La Trobe University

Juris Doctor



University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 5 million
Student Population 36,000
Int'l Student Population 7,000
Main Campus Melbourne (Bundoora, suburb of Melbourne)
Program Campus City (Melbourne CBD)
Program Duration 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $42,800 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake March & November
Next Available Intake November 2024
Application Deadline No set deadline*


La Trobe Law School’s progressive and practical courses ensure that graduates are career ready—and ready to make a difference in their local and global communities.

Their vision is to create a teaching and learning environment that focuses on social justice and employability, with research outcomes that shape the law for the better.

La Trobe Law School partners closely with community legal centres, law firms, and criminal justice organizations. The school’s outstanding clinical placement program ensures that students graduate with valuable workplace experience, a commitment to professional responsibility, and high ethical standards.

High-impact research
Researchers in the La Trobe Law School are tackling some of the big issues of our time, partnering with industry, government, and community organizations to influence law reform in Australia and overseas. Researchers participate in test case litigation, serve as expert witnesses in superior court cases and regularly engage with the media.

The La Trobe Law School is rated at well above world average in the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia.


This program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, so it’s perfect for anyone looking to start a career in law with a qualification that opens doors in the industry.

As a La Trobe Juris Doctor student, you’ll pursue your interests and develop specialist knowledge through the university’s wide range of law electives, including subjects exploring commercial, environmental, health, human rights, and international law.

You’ll get a strong foundation in the core elements of law and explore the key principles of legal practice in Australia. You’ll access valuable career opportunities, such as work placements and networking events.

With state-of-the-art facilities, highly personalized study experience, and the university’s 25-year history of educating legal practitioners, you’ll graduate as a member of La Trobe’s extensive alumni network—so your professional network could include barristers, solicitors, magistrates, judges, and in-house legal counsel for major global organizations.

La Trobe’s Juris Doctor provides the academic requirements you need to apply for admission to practice law in Victoria. The course also gives you the necessary foundations to practice law internationally.

Partnerships for Practical Placements
The La Trobe Law School partners with a range of legal, community and government organizations. Partners include law firms, community legal centres and non-profit organizations that offer clinical placement opportunities, supporting law students to build the networks and skills they need to thrive in the workforce and, over time, transform the sector.

La Trobe High Achiever Scholarship
La Trobe University values academic excellence. High-achieving international students thinking about applying to the Juris Doctor will be automatically considered for this scholarship worth 15% to 25% off the annual tuition fees for the duration of your studies. All candidates are automatically considered at the time of application—no separate application required. Please contact OzTREKK’s law admissions team at for more info about this scholarship opportunity!

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7/4.0 (approximately 70%).

You must also submit a personal statement if your GPA is below 3.0/4.0 GPA (~75%). Will accept LSAT. Please contact OzTREKK for details.

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to apply a minimum of 3 months prior to the program start date.