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.

Get work-ready

Our law programs focus on hands-on learning, which means you get to work with real clients, take part in a legal internship or volunteer and study abroad over the course of your degree. Learn with others who share your passion for the legal profession and gain the skills to succeed. Deakin Law School consistently ranks among the top in the country for teaching quality and student satisfaction by the prestigious QS World University Rankings**, so you'll be well placed to pursue an array of global careers after graduation.


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, masters 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.

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.

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

Gain a competitive edge

Based in the Melbourne CBD, Deakin Law Clinic is a law firm that gives students the chance to practice law with real clients. Deakin Law Clinic students share how they have applied their legal knowledge, helped clients who cannot afford legal advice and cemented their plans for a legal career.


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 Bachelor of Laws degree, someone seeking admission is required to work for one year as a legal trainee, or to undertake a practical legal training course.

Be rewarded for the work you’ve already put in

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is Deakin’s way of recognising the hard work you’ve already put into your studies or career. Through RPL you may be able to have your work and study experience recognised with course credit points, reducing your course duration and tuition costs. Students who are members of the Law Institute of Victoria and have completed a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor course may be eligible to receive RPL for the Master of Laws.

Find out more about RPL

Become a first-class lawyer

Designed and taught by practising lawyers and academics, Deakin’s accredited Bachelor of Laws integrates sound legal training with real-world experience, so you develop key skills in problem-solving, analytical thinking and ethical reasoning.

Research with us

If you’re looking to further your research skills, we offer a PhD or masters by major thesis. We’ll help you develop research skills so you can grapple with and enhance your ideas and theories.

Learn more about researching with us

We're here to help

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

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**ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018