Course Description

If you’re looking for an exciting career and the chance to make a difference, a major in Legal Studies within the field of criminology could really take you places. You’ll examine the Australian legal system and the way it shapes our society through a range of issues such as welfare law and human trafficking.
Law transcends all industries. Find out how the law interacts with other areas, taking units in criminology as you study the foundations of business law and other areas of the law.
You’ll learn about dispute resolution and have the opportunity to develop your own dispute resolution skills through role play and interactive activities. You will learn a variety of dispute resolution processes including negotiation, conciliation, mediation and arbitration.  
You will investigate the interactions between law, crime, frameworks in societies and the various social grouping within society.
8 reasons to study Legal Studies

Challenge the way you think about the world as you explore the legal system and how it shapes society.
Gain an understanding of various legal issues and how to apply this knowledge in different justice contexts.
Develop a variety of dispute resolution methods and a range of tactics to respond to conflict and disputes.
Gain a broad understanding of the role and operation of law.
Learn to produce high quality and persuasive communications (for example research reports, court reports and policy reports) so you are job ready when you graduate.
Build your network from within our Law School, making use of our strong ties to the Western Australian legal and business community.
Combine your degree or take on a double major in another discipline to expand your career prospects even further.
Learn from respected experts in their field who often appear in the media to share their insights on current events and issues.

Some of the things you’ll learn

social and welfare law
criminological research methods
alternative dispute resolution
international and transnational crimes
law, justice and social policy.


3 years full time, 6 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Law & Paralegal Studies undergraduate courses at Murdoch University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 51.5% (national average 56.9%)
Improved skills: 85.8% (national average 83.7%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.2% (national average 81.1%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Murdoch University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Law & Paralegal Studies undergraduate courses at Murdoch University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 64.5% (national average 74.1%)
Studying full time: 16.5% (national average 20.3%)
Median full time salary: $58,800 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Murdoch University Code: B1345

Entry Requirements

Selection Rank: 70