Juris Doctor

  • CRICOS Code: 073303C

What will I study?


Taught at graduate level, the Melbourne JD equips you with the skills and knowledge to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government and community organisations.

Gain the core skills and practical learning opportunities for a wide range of legal and professional careers. Build a network of student peers, MLS alumni and mentors while also gaining the opportunity to study overseas.

Course structure

The JD course comprises 24 subjects, including 16 compulsory subjects required for admission to legal practice within Australia.


You have the flexibility to pursue particular areas of interest through elective subject selection. Offering more than 45 electives each year, the JD program continually evolves to reflect current developments in law and legal practice.

Special interest areas

You also have the opportunity to undertake an elective from the Melbourne Law Masters. Here you will share a classroom with practitioners from Australia's premier organisations and institutions, in special interest areas such as international and human rights law.

Single subject study for overseas qualified applicants

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). Single subjects are not available to students with an Australian qualification.

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