institution, advising which Priestley 11 topics have been covered by units completed by that at that institution.

6.    A written statement stating that if the advice from their previous institution was incorrect or is queried by VLAB, the matter will need to be taken up with the previous institution as Monash University gives no warranty and makes no representation that the information from the previous institution is correct.

Note: If you are a Monash student who would like to undertake a single unit(s) on a non-award basis at another institution (within Australia or New Zealand) for credit in your current Monash Law course please follow Complementary studies enrolment process.