Student Exchange

Student Exchange is an exhilarating opportunity that allows students to undertake a semester of study for credit at other well-recognised Law Schools.

For general information on Student Exchange at the University of Melbourne, please visit Study Abroad and Exchange.

The Law School is currently expanding its international opportunities to enable greater diversity of options for graduate law students to go abroad. Check this website regularly for news of these exciting developments.

An overview of Student Exchange is available in the Exchange Information Session Slides from 21 May 2013.

The Exchange Process

Melbourne JD students may only undertake an Exchange for one semester. 

Students will be required to complete at least four semesters of study prior to going abroad on Exchange.

Students must have, and maintain, at least a 65% average when applying for Exchange.

Compulsory Subjects (including Legal Research) cannot be taken on Exchange.

Students must undertake a full-time load on Exchange (either 37.5 or 50 points) and as such should course plan sufficiently to ensure that they do not undertake too many options prior to applying/departure.

Students accelerating to 2.5 years can undertake an Exchange if all compulsories are completed (including Legal Ethics, Evidence and Proof and Legal Research) prior to departure.

Students accelerating to 2 years cannot undertake an Exchange.

Where can I go?
Melbourne Law School has an expanding list of Exchange opportunities which are being updated regularly.

More details.

Study Plans

Study plans (the subjects taken overseas) must be approved in advance by Melbourne Law School with subjects to be undertaken at the graduate level at a recognised tertiary institution in order for credit to be granted towards the elective program.

The individual subjects for study plans must be submitted via the online form. Once submitted the Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor will collate them and attach the subjects to the rest of the application for assessment.

Application and Deadlines

The new due date for applications for exchange in semester 2 2016 is no later than midnight Sunday 1 November.

Due dates for exchanges in 2017 are:

  • For an exchange in our Semester 1, 2017 - Sunday, 29 May 2016
  • For an exchange in our Semester 2, 2017 - Sunday, 23 October 2016

All JD students should make an appointment with the Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor at least a week prior to submitting their applications to discuss their institution choices and potential different due dates for applications.

As of 2012 students applying to go on Exchange must attend a myWorld First Step Session held by Global Mobility before submitting their application to the Student Centre. You must register to attend a session via the Global Mobility website. Various topics regarding going on Exchange will be covered at the session. All students must attend, if you do not then your application will not be accepted by Global Mobility.

Overseas universities have different due dates for exchange applications. It is the students’ responsibility to be aware of dates for any exchange applications at the institution they wish to attend.


Students are able to apply for Melbourne Law School Mobility Funding to assist with the cost of their exchange.

Students are automatically considered for the Melbourne Global Grant, offered through Melbourne Global Mobility.

Academic Conduct Reports, Final Rankings, and Graduation

The Board of Examiners requires that students seeking admission to practice obtain an Academic Conduct Report from all Institutions at which they study, including those overseas.

Students should in the first instance approach their Host Institutions Exchange Advisor with this request, if there is someone more appropriate they will be able to direct you to them. Students need to make a reasonable attempt at seeking an Academic Conduct Report. If the Host Institution agrees but is unsure of the wording students may provide them with a template.

In the event that an ACR request has been made and rejected students will need to provide evidence of the original request and of the University's response to the Board of Examiners.

In the event that an ACR request has been made and there's no response students will need to provide evidence of the original request and a follow-up request to the Board of Examiners.

Please note that students finishing their degree on exchange will only be included in the final ranking calculations if their transcripts are received by the Law School Student Centre before 31 March.

Please also note, that most often students who undertake exchange will not be able to attend the graduation ceremony at the end of their exchange semester. The Law School would advise you not to make any plans to attend a graduation ceremony until you have received an invite.

If there are any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact the Law School Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.

Traineeships, Seasonal Clerkships and Exchange

Please read important information from Career Development Services for students planning an exchange and applying for a traineeship. 

Incoming Exchange

If you are a student at an international law school find out more about incoming exchange opportunities.