JD EAGLE Program

Melbourne Law School’s EAGLE Program is dedicated to helping first year JD students develop their legal academic skills and successfully transition into law school. (EAGLE stands for Early Academic Guidance for Legal Education.)

How does it work?

In a small group setting, a later-year JD student (the ‘facilitator’) will take students through important academic skills, including:

  • Reading and note-taking
  • How to write answers to hypotheticals/problem questions
  • How to construct a legal memo
  • How to research and write legal essays
  • How to prepare and practice for oral presentations
  • How to make notes for exams
  • How to prepare for exams

The EAGLE sessions are also a safe and supportive environment for students to ask any questions they may have about law life, including:

  • Time management strategies
  • How to access MLS’ wellbeing resources
  • International and internship opportunities
  • How to find law-related work and volunteering opportunities
  • How to become involved in extracurricular activities at MLS

While the EAGLE program is an optional part of the first year JD curriculum, the more sessions you attend, the better you’ll be prepared to handle first semester!

How do I register for EAGLE?

You don’t have to! The Law School’s Academic Support Office (ASO) automatically assigns you to an EAGLE session when you enrol in the JD. You will receive an email in your student account before the start of Semester 1 informing you of your personal EAGLE session time and room.

2020 EAGLE Session Outline (Updated 3 April)

Session 1 (week starting 2 March)


·      Building on what you learned in LMR: how to read cases to prepare for class
Session 2 (week starting 9 March)


·      Time management for studies, extra-curriculars, and a social life: having your cake and eating it too


Session 3 (week starting 16 March) tentative – do reading and note taking together


·      Getting in some practice with answering hypothetical questions before your Obligations assignment


Session 4 (week starting 23 March)


·      EAGLE Catch Up Session


Session 5 (week starting 30 March)


·      Principles of Public Law hypo: strategies for meeting expectations


Mid-Semester Break (2 weeks)

Extra Session (week starting 6 April): Torts Essay Q&A + Legal Writing and Grammar

Session 6 (week starting 20 April) ·      Creating Routines for Success in an Online Learning Environment


Session 7 (week starting 27 April)


·      Strategies for creating exam-ready notes


Session 8 (week starting 4 May)


·      How to prepare for exam essays


Session 9 (week starting 11 May)


·      Exam hypothetical (1)


Session 10 Session 11 (week starting 18 May)


·      Exam hypothetical (2)


Session 11 (week starting 25 May) ·      Exam hypothetical (3)


Session 12 (week starting 1 June)


·      Strategies for SWOTVAC


For queries regarding the EAGLE Program, please contact eagle.unimelb@gmail.com.