Melbourne Law School

Melbourne, Australia

Are classes taught in English?

Yes, all classes are taught in English. Exchange students, however, may only enroll in elective courses. Of these, about 25 are available for exchange students. Elective subjects are similar to those offered at UCLA and include Environmental Law, Sports Law, and Public International Law. The course catalog can be found here.

What are the major strengths of the program?

Melbourne Law School is ranked fifth in the world by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2013 World University Rankings. As a global university, the program in International Law is particularly strong.

How many U.S. exchange students are there?

Melbourne Law School has additional exchange agreements with the University of Texas, the University of Virginia, and Georgetown University, so there are usually at least five to ten other U.S. exchange students over the course of the academic year. Melbourne accepts two students from UCLA Law per semester, or up to four students per academic year.

What is the term schedule?

The fall semester (Semester 2) runs from August to December. The spring semester (Semester 1) runs from January to May. Click here for the current academic calendar.

Where can I get housing?

The University of Melbourne offers incoming exchange students a range of accommodation options (independent housing, residential colleges, or guaranteed housing) for which students may apply, and comprehensive information, resources, and listings regarding those various options. There is also a designated Melbourne staff member dedicated to assisting incoming exchange students with any housing questions. For details from the Global Mobility Office regarding these housing options, click here. Click here for additional information about finding housing in Melbourne. Melbourne also provides a cost of living estimate, including a breakdown of housing and living expenses, here.

Whom should I contact for more information?

UCLA Law Contacts:

Tiffany Parnell, Graduate Studies Coordinator (

Professor Richard Steinberg, Faculty FLSEP Coordinator (

* Prospective exchange students seeking more information about Melbourne are advised to first contact the designated UCLA coordinator and/or faculty contact with any initial questions. Only after submitting an application and receiving an official UCLA Law nomination should students then contact the Melbourne coordinators directly.

Melbourne Contacts:

Ms. Belinda Price, Incoming & Outgoing Application Coordinator (

Mr. Stuart Hibberd, Manager, Education Abroad Student Programs (

Exchange Advisor (

Melbourne Global Mobility (