Study law in Australia

Looking to study law in Australia? Explore top courses, fees and career pathways in our comprehensive guide.

Why study law in Australia?

Australia has a world-class reputation for educational standards, with Australian universities ranked among the best globally.

There are two sides to studying law in Australia. On one side, you'll be training for professional practice, getting hands-on experience with the skills you'll need in the legal world. On the other, you'll be exploring law as an intellectual discipline, delving into the theories and principles that underpin the legal system. You'll develop a broad set of skills that will serve you well in many different careers. You'll learn to reason analytically, solve problems, communicate clearly, and negotiate effectively.

The High Court of Australia is also seen as a leader in common law. Australian jurists are highly respected, and Australian graduates are recognised worldwide for their skills.

Can international students study law in Australia?

Yes, international students can study law in Australia, which not only provides a comprehensive understanding of the legal principles that underpin many societies, but also equips students with a broad set of skills that are highly valued in many different fields.  

If you wish to practice overseas, each country maintains its own system of regulation governing the practice of law by foreign trained lawyers. Different conditions will apply depending on the jurisdiction where you wish to practice. Make sure to check the policy of the country you wish to practice in.

Top law courses in Australia

Here are the top law courses that can be undertaken across Australia, with a spotlight on the offerings at RMIT University. They can help you find legal roles across different industry sectors or pursue more long-term legal careers.

English language requirements

To study law at RMIT you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)

  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50) 

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

*Please note: This is a guide only. English requirements can vary between courses. You are strongly advised to check the minimum English requirements required for your preferred course. 

Career Pathways

There are many diverse career opportunities open to law graduates, across a broad range of industries. Law courses provide in-demand, transferable skills, which can lead to employment in roles such as practising as a solicitor or barrister in the commercial or criminal legal sectors in organisations of all sizes and scales. Legal knowledge is useful in management, industrial relations and policy making professions. Many members of parliament have law degrees.

Alumni work in many fields where knowledge of legal principles and the ability to think deeply and rigorously are essential. These fields include public administration, NGOs, politics and business. Graduates are building a reputation as fully prepared, work-ready legal professionals. 

Other factors to consider before studying abroad


When thinking about the place that will be your home for the next few years, consider factors such as safety, culture, infrastructure and more. Think about how far away from home you want to live and whether you have a dream university in mind. Additionally, consider the reputation of the city among future employers. For example, Melbourne is widely recognised as Australia’s best city for students and consistently ranks among the Most Liveable Cities in the World.

Course academic requirements

Academic requirements can vary between different courses, so it’s important to review the specific details of your preferred course before applying. For instance, the Bachelor of Laws degree will have different academic requirements to a Juris Doctor degree, due to the variations in the level of study or equivalent experience required for certain postgraduate courses.  

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are also course-specific, so make sure to check the annual fees listed on your preferred course’s page. Most universities display these fees on their course pages, providing the most accurate and up-to-date information. The range of tuition fees can significantly change based on the level of study, making the course pages the most reliable source for tuition fee details.  

Cost of living

A city’s cost of living is another vital factor to consider. Manage your costs by considering factors such as accommodation options (on-campus vs off-campus), transportation expenses and potential work options while studying.

In addition to everyday living expenses, remember study-related costs beyond course fees. This may include Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other fees associated with your course. Conducting thorough research will help you create a realistic budget and make informed financial decisions.

Support and resources for international students

It's important to consider the type of support and resources a university provides to international students. RMIT offers a wide range of support services to help students thrive both academically and personally. The on-campus health clinic and counselling services* ensure students stay healthy and receive necessary mental health support. Pastoral and spiritual support is available for students of all faiths, fostering an inclusive and welcoming community. To aid academic success, one-on-one study consultations are provided for assistance with research, referencing, English language skills, writing, maths and science queries, and effective study techniques.

*Please note: All international students (and their dependents) require Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their student and student dependent visas.

Student life

Don't forget to consider the importance of having a healthy social life when living in a new country. RMIT offers a wide array of clubs and societies, allowing students to connect with like-minded peers, pursue their interests, and discover new passions. Sport and fitness clubs provide everything needed to stay active and healthy, from gym memberships to organised sports teams and fitness classes. Student events are a regular feature on campus, ranging from cultural festivals to academic workshops, ensuring there is always something exciting happening. The RMIT Kirrip community helps students connect with others through various activities, including experiences around Melbourne, social events, and peer-to-peer wellbeing support. Kirrip staff and volunteers span the social spectrum from introvert to extrovert, ensuring there is something for everyone, whether seeking a supportive community or looking to join groups with shared interests or hobbies.

The RMIT Law Students Society supports undergraduate and postgraduate law students at RMIT by providing career and networking opportunities, competitions, equity and diversity events, educational assistance, and a variety of social activities.

University academic rankings

When shortlisting universities, research academic rankings to gain a comprehensive view of a university’s strengths. Influential rankings such as QS World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings evaluate universities based on criteria like teaching, academic reputation, research impact, student satisfaction and employability. While rankings provide insights, they should be considered alongside other factors such as course offerings, faculty expertise and location. 

Why study law at RMIT?

Hands-on learning

Build in-demand real-world skills such as research, advocacy, negotiation and how to work with clients.

Industry connected

Take advantage of RMIT’s deep industry connections. Choose from a range of clinical, judicial, research and international study opportunities.

Learn from the experts

Our academics are leaders in the legal profession, delivering a rigorous program that’s shaped to the demands of today’s society.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.