You don't have to be a student of Melbourne or Monash law school to come into contact with legal studies.

One of life's great lessons that we learn at a very young age is about rules, so we know from year 1 of school what sort of behaviour will get us into trouble or not.

Students all across Melbourne, VIC, and Australia have the chance to study legal studies throughout high school and into VCE, along with more commonly studied subjects - biology, chemistry, psychology, maths, and English - which all contribute to their ATAR score.

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Private Tuition in Law and its Associated Subjects at School or University

A student will spend hours on study in their given subjects in the final year of high school, which is widely known to be a stressful experience regardless of which subject you take.

To really have a positive learning experience, we recommend you engage the service of a private law or legal studies tutor to get the edge and help balance your time learning with any other given subject in your studies, be it at school, by distance, or online.

All this aside, we will focus more on university law studies in this piece, which focuses on business and public psychology as much as it does its primary practice: the law. Work in the legal sector is known to pay well, but to also be one of the most challenging and competitive fields to get into.

Nevertheless, more students every year are deciding to get in contact with their jurisprudence and are happy to do so through the study of law at university, which typically lasts 3-4 years.

Your goal may be to become a barrister, judge, legal consultant, policy researcher, law teaching fellow, or contract, business, or labour lawyer. 

Regardless of what your desired outcome may be, the lessons you learn through your legal studies, and subsequently find the best means of embellishing with the help of a law tutor, will have numerous practical applications.

Binding decisions can be made within the scope of the law.
Law has practical applications far beyond just working in a courtroom.

What you will Spend your Time on in your University Law Studies

There is a high work load that teaching and education in a legal focussed degree at law school requires.

As such, at many a university, it is only offered at postgraduate level as this is seen as the best way to service the student cohort and provide the best teaching into the range of subjects.

The Melbourne University Law School and Monash university Law School are two of the most well known institutions in Melbourne, VIC, and Australia, however other major universities like La Trobe, Swinburne, RMIT, and Deakin also offer a course.

Monash and La Trobe are notable since they have law degrees, which you can combine with others like arts or education, at an undergraduate level.

Given that there are several hours in contact time alone at university, it requires the student to commit entirely to their studies, even if their native language is English.

It is recommended that students take full advantage of teaching and private tutoring to make sure they're up to the task, even before they begin their law studies or lessons.

Because of the high level of competition and intellect requires to study law, private online study is necessary before sitting the LSAT exam, which determines if you will spend the next 4 years studying law or not.

The LSAT is the primary means of determining whether you will be able to study law education at university, and as the primary means of standardisation for such tests.

It is consequently valid Melbourne, VIC, and Australia wide, and is a great means of testing your business and education psychology even if you don't end up studying law.

The legal practice has ties to ancient Greece
The legal profession shapes lives in more ways than we think | Source: RMIT University

There are a few types of law degrees available as well. We recommend you spend some time looking at these and their associated subjects before embarking on study with its high work load and contact hours.

Like we've said, there are bachelor of law degrees out there, but these are arguably more competitive.

If you've studied chemistry, maths, psychology, chemistry, physics, maths, and English in VCE, you might have finished with a great ATAR, but it might be best to follow another degree first, and to harness your maths, English, or chemistry skills, which can then work well into practical law skills in a masters.

The main types of law degrees are: The Juris Doctor, which is the most direct entry to a legal profession, especially if you're interested in business or contract law; a Master of Laws, which is a great complement to any previous study or work experience you may already have, and is especially recommended you want to enhance your service abilities with legal expertise, and are happy to commit to a few years of study.

Another option is a Master of Legal Studies, whose time and lessons will give you experience in the direct application of law, and will bring you more into contact with policy directions than actual legal practice.

You might also consider a Masters of Law Research, whose mixed online and guided in-person teaching equips students with a subject specific skill set after having taken a deep-dive into particular area of interest, which can be applied to a wide variety of fields.

Check out the VTAC website for admissions and prospectuses on the kinds of law degree you can study in Melbourne.

We will consider the Juris Doctor here, as it is the service for the basis of law education in other degrees, as well as one of the most comprehensive university degrees.

16 of the 24 subjects required to practice law are taught in lessons and subjects in the JD, so your contact hours and extensive time spent studying will be highly worthwhile, and is thus a strong justification for why the JD is a good point of contact.

The broad subject groups will be covered in your first years of the degree, with specialisation being allowed in later years.

 It is the business of the university to make sure you can work through complicated problems yourself through their teaching, so as such they give you a strong background in the following areas:

  • Legal Reasoning/Legal Theory/Evidence and Proof: This is compulsory given that you need to be able to understand the psychology and philosophy behind law in Australia
  • Contract Law: Your university will make sure you're well prepared to understand the nature of agreements and obligations upon the individual, a business, and society, as well as the means to create a contract
  • Torts/Dispute Studies: By the same token, you will be given extensive experience with hypothetical scenarios which you will need to use your rationale to sort out. This is one of the best ways that you can ensure you're ready for the work force
  • Business/Administrative/Corporate Law: Getting to the bottom of the financial and ethical responsibilities of a business will also be a major element of your study in Melbourne, VIC, and Australia
  • Criminal Law: You will use online corpuses and spend time in your lessons and studies to assess the legality and criminality of cases pertaining to human behaviour and its impacts on society

The sorts of problems you will encounter in your learning are various, yet there is consistency in what students find difficult in their subjects throughout their time at law school. 

We can therefore offers some tips for best practice with private tutoring.

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Melbourne has dynamic business and public sector opportunities for lawyers | Source: Catchpole Lawyers

Something the service of a private law tutor is good for is rationalising and problem solving skills. 

Beyond what you learn in your torts class, you may want more practice applying your skills, therefore they can help you find new ways of being critical and apply different logic to a given situation, all which teaching and training you to think outside the box.

If you find yourself also struggling with the workload of law, and separating subjects into clearly blocked areas, a tutor can help you to make sense of the bigger picture and then break it all down for you. 

The synthesis of your skills might be difficult to envisage on your own, so being able to both bounce ideas off someone else and have them help you see the link between your subjects that might not be obvious while you read piles of notes is particularly useful.

As the purpose of a tutor is fundamentally to make your education substantial and clear to you, they can also assist in study skills that facilitate your own private learning.

This may include checking your logic in essays, research skills, time blocking for different projects, putting complex legal concepts into plain English so you can use your logic to apply them, or even how to identify the main ideas of a text.

Hopefully, therefore, the benefits of studying law and having a legal studies tutor to guide you through your university education are obvious.

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