Juris Doctor


The Deakin Juris Doctor (JD) is a prestigious law program that prepares you for a first-class law career. A postgraduate program for non-law graduates, our JD satisfies the academic requirements to be admitted to practise as an Australian lawyer.

Deakin's Juris Doctor: satisfies the VLAB entry requirements
Deakin's Juris Doctor: offered fully online, study and learn anywhere, anytime

Career opportunities

Ready for a prestigious career? The Juris Doctor can offer you unparalleled opportunities, from working within a small rural general-law practice to roles within large multinational organisations. 

Career opportunities may include:

  • business (e.g. corporate lawyer, company administrator or business manager) 
  • government (e.g. Attorney General's Department, Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Australian Securities Commission)
  • industrial relations
  • public administration
  • academia
  • law reform organisations.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

The JD Program has a practical focus. We help students develop skills, including advocacy, reasoning, critical thinking, informed advice, analysis and communication; all useful in their future employment and career.

professor jenni lightowlers

dean of law, deakin law school

Flexibility to learn

The Deakin JD is delivered as a premium online course offered through our innovative e-learning Cloud Campus. Enjoy an immersive learning experience with flexibility so you can study when and wherever you want.

Research with us

We’ll help you develop analytical research skills so you can advance your law-related ideas and theories with a higher degree by research. Ready to make a difference?

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Deakin's Juris Doctor is designed to satisfy the academic requirements to be admitted to practise as an Australian lawyer.. 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.

The flexibility of the JD’s online delivery appealed to me. I needed a course that would allow me to successfully manage work, family and study.

Anna Wakelin

Current JD Student

Deakin Juris Doctor 2016

The Deakin JD is a prestigious law program that prepares you for a first-class law career. The JD is an innovative and inspiring online postgraduate program for non-law graduates.

Deakin's 15% postgraduate bursary

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.  Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.


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