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Graduate degree pathway

How to become a lawyer

      What will I study?

      3 yearsBachelor degree
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      3 yearsMelbourne Juris Doctor

      1. Choose your undergraduate degree

      At Melbourne, you can study law subjects from day one of your undergraduate degree and you will gain a breadth of knowledge from across disciplines to inform your legal practice. You can take law subjects throughout your undergraduate degree to gain an introduction to the study of law.

      Your undergraduate degree is a generalist degree in any discipline. This will allow you to enhance your study and career options giving you professional expertise from a range of disciplines. You will then continue to the Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) to qualify as a lawyer at a graduate level.

      2. Enter the Melbourne Juris Doctor

      You will then continue with the Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) at a graduate level, which leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions and can also be used as a basis for seeking admission in many jurisdictions overseas. The Melbourne JD will equip you with the skills and knowledge to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government and community organisations.

      In its standard form, you can complete the JD over three years. It is possible to extend your course to 3.5 or 4 years or to take an accelerated 2.5 year course with approval from the Law School.