The Melbourne JD Single Subject Study

Requirements for practising law in Australia for overseas practitioners

A limited number of subjects are available as single subjects for overseas qualified applicants from a recognised institution who hold an academic qualification in law (LLB or equivalent), with an average of at least 70 percent, or equivalent. Single subjects are not available to students with an Australian qualification in law.

Steps to Practising Law

Applicants with an overseas legal qualification who wish to be admitted to practise law in Australia, should firstly contact the governing body in the state in which they intend to practise. In Victoria, this is the Victorian Legal Admission Board (VLAB), which assesses the qualifications of overseas-trained professionals to determine the extent to which your existing qualifications are, or are not, sufficient for admission to the legal profession in Victoria. You will need this skills assessment statement in order to apply for subjects.

Subjects are taught as part of the JD course. The JD offers a highly rigorous, integrated and comparative curriculum which provides students with cumulative learning by integrating both subject matter and skills across and between semesters. This means that a prescribed area of law is often not limited to one subject, but is taught across two or more. Therefore you may be required to take multiple JD subjects to fulfil the requirements of each prescribed subject as determined by the Board.

Victorian Legal Admissions Board Prescribed Subject JD Equivalent
Administrative Law Administrative Law
Principles of Public Law
Civil Dispute Procedure Disputes and Ethics
Company Law Corporations Law
Contracts Contracts
Criminal Law and Procedure Criminal Law and Procedure
Equity (including trusts) Contracts
Equity and Trusts
Evidence Disputes and Ethics
Evidence and Proof
Federal and State Constitutional Law Constitutional Law
Principles of Public Law
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Disputes and Ethics
Property Property
Torts Torts

Further details of these subjects can be found in the list of compulsory subjects on the JD course on the University handbook. Some subjects are offered once per year on a semester basis, with some subjects also offered in intensive mode.


The tuition fees for the Melbourne JD (per 12.5 credit point subject):

  • 2019: $5,032

Students who hold an Assessment Statement and are undertaking approved bridging study for overseas-trained professionals may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For details refer to the Federal Government's What is a bridging course for overseas-trained professionals?.

Important Note: For FEE-HELP purposes, your course is considered a bridging course for overseas-trained professionals if you are required to undertake a maximum of one EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Student Load) - which is equivalent to up to eight (12.5 credit point) subjects.

English language requirements

You may be required to provide evidence that you have met the University's English Language requirements.

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