Career Outcomes

Melbourne Law School graduates are employed in a wide range of roles across many industries. This page offers a summary of the most recent employment outcomes of our JD graduates of 2017.

A survey of 2017 Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor (JD) graduates shows strong employment results with 98 per cent of those surveyed in employment. Of those employed, 73 per cent are working as legal graduates (trainees with law firms, solicitors, or judges’ associates) and many others are working in other legal or generalist graduate roles.

The survey, taken 18 months after completion of the Melbourne JD, reveals that more than 100 employers from the legal and non-legal sectors employed our graduates. These employers include international and national law firms, courts, community legal centres, government departments, statutory bodies and firms in the private sector, demonstrating the diverse range of careers our graduates enter into.

The survey had a response rate of 75 per cent. This means the data is robust and gives a realistic picture of employment outcomes. The employers are listed in the report below. The class of 2017 survey results are consistent with the strong results for the class of 2016, which had an employment rate of 95 percent 18 months after graduation.

The full survey report provides a list of the number and variety of MLS graduate employers, serving as a useful reminder about the range of potential employers and sectors in which a law degree is considered valuable.

Employment Outcomes: 2017 JD graduates, 18 months after graduating

What does it mean for me?

The fact that we have certain outcomes in a given year does not guarantee that those results will be consistent over time; the employability for law graduates may fluctuate depending on the economy and other factors.

We will continue to provide you with the best data that we can each year to help you make an informed decision about whether to study law and to help those who are studying law to understand their likely work outcomes and to consider the range of job opportunities potentially available to them.

It should be noted that these results are only for Melbourne Law School graduates – other law schools may have very different outcomes and you should ask them for more details.

Download the most recent report ((PDF 282.0 KB))

Download the 2016 report ((PDF 353.2 KB))