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 type||Selection:||Leads to:||Apply for the JD/GDP through:|
(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:
The University of Melbourne in the final year of your undergraduate degree.Graduate Access Melbourne is also applicable.
|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||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:
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.
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.* Eligible school leavers wishing to study the Bachelor of Fine Arts (all nine specialisations) / Juris Doctor under a Graduate Degree Package can do so, but will need to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts through VTAC and contact Melbourne Law School about the Juris Doctor. Arrangements for the Juris Doctor can be a made in the final year of a student’s 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|
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 LSAT administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). 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.
Changes to LSAT Writing
From June 2019, applicants sitting the LSAT will not complete the writing sample alongside the multiple-choice section of the test on test day. Instead, upon conclusion of the multiple-choice test, applicants will be given access to online software and can complete the writing sample at a time and place of their choosing. 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. This change has been implemented by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) to shorten the LSAT test day and provide more flexibility to exam candidates.
Applicants who already have a writing sample from a previous LSAT are exempt. If you wish to provide a new writing sample, you can opt to do this (for a fee).
Please note that LSAT reports will only be released to Melbourne Law School once you have completed at least one writing sample (either completing it online after the LSAT or have one on file from a previous LSAT) – so please make sure you complete this in a timely manner.
Applicants for February 2020 JD intake
We are currently reviewing how this change will impact the timing of when LSAT reports will be released to us. Please sign up for our future law newsletter for updates.
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.