JD electives

Students can choose from extensive selection of electives each year, including a range of enrichment opportunities and an elective from the Melbourne Law Masters program.

JD quota electives

2022 JD quota electives

During the timely re-enrolment period, students nominate their preferred JD quota electives by enrolling in subjects via my.unimelb. If you do not meet the subject prerequisites, then you will need to obtain a prerequisite waiver prior to enrolment.

All timely elective nominations are subject to a selection process, which the Academic Support Office will perform after the timely re-enrolment period closes.

Students will be advised which subject nominations have been approved (as the subject quota was not met) and which subjects have been taken to a selection round (as nominations exceeded quota).

During the selection round for over-quota subjects, where possible, priority enrolment will be given to students:

  • With 125 credit points or less remaining in their degree, and/or
  • With 12.5 credit points remaining in their degree, who have nominated a Summer subject

In cases where priority student demand exceeds quota, randomised selection of priority students will occur; meaning not all priority eligible students will receive a place in their preferred electives. Should places remain after the prioritised allocation, randomised selection will apply for all remaining timely nominations.

Note: Being included in the priority pool does not guarantee you a place in any nominated elective.

Students will be provided outcomes for any subject nominations taken to the selection round via email. Unsuccessful subject nominations will subsequently be withdrawn by the Academic Support Office.

JD students can self-enrol into quota electives on a first-in basis (up to quota). Due to students swapping subjects, students are encouraged to continue trying to enrol to check subject availability, as places in previously full subjects may become available at any time.

If you do not meet the subject prerequisites, then you will need to obtain a prerequisite waiver prior to enrolment.

Please note:

  • Waitlists are not maintained for JD quota electives and quotas cannot be exceeded.
  • If the last date to self-enrol has passed and a space is available, please submit an Enrolment Variation form and you will be notified if your enrolment is approved.
  • Subjects will be removed from this list once enrolment is no longer possible.
  • This list is indicative only and is not updated in real-time (last updated  - 19 Aug 2022 11:50am)..
Subject Subject code Study period Space available
AdvocacyLAWS5005544804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Commercial Data LawLAWS9021344804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Commercial Law in PracticeLAWS9005944804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Construction LawLAWS5008444804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Consumer LawLAWS9019744804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Cross-Border LitigationLAWS5005044804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Human Rights Law and PracticeLAWS5004944804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Insolvency LawLAWS5009344804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Law AppsLAWS9003344804Semester 2 No - full
Legal DraftingLAWS9003644804Semester 2 No - full
Mergers, Acquisitions & Capital MarketsLAWS5010844804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
MurderLAWS5010644804Semester 2 No - full
Patents and Trade SecretsLAWS9007544804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Refugee LawLAWS5010144804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Taxation Law and PolicyLAWS5004644804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
Treaty: Indigenous-settler AgreementsLAWS9019144804Semester 2 Yes - coordinator approval required, submit EV form
International Investment LawLAWS5009144885November Yes - self-enrol
Media LawLAWS5009644892November No - full
NegotiationsLAWS5013144899December No - full

Enrichment electives

Melbourne Law School offers a range of JD electives that provide enrichment opportunities to students through public interest law clinics, legal internship, global learning opportunities, moot competitions and as editors of law journals.

Each of these subjects has its own application process. 

MLM electives

JD students may apply to study up to 25pts (usually two subjects) of Melbourne Law Masters (MLM) subjects from the approved list as electives during their course.

JD students must confirm, via the subject's Handbook, that the teaching dates and assessment due dates of their nominated MLM electives do not result in clashes with their JD commitments, as well as confirming that they meet any subject prerequisites before applying.

Places for JD students within each approved MLM elective is limited (with spaces allocated on a proportional basis), and priority will be given to MLM students.

Approved applicants will be enrolled into their approved MLM elective by the Academic Support Office. Class registration is not required for MLM electives.

Timely applications will be subject to a randomised selection round. In the case of students submitting multiple applications, only the latest application will be assessed

Submitting an application does not guarantee enrolment in an MLM elective.

Timely applications have now closed.

Late applications will be assessed on a first-in basis. In the case of students submitting multiple applications, only the latest application will be assessed. This table identifies which MLM electives are available for further JD enrolments.

Please note:

  • Waitlists are maintained for MLM electives. Students may apply below to join the waitlist, however priority will be given to MLM students.
  • Subjects will be removed from this table once enrolment is no longer possible.
  • The table is indicative only and is not updated in real-time (last updated 19 Aug 2022 11:51am).
Subject Subject code Study period Space available
Advanced Commercial Law: Current IssuesLAWS7033644793August Waitlist only
Bringing in the PeopleLAWS9017044828September Waitlist only
Capital Gains Tax: Problems in PracticeLAWS7008144800August Waitlist only
Commercial Law in AsiaLAWS7023044807September Waitlist only
Cryptoassets in Global ContextLAWS9021644842October Waitlist only
Gender and Human RightsLAWS9012444800August Waitlist only
International Criminal LawLAWS7003344835October Waitlist only
International Environmental LawLAWS7021944793August Yes
Labour Standards and their EnforcementLAWS7019744835October Waitlist only
Medical LitigationLAWS7022544840October Waitlist only
Mental Health and Disability LawLAWS7045844817September Waitlist only
Press Freedom and National SecurityLAWS9023844891November Waitlist only
Residential Construction LawLAWS7032944884November Waitlist only
Water Law & Natural Resources ManagementLAWS7018544891November Waitlist only

Late applications for 2022 can be submitted from 5pm (AEDT) Friday 17 December 2021.

Submit a Late JD MLM Elective application