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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 2020
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

Melbourne Law School considers each application individually and in its entirety. Selection is based on performance in two areas:

  • Academic performance in all previous tertiary studies; and
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score + essay.

As part of the application process for entry to the Melbourne JD, applicants need to register for, and sit, the LSAT administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Applicants are encouraged to sit the LSAT as early as possible and can sit the LSAT again to improve their score. Melbourne Law School will use an applicant's highest LSAT score when assessing their application.

If the average mark across your university studies is

  • 80% (or equivalent) or above, you will have a very strong chance of being admitted.
  • at least 70% (or equivalent), you will be competitive in the JD selection process.
  • below 70% (or equivalent) and you have a very high LSAT score then you may be competitive in the JD selection process.

Given this interaction between the criteria, it is not possible for Melbourne 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.


Total Number of Places in the Program: no set quota

Application Deadline: October 24, 2019. Applications are assessed between March and November. Applicants will be notified of an outcome within four to six weeks provided they submit a complete application and have a valid LSAT score.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Kati Gorbachyova

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