Melbourne Law School


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 centers and institutions, as well as our partner international organizations.

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 centers and institutions, as well as many partner international organizations. 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


  • Melbourne Law School was established in 1857
  • Opened on 2 May 2002, the current Law School building is located at 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 centers and institutes.


  • 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.


  • Melbourne Law School has more than 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 a 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.


  • 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 inquiries should be directed to the media and communication office.

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Melbourne Law School

185 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

3053 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 8344 4475