Incoming Exchange and Study Abroad

Melbourne Law School

Australia's first law school opened at the University of Melbourne in 1857. Since then Melbourne Law School has educated judges and prime ministers, practising lawyers, and academics. Its former students are found in varied occupations all around the world. We invite you to explore all that Melbourne Law School has to offer on our website.


All applications for Exchange and Study Abroad students are handled by Melbourne Global Mobility please see their website for details regarding application requirements.

Below you will find details regarding subject selection for Study Abroad and Exchange programs available to students, including subject restrictions and other useful information that you should consider.

Students not enrolled in a law degree at their home institution

Students not enrolled in a law degree at their home institution and wishing to study law while at Melbourne are encouraged to consider the undergraduate Breadth Subjects offered by the Faculty to non-law students. These are subjects with legal content designed for students not enrolled into a law degree at their home institution.

Please note that you must still be able to meet any relevant pre-requisites in order to enrol.

Students enrolled in a law degree at their home institution

The Melbourne Law School no longer teaches a professional entry undergraduate degree.  As a result, the only subjects available to students enrolled in an undergraduate law degree are the breadth subjects mentioned in the previous paragraph.

The Melbourne Law School can accept applications from JD and LLM level students (this includes European students in the fourth and final years of a five-year combined LLB/LLM degree).  All incoming exchange students seeking to enroll in JD or LLM subjects must provide written proof that they are studying at a graduate level.

Master of Laws (LLM)

Incoming students enrolled in a Masters degree at their home institution may:

  • Select subjects from the MLM program (further details);
  • Enrol in Elective JD Subjects except for the following: Jessup Moot (LAWS50042); Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (CLTS) Program (LAWS50043); Global Lawyer (LAWS50071); Street Law (LAWS50102); Institutions in International Law (LAWS50045); Legal Internship (LAWS50059); and WTO: Moot Court Competition (LAWS50044);
  • Enrol in the following Compulsory JD subjects: Legal Method and Reasoning (LAWS50023); Obligations (LAWS50026); Principles of Public Law (LAWS50024) and Dispute Resolution (LAWS50027).  Students wishing to learn about common law methodology should consider enrolling in Legal Method and Reasoning and/or Obligations.

As most MLM subjects are taught intensively, the Faculty strongly encourages students to enrol in at least two JD subjects.  This will ensure students have adequate opportunities to meet and develop friendships with local students.

The following is an indication of subjects that are either not open to exchange students, or are extremely popular amongst local students.

Not Open to Exchange:

  • LAWS70387 Fundamentals of Patent Drafting
  • LAWS70067 International Legal Internship
  • LAWS70061 Interpretation and Validity of Patent Specifications
  • LAWS70003 Minor Thesis
  • LAWS70468 Negotiation Skills
  • LAWS70060 Patent Practice
  • LAWS70440 Tax Law Research
  • LAWS70243 Trade Mark Practice

Restricted (cannot guarantee a place):

  • LAWS70071 Advanced Evidence
  • LAWS70018 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • LAWS70380 Australian Consumer Law
  • LAWS70081 Capital Gains Tax: Problems in Practice
  • LAWS70270 Construction Contract Analysis and Drafting
  • LAWS70149 Construction Risk: Allocation and Insurance
  • LAWS70335 Contract Interpretation
  • LAWS70207 Copyright Law
  • LAWS70190 Corporate Governance and Directors' Duties
  • LAWS70024 Corporate Tax A (Shareholders, Debt and Equity)
  • LAWS70201 Current Issues in Administrative Law
  • LAWS70217 Fundamentals of the Common Law
  • LAWS70392 International Business Transactions
  • LAWS70033 International Criminal Law
  • LAWS70125 International Financial Transactions
  • LAWS70264 International Human Rights Law
  • LAWS70120 International Law and Children's Rights
  • LAWS70028 International Trade Law
  • LAWS70021 Patent Law
  • LAWS70314 Principles of Construction Law
  • LAWS70205 Project Finance
  • LAWS70112 Remedies in the Construction Context
  • LAWS70436 Specialised Construction Procurement Law
  • LAWS70404 Statutes in the 21st Century
  • LAWS70046 Trade Marks and Unfair Competition
  • LAWS70052 Written Advocacy

Places in LLM subjects cannot be guaranteed until you have arrived in Australia.

Information on the subject offerings from the LLM program

Juris Doctor (JD)

The JD compulsory subjects are not open to Study Abroad and Exchange students except for the following (students from civil law backgrounds may find these particularly useful as an introduction to the common law system):

  • LAWS50023 - Legal Method and Reasoning (taught in February of each year)
  • LAWS50024 - Principles of Public Law (Semester 1 of each year)
  • LAWS50026 - Obligations (Semester 1 of each year)
  • LAWS50027 - Dispute Resolution (Semester 1 of each year)
  • LAWS50031 - Legal Theory (Semester 2 of each year)

A strict quota applies to all JD elective subjects. A limited number of places are put aside to accommodate exchange students.  Where demand for particular subjects is strong, it may not be possible to accommodate all students in particular subject/s.

Students cannot under any circumstances enrol in the following JD elective subjects:

  • LAWS50043 - CTLS Program
  • LAWS50071 - Global Lawyer
  • LAWS50045 - Institutions in International Law
  • LAWS50042 - Jessup Moot
  • LAWS50059 - Legal Internship
  • LAWS50060 - MJIL: Research and Writing
  • LAWS50058 - MULR: Research and Writing
  • LAWS50102 - Street Law
  • LAWS50044 - WTO Moot Court Competition

Information on the subject offerings from the JD program

Students may also enrol in up to one Melbourne Law Masters subject (see the Master of Laws section above).

Please note that strict quotas are in place in both the JD and MLM programs.  As a result, the Faculty is not in a position to approve subject selections prior to students arriving in Australia (however students will be notified prior to arrival if they have selected subjects that are not available to exchange students).  During the Faculty’s orientation session students will be asked to nominate up to eight subjects.  The academic in charge of the Faculty’s incoming exchange program will then allocate students to classes.  Although no assurances can be given about particular subjects, the Faculty is usually able to accommodate the interests of exchange students.

Research Exchange Students

At present Melbourne Law School does not have the capacity to accept Research students through the Exchange Program.

Information on coming to Melbourne Law School for full-degree Research studies

Course Rules

Study Abroad and Exchange students will be subject to the relevant course rules for subjects they undertake. These rules include assessment, attendance requirements, and assignment extensions:

Academic Calendar

Available online.


If you have questions regarding study at Melbourne Law School that are not answered here or on the Melbourne Global Mobility webpage, please send an email to the Law School's Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.