Global subjects

Melbourne Law School offers elective subjects globally that provide students with the opportunity to meet and network with international practitioners at institutional hubs such as Delhi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Washington DC.

The University has updated its current travel advice to all students due to COVID-19, and overseas study will not be possible in Semester 2, 2020 or Semester 1, 2021.
Find out more about overseas study in 2021


Global Lawyer

Singapore and Melbourne, Australia - three weeks

Quota: 25 students

This subject examines the various roles played by commercial lawyers in a cross-border context – including structuring and negotiating deals and resolving disputes – and the legal issues and practical challenges that arise in that context. Students will develop an advanced and integrated understanding of the nature of cross-border transactions (involving parties and assets in different jurisdictions) and also the relevant legal issues. These issues are outlined on the subject's Handbook entry.

If permitted, this subject will involve travel to Singapore in July. In the absence of travel permission, the subject will feature guest lectures by representatives of various Singapore International organisations.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for this subject are typically held in January.

Further information on JD LMS Community

Application Dates

Applications for this subject typically open in January ahead of each year's intake.

Further information on JD LMS Community

Handbook details

Students can access the current handbook for more information: LAWS50071


Indigenous Law in Aotearoa and Australia

Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia - one month

Quota: 10-12 students

This subject will be taught intensively in Aotearoa-New Zealand in collaboration with our host, the University of Auckland.

The subject aims to equip students with expert knowledge on current Indigenous legal issues in Aotearoa and Australia, including contemporary treaty Issues and the influence of Indigenous law in settler legal systems. Comparative perspectives on the ways in which Indigenous law is recognised, taught and practised will be emphasised. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the ways that settler law does and does not recognise Indigenous law and Indigenous law-making authority in these legally pluralistic countries. We will learn from Indigenous scholars and community leaders about strategies for asserting Indigenous law as part of self-governance, and the place of concepts of legal theory, legal traditions, sovereignty and territory in these debates.

Further information is available on the subject's Handbook entry.

Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply for this subject, and the subject is open to all students that have an interest in Indigenous law. The subject aims to facilitate the building of a network of committed and talented advocates for Indigenous peoples and their interests.

If permitted, this subject will involve travel to New Zealand in July. In the absence of travel permission, more information will be provided.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for this subject are typically held in May.

Further information on JD LMS Community

Application Dates

Applications for this subject typically open in May ahead of each year's intake.

Further information on JD LMS Community

Handbook details

Students can access the current handbook for more information: LAWS90214


Law and Legal Practice in Asia

Indonesia and Melbourne, Australia - one month

Quota: 10-12 students

The aim of this subject is to provide students with an enhanced understanding of law and legal practice in an Asian jurisdiction through intensive seminars,  supervision of a research project on an Asian jurisdiction, and legal experience in an approved role in an Asia-based workplace setting.

Further information is available on the subject's Handbook entry.

If travel to Indonesia is not possible, online internships will be permitted. If travel to Indonesia is possible, students are responsible for making their own logistical arrangements and bookings, including visas, but the subject coordinator will provide support.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for this subject are typically held in May.

Further information on JD LMS Community

Application Dates

Applications for this subject typically open in May ahead of each year's intake.

Further information on JD LMS Community

Handbook details

Students can access the current handbook for more information: LAWS90006