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.

Incoming students may:

  • Select one subject from the Melbourne Master of Law (MLM) program (further details);
  • Enrol in elective JD subjects except for the following:
    • Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (CLTS) Program (LAWS50043)
    • Global Lawyer (LAWS50071)
    • Institutions in International Law (LAWS50045)
    • Jessup Moot (LAWS50042)
    • Legal Internship (LAWS50059)
    • Melbourne University Law Review (LAWS50058)
    • Street Law (LAWS50102)
    • WTO: Moot Court Competition (LAWS50044)
  • Enrol in the following compulsory JD subjects:
    • Constitutional Law (LAWS500028)
    • 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' as positions in the MLM subject 'Fundamentals of the Common Law (LAWS70217/70256)' are limited.

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. Students will be notified, however, 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.