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 2019.

A survey of 2019 Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) graduates has shown exceptional employment results, with 97 per cent of those surveyed in full-time employment. Of those employed, 83 per cent are working as legal graduates (trainees with law firms, solicitors, or judges’ associates), while the remainder are working in other legal or generalist graduate roles.

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 and firms in the private sector, demonstrating the diverse range of careers our graduates enter into.

With a response rate of 84 per cent, the survey gives a robust and realistic picture of employment outcomes. Despite significant impacts of COVID-19 on the job market, the class of 2019 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: 2019 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 852.7 KB)

Download the 2018 report (PDF 6.7 MB)