As a lawyer, you’ll offer both practical and legal advice to help clients in criminal or civil court proceedings. Pathways to legal practice via a number of single and combined laws courses are available, as well as a range of Higher Degrees by Research.

Deakin's Bachelor of Laws: satisfies the VLAB academic requirements
Deakin law clinic: a community legal service with real cases and real outcomes

Career opportunities

With a law degree under your belt, your career may take you anywhere, from a law-focused profession to industries like business, government service, industrial relations or public administration. You may work as a:

  • barrister
  • business manager
  • company administrator
  • corporate lawyer
  • lawyer in government service
  • lawyer with departments or authorities
  • legal adviser
  • public administrator
  • research officer in law reform
  • solicitor
  • university lecturer.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in law, we'll help get you there.

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At Deakin, law students in their final years have been given the opportunity to work on cases ranging from property disputes to parenting orders.

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Deakin law students have access to excellent teachers, most of whom practised in law as well as having postgraduate qualifications.

Jason Taliadoros

Senior lecturer, Deakin Law School

Become a first-class lawyer

We’re ranked as one of Victoria's top law schools by the prestigious QS World University Rankings, giving you the skills to succeed in law.

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Research with us

If you’re looking to further your research skills, we offer a PhD or Masters by major thesis.

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Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws satisfies the academic requirements to practise as an Australian lawyer, as set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).

In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, a person seeking admission is required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training course. They must also satisfy the requirement that they are a fit and proper person.

Why study law at Deakin University?

Recent law graduates, law academics and industry professionals discuss what employers are looking for in law graduates, the benefits of studying commercial law, and the opportunities offered by Deakin's Bachelor of Laws.

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