Study pathway to


Part-time and accelerated study options available

Law is an exciting and challenging discipline. It offers insight into the worlds of politics, business and public affairs as well as the role of law itself, and leads to a wide range of careers.


To become a lawyer:

Step 1
Choose an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Step 2
Choose the Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) to qualify as a lawyer.

Example pathway

Year 1 Undergraduate Year 2 Year 3 Year 4   Year 5 Graduate Year 6 Year 7
Bachelor of Arts   Juris Doctor
Bachelor of Biomedicine        
Bachelor of Music        
Bachelor of Science        
Bachelor of Agriculture        
Bachelor of Fine Arts        
Bachelor of Oral Health        
Bachelor of Commerce        
Bachelor of Design        
Bachelor of Arts Extended      
Bachelor of Science Extended      

Or any approved undergraduate degree


About the Melbourne JD
The Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) is a graduate law degree that leads to admission to legal practice in Australia and can be used as a basis for seeking admission in many overseas jurisdictions.

The Melbourne JD is a versatile qualification that is well regarded by a range of employers. Graduates not only find employment in law firms, but also in management consulting companies, financial institutions, non-government organisations, aid organisations and government departments. The Melbourne JD can also lead to careers in merchant banking, human rights, industrial relations, journalism and the media.


Entry requirements
This program may have specific entry requirements such as a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) or an entry test that must be completed to be considered for entry.

Guaranteed entry
The University offers guaranteed entry into selected graduate degrees to domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia. Eligible students must enrol in a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree immediately following year 12, or be granted a deferral by the University. These guarantees are usually based on your ATAR/notional ATAR.

Find out if you’re eligible for guaranteed entry.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
Chancellor’s Scholars at Melbourne are guaranteed a place in the graduate program of their choice, and participate in a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Find out more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship