Graduate degree pathway

How to become a lawyer

    Standard entry

    1. Undergraduate degree

    Applicants for the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) must hold an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law (or a law degree from a different legal system).

    2. Graduate degree

    General entry applicants for the Melbourne JD also need to sit the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administered by the Law School Admission Council. It is an independent test designed to measure aptitude for graduate legal study. It focuses on reading, comprehension and verbal reasoning skills, and no knowledge of law is required.

    Graduate Degree Packages

    The University also offers guaranteed entry to high–achieving domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia based on your ATAR.   More information on Graduate Degree Packages.

    Graduate Degree PackageATARCSP VTAC Course CodeInternational Fee Paying VTAC Course CodeOther selection criteria
    Bachelor of Agriculture/Juris Doctor99.80+38004103313800410333N/A
    Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor99.80+38005103213800510323N/A
    Bachelor of Biomedicine/Juris Doctor99.80+38005102113800510213N/A
    Bachelor of Commerce/Juris Doctor99.80+38005102213800510223N/A
    Bachelor of Design/Juris Doctor99.80+38005102313800510233N/A
    Bachelor of Science/Juris Doctor99.80+38005102413800510243N/A

    Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars

    Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars are guaranteed a place into the graduate degree of their choice following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.


    The University offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate level.

    Find a scholarship that's right for you

    Other guarantees available

    DegreeGuaranteed Entry Requirements
    Juris DoctorApplicants who receive an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 99.00 and above in Year 12 and commence and complete an undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne with a weighted average mark of 75% or higher are guaranteed an Australian fee place (for domestic students) or international fee place. Applicants eligible for guaranteed entry to an Australian fee place or international fee place will not be required to complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Applicants wishing to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place (domestic students) or a Fee Bursary Place will need to complete the LSAT.