Juris Doctor



The Deakin Juris Doctor (JD) combines its commercial focus with the development of practical skills essential to contemporary legal practice. Designed for non-law graduates, this intellectually-stimulating course is offered fully online after an initial compulsory three-day Induction program held in Melbourne, in February.

The Deakin JD goes beyond the teaching of legal knowledge and practical skills, to the development of a broader understanding of the policy informing the law, focusing on current policy issues and developing skills in the use of legal theory and legal research methods.

Your assignments might include problem-based written advice, an oral bail application, an assignment focusing on the implementation of procedural rules, preparation of a memorandum of advice, oral court submissions and a file management project. Group assignment work is also a feature of some units to ensure you develop the important skills necessary to work as part of a team.

The Deakin JD meets the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria. A person wishing to practice as a lawyer is also required to complete a 12-month traineeship program or six-month legal practice course and demonstrate that they are a ‘fit and proper person’.

The Deakin JD course is designed to produce first-class commercial law practitioners by providing comprehensive training in each of the major areas of legal practice and systematically embedding research, theory and policy considerations throughout the curriculum. A distinctive feature of the course is its orientation towards commercial law.

Leading, practising lawyers help shape our courses, so everything you learn is relevant to the industry and preparing you for a career in law.

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Key facts


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Note: This course includes an initial compulsory three-day Induction program held in Melbourne, in February (please refer to 'Additional course information' below).

Key information

Award granted

Juris Doctor


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$30,400 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code



Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree in different discipline with minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 65%, OR
  • Bachelor degree in a different discipline with minimum WAM of 60% and 3 years relevant work experience, OR
  • Masters degree in a different discipline

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.


Professional Recognition

Deakin's Juris Doctor is designed to satisfy the academic qualifications necessary for admission to the legal profession. In Victoria these have been set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  In addition to satisfying the academic qualifications, a person seeking admission to the legal profession in Victoria is required to have satisfactorily completed certain practical legal training requirements and must be considered a fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession.

Career outcomes

A Juris Doctor is a qualification that offers un-equalled career opportunities.  In addition to opportunities within law firms, which range from small rural and regional general legal practices through to large national or international practices, law graduates may enter other industries such as business (e.g as a corporate lawyer, company administrator or business manager); government service (as a lawyer with departments or authorities as diverse as the Attorney Generals Department, the office of Parliamentary Counsel, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Australian Securities Commission); industrial relations, public administration; academic; or in law reform (as a law reform commissioner).

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge, including:
(a)    The fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts;
(b)    The broader contexts within which legal issues arise;
(c)    The principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles;
(d)    extended understanding of contemporary developments in law (and law reform);
(e)    extended understanding of contemporary developments in professional practice.


Develop high level communication skills, including:
(a)    Communication of findings both orally and in writing using plain English and legal terminology through formal legal channels and contemporary Internet- based forms of communication;
(b)    Knowledge of different genres of legal writing;
(c)    Knowledge of different genres of oral communication with culturally diverse audiences;
(d)    Effective and persuasive communication depending on needs and backgrounds of legal and non-legal audiences
(e)    Ability to engage constructively with needs of audiences and choose right communication approach.

Digital Literacy

Use technologies to identify, locate, evaluate information for complex problem solving scenarios as well as communicating legal solutions, including:
(a)    Identifying, researching, evaluating and synthesising relevant factual, legal and policy issues, effectively using technologies where appropriate;
(b)    Finding, using and disseminating information using technologies;
(c)    Using digital sources to organize and present information in authentic and complex legal situations.

Critical thinking

Exercise critical thinking
capacities to:
(a)    Identify and articulate complex legal issues;
(b)    Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate jurisprudential and practical responses to legal issues;
(c)    Engage in critical analysis and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives; an
(d)    Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses

Problem Solving

Develop sophisticated
problem solving capacities by developing intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through the ability to:
(a)    Identify the need for research;
(b)    Identify factual, legal and policy issues;
(c)    Research factual, legal and policy issues;
(d)    Evaluate factual, legal and policy issues
(e)    Synthesise factual, legal and policy issues.


Develop high level capacities to:
(a)    Learn and work with a high level of  autonomy, accountability and professionalism particularly in regard to undertaking independent research;
(b)    Reflect on and assess own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to professional development;
(c)    Commit to and lead lifelong learning and continuing professional development.


Develop high level
capacities to:
(a)    Collaborate effectively with others from a diversity of backgrounds;
(b)    Lead diverse teams and resolve interpersonal and team-based
(c)    negotiate and work effectively through team disputes and problems with team dynamics.

Global Citizenship

Develop a sophisticated awareness of, and a high level capacity to, apply legal knowledge in different environments and global contexts, including:
(a)    An advanced and integrated understanding of approaches to ethical decision making;
(b)    An ability to recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts;
(c)    An ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community
(d)    A developing ability to exercise mature professional judgment in the context of cultural and community diversity.



Course Structure

To complete the Juris Doctor, students must attain a total of 24 credit points, including 17 core units and 7 elective units. It is highly recommended students complete the core units, MLJ701, MLJ702, MLJ703, MLJ704, MLJ705, MLJ706, MLJ707 and MLJ708, before the remaining core and elective units. Each unit (think of units as 'subjects') is equal to 1 credit point.

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete advanced level units and a capstone unit that require them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce applied pieces of research with reference to prevailing literature.


Core units


Elective units


Total units

Core units


Compulsory three-day on campus Induction program


  • Legal Method and Statutory Interpretation MLJ701 *
  • Contract Law and Policy MLJ702 *
  • Criminal Law and Policy MLJ703 *
  • Torts and Policy MLJ704 *
  • Commercial Law and Policy MLJ705 *
  • Law and Policy of Misleading Conduct and Product Liability MLJ706 *
  • Criminal Procedure and Policy MLJ707 *
  • Civil Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Policy MLJ708 *
  • Constitutional Law and Policy MLJ709
  • Administrative Law and Policy MLJ710
  • Property Law and Policy MLJ711
  • Evidence Law and Policy MLJ713
  • Corporate Law and Policy MLJ715
  • Land Law and Policy MLJ716
  • Trusts and Equitable Remedies MLJ717
  • Legal Practice, Ethics and Policy MLJ720
  • Advanced Legal Professional Practice MLJ721
  •  * Highly recommended to complete before remaining core and elective units.

    Elective Units

    7 credit points of elective units can be chosen from:

  • Business Taxation Law and Policy MLC709
  • Sport and the Law MLC710
  • Corporate Insolvency Law and Policy MLC713
  • Family Law and Policy MLJ712
  • Workplace Law and Policy MLJ714
  • Competition Law and Policy MLJ718
  • Intellectual Property and Policy MLJ719
  • International Commercial Law and Policy MLJ722
  • Taxation Law and Policy MLJ723
  • Mergers and Acquisitions MLJ724
  • Corporate Governance MLM706
  • Health Law MLM715
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice MLM716
  • Financial Services Regulation MLM717
  • Venture Law Clinic MLM718
  • Human Rights Law and Policy MLM719
  • Superannuation Law and Policy MLM727
  • Civil and Commercial Law Clinic MLM728
  • Public International Law MLM785
  • How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Credit for prior learning into the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate Masters-level law studies in Juris Doctor programs offered at other universities.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au


    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    All students commencing the Juris Doctor program must attend a three day, compulsory Induction.

    Dates: 22, 23 and 24 February 2017

    Venue: Burwood Corporate Centre, Burwood Campus, Deakin University.

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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