WCL and Monash University Law School (Monash) are offering a joint JD/Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) program. WCL students study at WCL for the first 2 years (59 credits) followed by 4 trimesters (approximately 1.5 years) in Melbourne. After completing the program, students are qualified to sit for the U.S. bar examination and/or start the Australian Practical Legal Training process.
Monash was established in 1958 and currently reports having 50,000 students enrolled, representing 130 countries, with satellite campuses throughout other states of Australia as well as abroad in Malaysia, South Africa, and Europe. The University's main campus is located in a suburb of Melbourne and has approximately 2,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students attending the law school. The University's Law Chambers are located in downtown Melbourne, just a 15-minute train ride from the beach.
Following the academic tradition of the United Kingdom, Australia's law degree is an undergraduate LL. B. In recent years, several law schools in Australia have created Master of Laws ( Juris Doctor) targeted towards students who have a non-legal undergraduate degree but decide to pursue law. Many of these programs coexist with the LL. B program, with one university that has phased out the LL. B. completely, offering only a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) option.
The Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) Program at Monash
Monash has a large LL.B. program and a very selective Master of Laws ( JD) program. While most classes for the undergraduate degree are held on the Clayton Campus, the JD program takes place at the Monash University Law Chambers in the legal district of central Melbourne. Dual degree students will enjoy the comfort of living and studying in downtown Melbourne, where there are many restaurants, cultural opportunities, and other attractions nearby.
Because the Monash JD program is not an undergraduate degree, the student body is similar in age and background to WCL students. Additionally, the Monash LLM program also takes place at the Law Chambers, making the student body internationally diverse.
The Master of Laws ( Juris Doctor) is governed by the Australian ESOS framework. This seeks to ensure that the provision of education services to overseas students is of the highest quality. More information is available in the 'Government explanation for students' section.
(CRICOS Provider: Monash University 00008C).
Who Can Apply?
- Students must be admitted to WCL’s regular JD program before applying to any international JD dual degree program.
- Students with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
- 1L students. 2Ls may be eligible. (See program staff if interested.)
- JD students who are not US citizens should meet with program staff prior to applying.
- Part-time students?
- A part-time student may apply as long as he/she changes his/her registration to full time and completes the required 59 credits, including required courses, prior to leaving Washington, D.C. Classes completed during the summer contribute to this total.
- Transfer students?
- Transfer students must complete 43 WCL credits as well as two-thirds (2/3) of their legal education in the United States, therefore, transfer students would be able to participate only if they are willing to complete additional credits (approximately one semester’s worth) at WCL. Transfer students must consult with a program staff member before applying.
- All applicants are required to attend a mandatory advising session before their application will be considered complete
- Online application due 5:00 pm EST January 31 includes:
- Application form
- Statement of interest in English (one-two pages maximum)
- Current resume
- One letter of recommendation (professional or academic reference preferred)
- WCL academic transcript
- Copy of passport
- Panel interviews for the Australia program will take place in February
- Decisions sent mid-March
- Deadline to submit all materials is 5:00pm EST on January 31st of each year.
Please note courses at Monash are subject to change
Each year, WCL selects up to three (3) students for the program. Students complete the first two (2) years at WCL and three (3) or four (4) trimesters (1 to 1 1/2 years) at Monash in downtown Melbourne.
- At WCL:
- Students must complete at least 59 credits before going abroad, including all WCL/ABA required courses (Upper Level Writing, Experiential Learning, and any others implemented); we recommend that students complete at least 62 credits before going abroad
- Students must meet WCL residency requirements
- At Monash:
- Students must complete 12 courses in Australia
- Mandatory courses (subject to change at the discretion of the university):
- Advanced Property Law
- Principles of Constitutional Law
- Principles of Equity
- Principles of Company Law
- Principles of Administrative Law
- Ethics in Legal Practice
- Principles of Trusts (can be waived if Wills and Trusts is taken at WCL)
- Principles of Evidence (can be waived if Evidence is taken at WCL)
- Commercial Law elective (may be waived with appropriate WCL equivalent)
- Principles of Public Law and Statutory Interpretation (may be waived with appropriate WCL equivalent)
- Upon successful completion of both the WCL and Monash components, students earn the JD from WCL and the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) from Monash.
Grades from abroad will appear on your WCL transcript only as Pass/Fail. Passing grades do not affect your WCL grade point average. However, failing grades will be factored into your grade point average as a zero. Grades from Monash University will be reported on your Monash transcript which you may need to provide to potential employers.
Tuition and Expenses
- WCL students pay three (3) years of regular tuition and fees to WCL. No tuition is paid for the additional semesters of study. However, the WCL General Activity and Technology fees are due.
- Financial aid: Students may apply for and keep their federal financial assistance and other awards and scholarships throughout the entire program.
- Not included in tuition (students are responsible for):
- Health insurance
- Host institution student fees
- Travel expenditures
- Housing and other living expenses
- Visa costs
Students interested in the International JD Dual Degree Program should refer to the International JD Dual Degree FAQs page for general questions.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to WCL Abroad:
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228
Professor of Law
Professor of Law
A. Allen King Scholar
**CURRENT 2L STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2018-2019, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2018-2019**
**CURRENT 1L STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2019-2020, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2019-2020**