Ranked number one in Australia and tenth worldwide, Melbourne Law School is a leader in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange.*
*(Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
Melbourne Law Masters
The Melbourne Law Masters is a world class program available to law and non-law graduates that deepens knowledge, sharpens practical insights and offers international perspectives in specialised legal fields. Taught by more than 200 leading Australian and international experts, the program offers an extraordinary range of subjects at the cutting edge of law, legal thinking and practice.
The Melbourne JD
Taught at a graduate level, The Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) equips graduates to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, business , government or community organisations.
The JD curriculum allows you to build the core skills essential to a wide range of legal and professional careers. It also gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies to areas of particular interest through elective subjects.
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Graduate Research Degrees
Melbourne Law School is committed to providing outstanding research training for our PhD and MPhil students.
Fees and scholarship information
Tuition fees are charged for each year that you are enrolled and you will pay tuition fees according to your specific enrolment in any given semester.
The Alex Chernov scholarship pays the full tuition fee for a one-year, full-time Masters-level course from within the various specialist legal areas of the Melbourne Law Masters program at Melbourne Law School. The scholarship also includes a payment of AUD$20,000 and mentoring from former Governor of Victoria and former Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria the Hon Alex Chernov AC QC. Applicants are automatically considered and selection is based on academic merit.
Read about the experience of the inaugural Alex Chernov Scholarship recipient, Balu Gopalakrishnan.
There is generous funding for PhD and MPhil studies that includes funding from the law school, the university and the Australian government. These scholarships and fellowships are competitive and merit-based.
Our mentoring program matches you with a practitioner working in your field of interest. Our diverse mentoring network includes practitioners from leading law firms, the Bar, government, the judiciary, major organisations and the not-for-profit sector, who can offer insights into practice in Australia and opportunities to grow your professional contacts.
Studying in Australia
You must be accepted into a program before you can apply for a student visa to study in Australia. After you have received a letter of offer, accepted the offer and paid the tuition deposit, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). You will need this document to begin your visa application. There are visas available that allow students to travel in and out of Australia and work up to 40 hours every two-weeks once your course starts.
To comply with student visa requirements set by the Australian Department of Home Affairs, international students must arrange visa-length Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), which you must maintain while studying in Australia. You are usually required to arrange and purchase this at the same time as accepting your course offer. The University can arrange visa-length OSHC on your behalf with Bupa, the University’s preferred OSHC provider.
Moving to Melbourne
Melbourne Law School is located on the historic University of Melbourne campus in the inner-city suburb of Carlton. The University is just a few minutes away from the centre of Melbourne, a city renowned as an exciting and vibrant hub of cultural, social and sporting life.
Melbourne is consistently voted as one of the world's most liveable cities. With friendly locals and a thriving multicultural community, you will feel instantly at home here.
The University of Melbourne's student housing website has extensive information on finding accommodation, tenancy advice and support services. The general rule is the closer to the city you are, the more expensive it is to rent. Many graduate students choose to live in off-campus housing including private rentals or sharehouses.
A number of residential colleges offer dedicated graduate spaces and additional academic support, with an opportunity to connect with other grads from across the university. University of Melbourne colleges that specialise in graduate accommodation include: