Student Exchange

Melbourne Law School students have the opportunity to undertake a semester of study for credit with Exchange Partners–leading accredited institutions–at locations across the USA, Canada, Europe, China and more.

General information

Student Exchange allows Melbourne Law School students to participate in a semester-long program of study for credit at other well-recognised law schools. Students continue to pay their University of Melbourne fees through their current arrangement while on Exchange, and do not pay additional tuition fees to the host institution.

The application, selection and enrolment phases, as well as the awarding of credit upon completion of the overseas program is managed by the Study Overseas team at Stop 1. Students are advised to seek appropriate course planning advice prior to applying for Exchange.

At the conclusion of the program, the student will receive Advanced Standing for the subject(s) completed on Exchange, equivalent to the appropriate number of elective subjects in the Melbourne Law School program of study (Melbourne JD or Melbourne Law Masters). The result(s) gained at the host institution will not be recorded on the student's University of Melbourne transcript and will not affect the student's Weighted Average Mark (WAM). Students are advised to retain a copy of their overseas transcripts to demonstrate the obtained result(s).

For general information on Student Exchange at the University of Melbourne, please visit the Study Overseas program.

Students interested in other (or shorter) international opportunities may refer to other opportunities for JD or Melbourne Law Masters (MLM) students.

Eligibility

Melbourne Law School students are permitted to undertake Exchange for only one semester. Students must undertake a full-time study load while on Exchange, and must satisfy the minimum credit transfer at their chosen institution, equivalent to 37.5 or 50 points (3 or 4 elective subjects) of University of Melbourne credit.

  • Melbourne JD students must complete at least four semesters of study in the Melbourne JD prior to going abroad on Exchange, and
  • Melbourne Law Masters students must complete at least 37.5 points (3 subjects) of study in the MLM program prior to going abroad on Exchange.

All applicants must:

  • Have (and maintain) a 65% average or above, and
  • Attend a myWorld First Step Session held at Stop 1 before submitting their application.
    • Limited sessions are available per application intake period, so students are strongly encouraged to register and attend a session via Stop 1 as soon as possible (see 'Workshops and Sessions at Stop 1', under Study Overseas for availability).
    • Attendance is a compulsory hurdle requirement. Failure to provide proof of attendance will result in the student's application for Exchange to be withdrawn.

Exchange partners

Melbourne Law School has an evolving list of Exchange opportunities. Melbourne Law School students may refer to the preliminary list of Exchange Partners.

Application process

A step-by-step guide for the full application process can be found on the Study Overseas program.

Deadline for application

Deadlines vary with each Exchange Partner and preferred semester of Exchange. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of dates for any Exchange applications at the institution they wish to attend.

For specific queries regarding the application or Exchange administrative processes students may contact the Study Overseas team by submitting an enquiry at Stop 1.

Financial plan

Students will be required to demonstrate they have considered how they will fund their Exchange. The Study Overseas team at Stop 1 will not require students to justify the amounts but will look at them and discuss them with students. More information can be found within the step-by-step guide for the full application process on the Study Overseas program page.

Overseas Study Plan

Successful applicants will need to complete an approved Overseas Study Plan for the institution to which they have been nominated. Failure to provide a completed and approved Overseas Study Plan will likely result in the student not receiving the full credit transfer upon completion of their overseas study.

Students must submit a sufficient number of subjects to satisfy the minimum credit transfer (see 'Credit Load' on the institution's program page), noting that not all submitted subjects will be automatically approved for credit. It is strongly recommended that students monitor approvals and submit additional subjects until the minimum credit load is met.

When creating and submitting the Overseas Study Plan (using the Overseas Study Planner tool below), students must meet the following guidelines:

Each subject must:

  • Have sufficient and substantive legal content,
  • Be taught at a graduate level law school of an accredited institution,
  • Have assessment that is in line with the MLS assessment policy, which must be graded, and assessed by examination and/or essay. Students must provide details for each assessment, including word limits, duration of exams and breakdown of the marks where possible (eg a two-hour, closed book exam worth 60%, or a 10,000-word research paper worth 80%), and
  • Not be similar to subjects the student has already completed (or are due to complete prior to departure abroad) at Melbourne Law School as part of their Melbourne Law School program of study (both compulsory and elective subjects).

Students must provide all this relevant information for each subject in the Overseas Study Plan. If the information required for approval is not available publicly, it is the student's responsibility to contact the host institution and request relevant information. Failure to provide all relevant information (per subject) in the Overseas Study Plan will result in the proposed subject(s) not being approved for MLS credit.

Complete the Overseas Study Planner

Instructions (PDF, 2.64MB)

Please note: If any of the pre-approved subject choices change upon arrival, students will need to update their Overseas Study Plan. Before enrolling in alternative subjects, students must submit these to the Overseas Study Planner for Melbourne Law School approval. Retrospective approvals may be declined and therefore credit would not be granted for those subjects.

Awarding Credit Upon Completion

Upon completion of the overseas program, students must ensure their overseas transcript is sent to the Study Overseas team at Stop 1, so credit from the program can be applied as Advanced Standing to the student's Melbourne Law School program. The generic study abroad subject will then be removed as a placeholder from the student's record.

The result(s) gained at the host institution will not be recorded on the student's University of Melbourne transcript and will not affect the student's Weighted Average Mark (WAM). Students are advised to retain a copy of their overseas transcripts to demonstrate the obtained result(s).

Scholarships and Funding

Opportunities may be available from the following:

Students who require a letter for Centrelink to confirm their participation in the overseas program must contact the Study Overseas team at Stop 1 no less than three weeks before departure. Failure to do so may result in loss of payments such as Austudy, Youth Allowance and Disability Support Pension.

Insurance

Participating students may be eligible for free University of Melbourne travel insurance.

Graduation and Final Rankings

Melbourne Law School students who undertake international opportunities in the final semester of their course will often have to delay their graduation. Melbourne Law School advises students not to make any plans to attend a graduation ceremony until they have received a formal invitation to graduate.

Final rankings can only be calculated after all transcripts have been received and the student has graduated from their Melbourne Law School program.

Please note, however, Advanced Standing received from undertaking an overseas program is not included in final rankings.

Admission to Practice

Students seeking Admission to Practice in Victoria are required by the Board of Examiners to provide a Student Conduct Report (SCR) from each university in which they have been enrolled, including those based overseas, for each completed course.

Students should firstly approach their host institution's program contact to request the SCR. If the host institution is unsure of the wording to use in the SCR, students may provide them with a template (DOC).

  • In the event an SCR request has been made and rejected (for whatever reason) students will need to provide evidence of the original request and the host institution's response.
  • In the event an SCR request has been made to which no response has been received, students will need to provide evidence of the original request and a follow-up request.

Enquiries

Students considering Exchange are advised to attend an information session or contact the Graduate Services Coordinator (International) at law-global@unimelb.edu.au.

Further information on JD LMS Community