Graduate degree pathway
How to become a lawyer
Law is an exciting and challenging discipline. It offers insight into the worlds of politics, business and public affairs as well as the role of law itself and leads to a wide range of careers.
A career in law begins with an undergraduate degree in any discipline. You can study law subjects from the first year of your undergraduate degree and you will then continue with the Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) graduate course to qualify as a lawyer.
You will graduate with both an undergraduate and graduate degree, giving you a higher level of qualification than a traditional double degree.
The JD has set a benchmark for legal education in Australia, with Melbourne Law School ranked No.1 in Australia and No.8 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, and No.1 in Australia and No.10 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2019.