Studying Law in Australia

Obtaining a law degree is a rather popular choice to make. By getting a law degree, students not only have a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities, but they gain self-confidence and exercise their critical thinking, persuasive reasoning, and analytical skills both in the classroom and out in the field. Practising law offers financial stability and a position to shape the world as well, so why not go into the field? There are so many high-class institutes to attend that give their students quality education, but no country can quite beat out what Australia has to offer law students.

Why Australia, though? Other than the fact that the University of Melbourne ranks at #6 on a list of top law schools in the world and the University of Sydney ranks at #12, many international students choose to pursue their education in Australia due to the high quality and internationally prized status of degrees obtained there. 

At the undergraduate level, students will receive a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) after completing a four-year curriculum, while those who get the Juris Doctor (JD) will get their degree after three years. Most students obtain an additional degree either during or before their law curriculum, and specialization programs are offered to students to give them a more well-rounded knowledge of national and international law.

Most schools with a law program have a core curriculum that teaches students concepts such as torts, criminal law, and property law. Electives dive further into learning about international law, jurisprudence, and all students have to satisfy a language requirement.

Upon graduation, students often go on to be barristers or solicitors for private practices or the government. Since most countries recognize the degree, they can take their knowledge outside of Australia if they wish. Since a law degree in Australia has such a broad focus on interdisciplinary skills, graduates don’t necessarily have to go into practising law like they studied, as they can also apply their degree to fields such as journalism, business, and technology.

As with any university or degree, students should consider costs when choosing their school. They should also consider the curriculum taught, the school’s reputation, its location and climate, the size of the student body, and the international student demographic for the school. 

Law students are always needed, and Australia provides high-quality education needed to succeed in the field. Some may ask, “Why attend law school in Australia?” when the question should be, why wouldn’t you?

Entry Requirements for Law Schools

Are you pursuing a law degree? If you want to immerse yourself in the education of law, you need to know the requirements involved with getting accepted. I used my alma mater to go into the depths of requirements of getting into law school. There are four ways to enter the Melbourne JD program.

General Entry:

Compromised by a large majority of students, general entry applications are put through a selection process. The process is based on the performance in academic performance in all previous tertiary studies and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Your application will be ranked based upon these scores. Applicants who ranked the highest will be admitted within the intake quota for that year.

Guaranteed Entry Pathways:

Three of the four ways to enter a program fall under the guaranteed entry pathways.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship Program:
This scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards for school leavers and is based on academic merit. You can receive this award by having your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank or equivalent of 99.99 or above with an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne.  This opportunity is for high-achieving students from Australia and overseas. You will retain fee exemptions and be guaranteed a place in Melbourne’s graduate program of your choice.

Graduate Degree Package:

This degree package works differently from other Australian universities. Melbourne’s process will have you graduating with a Master’s degree. You’ll study for law along with complementary subjects and then will be required to take specialized graduate studies. You can enter this graduate degree package with a score of 99.80 or above and must commence the JD within 18 months of completing your undergraduate degree. Applicants eligible for the packages will not be required to take the LSATs. Packages available are:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Arts/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Commerce/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Design/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Music/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Science/ Juris Doctor

Fee Place Guarantee:

The final way to enter a JD program is the free place guarantee. You would need to score a 99.00 or above and at least a 75% weighted average in an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne. These students will not be required to complete the LSAT.

All of the applicants must meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.