We believe law graduates need to be prepared for the complex legal challenges and opportunities that await them. That’s why Swinburne offers a new approach to legal education.

Our law degree courses emphasise creativity, innovation and commercial law (including copyright and patents). We prioritise small class sizes, accessible academic staff and strong industry connections so you can learn from the best. We’re rated as one of the best 150 law schools in the world and the fourth best law school in Australia (Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020).

You’ll gain practical skills with regular Moot Court and advocacy activities. You’ll also complete three professional experience placements during your law degree – with each offering unique opportunities to gain industry insight and build valuable connections.

Opportunities to expand your expertise is possible with our broad range of double degrees; couple law with disciplines like business, engineering or computer science.

Choose Swinburne’s dual award and you could apply to practice law on the day you graduate.

With a law degree from Swinburne, you’ll be in a great position to help shape the legal system for the fast-paced future ahead. 

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  • "I heard about Swinburne’s new Law School via a radio ad and thought I would check it out. When I first came to the campus I was amazed at just how accessible the university was. There is a real sense of community at the Law School. My placement in commercial law gave me a true, raw experience of a barrister’s day-to-day activities and work."

    Matthew , Bachelor of Laws

Future of law

Future of law

With Swinburne’s Bachelor of Laws, you'll get more than a solid grounding in law and legal practice, you'll become ready for the future of law. Find out how we get you there.

The Swinburne Advantage

An undergraduate degree must be about more than just knowledge – it’s also job readiness, professional experience and access to further opportunities. 

We partner with leading Australian and global organisations to offer students authentic workplace experiences. Our degrees can include placements, internships, industry-linked projects, study tours and more. This is your chance to work on real-life projects, solve day-to-day challenges in your field and gain the professional skills that put knowledge into practice. You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence, knowing you have what it takes to land a job by graduation or even before. 

Find out more about the Swinburne Advantage
  • This building is Melbourne Parliament House in Victoria, Australia. From 1901 to 1927 it was used by the National Government before it moved to Canberra.

    Dual award for future lawyers

    Accelerate into your legal career.

    Swinburne law students are the only students in Victoria who are eligible to be admitted to legal practice on the day they graduate.

    To accelerate your learning, you’ll be able to enrol in a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through Leo Cussen Centre for Law during the final year of your Bachelor of Laws. This dual award program provides the requisite training to practice law, cutting months off the time it takes to become a lawyer.

  • Graduate Jake Boudsocq was part of Swinburne Law School’s inaugural student cohort in 2015 and has received the 2020 Victorian Supreme Court Prize for academic excellence.

    'Boundless opportunities' put Swinburne law graduate on top

    Jake Boudsocq came to Swinburne determined to become a psychologist.

    However, a two-year university hiatus owning and running a small business in the hospitality industry inspired Jake to pivot his study plans.

    Fast-forward five years and Jake is a Swinburne Law School graduate with a double degree in Law and Arts, majoring in psychology. He now works at leading law firm, Allens.

  • How to become a lawyer

    Learn how to become a lawyer and pull the levers that control the justice system to create a safer and fairer society for everyone. Read Swinburne's 3 steps to becoming a lawyer.

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