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

Artificial intelligence (AI) and new digital technologies have many beneficial consequences for society but also raise concerns for employment, health and safety, interpersonal relationships, human rights, discrimination, and human autonomy. This subject uses interdisciplinary perspectives to investigate.

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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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Food Law and Policy

Did you know that until recently Milo had an almost perfect health star rating score? Professor Christine Parker outlines what to expect in Food Law and Policy.

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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Did you know that Australia has some of the most outdated defamation laws out of anywhere in the world?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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Sport and the Law

Did you know that only about 2% of people who dope in sport get caught? Professor Jack Anderson outlines what to expect in his new subject.

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What subjects can I take as breadth in law?

All classes and assessment for semester two law breadth subjects will be delivered online.

Subject Handbook details 2020 Study Period Study level
AI, Ethics and the Law
- New subject
LAWS10009 Semester 2 Level 1
Comparative Legal Traditions LAWS10006 Semester 1 Level 1
Food Law and Policy LAWS10005Not available in 2020 Level 1
Free Speech and Media Law BLAW10002 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 Semester 1 Level 2
Global Human Rights Law
- New subject
LAWS20012 Semester 2 Level 2
Health Law, Ethics and Society
- New subject
LAWS20013 Semester 2 Level 2
Intellectual Property Law LAWS20014 Semester 1 Level 2
Legal Language LAWS20008 Semester 1 Level 2
Privacy Law and Social Networks BLAW20002 February Level 2
Sport and the Law LAWS20011 Semester 1 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

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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