Graduate degree pathway

How to become a lawyer

Standard entry

1. Undergraduate degree

Applicants to the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) must first complete an undergraduate degree in any discipline other than law. Studying an undergraduate degree followed by the JD means you'll graduate with a higher-level qualification than a traditional double degree.

2. Graduate degree

Standard entry applicants to 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 PackageATAR CSP VTAC Course Code International Fee Paying VTAC Course Code Other selection criteria
Bachelor of Agriculture/Juris Doctor 99.80+ 3800410331 3800410333 N/A
Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor 99.80+ 3800510321 3800510323 N/A
Bachelor of Biomedicine/Juris Doctor 99.80+ 3800510211 3800510213 N/A
Bachelor of Commerce/Juris Doctor 99.80+ 3800510221 3800510223 N/A
Bachelor of Design/Juris Doctor 99.80+ 3800510231 3800510233 N/A
Bachelor of Science/Juris Doctor 99.80+ 3800510241 3800510243 N/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 per cent 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.