The University of Melbourne
Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018).
Introduction to Melbourne Law School
Australia’s first university law course began at the University of Melbourne in 1857. It combined scholarly teaching of the principles of law with preparation for legal practice. Soon, Victoria became one of the first places in the common-law world where all lawyers had to do part of their training at university. Since then Melbourne Law School has gained an international reputation for the quality of its research, teaching, faculty and graduates and has educated judges and prime ministers, practising lawyers and academics. Its former students are found in varied occupations throughout Australia and the world.
Melbourne Law School has distinguished itself further, established in its new location at University Square. This is the pivotal focus of the University of Melbourne's future to make Parkville one of the premier knowledge precincts in the world.
In this location, the Law School retains all the tradition of its first site in the Law Quadrangle, with its excellent and world renowned reputation for providing advanced education and research but is also fully equipped for the opportunities that lie ahead. The building is specifically designed to meet both future and contemporary needs of legal education, expanding and strengthening the School's position of leadership and reinforcing the high academic standards it has taken into the 21st century. The Law School building incorporates the latest technological developments and offers internationally competitive facilities that bring the Law School into the 21st century.
In 2010, the law school continues its transition to become Australia’s first fully-graduate Law School. This shift, formalised in 2008 by the admission of all-graduate students to pursue the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, equates legal education at Melbourne with the dominant global approach whereby specialist education in law is anchored in a broad undergraduate experience – thus enabling ever more creative and challenging forms of learning.
A number of specialist centres have been established at Melbourne Law School, providing leadership and research in key areas:
- Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law
- Asian Law Centre
- Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies
- Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation
- Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
- Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society
- Centre for Media and Communications Law
- Centre for Resources Energy and Environmental Law
- Civil Justice Research Group
- Competition Law and Economics Network
- Electoral Regulation Research Network
- Global Economic Law Network
- Health Law and Ethics Network
- Institute for International Law and the Humanities
- Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia
- Obligations Group
- Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness
- Tax Group
- Transactional Law
To join the mailing lists of any research centres, click here (scroll to bottom of page).
University Email Account
To set up your University email account in order to access University services, please click here. Select ‘Activate my accounts’ under New Casual and Honorary Staff: activating my account.
For new staff only, an email will be sent to your personal email on your commencement date containing your user ID and temporary password that is required to activate your account. If you have visited the University previously, you will need to contact the IT Help Desk on +61 3 8344 0888 for assistance with reactivating your account.
Your staff card is used for building access, parking and office printers.
On commencement, you will need to obtain a Staff Card that will enable you to make full use of the library and will provide identification for security purposes.
You can collect your Staff card from:
Reception, Level 1
11 Barry Street
between 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. You will need to present valid photographic identification to collect the card.
Please click here for further information.
Law School Intranet
To access the Law School Intranet, including staff contact details, click here.
Key and Building Access Request
Your key can be collected from Facilities Desk, Level 2, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton 3153. Please provide your name and staff number upon collection.
You can also contact the Facilities Desk to request Building Access to the Law Library (Level 3, 4, and 5) so you can access your carrel and the collection during library hours. This process requires a Staff card.
NOTE: On your last day at Melbourne Law School, please remember to return your key to the Facilities Desk.
The University of Melbourne's wireless network for on-campus use is UniWireless.
Click here for instructions to connect to UniWireless.
You will need to connect to a Follow Me printer. Once connected, you can print to any printer in the Law School using your Staff card.
For instructions, click here.
University of Melbourne Security: Free call 1800 246 066 or extension 46666 from any University desk telephone.
A first-aid kit is located in Level 1 Kitchenette (outside Room 109)
or: contact Information Systems and Services (ISS)/ Level 2 Reception: Room 201
There are two centres on the main campus, including the Nona Lee Sports Centre and the Beaurepaire Centre. The Nona Lee Sports Centre houses Group Fitness facilities, Squash Courts and massage and physiotherapy facilities. The Beaurepaire Centre houses a gym and an indoor heated pool.
Lincoln Square Fitness Centre, located near Melbourne Law School, houses a gym and Group Fitness facilities.
Information on each sports centre can be found here.
Information about facilities, opening hours and membership options for University of Melbourne sport facilities can be found here.
Eating Places in Carlton
La Miel Et Lune ($)
330 Cardigan Street (M-F 7.00am – 4.00pm | Sat/Sun 8.00am – 4.00pm)
All Day Breakfast / Brunch / Coffee
60 Pelham Street (M-F 7.30am – 4.00pm | Sat 9.00am – 4.00pm | Sunday closed)
Coffee / Pastries
Twenty & Six ($)
594 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne (Mon, Wed-Fri 7.30am – 3.00pm | Sat-Sun 8.00am – 3.00pm)
Brunch / Breakfast / Coffee
The following three are right next to the Melbourne Law School:
100 Leicester Street (M-F 7.00am – 5.00pm | Sat-Sun 8.00am – 4.00pm)
All Day Breakfast / Brunch / Coffee
Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee ($)
106-114 Berkeley Street (Mon-Sat 7.00am – 5.00pm | Sun 8.00am – 5.00pm)
Brunch / Breakfast / Coffee / Pastries
Yo-Chi Frozen Yoghurt ($)
194 Faraday Street (M-S 12.00pm – 11.00pm)
Frozen Yogurt / Self Service
607 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053 (11.00am – 3.00pm | 5.00pm – 9.00pm)
Asian Casual Dining
Momo Sushi ($)
163 Pelham Street or 660 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 (Mon-Fri 10.00pm – 3.30pm | Sat-Sun Closed)
139-141 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053 (Sun-Thurs 11.00pm – 11.00pm | Fri-Sat 11.00am-11.30pm)
Classic Italian dishes & handmade pasta served in a space with modern decor.
Lincoln ($) or ($$ in Dining Room)
91 Cardigan St, Carlton VIC 3053 (Sun-Thu 12.00pm – 11.00pm | Fri-Sat 12.00pm – 12.00am)
Modern Australian/ Pub Meals or Dining Room: Bistro/ modern European with Asian influences
DOC Pizza ($$)
295 Drummond Street (Mon-Tue 5.30pm – 10.30pm | Wed-Sun 12.00pm – 10.30pm)
Italian / Pizza / Mozzarella Bar
19 Lincoln Square South (Tue-Sun 8.00am – 10.00pm | Mon 8.00am – 4.00pm)
Italian/ Pizza + Pasta / CASH ONLY
350 Drummond Street (Sun-Mon Closed | Tue-Thu 5.00pm – 11.00pm | Fri 12.00pm – 1.00am | Sat 3.00pm – 1.00am)
Modern Australian / Gastropub / Pub Food
Great place to go for something to share, classic pub favourites, Australian beers on tap
La Spaghettata ($$)
238 Lygon Street (Mon-Thu 11.00am – 3.00pm, 5.00pm – 11.00pm | Fri-Sat 11.00am – 12.00am | Sun 11.00am – 11.00pm)
Italian / Pasta
Nearby Banks and ATMs
ANZ Bank: 280 Lygon Street, Carlton
Commonwealth Bank & ATM (on-campus): Ground Floor, Natural Philosophy Building
National Australia Bank & ATM (on-campus): Ground Floor, Old Botany Building
Westpac Bank: 310 Lygon Street, Carlton
The nearest post offices are located at:
Carlton South Post Office
113-119 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053
146 Elgin Street, Carlton VIC 3053
The Mailroom, located in the Baillieu library basement, offers cheaper postage to staff and students compared to Australia Post outlets. Postage can be paid with EFTPOS with a range of prepaid postbags and envelopes available from the Mailroom.
Click here for information on seeing a doctor.
Japanese Speaking Doctor
A Japanese-speaking doctor is nearby in the city. They take calls in Japanese between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday. You can call the 日本語医療センター on 1800 777 313.
A number of private health insurers and general insurers provide health cover for overseas visitors. Benefits available, membership costs and eligibility can vary between insurers.
The University of Melbourne generally uses Bupa for health insurance needs.
Living on Campus
Click here for information about housing in Melbourne.
To search for rental properties, click here.
Bringing Your Family
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires dependants of international students to attend school in Australia.
Children must be five years old or turning five before 30 April of that calendar year to be eligible to start school in Victoria. For more information about schooling, refer to the Victorian Government Schools International Student Program website.
A Japanese school 日本人学校 is located in Caulfield South: https://jsm.vic.edu.au/
English Language Classes
There are a number of English Language classes that visiting scholars may be interested in taking. Please see suggestions below and click-through for more information on fees and schedules:
- Impact English College
- Discover English
- English as a Second Language subjects - Apply through the Community Education program of the Arts Faculty of the University of Melbourne.
- RMIT free English class - A small registration fee is required.
- MTA free English class
English Language Support for Spouses
The Language Support and Professional Development Program is free for spouses of international students and visiting scholars. The program includes general everyday English lessons, professional support activities and excursions to places of cultural and historical interest.
Click here for further information.
Travel Around Melbourne
Myki is the smart card ticketing system that works across Victoria on trains, trams and buses. It is a re-usable smart card that stores value to pay your public transport fare. More information can be found here.
You can purchase or ‘top up’ your Myki card at:
- over 800 retail outlets including all 7-Eleven stores and anywhere you see the myki sign
- the ticket office window at Premium Stations
- a myki machine at all metropolitan train stations, all V/Line commuter service train stations, selected tram stops and bus interchanges
- a PTV Hub
- on board buses
You can check the balance of your Myki card at all ‘myki machines’ and at blue ‘myki check’ machines, located at some train stations and tram stops.
Free Tram Zone
Trams in the Central Business District Grid, including the Docklands, are FREE OF CHARGE. Tram stops within this participating area will be labelled with ‘Free Tram Zone’ signage. There is no need to “tap on and off” trams when boarding and alighting within this grid.
IMPORTANT: Trams from stops outside the University of Melbourne are NOT within the ‘Free Tram Zone’ so you must ‘tap on’ if you board from these stops.
Trams generally run every five minutes. Stops for trams to and from the city nearby the University of Melbourne include:
- University Square, on the corner of Swanston and Pelham Streets
- Corner of Elizabeth and Pelham Streets
Note: Trams from these stops are not free, but trams within the CBD are free.
Click here for Maps of Metropolitan Trams.
Call 131 008 or 132 227 to book a taxi.
Things to See and Do
380 Lygon Street
- The very best in arthouse films combined with modern releases in a classic setting.
- Screenings updated every Wednesday
- Visit http://www.cinemanova.com.au/catalogue/now_showing/ for more details
11 Nicholson Street (M-S 10.00am – 5.00pm)
- Melbourne’s premier museum space
- Permanent exhibitions include Australia’s Indigenous population, Marine Life
- Visit http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whatson/ for more details
Elliot Avenue (M-S 9.00am – 5.00pm)
The Royal Melbourne Zoo contains over 320 animal species from Australia and around the world over a space of 55 hectares. Tickets are $32.50 for adults.
Federation Square, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, & the Australian Centre for Moving Images
Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, restaurants, bars and specialty stores Visit www.fedsquare.com
Corner King Street & Flinders Street (M-S 9.30am – 6.00pm)
- Showcasing the World’s only display of elephant sharks
- Interactive animal encounters
- Tickets are $41.50 for adults ($33.20 per adult if you pre-book online in advance, or $28 per adult if you have a group of 10 or more)
St Paul’s Cathedral
Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets (M-F 8.00am – 6.00pm | Sat 9.00am – 4.00pm | Sun 7.30am – 7.30pm)
- Stunning Gothic Architecture, built circa 1931
Queen Victoria Market
65-159 Victoria Street (Tue/Thu 6.00am – 2.00pm | Wed/Mon closed | Fri 6.00am – 5.00pm | Sat 6.00am – 3.00pm | Sun 9.00am – 4.00pm)
- Melbourne’s historic market and a city landmark
- Features over 600 retailers, from fresh produce to souvenirs to fashion accessories
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
180 St Kilda Road (M-S 10.00am – 5.00pm)
- Victoria’s Premier art gallery, currently showcasing a variety of international and Australian exhibitions
- Visit http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions for more information
South Melbourne Market
Corner of Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne (Mon/Tue/Thu closed | Wed/Sat/Sun 8.00am – 4.00pm | Fri 8.00am – 5.00pm)
Eureka Skydeck (Eureka Tower)
7 Riverside Quay, Southbank (M-S 10.00am – 10.00pm)
- Highest skydeck in the southern hemisphere
Malthouse Theatre Performing Arts
The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
Visit www.malthousetheatre.com.au for current season shows
18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda (Mon/Wed/Thu Closed | Tue 6.00pm – 11.00pm | Fri 7.00pm – 11.00pm | Sat 11.00am – 11.00pm | Sun 11.00am – 8.00pm)
- Melbourne’s Weekend carnival destination
- Range of attractions for all ages
- Views of Port Philip Bay