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 fuse and communicate complex ideas.

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

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 application to the Juris Doctor degree. However, it is not a condition of entry to the JD to have studied law breadth subjects.

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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Did you know that Australia has some of the most outdated defamation laws out of anywhere in the world?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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Sports Law - New in 2019

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 students take as breadth in Law?

Subject Handbook details Offered in 2019
Level 1
Comparative Legal Traditions LAWS10006 Semester 1
Food Law and Policy LAWS10005 Semester 2
Free Speech and Media Law BLAW10002 Semester 2
Principles of Business Law BLAW10001 Semester 1, Semester 2
Level 2
Corporate Law BLAW20001 Semester 1
Environmental Rights and Responsibilities LAWS20009 Semester 1
Legal Language LAWS20008 Semester 1
Sport and the Law LAWS20011 Semester 1
Privacy Law and Social Networks BLAW20002 February
Level 3
Intellectual Property Law LAWS30017 Semester 2
Public Trials LAWS30024 Semester 2
Taxation Law I BLAW30002 Semester 2
Taxation Law II BLAW30003 Semester 1


The University has developed clear breadth sequences, or 'tracks', that will help you identify coherent groups of breadth subjects and allow you to extract the maximum benefit from your breadth component.

What breadth tracks are available in Law?

Melbourne Law School currently has four Law breadth tracks. These breadth tracks are intended to provide a cogent and considered pathway through undergraduate study in law, though students planning to undertake single units of study should be advised to check the handbook to ensure that prerequisites are met.