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Graduate degree pathway

How to become a lawyer

    Professional accreditation

    • The Victorian Council of Legal Education (Victorian Legal Admissions Board)

    The Melbourne JD leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions and can be used as a basis for seeking admission in many overseas jurisdictions.

    In order to practice as a lawyer in Victoria you will need to undertake Practical Legal Training (PLT) for 6-12 months with a PLT provider or supervised legal training, usually in the form of a one-year traineeship with a law firm after completing the Melbourne JD. A candidate then has to be admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of an Australian state or territory, and then obtain a practising certificate, generally issued by the local legal professional body.

    Further information on practicing law in Australia and overseas.

    Career outcomes

    The Melbourne JD is well-regarded by a wide range of employers around the world and can be used to pursue a variety of careers in different sectors. Our most recent careers survey reveals outstanding employment outcomes for our JD graduates, with an employment rate of 98 per cent for the class of 2017.

    Melbourne Law School graduates work as:

    • Judges, Judges’ Associates and others in the judicial sector
    • Barristers and public prosecutors
    • Lawyers in law firms
    • In-house and corporate lawyers
    • Lawyers in the community sector
    • Lawyers in not-for-profit organisations
    • Government lawyers
    • Policy analysts and advisers in government
    • Management consultants
    • Merchant bankers
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Parliamentarians

    View our most recent graduate survey results