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.

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When you study law at Deakin you’ll be joining the ranks of our high-performing students to attend one of Victoria’s top law schools. Leading, practising lawyers help shape our courses, so everything you learn is relevant to the industry and prepares you for your career. You’ll get the robust training and recognised qualifications you need to launch your career as a first-class legal practitioner, as well as the real-world experience that employers look for in a competitive employment market.


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

Career opportunities

Ready for a rewarding legal 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:

  • academia
  • corporate lawyer
  • business (e.g. 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
  • law reform organisations
  • public administration.


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.

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Our team of student advisers can walk you through the next steps to studying a Juris Doctor at Deakin. Either talk with us now via live chat or book in a one-on-one phone conversation at a time that suits you.

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Learn at a top-ranked law school

Deakin Law School is highly regarded and ranked as one of Victoria's top law schools by the prestigious ShanghaiRanking's Global Rankings**. Learn with others who share your passion for the legal profession, and benefit from the school's industry connections and teaching expertise.

Flexibility for your study

The Deakin JD is delivered as a premium online course offered through our innovative e-learning Cloud Campus. You'll learn with the same top teachers as on-campus students through a flexible, immersive experience that allows you to study when and wherever you want.

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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 alumni – get a head start with your postgraduate fees

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 through our Deakin alumni postgraduate bursary. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.

Learn more about Deakin's alumni postgraduate bursary

**ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019
*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
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^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)