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Juris Doctor (MC-JURISD) // Entry and participation requirements

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Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • The Law Schools Admission Test (LSAT), including the essay component; and
  • A tertiary degree in a discipline other than law or a degree in law from a different legal system.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • The score in the LSAT test; and
  • Prior academic performance in all tertiary studies.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

Applicants are required to satisfy the University's English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required. Details on ways of meeting the English language requirements.

Guaranteed Pathways into the Juris Doctor for school leavers:

  • For a Commonwealth Supported Place, the applicant must have an ATAR of 99.9 and successfully complete an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne.
  • For a fee place, the applicant must have an ATAR of 99.0 and a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) in an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne.

The University's Graduate Access Melbourne scheme offers an alternative avenue of application for applicants who are eligible under the scheme.

Detailed information about the application and selection process for the Melbourne JD is available on the Melbourne Law School website.

Core participation requirements

The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Law School policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the School's programs.

The inherent academic requirements for the study in the Melbourne Law School are:

  1. The ability to attend classes and actively engage in the analysis of complex materials and debate;
  2. The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  3. The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  4. The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  5. The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  6. The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the University for Student Equity and Disability Support.