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 2020.

A survey of 2020 Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) graduates has shown exceptional employment results, with 94 per cent of those surveyed in full-time employment. Of those employed, 86 per cent are working in legal roles (law graduates, solicitors, or judges’ associates , etc.), while the remainder of our graduates found fulfilling careers within the generalist roles within areas such as business and consulting, media and communications as well as government and politics.

The Career Outcomes survey, taken 18 months after completion of the Melbourne JD, reveals that more than 120 employers from the legal and non-legal sectors employed our graduates.These employers, listed in the following pages, include international and national law firms, courts, community legal centres, government departments, statutory bodies, private law firms as well as non-profit organisations demonstrating the diverse range of careers our graduates enter into.

With a response rate of 77 per cent, the survey gives a realistic picture of employment outcomes. Despite significant impacts of COVID-19 on the job market, the class of 2020 survey results show that our graduates remain highly competitive.

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: 2020 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

Download the  previous  reports below:

2019 2018 2017 2016