Melbourne Law School and UBC form degree partnership to advance international legal education

Melbourne Law School has added to its suite of international dual degrees, partnering with the University of British Columbia's Peter A. Allard School of Law (Vancouver, Canada) to offer a Juris Doctor/ Law Masters partnership program.

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The agreement will allow eligible JD students at either law school to complete their final term or semester of study through an LLM program at the partner institution. 

Participating students will ordinarily receive JD and LLM degrees in three and a half years of full-time study: two and a half years in a JD program and approximately one year in an LLM program. 

Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans said the degree partnership offered a great opportunity for students to enhance their global outlook and demonstrated the Law School's strong global networks.

"I am delighted to announce this partnership with the Allard School of Law. This agreement can offer students from both institutions valuable insight into different legal systems around the world and can also assist students in seeking admission to practice in Canada." 

"This dual degree is one of Melbourne Law School's pathways to practice and is a fitting addition to a suite of dual degree programs the Law School has with world-class institutions including Oxford University, Cambridge University, New York University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which is only going to grow in the future," Professor Evans said. 

Allard School of Law Dean Mary Anne Bobinski said that the degree partnership builds on an existing institutional relationship in the faculty exchange agreement between the two law schools.  

"As one of Canada's leading law schools and a globally-recognised centre for legal education and research, the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia is pleased to be able to add this new partnership with Melbourne Law School to our joint legal education programs, which will offer UBC JD students an exciting new opportunity to study law in a global context.

"We're confident as well that Melbourne JD students will benefit from our LLM programs, including our LLM Common Law degree, which is specifically designed to support students interested in qualifying for practice in Canada."

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Juris Doctor from Melbourne Law School and a Law Masters in either Taxation or Common Law from Allard, or a Juris Doctor from Allard and a Law Masters from Melbourne Law School.