Melbourne Law School

The University of Melbourne

Introduction

Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. Its rich history spans over 150 years.

Melbourne Law School's vibrant and active community comprises expert and award-winning teaching staff, a strong alumni network, dedicated mentors, visiting scholars from across the globe, leading research centres and institutions, as well as our partner international organisations.

Melbourne Law School's rich history is woven through Australian and international politics and constitutional reform from Federation to the present day.

Since 1857 MLS has educated prime ministers, governors-general, judges, lawyers and academics, and its alumni are found in varied occupations throughout Australia and the world.

Prominent alumni include Prime Ministers Alfred Deakin, Robert Menzies, Harold Holt and Julia Gillard, and Victorian Premier Rupert Hamer, as well as Governors-General Sir Ninian Stephen and Sir Zelman Cowen.

Four graduates have served as Chief Justices of Australia, including Sir Owen Dixon, regarded as Australia's greatest ever jurist, Sir Isaac Isaacs, the first Jewish Chief Justice, and current Justice of the High Court of Australia the Hon. Geoffrey Nettle QC.

Underpinning and driving everything at Melbourne Law School is its enduring tradition and commitment to innovation.

MLS at a Glance

Ranking

Melbourne Law School is ranked No 1 in the Asia Pacific in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject (2016). The QS rankings highlight the world's top universities in 36 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

International Connections

Melbourne Law School's vibrant and active community comprises internationally renowned teaching staff, a strong global alumni network, dedicated mentors, visiting scholars from around the world, leading research centres and institutions, as well as many partner international organisations.

Melbourne Law School JD students can participate in exchange programs, undertake a dual degree at one of our partnered universities overseas and apply for an international internship during their degrees. A Melbourne Law School degree also prepares graduates for global careers. More than one-third of our graduates have worked or are working in international locations.

Key facts

Faculty

  • Melbourne Law School was established in 1857
  • Opened in 2 May 2002, the current Law School building is located on 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, south of University Square
  • Academic programs include the Melbourne JD, Melbourne Law Masters and Graduate Research Degrees. The School also offers breadth subjects to undergraduate students, as well as single-subject studies
  • Melbourne Law School is a single-department professional graduate school active in the research and teaching of a wide range of legal topics through the work of our 18 research centres and institutes.

Academics

  • More than 90 continuing academic staff members
  • More than 170 visiting lecturers, fellows and visiting scholars from Australia and around the world each year
  • Melbourne Law School academic staff are actively engaged in International fellowships, lectureships and scholars exchange programs.

Alumni

  • Melbourne Law School has more then 18 000 active alumni in over 90 countries
  • Our alumni are leaders in law firms, government, public interest, business, academia, not-for-profit and the judiciary.

Law Library

  • The Law Library has one of the best law collections in Australia
  • Located within the Law School building, the Law Library has an historically rich collection of legal texts including approximately 180 000 printed volumes, 30 000 volumes in microfiche or microfilm
  • There are three fully equipped computer laboratories in the Library where students can work with a comprehensive collection of online legal databases
  • The Library is designed exclusively to house and present the full library collection, making it extremely accessible to students, researchers, academics, visiting scholars and the general public.
  • The Law Library has a permanent display of a rare books collection, comprising rare legal items dating back to the early 1600s
  • The Law Library is also furnished with spacious study areas, group discussion rooms and postgraduate carrels for individual and collaborative work.

Engagement

  • Melbourne Law School hosts hundreds of students, alumni and public engagement events each year, including major Public Lectures, conferences, workshops and networking functions. View our events calendar for more information on upcoming events
  • Melbourne Law School's communications team provides a range of services to media requesting information about the Law School, its faculty, research, students, staff, and programs. All media enquiries should be directed to the media and communication office.
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LLM

Master of Laws (LLM)

Campus Full time Part time 12 months January 2018 Australia Melbourne + 1 more

Melbourne Law School's Master of Laws (LLM) is a graduate degree in law of the highest quality with one of the largest subject ranges in the world. [+]

Melbourne Law School's Master of Laws (LLM) is a graduate degree in law of the highest quality with one of the largest subject ranges in the world. More than 165 subjects are offered in 2016. Students enrolled in the LLM can choose from all subjects available in the Melbourne Law Masters, allowing them to tailor the degree to suit their professional aspirations and personal interests. Students may also choose to undertake the LLM as a combination of coursework and a minor thesis. These courses are available only for law graduates. Learning Outcomes Master of Laws by Coursework Graduates of the Master of Laws by Coursework will: Have advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in selected areas of law Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that equip them to independently: analyse, critically reflect on and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories in selected areas of law research and apply such information, concepts and theories to the relevant body of knowledge and practice and interpret and transmit their knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences Apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in selected areas of law. Master of Laws by Coursework and Minor Thesis Graduates of the Master of Laws by Coursework and Minor Thesis will: Have advanced and integrated understanding of the complex body of knowledge in one or more selected areas of law Have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that... [-]

Juris Doctor

Juris Doctor (JD)

Campus Full time 3 years January 2018 Australia Melbourne

Taught at a graduate level, the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) equips graduates to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government or community organisations. [+]

Taught at a graduate level, the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) equips graduates to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government or community organisations. Graduating with a law degree from world-renowned Melbourne Law School means that wherever your career takes you, your degree will be recognised as exceptional – both nationally and internationally. The JD curriculum allows you to build the core skills essential to a wide range of legal and professional careers. It also gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies to areas of particular interest through elective subjects. As a JD student you will: Join other engaged and enthusiastic students in discussion-based classes and enrich each other's education Build employment skills by collaborating and interacting with other students in group work and through the practical learning opportunities in the elective program Have the opportunity to study overseas, and the chance to learn from a curriculum that tracks and responds to global legal developments Be part of a tight-knit community of graduates and learn alongside your supportive classmates Have the opportunity to join societies, edit journals, attend public lectures and participate in cultural events, moots and competitions Build a network for life through connections with your student peers, Law School alumni, mentors and University staff. Career outcomes The Melbourne JD leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions, and can be used as a basis for seeking admission in many law jurisdictions overseas. The Melbourne JD qualification is well-regarded by a... [-]

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Melbourne Law School

Address Pelham Street 185
Carlton 3053, Australia
Website http://law.unimelb.edu.au/
Phone +61 3 8344 4475