Selection Criteria

An equitable selection process

Selection into the Melbourne JD is based on academic results in all previous tertiary study; the score in the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); and a short personal statement. Applicants must have either an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law or a degree from a different legal system.

Melbourne also offers the Graduate Access Melbourne scheme, which provides access to applicants whose personal circumstances have had a sustained adverse effect on their academic achievement at undergraduate level or who are members of a specific group know to be under-represented in higher education.

As a result of these selection criteria the Melbourne JD student body is diverse, motivated and highly talented.

Selection criteria 

The three criteria for selection are:

  • Academic results from previous tertiary studies
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Score and Essay
  • A personal statement (up to 850 words)

The three criteria are assessed in a holistic way and no single criterion is determinative in the selection process. Each application is assessed on its individual merits and across all three criteria. Thus, for example, applicants with an excellent degree (average of marks of 80 or over) will be very competitive on this criterion but this does not mean that their LSAT score and personal statement will not also be relevant.  Equally, applicants with an average of between 70 and 74 may still be competitive depending on their performance in the LSAT and in the personal statement.

Given this interaction between the criteria, it is not possible for the Law School to publish indicative scores or ranges of scores either for the LSAT or tertiary results. The Selection Committee considers an applicant’s performance in all tertiary studies undertaken before applying to the Melbourne Law School.

Additional considerations may be relevant for applicants eligible for Graduate Access Melbourne.


Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Register for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and sit the test.

Write your personal statement.

Submit your application, including official transcripts for all tertiary study already taken.

The LSAT is a written test, designed to measure aptitude for legal study. It focuses on reading and verbal reasoning skills; no knowledge of law is required. It is an international test, administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which sends results directly to Melbourne Law School.

Applicants must register to sit the LSAT before applying for the Melbourne JD.

The LSAT may be sat in Melbourne, in other Australian capital cities and in various parts of the world. Please note that there are strict registration deadlines and fixed test dates. If you have already taken the test within the last five years, you may choose to use those results in your application for the Melbourne JD.

Make sure you thoroughly read About the LSAT for more information.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us.

Your application must include a personal statement of up to 850 words. It should explain why you want to study law at Melbourne Law School and emphasise any aspect of your personal history that may enhance your application, including information such as extra-curricular activities, community involvement, work experience, caregiver responsibilities, relevant personal characteristics and any outstanding achievements.

Statements should be typewritten, the pages should be numbered and your name and date of birth should appear on each page.

Please follow the instructions on our How to Apply webpage.