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University of Melbourne Law School

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University of Melbourne Law School in Australia

Program Overview - Juris Doctor (JD)

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University and Faculty: University of Melbourne
Faculty of Law
Program: Juris Doctor
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 50,000
Campus Location: Parkville, downtown Melbourne
Program Duration: 3 years (standard course structure)
2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2019
Est. Annual Tuition: $40,256 AUD (2019)
Est. Total Tuition: $126,907 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

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The University of Melbourne Law School offers the Juris Doctor, J.D., which is a graduate law degree of global standard. It leads to admission to practice throughout Australia and gives graduates the skills to take on the world.

Melbourne Law School is housed in an ultra-modern, stand-alone building in University Square, the university's burgeoning knowledge precinct. It contains state-of-the-art technology for staff and students, outstanding research facilities, an award-winning moot court, superb conference facilities, and purpose-built teaching spaces. Its Legal Research Centre spans three floors of the Law School building, and contains a rich legal collection comprising more than 180,000 volumes of reports, legislation, legal journals and treatises. The LRC also subscribes to major English language databases and has a permanent exhibition of rare books. It provides access to a wide range of the latest electronic resources for teaching and research today.

The University of Melbourne approaches teaching and research in law in a way that is outward looking and internationally focused. The Melbourne JD curriculum is designed to anticipate developments in law in an age of globalisation. Melbourne participates in a range of international networks that is second to none, through formal institutional arrangements and the international connections of its staff. The Melbourne student body is extraordinarily diverse, coming from all regions of the world. Each year, Melbourne is host to a wide range of international visitors, who teach in its programs, engage in collaborative research with its staff, make public presentations of various kinds or simply use its outstanding facilities.

The standard course structure for the Melbourne JD entails three full years of study. This law course may be accelerated by undertaking subjects in the summer and winter breaks, with the approval of the Faculty of Law. The accelerated course structure would entail two full calendar years and two months of study.

Unique Features of the Program

The University of Melbourne Law School has offered the Melbourne JD since 2000, which set a benchmark for legal education in Australia. The curriculum has been developed specifically for graduates and the course is structured and taught in a way that is suitable for graduates.

The maximum class size is 60 and in many subjects it is smaller, to enhance the opportunities for interaction between students and teachers and among students themselves.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

If you complete the Melbourne JD, you are eligible to apply to practice law in Canada. It is imperative that you understand the requirements and procedures associated with entering the legal profession in Canada. Contact OzTREKK for information about accreditation.

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

The Melbourne JD selection criteria:
1. Academic results from all previous tertiary studies
2. LSAT score

The selection criteria is assessed in a holistic way and no single criterion is determinative in the selection process. Each application is assessed on its individual merits and across all criteria. Thus an applicant who may have an excellent degree (average of marks of 80 or over) will be very competitive on this criterion but this does not mean that their LSAT score will not be relevant. Equally, applicants with an average of between 70 and 74 across all their tertiary studies may still be competitive depending on their performance in the LSAT.

Given this interaction between the criteria, it is not possible for the Law School to publish indicative scores or ranges of scores either for the LSAT or tertiary results.

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Melbourne JD program.

Please note, LSAT scores are valid for five years and the LSAT can be sat three times in two years.


Total Number of Places in the Program: no set quota

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018. International applicants are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Applications are assessed periodically throughout the application season on a rolling admissions basis. The earlier your application is submitted the better.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Molly Mahon

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