The University of Melbourne

Juris Doctor



University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 4.8 million
Student Population 69,000
Int'l Student Population 27,000
Main Campus Parkville (Melbourne)
Program Campus Parkville
Program Duration 3 years or 2.5 years*
Estimated Annual Tuition $42,752 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake February 2023
Application Deadline TBA**
International Places Variable / no set limit


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.

Melbourne Law School is ranked

  • No 1 law school in Australia and No 11 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • No 1 law school in Australia and No 11 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)

Melbourne Law School believes that a diverse student body enriches both the learning and practice of law, and for this reason, encourages applications from graduates with a range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as from a variety of academic disciplines, geographical locations, careers and life experiences.


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.

The JD course comprises 24 subjects, including 16 compulsory subjects. In its standard form, the degree is taken over three years. This format enables you to take advantage of other educational, professional and social opportunities during the summer and winter breaks, including seasonal clerkships, international exchanges, internships, mooting and Law Review editorial work.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree

You must have a completed undergraduate degree. If the average mark across your university 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 a very high LSAT score, you may be competitive in the JD selection process.

Admissions test

Please note, the LSAT was not required or considered for the 2022 intake.

As part of the application process for entry to the Melbourne JD, applicants need to register for, and sit, the LSAT administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You are encouraged to sit the LSAT as early as possible. You may sit the LSAT again to improve your score. Melbourne Law School will use your highest LSAT score when assessing your application.

About the LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day 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. It is an independent, international test, administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which sends results directly to Melbourne Law School. Applicants must obtain an LSAT account number before applying for the Melbourne JD. For sample questions and to find the test centre most convenient to you, visit the Law School Admission Council website .

LSAT scores are valid for five years and the LSAT can be sat three times in two years. The University of Melbourne suggests that JD candidates should be trying for a result at least in the top 25 percentile of the LSAT.

Melbourne Law School considers each application individually and in its entirety. Selection is based on performance in two areas:

  • Academic performance in all previous tertiary studies; and
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score + essay.

Unfortunately, we can’t tell you this precisely because it changes from year to year and because Melbourne Law School considers both your university results and your LSAT score.

Given this interaction between the criteria, it is not possible for Melbourne Law School to publish indicative scores or ranges of scores either for the LSAT or tertiary results.

*3 years (standard course structure) or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure, subject to approval)


Admission Timeline

**International applicants are assessed periodically on a rolling-admissions basis. The earlier your application is submitted the better. Final application deadline for the February 2022 intake was October 7, 2021. For information about the 2023 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.