Subjects for undergraduate degrees

Melbourne Law School is an innovative and vibrant school that values the student experience. The academic staff at Melbourne Law School are recognised as leaders in their fields, both in Australia and around the world.

Why take law as breadth?

Studying undergraduate law subjects gives you a variety of transferable skills that are valued by all employers. These include critical thinking, analytical and evaluative skills (students review legislation and case law to draw conclusions and make connections) and the ability to communicate complex ideas.

Choose from individual subjects or complete a breadth track suited to your own desired area of study.

Consumer Law

Have you ever bought something based on advertising only to find the advertisement was false? This subject examines the principal components of Australian consumer law and is designed to assist you to know, understand and pursue your rights as a consumer. Professor Philip Clarke outlines what to expect in the subject.

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AI, Ethics and the Law

Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) read your emotions, assess your CV or decide whether you committed a crime?  This subject investigates the technical, ethical and the many legal challenges raised by the increasingly widespread of AI in society.

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Health Law, Ethics and Society

Did you know two states in Australia have passed laws so that adults who are terminally ill can request assistance to die? Dr Carolyn Johnston outlines what to expect in Health Law, Ethics and Society.

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Free Speech and Media Law

Did you know that Australia has some of the most outdated defamation laws out of anywhere in the world? Associate Professor Jason Bosland outlines what to expect in Free Speech and Media Law.

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What subjects can I take as breadth in law?

Subject Handbook details 2021 study period Study level
AI, Ethics and the Law*LAWS10009 Semester 2 Level 1
Comparative Legal TraditionsLAWS10006 Not available in 2021 Level 1
Food Law and Policy LAWS10005 Not available in 2021 Level 1
Free Speech and Media LawBLAW10002 Semester 2 Level 1
Principles of Business Law BLAW10001 Semester 1, Semester 2 Level 1
Consumer Law BLAW20003 February Level 2
Corporate Law BLAW20001 Semester 1 Level 2
Environmental Rights and Responsibilities LAWS20009 Not available in 2021 Level 2
Global Human Rights Law*LAWS20012 Semester 2 Level 2
Health Law, Ethics and SocietyLAWS20013 Semester 2 Level 2
Intellectual Property Law LAWS20014 Semester 1 Level 2
Legal Language LAWS20008 Semester 1 Level 2
Regulating Digital Platforms BLAW20002 February Level 2
Public Trials* LAWS30024 Semester 2 Level 3
Taxation Law I BLAW30002 Semester 2 Level 3
Taxation Law II BLAW30003 Semester 1 Level 3
*This subject will have an option of online or on-campus classes.

Breadth tracks

A breadth track is a grouping of three or more subjects that allow you to progressively develop knowledge and skills in a study area.

What law breadth tracks are available?

Students planning to undertake single units of study should be advised to check the handbook to ensure that prerequisites are met.

The Melbourne JD

Undergraduate law subjects provide a useful introduction to the study of law. These subjects are popular with students thinking about graduate legal study, in particular those considering applying to the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor). However, it is not a condition of entry to the JD to have studied law breadth subjects.

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