Allard School of Law Partners with Melbourne Law School

The Peter A. Allard School of Law has signed an agreement with Melbourne Law School that will allow eligible JD students at either law school to enroll in an LLM program at the partner institution in lieu of their final term or semester of JD study.  Participating students will receive JD and LLM degrees in three and a half years of full-time study: two and a half years in a JD program and approximately one year in an LLM program. 

In keeping with the Allard School of Law’s strategic plan, this option adds to the current range of international opportunities for JD students, which include numerous exchange partners worldwide and joint legal education agreements with the University of Hawai’i and the University of Hong Kong.  The Allard School of Law also recently concluded a law degree partnership program with Tsinghua University (Beijing).  Melbourne Law School has similar JD/LLM partnership arrangements with Cambridge and New York Universities, among others. 

Allard JD students interested in pursuing this option can apply to the LLM program at Melbourne Law School in their fifth term of full-time study.  If admitted, students enroll at MLS after completing a minimum of 77 credits in the JD program at Allard, including all mandatory course requirements.  

Melbourne Law School is regarded as one of Australia’s leading law schools and, together with the Allard School of Law, is also ranked among the world’s top law schools. Allard JD students admitted to Melbourne’s LLM program under this agreement will be able to choose from the broad selection of LLM specialization areas offered, including Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Law; Competition and Consumer Law; Construction Law; Corporations and Securities Law; Employment and Labour Relations Law; Energy and Resources Law; Environmental Law; Public and International Law; Health and Medical Law; Intellectual Property; International Economic Law; Tax; International Tax; Law and Development; and Private Law. 

Further information is available in the 2015/16 UBC Academic Calendar; details are posted as well on the Allard School of Law website.