The Melbourne JD Single Subject Study

Requirements for practising law in Australia for overseas practitioners

A limited number of subjects are available as single subjects for overseas qualified applicants from a recognised institution who hold an academic qualification in law (LLB or equivalent), with an average of at least 70 percent, or equivalent. Single subjects are not available to students with an Australian qualification in law.

Steps to Practising Law

Applicants with an overseas legal qualification who wish to be admitted to practise law in Australia, should firstly contact the governing body in the state in which they intend to practise. In Victoria, this is the Victorian Legal Admission Board (VLAB), which assesses the qualifications of overseas-trained professionals to determine the extent to which your existing qualifications are, or are not, sufficient for admission to the legal profession in Victoria. You will need this skills assessment statement in order to apply for subjects.

Subjects are taught as part of the JD course. The JD offers a highly rigorous, integrated and comparative curriculum which provides students with cumulative learning by integrating both subject matter and skills across and between semesters. This means that a prescribed area of law is often not limited to one subject, but is taught across two or more. Therefore you may be required to take multiple JD subjects to fulfil the requirements of each prescribed subject as determined by the Board.

Victorian Legal Admissions Board Prescribed Subject JD Equivalent
Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS50034 Criminal Law and Procedure


LAWS50025 Torts


LAWS50029 Contracts
LAWS50026 Obligations

Property both real (includingTorrens system land) and personal

LAWS50036 Remedies
LAWS50030 Property

Equity (including trusts)

LAWS50033 Trusts
LAWS50036 Remedies
LAWS50026 Obligations
LAWS50029 Contracts

Administrative Law

LAWS50032 Administrative Law
LAWS50024 Principles of Public Law

Federal and State Constitutional Law

LAWS50024 Principles of Public Law
LAWS50028 Constitutional Law

Civil Procedure

LAWS50027 Dispute Resolution


LAWS50037 Evidence and Proof
LAWS50027 Dispute Resolution

Professional Conduct (including basic trust accounting)

LAWS50038 Legal Ethics

Company Law

LAWS50035 Corporations Law

Further details of these subjects can be found in the list of compulsory subjects on the JD course page of the University handbook. Some subjects are offered once per year on a semester basis, with some subjects also offered in intensive mode.


The tuition fees for the Melbourne JD in 2017 are:

$4,832 per 12.5 credit point subject

Students who hold an Assessment Statement and are undertaking approved bridging study for overseas-trained professionals may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For details refer to the Federal Government's What is a bridging course for overseas-trained professionals?.

Important Note: For FEE-HELP purposes, your course is considered a bridging course for overseas-trained professionals if you are required to undertake a maximum of one EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Student Load) - which is equivalent to up to eight (12.5 credit point) subjects.

English language requirements

You may be required to provide evidence that you have met the University's English Language requirements.

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