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 practise 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 practising 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.

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 (ie community legal centres)
  • Lawyers in not-for-profit organisations (ie human rights NGOs)
  • Government lawyers
  • Policy analysts and advisers in government
  • Management consultants
  • Merchant bankers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Parliamentarians