What can I do with my JD?

Studies show that Monash Law graduates enjoy a higher rate of employment on graduation than graduates from most other disciplines. A Law degree provides a sound general education, equipping graduates with excellent analytical, drafting and problem solving skills. As a result, our graduates have been successful in a range of careers.

Careers in Law

There are many career destinations for law graduates. Our graduates:

  • Work in leading national and international law firms, smaller city and suburban firms or legal practices in regional centres
  • Work as a barrister
  • The government sector, in areas such as the Office of Public Prosecution, the Department of Justice, the Attorney-General's Department or the Victorian Solicitor –General's Office
  • Large companies as corporate in-house legal counsel
  • Specialist legal firms, practising in particular areas of the law
  • Legal recruitment and consultancy
  • Academic or legal research

Careers outside the law

The possible career destinations for law graduates outside the legal industry are endless. Monash Law graduates have found employment in a huge range of areas, including:

  • Publishing, media, film and the arts
  • Marketing and communications
  • Government and politics
  • Business Management
  • Science and engineering
  • Environmental protection and development
  • Project management
  • Banking and finance
  • International organisations, e.g the UN
  • Non-governmental organisations e.g the Red Cross, Amnesty International

Becoming a lawyer

The Monash JD is specifically designed for graduates from non-law backgrounds. Monash JD graduates are equipped with the knowledge and academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner.

The Monash JD is recognised by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB), satisfying the requirements for admission.

Once you have completed your Monash JD, you need to complete either practical legal training or supervised legal training

Practical legal training can be completed by undertaking a training course which is delivered by a provider that has been accredited by VLAB.

Supervised legal training involves participating in the workforce for 12 months or more under a training plan which has been approved by VLAB.

Students are than able to apply for admission.

Requirements for practicing law for overseas practitioners

Overseas practitioners wanting to be admitted to practice law in Australia, should contact the governing body in the state in which they intend to practise to determine the requirements for admission.

In the State of Victoria, the governing body is known as the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB). For applicants admitted to practice in their home country, VLAB will assess their qualifications and determine which areas of study need to be undertaken in order to qualify for practice in the State of Victoria.

Single unit enrolment through Monash JD program allows admissions in State of Victoria

Monash Law School offers single unit subject enrolment through our Monash JD program, primarily for admissions in the State of Victoria. Core Monash JD units are endorsed by VLAB, meeting the areas of knowledge required for admission in Victoria.

Further details of Monash JD units available can be found in the JD course handbook and Monash JD class times can be found at the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) class timetable.

Some student may be eligible for FEE-HELP under the following provision: "Bridging courses for overseas-trained professionals". Information about FEE-HELP can be found at www.studyassist.gov.au

In addition to the single unit application form, the following documents must be provided:

  • original or certified original copy of the VLAB assessment letter
  • original or certified original copy of your law degree transcripts and evidence of completion
  • certified original evidence of you citizenship status including a copy of your subclass visa number.