The Melbourne JD
(Juris Doctor)

3 years full-time (accelerated and extended options available)

Taught at a graduate level, The Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) equips graduates to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government or community organisations.

The Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor)

Graduating with a law degree from Melbourne Law School means that wherever your career takes you, your degree will be recognised as outstanding. 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.

Career Outcomes

The Melbourne JD leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions, and can be used as a basis for seeking admission in many law jurisdictions overseas.

Our graduates are employed in national and international law firms, courts, community law organisations, government departments, statutory bodies and businesses, showing the wide range of possibilities available to our graduates.

Melbourne JD graduates have strong employment outcomes with a 96% employment rate. Melbourne Law School class of 2015 graduate survey
(conducted 18 months after completion of degree)

Australia's first and leading law school

Melbourne Law School is ranked:

  • No 1 law school in Australia and No 7 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2018)
  • No 1 law school in Australia and No 8 in the world (Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject, 2018)

The University of Melbourne is ranked:

  • No 1 in Australia and No 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018)
  • No 1 in Australia and No 38 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2018).

Fees and scholarships for international students

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.

Melbourne Law School offers a range of scholarships that recognise outstanding academic achievement and provide support to future students who might otherwise be excluded due to disadvantaged circumstances.

two students studying
“Melbourne Law School is able to attract unique and wonderful minds. In my first year, Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a seminar series - it was fabulous!” Patrick, Melbourne JD student
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