New York University JD-LLM

NYU Law’s reputation for academic excellence is grounded in the scholarship of their faculty, which routinely draws accolades from the legal academy and beyond.

General Information

Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) + NYU Master of Laws (LLM)

NYU Law’s reputation for academic excellence is grounded in the scholarship of their faculty, which routinely draws accolades from the legal academy and beyond.

Their professors are also leaders in a wide range of disciplines, actively engaged as theorists, practitioners, policymakers, and commentators. NYU prides themselves on the fact that their scholars live in the real world, not in an ivory tower. They pursue matters that are before courts and regulatory agencies, testify before lawmakers, serve on commissions, and advise government entities, NGOs, and other organizations. Students reap the benefits, as faculty members draw on their research and real-world experience in the classroom.

Students can enrol in the traditional LLM or in one of the specialised LLM degrees:

  • Corporation Law;
  • Environmental and Energy Law;
  • International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration;
  • International Legal Studies;
  • International Taxation;
  • Legal Theory; or
  • Taxation.

Successful applicants will depart in their sixth and final semester of the Melbourne JD to complete the one-year program abroad (beginning in August - Fall Semester). For exact dates, consult the NYU academic calendar.

For further information, please visit New York University, School of Law.

Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • consult with the Academic Programs Coordinator (law-global@unimelb.edu.au) who will provide each applicant with a Letter of Nomination,
  • complete all core subjects and all except 3 elective subjects (37.5 points) of the Melbourne JD prior to departing for this Degree Partnership,
  • must adhere to the admissions policies, procedures and standards of NYU, and will be provisionally assessed on three semesters of academic results, however may need to provide transcripts at the completion of their fourth semester, and
  • have (and maintain) a 65% average or above, however applicants with an average of 75% or greater are considered highly competitive.

Students are advised to seek appropriate course planning advice if they are considering a Degree Partnership as early as possible (ideally in the first year of their studies, or as soon as they decide to pursue this opportunity).

Application Process

Students must consult with the Academic Programs Coordinator (law-global@unimelb.edu.au) who will provide each applicant with a Letter of Nomination, prior to applying directly to NYU.

  • Application deadlines change year-to-year (usually in December); however, students are advised to confirm directly with NYU.
  • Students must adhere to the admissions policies, procedures and standards of NYU, and will provisionally assessed on three semesters of academic results, however may need to provide transcripts at the completion of their fourth semester.
  • Students are liable for all non-refundable application fees.

There is no limit on the number of students accepted in the NYU Degree Partnership per Melbourne Law School academic year.

For successful applicants, the Academic Programs Coordinator will enrol the student in a generic study abroad subject equivalent to three (3) elective subjects, which will appear on their student record and count towards their enrolment at the University of Melbourne. Students are advised to seek appropriate course planning advice to ensure they have sufficient space on their Melbourne Law School study plan prior to applying.

Course Requirements

Successful applicants to the LLM Program will be required to complete the ten day Introduction to US Law course required of all foreign-trained students, which begins in mid-August.

Students will be awarded the LLM upon completion of the introductory courses on US law and legal practice (unless a waiver is applied at the time of application for the program) as well as other core requirements for the LLM (with or without specialisation) as required by the course structure.

Study Costs

Students are required to pay the fees for their program directly to the partner university and will be fee exempt for the equivalent component(s) at the University of Melbourne.

  • Students are liable for all remaining travel/transportation, living expenses, textbooks, passport, visa and personal expenses associated with the Degree Partnership during the academic semester abroad.
  • Students may estimate their minimum annual financial commitment for each award using the online guidelines, however must take their personal circumstances in to account.

Scholarships and Funding

Funding opportunities may be available from any of the following:

Students requiring a letter for Centrelink confirming their participation in the overseas program must contact the Academic Programs Coordinator at law-global@unimelb.edu.au no less than 3 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.

Awarding Credit Upon Completion

Upon completion of the overseas program, students must ensure their overseas transcript is sent to the Academic Programs Coordinator (law-global@unimelb.edu.au), 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).

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

For enquiries regarding international opportunities at Melbourne Law School, please contact the Academic Programs Coordinator at law-global@unimelb.edu.au or book an appointment.

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