Advanced Standing (Credit)


The following sets out the circumstances in which the Melbourne Law School may grant advanced standing for credit for successful completion of a subject or subjects (deemed substantially equivalent) towards the JD, in the exercise of its powers under Statute 11 of the University. View more information on Advanced Standing.

The Law School may, in the exercise of its discretion, grant advanced standing for credit for compulsory subjects in the JD, if:

  • Such subjects were completed at a masters level (for example in a JD program) in a degree leading to admission to legal practice in Australia or its equivalent
  • Such subjects were completed within the five years prior to admission to the JD
  • Such subjects are, in the opinion of the School substantially equivalent in that they offer equivalent content and are of an equal standard to compulsory subjects offered in the JD.

The Law School may, in the exercise of its discretion, grant credit for a maximum of seven subjects (87.5 points) towards the elective component of the JD, if:

  • Such law subjects were completed at a masters level or its equivalent
  • Such subjects were completed within the five years prior to admission to the JD
  • Such subjects are, in the opinion of the School, of an equal standard to elective subjects offered in the JD.

Ordinarily, when a student without a prior degree in law, has completed 3-5 Masters level law subjects (meeting the above requirements) and seeks advanced standing in the JD, the Law School would grant general advanced standing for one elective in the JD.

The maximum advanced standing awarded in the JD is eight subjects (or 100 points).

Application

Candidates are advised to make any application for credit at the time of application for the JD using the Advanced Standing application.

Apply for Advanced Standing