Graduate degree pathway
How to become a lawyer
Where will this take me?
- 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.
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