Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Melbourne JD must hold an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law, or a law degree from a different legal system. We encourage students from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to apply.

Four ways to enter the Melbourne JD

Entry typeSelection: Leads to: Apply for the JD/GDP through:
General Entry

General Entry

(We estimate this to comprise the large majority of students.)

Melbourne Law School considers each application individually and in its entirety. Selection is based on performance in two areas:
  • Academic performance in all previous tertiary studies; and
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score and writing sample

Graduate Access Melbourne is also applicable

  • Commonwealth Supported Place
  • Australian Fee Place with Bursary
  • Australian Fee Place
  • International Fee Place

The University of Melbourne in the final year of your undergraduate degree.

Guaranteed Entry Pathways
Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship Program ATAR or equivalent of 99.90 or above with an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne
  • Commonwealth Supported Place
  • International Fee Place
The University of Melbourne in the final year of your undergraduate degree.
Graduate Degree Package (GDP)

ATAR or equivalent of 99.80 or above and you must commence the JD within 18 months of completing your undergraduate degree

GDPs comprise an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne followed by the JD. The following packages are available:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture / Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Arts / Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine / Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Commerce / Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Design / Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Science / Juris Doctor

These packages are available to both domestic and international students who complete an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia in 2018 or later, as well as Australian citizens who complete an Australian Year 12 or the IB outside Australia in 2018 or later.

  • Commonwealth Supported Place
  • International Fee Place

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

Applicants eligible for Graduate Degree Packages will not be required to sit the LSAT. Students must commence the JD within 18 months of completing their undergraduate degree.

Fee Place Guarantee ATAR or equivalent of 99.00 or above and at least a 75% weighted average in an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne
  • Australian Fee Place
  • International Fee Place

The University of Melbourne in the final year of your undergraduate degree.

Applicants may also apply through General Entry (and sit the LSAT) to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place or Australian Fee Place with Bursary.

English language requirement

All applicants must meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.


As part of the application process for General Entry to the Melbourne JD, applicants need to register for, and sit, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administered by the Law School Admission Council. It is an independent, international written test, designed to measure aptitude for graduate legal study. It focuses on reading and verbal reasoning skills, and no knowledge of law is required.

Applicants are encouraged to sit the LSAT as early as possible and can sit the LSAT again to improve their score. Melbourne Law School will use an applicant’s highest LSAT score when assessing their application. We advise applicants to aim for a result in the top 25 percentile.

There are strict LSAT registration deadlines and fixed test dates. The LSAT can be taken in any Australian capital city and in many countries around the world. LSAT scores are valid for five years.

LSAT Writing

From June 2019, applicants sitting the LSAT will no longer complete the writing sample alongside the multiple-choice section on test day. Instead, upon conclusion of the multiple-choice test, applicants will be given access to online software and can complete the 35-minute writing sample at a time and place of their choosing. This change has been implemented by the Law School Admissions Council to shorten the LSAT day and provide more flexibility to exam candidates.

The writing sample must be completed from any desktop or laptop computer running Windows or Mac OS that has a webcam, a microphone, only one connected monitor and an internet connection.

Applicants who already have a writing sample from a previous LSAT (valid for five years) are exempt. If you wish to provide a new writing sample, you can opt to do this for a fee.

Please note that LSAT results will only be released to Melbourne Law School once you have completed at least one writing sample. It is recommended that you complete the LSAT writing sample within two weeks of sitting the test. However, October LSAT takers must complete the LSAT Writing by 20 October 2019 to be considered for the 2020 intake.

More information about LSAT writing sample

Frequently asked questions about the LSAT

What Marks Do I Need to Get Into the JD?

In our General Entry pathway, the selection committee looks at a wide range of factors in addition to considering your previous tertiary results and LSAT score and essay; for example, whether your marks are on an upward or downward trajectory and whether you have undertaken honours or graduate studies.

If the average mark across your tertiary studies is:

  • 80% (or equivalent) or above, you will have a very strong chance of being admitted.
  • at least 70% (or equivalent), you will be competitive in the JD selection process.
  • below 70% (or equivalent) and
    • you have been affected by health or personal difficulties, or if you are from a rural or Indigenous background or a current holder of a humanitarian visa, you can apply under Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) 
    • you have a very high LSAT score

then you may be competitive in the JD selection process.

What else can I do to improve my application?

Under the General Entry pathway, applying under Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) can enhance your chances of obtaining a Commonwealth Supported Place or an Australian Fee Place with a Bursary, which will reduce the cost of your JD studies.

GAM supports applicants whose circumstances have adversely affected their academic achievement during tertiary study, or recognises an applicant's membership of a group of people known to be under-represented in higher education. To be eligible, applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa.

Successful GAM applicants will be automatically considered for relevant JD commencing student scholarships and GAM Bursaries.