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.

Domestic student information

Key facts


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2023 close 25 June 2023

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2023 close 29 October 2023

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

The Deakin Juris Doctor (JD) combines a 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 optional, but highly recommended, induction program held in Melbourne.

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 will reflect the challenges you’ll face in your future role and might include:

  • producing 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
  • 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 and other Australian jurisdictions. If your goal is to practise as a lawyer, you’ll also need to complete a 12-month traineeship program or six-month legal practice course to demonstrate you’re a ‘fit and proper person’ as required by Australian admitting bodies.

The Deakin JD is designed to produce graduates who can become first-class law practitioners by providing comprehensive training in each of the major areas of legal practice, while systematically embedding research, theory and policy considerations throughout the curriculum. A distinctive feature of the course is its orientation towards commercial law, though students may broaden their knowledge by choosing from a range of elective options including placement in the Deakin Law Clinic – an award-winning community legal centre where students can work with practicing solicitors and real clients.  

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

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Course information

Award granted
Juris Doctor

2023 course information

Deakin code
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 elective units, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 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.


Core units


Elective units


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


  • 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)
  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Elective units

    7 credit points of elective units can be chosen from:

  • Business Taxation Law and Policy
  • Sport and the Law
  • Corporate Insolvency Law and Policy
  • Family Law and Policy
  • Workplace Law and Policy
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property and Policy
  • Taxation Law and Policy
  • Contemporary Legal Issues
  • 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
  • Deakin Law Clinic
  • Mooting and Advocacy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Superannuation Law and Policy
  • Data Law, Privacy and Cybercrime
  • Indian Law Study Tour
  • Legal Professional Practice
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Thesis
  • 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 - additional information
    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.


    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

    Entry information

    Minimum admission criteria:

    • Bachelor degree in different discipline with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65%, OR
    • Bachelor degree in a different discipline with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% and two years relevant work experience, OR
    • Graduate Certificate in a law or related discipline with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% OR
    • Masters degree in a different discipline.

    A) A bachelor's degree in a different discipline must be a non-law bachelor’s 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 3 year bachelor’s degree, will be eligible to apply.

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

    Note: 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.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

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

    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.

    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
    $37,000 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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    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $48,361.

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    • instructs users that they should confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

    This tool provides indicative information about the fees that will be payable in respect of courses and subjects offered to prospective students domiciled in Australia during the periods indicated.

    Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • 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);
    • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
    • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
    • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Deakin Scholarship for Excellence - Juris Doctor

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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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    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application 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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    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Career outcomes

    A Juris Doctor is a qualification that offers great 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 (e.g. as a lawyer with departments or authorities as diverse as the Attorney-General’s Department, the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission); industrial relations; public administration; academia; or bodies that recommend law reform (e.g. as a law reform commissioner).

    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.

    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 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 organise 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 judgement in the context of cultural and community diversity



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