Melbourne Law School Mentor Program

3 December 2021

Thinking of law school? It can be daunting, right? But did you know that the number one law school in Australia* has a dedicated peer mentorship program to help law students succeed?

Melbourne Law School
University of Melbourne Law School

The Melbourne Law School Mentor Program connects Juris Doctor and international Melbourne Law Masters students with law professionals from within the community.

The MLS Mentor Program is designed to motivate and encourage students and, provide them with a sense of direction. By connecting students with a law mentor during their studies, the program provides students with further information about career pathways and increased confidence in career decision making.

The mentor program is an invaluable opportunity for you to get one-on-one guidance from an experienced legal professional working in your area of interest. Mentors are typically alumni and senior representatives of the legal, corporate, government and community sectors. You can participate in each year of the JD.

Being mentored is a powerful tool for you to make connections in industry and enhance your employment outcomes, by providing you with insights into the professional world and helping you to expand your knowledge of career options and plan for life after study.

The MLS Mentor Program is open to all Juris Doctor students (each year of their degree) and full-time international MLM students. To be eligible, you must attend an information session (you only need to attend one, even if participating more than once) and apply  by the deadline. There is one intake per year.

MLS Mentor Program Structure

  • The program runs across two semesters (approximately April – November)
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least 3 times over the course of the program
  • Meetings can take place in person or virtually
  • The frequency and length of meetings are negotiable with your mentor
  • Participants sign off on a mentoring agreement which outlines your proposed meeting schedule and mentoring goals
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet other mentors and mentees through networking events

The Matching Process
Mentees are matched with mentors (one per mentoring period of two semesters) based on nominated law area(s) of interest, gender preference (if any) of mentor, and location of mentor. Other factors such as personal hobbies/interests and educational background are also taken into account.

Melbourne Law School is housed in a stand-alone building in University Square, the university’s burgeoning knowledge precinct. It contains state-of-the-art technology for staff and students, outstanding research facilities, a moot court, superb conference facilities, and purpose-built teaching spaces.

About the Melbourne Juris Doctor

The Melbourne JD is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law. Melbourne Law School aims to produce intellectually engaged graduates who are well equipped to use their legal training in a variety of professional settings, including legal practice and in their contribution to the community.

The maximum class size is 60 and, in many subjects, it is smaller, to enhance the opportunities for interaction between you and your teachers and among your fellow students.

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Intake: February
Duration: 3 Years
Application Deadline: International applicants are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis. The earlier your application is submitted the better.

Melbourne Law School has confirmed the LSAT is no longer required for admission to Juris Doctor program.

Get started on your Melbourne Juris Doctor application


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*Melbourne Law School is ranked No 1 law school in Australia and No 11 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021) and the no 1 law school in Australia and No 11 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).