Eligibility and how to apply
Melbourne Law School Scholarships for current students are all awarded based on application.
All applicants must:
- be a currently enrolled Melbourne JD student
- meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship
- submit an application within the stipulated application period (see below).
Only one application is required - applicants do not need to submit individual applications for each available scholarship, excluding the following:
- Women in Tax Law Travel Scholarship
- Tom Zucker Scholarship in Labour Relations
Follow the link to the relevant scholarships as outlined in the tables below to access the application form.
Demonstrated financial need
Students who wish to be eligible for scholarships that consider financial need must submit the University of Melbourne’s Student Financial Assessment form for each round of scholarships for which they are applying.
Note: Applicants who have previously completed this form (within six (6) months) will have pre-populated information provided from their last submission and are encouraged to re-submit the form before the scholarship rounds' deadline to be considered.
A primary round of applications (Round 1) will be held at the beginning of Semester 1 each year (usually February/March).
If there are no eligible candidates for any given scholarship in Round 1, a scholarship may be offered in a second round of applications (Round 2) at the beginning of Semester 2 of the same year (usually July/August).
Application dates are announced on the Melbourne JD Community (LMS).
Round 2 applications closed on 31st July 2022.
Current Melbourne JD students may apply for a variety of scholarships which are assessed against a range of selection criteria.
|Scholarship||Eligibility||Total value||Application dates|
|Argyle Scholarship in Law||Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. Students must satisfy the eligibility criteria of rural or isolated area.||up to $5,000||Closed|
|Robin Chan Memorial Grant||Open to enrolled Melbourne Juris Doctor students who are experiencing immediate disadvantaged circumstances, can demonstrate community involvement with a minimum weighted average mark of 65. Preference is given to students who have one or more of the following attributes: are an Indigenous Australian; are culturally or linguistically diverse; and/or have a refugee/new migrant background.||up to $3000||Closed|
|Donovan-Johnston Memorial Scholarship||Open to students about to commence the Melbourne JD from rural or regional Australia with a permanent place of residence located 80 kilometres or more from the Melbourne General Post Office, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need.||up to $4,000||Closed|
|MLS Indigenous Student Scholarship|
Open to enrolled Melbourne Juris Doctor Indigenous Australian students, who are experiencing immediate disadvantaged circumstances. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial needs.
|Melbourne University Law Students’ Society Scholarship||Open to current Melbourne JD students enrolled in their penultimate or final year, with a full-fee paying place and who have not previously received a JD Bursary or Melbourne Law School scholarship, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need.||$5,000||Closed|
|Melbourne Law School Excellence Grant||Open to all Melbourne Law School students, this grant is awarded on the basis of financial need.||$7,000||Closed|
|Daniel McCluskey Social Justice Prize||Open to current Melbourne JD students with demonstrated involvement in social justice, human rights, equality, or a related area, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit.||at least $750||Closed|
|The Frank and Nicole Azzopardi Scholarship||Awarded to a Melbourne JD student, this scholarship provides support for a high achieving Indigenous Australian student.||$5,000||Closed|
|Ian Malkin Internship Scholarship||
Open to current Melbourne JD students, this scholarship is awarded to students undertaking an internship with not-for-profit organisations or government organisations on the basis of academic merit and financial need. |
Preference is given to students undertaking their internship for subject credit, through Melbourne Law School Clinics.
|John G Chrisp Law Bursary||Open to current Melbourne JD students, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need.||at least $500||Closed|
|The Tom Zucker Scholarship in Labour Relations||Open to students who are enrolled in Melbourne Law School's Employment and Labour Relations Law courses and who are employed by, or who are officials of, an Australian trade union or peak union organisation. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The Tom Zucker Scholarship in Labour Relations||$5,000||Closed|
|The Philip Solomon QC Bursary||Open to current Melbourne JD students who have completed between 87.5pts and 112.5pts of study, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic merit and to students who aspire to become Victorian barristers, as demonstrated through a commitment to Mooting at Melbourne Law School.||$5,000||Closed|
|The Victorian Bar Justice Kenneth Hayne Scholarship||Open to current Melbourne JD students, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.||$4,000||Closed|
* The total amount is divided into three equal amounts and paid in each year the student is enrolled (up to three years). Where the annual instalment exceeds $8,000, the instalment is further split into quarterly payments, paid in April, June, September, and November.
MULSS Book Fairy and Equitable Ticketing Scheme
Students can seek financial assistance for the cost of textbooks via the MULSS Book Fairy program. Please refer to the MULSS Book Fairy for application information and to apply.
Student can also seek financial assistance for ticket costs of select MULSS events. Please refer to the MULSS Equitable Ticketing Scheme for application information and to apply.
Scholarships supporting Global Learning Opportunities
Due to COVID-19 and associated government restrictions on travel, students are encouraged to view the latest advice and support relating to Study Overseas.
Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand has been established, and only students with approved travel plans to New Zealand will be eligible for mobility funding from the Law School.
Melbourne Law School has limited funding available for those students who wish to undertake global learning opportunities as a part of their degree.
The primary criterion for award of Scholarships supporting global learning opportunities is demonstrated financial need.
Only the following global learning opportunities are eligible for funding:
- JD Global Subjects
- JD Degree Partnerships
- MLM Study Abroad at Oxford
- MLM and JD Study Overseas
- Approved and accredited MLM international legal internships and JD legal internships undertaken overseas
Note: Students undertaking Non-Partner Programs are not eligible to apply for this funding.
|Scholarship||Eligibility||Total value||Application dates|
|Allan Myers Oxford Scholars Scholarship||Eligible students are automatically considered for this scholarship. Open to current Melbourne JD students participating in the degree partnership program at the University of Oxford, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit.||up to £20,000||N/A|
|Federal Court of Australia - Trinity Hall Scholarship||Eligible students are automatically considered for this scholarship. Open to current Melbourne JD students participating in the degree partnership program or Melbourne Law School Bachelor of Laws (LLB) graduates, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of both academic merit and financial need.||up to £10,000||N/A|
|Nicholas Grambas Travel Scholarship||Open to current Melbourne Law School students, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need.||$5,000||Closed|
|Women in Tax Law Travel Scholarship||Open to current, female, Melbourne Law School students and alumn seeking financial support to undertake studies or research overseas in the area of Tax Law. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit. Demonstrated leadership experience/potential is desired.||at least $4,000||Closed|
- Students applying for Mobility Scholarships must ensure:
- Travel is arranged within six (6) months of receiving the scholarship
- Travel is approved for credit at Melbourne Law School and reflected on the student’s study plan
- Travel is completed within 12 months of receiving the scholarship.
- Students can only receive Melbourne Law School Mobility Funding once during each University of Melbourne degree.
Applicants will be advised if they have been offered a scholarship within eight weeks of application closing dates. The offer will include information on when payments are due to occur.
Melbourne Law School reserves the right to withhold a scholarship from being awarded in either Round, as well as the number of scholarships awarded, and amount awarded, without notice.
Reasons for non-selection and feedback on individual applications will not be provided.
Awards Terms and Conditions
Scholarship applicants and recipients are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Melbourne Law School Awards Terms and Conditions.
Melbourne JD students may also be interested in additional opportunities including scholarships offered by the University and residential colleges, financial aid and government assistance.
Melbourne Law School has a long-standing tradition of awarding prizes in recognition of students’ outstanding academic achievement.