The Law Entrance Exam (LSAT) is one of the hardest exams for entry into a post-graduate degree at Melbourne University.
It can be pretty hard to find any official requirements to gain access to the UniMelb Juris Doctor Course. After trawling through hundreds of posts on forums and talking to friends who have been admitted I can give you and idea on what score to aim for to get into the JD.
The Entry Requirements Change
Something to be aware of is that the entrance requirements change depending on the cohort applying. One year the minimum considered entrance might be an LSAT score in the top 25th percentile and the next year a score in the top 20th percentile, and the same applies for Weighted Average Marks (WAM)
There are three main types of entry into the UniMelb JD program. These are Full Fee Place, Bursary and Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). As you would expect, you need a higher LSAT score to be considered for a position where you are financially supported.
On their website, UniMelb advise that a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of over 80 (H1) will mean applicants ‘have a very strong chance of being admitted’, and that a WAM over 70 (H2A) will mean applicants will be ‘competitive in the JD selection process’. They also advise that applicants with a WAM under 70 may be competitive if they have been affected by other circumstances or score very well on their LSAT.
I see entrance into the JD program as a sliding scale. The lower your WAM gets, the higher your LSAT score needs to be to compensate. On their same website, UniMelb advises that applicants aim for a score in the top 25th percentile. This translates to roughly an LSAT score of 158-159, however this can change depending on the year.
As far as I can tell, a score in the LSAT over 165 and a half decent WAM will put you in a pretty good place to get a CSP. Similarly, an LSAT score over 160 will put you in a good place to be offered a bursary as long as your WAM is more towards 80 rather than 70. In some cases, and depending on the year this may even put you in place to be offered a CSP.
It seems to be as long as your WAM is over 70 and you score 160+ on the LSAT that you put yourself in an ideal position to be offered a full fee place and depending on the year even a bursary or a CSP.