Applying for February 2018 commencement

Strict application deadlines apply and there is no mid-year intake. Applicants can apply at any time for 2018 until the closing dates:

  • Domestic applicants: 1 September 2017
  • International applicants: 1 November 2017

Applicants are required to have a valid Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) (within 5 years). Opportunities to sit the LSAT in 2017 include February, June or September (late registration closes 9 August).

Applicants who apply earlier in the year can strengthen their application after receiving an outcome should they wish to be reconsidered for a place if unsuccessful, or wish to be more competitive for the November ranking for a Commonwealth supported place (domestic applicants only), or Melbourne Law School commencing student award (if eligible). Notification of fee type will be sent via email by 30 November.


Applications will be assessed between March and November 2017. Applicants will be notified of an outcome within four to six weeks provided they submit a complete application and have a valid LSAT score.

We will notify you of your outcome via the email address listed on your application. Please add to your safe senders list to ensure any correspondence from us arrives in your inbox.

Late Application Round - Fee Places Only

Applicants who have not undertaken the LSAT and are not registered to sit the September LSAT may register for the December LSAT by 18 October (late registration 25 October) and apply for the Melbourne JD by 1 November 2017. The date to sit the December LSAT is Sunday, 3 December 2017 and results are usually released in early January. We will only assess applications after LSAT results are released.

If offered, assessed applicants can only be offered an Australian Fee or International Fee place. Applicants will only be notified of the outcome of their application by 20 January 2018.


The Melbourne JD commences in early February with a compulsory Orientation program on 1 February 2018 and an intensive two week summer subject starting 5 February 2018 prior to Semester 1. University key dates

International students need to be in the country in time to attend an International Welcome event on 31 January 2018.

Application Checklist

  • Domestic Applicants

    Domestic applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa.

    When you complete and submit your application online, please select only one Fee type (CSP or FEE). All domestic applications are assessed for a CSP, Fee+Bursary, and Fee place regardless of the category you apply under (unless you are applying for the late round where only Fee places are available).

    Start your online application

  • International Applicants

    International applications are made directly to the University of Melbourne or through one of our Overseas Representatives. Note that while a fee will apply to sit the LSAT, no additional $100 University application assessment fee is required for Melbourne JD applicants.

    Even if you are registered with the Law School Admission Council's LSDAS or Credential Assembly service, you still need to lodge an online application with us. Please include an addendum with your name and LSAC account number at the top and a list of documents you would like us to download as part of your application for the Melbourne JD. You will also need to arrange for LSAC to release these documents to us once we have submitted a request for your report.

    Applicants can update their application after receiving an outcome should they wish to be reconsidered for a place if unsuccessful.

    Start your online application

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