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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 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