Juris Doctor (postgraduate study only) @ Melbourne

Juris Doctor (postgraduate study only)

The Juris Doctor (JD) is the postgraduate course for Law at the University of Melbourne. Before enrolling in the Juris Doctor, students are required to complete a three-year undergraduate degree in any discipline other than Law.

Degree Length

3 years full-time


Degree Structure              

Law Core units (212.5 credit points) + Elective units (87.5 credit points) = 300 credit points

The Juris Doctor is three years in length if you study four classes per semester (this is a normal load). Alternatively, students can complete the degree in two years if they enrol in intensive Summer and Winter classes throughout the degree. Of the 24 classes taken throughout the Juris Doctor, 17 are compulsory. The remainder of the classes are electives, allowing students to pursue their topics of interest relating to Law. Throughout the Juris Doctor, compulsory subjects will be taken with the same cohort of students with which you enrolled. This provides a collegiate atmosphere which many students claim fosters a close peer-based atmosphere similar to secondary school. This provides students with a lively competitive environment and a sense of camaraderie throughout the degree.

As of 2012, the Juris Doctor is offering electives such as ‘Street Law’ and ‘Lawyering in the Public Interest’ which allows students to engage with the wider community and exercise their skills in a practical environment. ‘Street Law’ students will teach classes in under-privileged secondary schools and explain legal theories to students while ‘Lawyering in the Public Interest’ students will engage in placement at community legal centres across the city. These electives provide students with practical experience in interacting with clients and explaining legal practices to non-specialised audiences. Upon completion graduates are able to continue into Practical Legal Training to pursue careers are barristers or solicitors.

Course Requirements

Entry Requirements

Completion of undergraduate degree (any discipline other than law)
Successful completion of the Law School Admission Test
Submission of a Personal Statement (850 words)

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