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.


All applications for Exchange and Study Abroad students are administered 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 Melbourne Law School 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, students enrolled in an undergraduate law degree must select breadth subjects, and are not permitted to undertake subjects from the JD.

The Melbourne Law School accepts 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 enrol in JD or LLM subjects must provide written proof that they are studying at a graduate level.

Incoming students may:

  • Select one subject from the Melbourne Law Masters (MLM) program (further details);
  • Enrol in elective JD subjects except for the following:
    • Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) Program (LAWS00011)
    • Disability Human Rights Clinic (LAWS90004)
    • Global Lawyer (LAWS50071)
    • Economic and Business Law in Asia (LAWS90037)
    • Institutions in International Law (LAWS50045)
    • International Criminal Justice Clinic (LAWS90060)
    • Jessup Moot (LAWS50042)
    • Law and Legal Practice in Asia (LAWS90006)
    • Law Apps (LAWS90033)
    • Legal Internship (LAWS50059)
    • Melbourne University Law Review (LAWS50058)
    • Public Interest Law Clinic (LAWS50116)
    • Street Law (LAWS50102)
    • Sustainability Business Clinic (LAWS50126)
    • WTO: Moot Court Competition (LAWS50044)
  • Enrol in the following compulsory JD subjects:
    • Constitutional Law (LAWS50028)
    • Contracts (LAWS50029)
    • Dispute Resolution (LAWS50027)
    • Legal Method and Reasoning (LAWS50023)
    • Legal Theory (LAWS50031)
    • Obligations (LAWS50026)
    • Principles of Public Law (LAWS50024)
    • Torts (LAWS50025)

Students wishing to learn about common law methodology should consider enrolling in 'Legal Method and Reasoning' and/or 'Obligations'. An alternative option is the MLM subject 'Fundamentals of the Common Law (LAWS70217)', however this subject has a strict quota and places are limited.

Please note that quotas are in place in both the JD and MLM programs. As a result, subject selections may not be approved prior to students arriving in Australia.

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 website, please send an email to