The Melbourne JD Single Subject Study

Requirements for practising law 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 which subjects are required to qualify for admission to practise in the State of Victoria. You will need this assessment statement in order to apply for subjects.

    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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