Law bridging units

Deakin can help you meet the varying requirements needed to be recognised as a qualified law practitioner in Victoria.

If you’re a law graduate returning to work or hold overseas qualifications, contact the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) to first understand what units below you may need to complete to gain recognition.

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Your pathway to practice

The Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) will assess your qualifications and determine the areas of study you need to undertake in order to qualify for practice in Victoria. You will then receive a letter outlining the unit/s you need to enrol in. This letter must be supplied with your application.

Make sure you check Deakin’s equivalent units of study below carefully, as some require you to enrol in two parts to fulfil VLAB requirements. For example, to complete the VLAB Property unit, you'll have to undertake both Property and Land Law to comply.

Bridging units available for study

  • Administrative Law

    Single unit

    Consider the nature of public power in the context of Australian constitutionalism, with a particular emphasis on administrative decision-making. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Administrative Law and does not need to be combined with another course.

  • Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution

    Single unit

    Examine procedural law, which is the law of 'how' one enforces substantive legal rights and duties, or the method through which rights (no matter what they are) get realised in our courts. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Civil Dispute Resolution and does not need to be combined with another course.

  • Commercial Law

    Single unit

    An introduction to areas of law which regulate commercial relationships and facilitate the conduct of various commercial transactions. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Contracts and needs to be combined with Contract MLL111.

  • Constitutional Law

    Single unit

    Gain an understanding of the principles of constitutional law at the state and federal levels, including an elaborate study of the Commonwealth Parliament's powers and federalism. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Federal and State Constitutional Law and does not need to be combined with another course.

  • Contract

    Single unit

    Gain an understanding of the general principles of contract law in commercial life and private settings, and how contract-related problems may be approached and resolved. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Contracts and needs to be combined with Commercial Law MLL215.

  • Corporate Law

    Single unit

    Uncover the law in Australia governing the various forms in which businesses are conducted and familiarise yourself with the concept of corporate legal personality. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Company Law and does not need to be combined with another course.

  • Criminal Law

    Single unit

    Examine the current theories concerning the nature and purpose of criminal liability and punishment, including principal criminal offences and the defences to those offences. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Criminal Law and Procedure and needs to be combined with Criminal Procedure MLL218.

  • Criminal Procedure

    Single unit

    Become familiar with the statutes and case law shaping the law of criminal procedure. You’ll also be encouraged to consider the adequacy of our procedural laws and whether reform is appropriate. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Criminal Law and Procedure and needs to be combined with Criminal Law MLL114.

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  • Equity and Trusts

    Single unit

    Examine equitable principles and remedies in transactions and also their relationship with existing common law principles. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Equity (including Trusts) and does not need to be combined with another course.

  • Evidence

    Single unit

    Gain an understanding of the law relating to the collection and use of information pertaining to the subject matter of criminal and civil proceedings. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Evidence and does not need to be combined with another course.

  • Land Law

    Single unit

    Gain an understanding of the law relating to the creation, ownership and transfer of interests in land, including the statutory schemes of registration applicable in Victoria. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Property and needs to be combined with Property MLL327 (only available Trimester 1).

  • Legal Practice and Ethics

    Single unit

    Gain an understanding of the practice of law and begin to realise and put into practice the ethical obligations you will assume upon becoming a lawyer. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Ethics and Professional Responsibility and does not need to be combined with another course.

  • Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

    Single unit

    Gain an understanding of the tortious and statutory liability for false or misleading statements. A limited number of other economic torts and consumer protection provisions are covered. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Torts and needs to be combined with Torts MLL213 (only available Trimesters 1 and 3).

  • Property

    Single unit

    Understand the concept of property and proprietary interests in relation to both real and personal property. It will also act as an introduction to Land Law. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Property and needs to be combined with Land Law MLL325.

  • Torts

    Single unit

    Gain an appreciation of the principles and policies involved in tort law and study those areas of tort law which are most commonly relied upon in practice. This unit is equivalent to VLAB's Torts and needs to be combined with Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts MLL117.

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