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Juris Doctor

Postgraduate coursework

Gain an understanding of the policy informing the law, with a commercial focus, and develop practical skills essential to contemporary legal practice.

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Domestic student information

Key facts

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Locations

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2024 have closed

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Prepare for a first-class law career at one of Victoria’s top 3 law schools.* Deakin’s practise-focused Juris Doctor (JD) is built on the principle that lawyers can be catalysts for positive change in society. Designed for non-law graduates, this prestigious law program goes beyond the typical theory-centred model. You will focus on sharpening your critical thinking and practical skills, while developing a solid foundation of legal knowledge.

Looking for a progressive, engaging and flexible online course to launch your law career?

Delivered fully online, Deakin’s JD gives you comprehensive training in each of the major areas of legal practice, with research, theory and policy considerations embedded throughout the curriculum. With flexibility at its core, lectures and interactive live seminars are recorded so you can schedule your study around your other commitments.

Learn from world-leading scholars in human rights, intellectual property, land, property, mining and engineering law, and be guided by teachers with strong practicing backgrounds, including a former judge. This impressive array of expertise helps shape the course, so you can be confident everything you learn is relevant to industry and can be applied as soon as you enter the field.

A placement in the Deakin Law Clinic is also on offer – an award-winning community legal centre where you'll gain real-world experience with practicing solicitors and real clients. Other work-integrated learning (WIL) options are available and strongly encouraged.

The Deakin JD cohort is made up of students with rich and diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Often already successful and established in their first career, your fellow classmates can be a positive source of encouragement and inspiration. Group assignments not only allow you to network in a professional capacity but will enable you to forge genuine connections that you'll carry throughout your career.

You will also have extracurricular opportunities to network with the Deakin Law Students’ Society and can access our campuses, libraries and facilities at any time.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

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Course information

Award granted
Juris Doctor
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
M729
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Approval status

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

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

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

Course structure

To complete the Juris Doctor, students must attain a total of 24 credit points, including 17 core units and 7 course elective units, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, DAI001 Academic Integrity Module. 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 ability to apply 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.

17

Core units

7

Elective units

24

Total units

Core units

Optional (but highly recommended) JD Induction program (refer to additional course information below for dates and times), which is live-streamed and recorded, plus online pre-recorded presentations

plus:

  • Legal Method and Statutory Interpretation
  • Contract Law and Policy
  • Criminal Law and Policy
  • Torts and Policy
  • Commercial Law and Policy
  • Law and Policy of Misleading Conduct and Product Liability
  • Criminal Procedure and Policy
  • Civil Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Policy
  • Constitutional Law and Policy
  • Administrative Law and Policy
  • Property Law and Policy
  • Evidence Law and Policy
  • Corporate Law and Policy
  • Land Law and Policy
  • Trusts and Equitable Remedies
  • Legal Practice, Ethics and Policy
  • Advanced Legal Professional Practice (Capstone)
  • Note: MLP code denotes Priestley units, which teach the academic areas of knowledge prescribed for admission to legal practice.

    Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course elective units

    7 credit points of elective units can be chosen from:

  • Business Taxation Law and Policy
  • Sport and the Law
  • Family Law and Policy
  • Workplace Law and Policy
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property and Policy
  • Taxation Law and Policy
  • Contemporary International Legal Challenges (Intensive)
  • Migration and Refugee Law and Policy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Principles and Practice
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Human Rights Law and Policy
  • Public International Law
  • Corporate Insolvency Law and Policy
  • Legal Professional Practice
  • Deakin Law Clinic
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Mooting and Advocacy
  • Animal Law and Policy
  • Research Thesis
  • Corporate Governance
  • Superannuation Law and Policy
  • Data Law, Privacy and Cybercrime
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 3 * - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Online
      *part-time study only

    Please note: Full-time study in Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 only. part-time study only in Trimester 3.

    Students should be aware of the commitment required for this course. Each subject includes 22 hours of pre-recorded lectures, 22 hours of seminars and up to 100 hours of reading and assessment time. The live seminars aren’t mandatory however students who do attend gain a far greater learning experience.

    Additional course information

    JD students are invited to attend our Online Juris Doctor Induction Program which is delivered during Orientation Week and will support you in your studies. Orientation Week occurs the week prior to Week 1 teaching of each trimester. Please register for each session via your Orientation Itinerary.

    2023 Induction Program dates - to be advised

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    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, practical activities 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.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

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    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree in a different discipline with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) (or equivalent average grade indicator) of 65
    • completion of a bachelor degree in a different discipline with a WAM of 60 and at least two years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
    • completion of a graduate certificate in a law or related discipline* with a minimum (WAM) (or equivalent average grade indicator) of 65
    • completion of a masters degree in a different discipline

    A) A bachelor degree in a different discipline must be a nonlaw bachelor degree that is not accredited or approved by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (previously COLE) as meeting the requirements for admission to the legal profession.

    B) Applicants with a law degree from an overseas jurisdiction, deemed to be the AQF equivalent of a three year bachelor degree, will be eligible to apply.

    C) A masters degree in a different discipline must be a masters degree that is not accredited or approved by VLAB as meeting the requirements for admission to the legal profession.

    *A 'related discipline' award for this course is Graduate Certificate of Law, Graduate Certificate of Business Law, Graduate Certificate of Migration Law, Graduate Certificate of Property Law, Graduate Certificate of Criminology, Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law, Graduate Certificate of Legal Studies, Graduate Certificate of International Law etc.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

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    Recognition of 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.

    RPL will generally be granted for a Priestley 11 unit where a student completed the unit within 5 years of the date on which they will commence their Law degree at Deakin University. Whether RPL is granted for a Priestley unit that a student completed more than 5 years before that date will depend on an assessment of the particular unit, including whether its content remains current and it is substantially equivalent to the relevant unit in the Deakin Law course for which RPL is sought. It is possible that RPL may not be granted where the coverage of Priestley 11 knowledge areas across units of study is structured differently in the Law course at Deakin University compared to the Law course at the university where the student previously studied.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $38,800 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.  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 Recognition of prior learning. 

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course. 

    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.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Careers

    Career outcomes

    A Juris Doctor qualification meets the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria, as well as some other Australian and international jurisdictions.

    Law touches every aspect of society, and the career opportunities reflect this. As a graduate, you will be qualified to practice in a broad range of areas including:

    • law firms – from small rural/regional practices to large national or international organisations
    • business
    • government
    • industrial relations
    • public administration
    • academia
    • law reform bodies.

    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.

    A person seeking admission in a jurisdiction outside Australia may be required to satisfy additional requirements. Please check the relevant jurisdiction’s legal admissions authority to confirm the required academic qualifications criteria, including any restrictions on online study or distance education.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of the Australian legal system, the fundamental areas of knowledge required for legal practice, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise, including international and comparative contexts and contemporary developments in the law; and apply that understanding, including to demonstrate appropriate competence in the fundamental areas of knowledge.

    Communication

    Develop and apply an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively to both legal and non-legal audiences, orally and in writing

    Digital Literacy

    Use technologies to identify, locate, and evaluate information for researching legal questions, solving legal problems and communicating legal solutions

    Critical thinking

    Apply sophisticated critical thinking capacities and exercise intellectual independence to identify and articulate complex legal issues.

    Problem Solving

    Apply legal reasoning and research to understand and analyse legal problems, to identify possible responses, and to make reasoned and appropriate choices to generate and justify jurisprudential and practical solutions.

    Self-management

    Develop the capacity to learn and research with autonomy, accountability and professionalism, and to reflect on and assess personal capabilities and performance.

    Teamwork

    Collaborate effectively in team environments, demonstrating constructive engagement and contribution to the team and the ability to draw on strengths of others.

    Global Citizenship

    Recognise and reflect on the ethical and professional responsibilities of legal professionals, and the requirements of ethical decision-making in legal practice; and apply these to a range of social, ethical, global and environmental contexts.

    +Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of media references.