International Students

Melbourne Law School is a leading international law school, for both teaching and research. In 2014 it was the top ranked law school in Australia and the eighth ranked in the world according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. In 2013-2014, the University of Melbourne was ranked 34 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Shanghai Jiao Tong 2013 ranks the University of Melbourne as the number one university in Australia (54 in the world).

International and outward-looking

The Melbourne Law Masters (MLM) is an international program in every respect.

  • Law School staff are internationally active, teaching and conducting research at leading universities throughout the world.
  • Well over half the Masters subjects are international, transnational or comparative in character.
  • More than 50 international visiting lecturers teach in the MLM each year.

International student cohort

In 2013, the international student cohort comprised well over 100 students from close to 40 different countries. Students came from South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and parts of the Pacific. The Melbourne Law Masters has a very diverse student body. About 10 per cent of the students in the program are from outside Australia. The other students are largely working professionals from throughout Australia.

Basic facts about the MLM

  • Students must take eight subjects for a Masters degree and four subjects for a Graduate Diploma. Many subjects are taught intensively over the period of a week; some are offered weekly over a 12 week semester. View the timetable for 2014.
  • Most international students take a Masters degree full-time over a period of 12 months (or 6 months for a Graduate Diploma). There are two intakes, in February and July. A student visa is required.
  • Some international students take the MLM part-time over 2-4 years, by coming to Melbourne from time to time to take intensive subjects.
  • Subject selection advice is available. Please contact us!
  • Selection criteria include English language requirements. Apply online and contact us for help if necessary.
  • Fees are the same for international and domestic students.
  • Some international students have access to Australian government scholarships. Students should investigate scholarship opportunities in their own countries. See Melbourne Scholarships for general scholarship information.

Additional features for international MLM students

Each year the Melbourne Law Masters welcomes students from across the world.

  • An orientation week, in February and July, where new students are introduced to all that the Law School has to offer
  • A mentor program that links full-time international students in the Melbourne Law Masters with a legal practitioner who can offer insight into the way in which their area of interest works in practice and contribute to their network of contacts for the future
  • The Legal Academic Skills Centre that provides a range of support options for students who wish to further develop their skills in English language, legal research or academic writing. The services include workshops on legal research, analysis and writing for students, and individual consultations
  • One-on-one course advice from senior academics and professional staff, online or in person
  • Opportunities for international internships
  • The Law Library that provides a range of services tailored for graduate students including assistance in sourcing research materials and online webinar classes throughout the year on aspects of legal research skills
  • Affiliation with any of the Law School’s specialist research centres and institutes
  • Assistance and advice from the Law School Careers Office.

Melbourne Law Masters Student Association (MLMSA)

The MLMSA aims to develop social and professional networks between Melbourne Law Masters students and advocates for these students within the Law School. The MLMSA organises a range of events such as the MLMSA Professional Networking and Cocktail Party Event, held each semester, the Social Justice Lecture Series and regular social nights at the Law School and around Melbourne. For more information about the MLMSA join their Facebook group, go to the MLMSA website or read monthly updates in the Melbourne Law Masters Newsletter.

University resources for international students

The University of Melbourne recognises the specific needs of international students and provides a useful range of programs and activities:

Living in Melbourne

Melbourne Law School is close to the heart of the city, within walking distance of the CBD and legal precinct. It is located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Carlton, close to the Victoria Market and major parks, sporting and cultural facilities. Melbourne is a sprawling city and it is helpful not to live too far away.