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Juris Doctor (MC-JURISD)

Masters (Extended)Year: 2018 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleJuris Doctor
Year & campus2018 — Parkville
CRICOS code073303C
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 9
Credit points300 credit points
Duration36 months full time

The Melbourne JD is a fully graduate law degree. Applicants must have either an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law or a degree in law from a different legal system. The JD leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions and can be used as a basis for seeking admission in many overseas jurisdictions as well.

Melbourne Law School aims to produce intellectually engaged graduates who are well equipped to use their legal training in a variety of professional settings, including legal practice, and to make a contribution to the community. Melbourne Law School will select students from a broad range of backgrounds who have a record of academic excellence, and are intellectually rigorous, motivated and engaged with the study of law. Melbourne Law School believes that a diverse student body enriches both the learning and practice of law, and for this reason we encourage applications from graduates with a range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as from a variety of academic disciplines, geographical locations, careers and life experiences.

Selection into the JD is based on academic results in all tertiary study undertaken and the score and essay received in a legal aptitude test (LSAT). In addition, Melbourne has a Graduate Access program for students who have been disadvantaged and guaranteed pathways to the degree for some high achieving school leavers. As a result of these selection criteria, the Melbourne JD student body will be diverse, motivated and highly talented. JD students will bring to the study of law a wide range of knowledge and experience gained from their undergraduate degrees, and the Melbourne JD is designed to respond to the exciting challenge of teaching law to such a group. The curriculum has been developed specifically for graduates and the course is structured and taught in a way that is suitable for graduates. Usually the maximum class size is 60 and in many subjects it is smaller, to enhance the opportunities for interaction between students and teachers and amongst students themselves.

The law degree is taught over six semesters under the standard three year course structure, with options for flexible study subject to Law School approval. The teaching year begins in February. Applications for admission are assessed in the latter part of the preceding year.

The School has offered the Melbourne JD since 2000. It has been an outstanding success. It set a benchmark for legal education in Australia and was welcomed by students, teachers and employers alike. The degree that has been offered from 2008 builds on that experience, adapting it to the needs of a larger and more diverse student body.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • The Law Schools Admission Test (LSAT), including the essay component; and
  • A tertiary degree in a discipline other than law or a degree in law from a different legal system.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • The score in the LSAT test; and
  • Prior academic performance in all tertiary studies.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

Applicants are required to satisfy the University's English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required. Details on ways of meeting the English language requirements.

Guaranteed Pathways into the Juris Doctor for school leavers:

  • For a Commonwealth Supported Place, the applicant must have an ATAR of 99.9 and successfully complete an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne.
  • For a fee place, the applicant must have an ATAR of 99.0 and a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) in an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne.

The University's Graduate Access Melbourne scheme offers an alternative avenue of application for applicants who are eligible under the scheme.

Detailed information about the application and selection process for the Melbourne JD is available on the Melbourne Law School website.

Core participation requirements

The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Law School policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the School's programs.

The inherent academic requirements for the study in the Melbourne Law School are:

  1. The ability to attend classes and actively engage in the analysis of complex materials and debate;
  2. The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  3. The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  4. The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  5. The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  6. The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the University for Student Equity and Disability Support.

Professional accreditation

The Juris Doctor is accredited as fulfilling the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria by the Council of Legal Education. Mutual recognition legislation generally allows lawyers admitted in Victoria to gain admission to practice in other States and Territories of Australia.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of the degree are to ensure, as far as possible, that every graduate with a Melbourne JD has the following attributes and skills:

  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship and legal practice;
  • Highly developed cognitive, analytic and problem-solving skills;
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity;
  • Extensive knowledge of the discipline of law, including legal knowledge and skills, and informed respect for the principles, disciplines, values and ethics of the legal profession;
  • Ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly, whether orally or in writing, and to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Awareness of advanced communications technologies and modalities, sound working skills in the application of computer systems and software, and receptiveness to the expanding opportunities of the 'information revolution';
  • International awareness and openness to the world, based on understanding and appreciation of social and cultural diversity and respect for human rights and dignity;
  • Leadership capacity, including a willingness to engage in constructive public discourse, to accept social and civic responsibilities and to speak out against prejudice, injustice and the abuse of power;
  • Ability and confidence to participate effectively in collaborative learning as a team-member, while respecting individual differences; and
  • Ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

Generic skills

At the completion of the JD course all students are able to demonstrate competence in a range of core skills essential to many career paths in law. The cumulative nature of the course curriculum allows for the development of skills throughout the course.

For more information about Skills Development for the Melbourne JD please visit the Melbourne Law School website.

Graduate attributes

The Melbourne JD offers an outstanding graduate-level legal education designed to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes central to an effective and rewarding legal career in the twenty-first century. The degree is characterised by a highly rigorous, integrated and comparative curriculum that enables students to develop rich and holistic understandings of laws within their broader national and international contexts. Students' growing mastery of complex legal skills takes place within, and is supported, by mature, diverse and collaborative learning cohorts. Emphasis throughout is on developing students' professionalism and expertise so as to prepare graduates who will enrich and renew the profession and public life through their commitment to excellence, innovation, service and engagement.

Melbourne JD graduates demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of:

  • The Australian legal system and its foundational principles, sources, concepts and values;
  • Law in practice, including detailed understanding of legal institutions, methods of reasoning and dispute resolution processes;
  • Law in context, including comparative, international and multi-cultural perspectives on contemporary legal issues.

Melbourne JD graduates are able to work highly effectively both autonomously and collaboratively to:

  • Solve a wide range of complex problems and address new challenges by identifying relevant and accurate information and applying logical, critical and creative thinking;
  • Advance knowledge, practice and understanding by engaging in processes of research, analysis, interpretation, reflection and review;
  • Communicate effectively, constructively and persuasively in oral and written forms and in a range of public and interpersonal contexts.

In addition, Melbourne JD graduates:

  • Critically reflect upon and engage with legal traditions, institutions and values, and the roles and responsibilities of legal professionals;
  • Recognise and reflect upon the responsibility of legal professionals for the renewal of laws, legal institutions and legal processes and the promotion of justice to serve the changing needs of contemporary communities;
  • Demonstrate high standards of socially responsible and ethical conduct, and the ability to exercise sound professional judgement, in their personal, professional and public lives.

Course structure

The Melbourne JD comprises 24 subjects.

Compulsory Subjects
Sixteen are compulsory, enabling the School to provide its students with cumulative learning, by integrating both subject matter and skills across and between semesters. These subjects are organised so as to ensure a balanced range in each semester, between which linkages can be made. In addition, subjects in both private and public law build progressively over the semesters, contributing to the effectiveness of the learning experience.

In the first of the JD students are grouped into cohorts for compulsory subjects. This enhances the collegial experience of, and learning communities forged between, students during their time in the School and establishes bonds that will continue long after graduation.

Elective Subjects
The remaining eight subjects are chosen by students from a wide range of optional subjects offered by the School. These vary from year to year, enabling the School to respond to changes in the law and legal thinking and giving students access to the latest developments in research by some of the leading scholars in the School.

Standard course structure - 3 years
In its standard form, the degree is taken over three years. This format enables students to take advantage of other educational, professional and social opportunities during the summer and winter breaks, including seasonal clerkships, international exchanges, internships, mooting and Law Review editorial work.

Flexible course structures - 2.5, 3.5, or 4 years
The Melbourne JD can also be accelerated by students with outstanding results with approval from the Law School, by utilizing the summer and winter break periods to complete additional JD subjects. The Melbourne JD can also be extended up to four years, subject to Law School approval. This flexibility enables students to take advantage of other educational, professional and social opportunities during the summer and winter breaks, including seasonal clerkships, international exchanges, internships, mooting and Law Review editorial work. These opportunities are necessarily more limited for accelerating students.

Subject options

Melbourne JD - Course Structure

The below subjects are structured based on the 3 year JD course structure. For students completing the JD in 2.5, 3.5, or 4 years, alternative course structures can be found on the Melbourne Law School website.

The Standard 3 Year Course Structure

Year 1 - Foundation Subject

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS50023 Legal Method and Reasoning
Summer Term
12.5

Year 1 - Compulsory Subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS50024 Principles of Public Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50026 Obligations
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90140 Disputes and Ethics
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50028 Constitutional Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50029 Contracts
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50025 Torts
Semester 1
November
12.5
LAWS50031 Legal Theory
Semester 2
November
12.5

Year 2 - Compulsory Subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS50032 Administrative Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50033 Trusts
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50030 Property
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50034 Criminal Law and Procedure
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50035 Corporations Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50037 Evidence and Proof
Semester 1
Winter Term
12.5

Year 3 - Compulsory Subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS50039 Legal Research
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50036 Remedies
Semester 2
November
12.5

JD Electives Available in 2018

During the JD, students must complete 100 credit points of elective study.

Students following the Standard 3 Year Course Structure would generally complete:
- 2 electives in Year 2
- 6 electives in Year 3

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS50055 Advocacy
Summer Term
November
12.5
LAWS90059 Commercial Law in Practice
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50115 Commercial Restitution
July
12.5
LAWS50063 Competition Law
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50084 Construction Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90074 Copyright and Designs
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90136 Criminal Institutions
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50050 Cross-Border Litigation
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50051 Deals
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50080 Deals In Asia Pacific
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50118 Democracy, Law and Civil Liberties
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS90004 Disability Human Rights Clinic
November
12.5
LAWS90037 Economic and Business Law in Asia
November
12.5
LAWS50064 Employment Law
February
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50070 Encounters: Meeting of Laws in Australia
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS90079 Entertainment Deals
February
12.5
LAWS50078 Environmental Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50068 Equality and Discrimination Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50067 European Civil Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50047 Family Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50071 Global Lawyer
March
12.5
LAWS90133 Health Law and Ethics
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50093 Insolvency Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50045 Institutions in International Law
March
12.5
LAWS50128 Intellectual Property & Popular Culture
Summer Term
12.5
LAWS50073 International Capital Markets
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50094 International Commercial Law & Disputes
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90060 International Criminal Justice Clinic
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50049 International Human Rights Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50042 Jessup Moot
August
12.5
LAWS90008 Law and Indigenous Peoples
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90006 Law and Legal Practice in Asia
February
12.5
LAWS90033 Law Apps
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS90036 Legal Drafting
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50059 Legal Internship
January
Semester 1
June
Semester 2
November
12.5
LAWS50096 Media Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS90039 Mediation
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50060 Melbourne Journal of International Law
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50058 Melbourne University Law Review
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50106 Murder
January
12.5
LAWS50131 Negotiations
Summer Term
December
12.5
LAWS90107 New Technology Law
July
12.5
LAWS50127 Philosophical Foundations of Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90134 Property Law and the City
July
12.5
LAWS50116 Public Interest Law Clinic
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50041 Public International Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50101 Refugee Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS90135 Rights and Freedoms in Malaysia Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90108 Start-Up Law
July
12.5
LAWS50102 Street Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50126 Sustainability Business Clinic
July
12.5
LAWS50046 Taxation Law and Policy
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50075 Trade Mark Law
Semester 2
12.5

Optional: Melbourne Law Masters (MLM) Elective

Information on how to apply for this opportunity can be found on the Melbourne Law School website.

JD students can apply to take 1 of their electives from the below MLM subjects available in 2018:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS90111 Chinese Competition Law and Policy
October
12.5
LAWS70293 Climate Change Law
April
12.5
LAWS70011 Commercial Applications of Equity
July
12.5
LAWS70230 Commercial Law in Asia
July
12.5
LAWS70042 Company Takeovers
September
12.5
LAWS90127 Comparative Indigenous Rights
April
12.5
LAWS90014 Construction Law and Projects in Asia
April
12.5
LAWS70202 Current Issues in Civil Litigation
March
12.5
LAWS70181 Defamation Law
November
12.5
LAWS90018 Development, Labour and Human Rights Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS70415 Drugs and the Death Penalty in Asia Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS70073 Expert Evidence
June
12.5
LAWS70080 Film and Television Law
April
12.5
LAWS70106 Financial Services Law
July
12.5
LAWS70390 Freedom of Speech
July
12.5
LAWS70151 Global Health Law
July
12.5
LAWS70031 Goods and Services Tax Principles
May
12.5
LAWS70421 Health Law and Emerging Technologies
April
12.5
LAWS70451 Health Law and Human Rights
October
12.5
LAWS70091 Human Rights and Terrorism
May
12.5
LAWS70391 Human Rights at Work
April
12.5
LAWS90122 Human Rights in Asia: Current Issues
July
12.5
LAWS70362 Information Technology Contracting Law
October
12.5
LAWS70218 International Employment Law
July
12.5
LAWS90094 International IP Dispute Settlement
September
12.5
LAWS70242 Internat.Issues in Intellectual Property
December
12.5
LAWS70120 International Law and Children's Rights
October
12.5
LAWS70093 International Law and Development
May
12.5
LAWS70161 International Petroleum Transactions
May
12.5
LAWS70117 International Sports Employment Law
May
12.5
LAWS90095 International Trade and Competition Law
August
12.5
LAWS70122 Investment, Regulation and Development
April
12.5
LAWS70379 Judicial Reasoning
October
12.5
LAWS70197 Labour Standards and their Enforcement
October
12.5
LAWS90119 Law and Public Administration
March
12.5
LAWS70367 Law of Democracy
October
12.5
LAWS70225 Medical Litigation
May
12.5
LAWS90123
LAWS90029 Planning and Building Sustainable Cities
October
12.5
LAWS70371 Principles of Employment Law
February
August
12.5
LAWS90120 Public Health Law
October
12.5
LAWS90063 Regulating Global Markets
December
12.5
LAWS70112 Remedies in the Construction Context
July
12.5
LAWS70437 Sports and Competition Law
February
12.5
LAWS70059 Sports Industry and the Law
July
12.5
LAWS70275 Sports Marketing and Media Law
September
12.5
LAWS70130 State Taxes and Duties
August
12.5
LAWS70036 Superannuation Law
March
12.5
LAWS90130 Tax Administration
November
12.5
LAWS70162 Tax Reform and Development
June
12.5
LAWS70331 Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
October
12.5
LAWS70267 Taxation of Superannuation
February
12.5
LAWS70333 Taxation of Trusts
July
12.5
LAWS90082 The Legal System: Bases and Challenges
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90116 US Environmental Law and Policy
March
12.5
LAWS70185 Water Law & Natural Resources Management
September
12.5
LAWS90124 Women, Peace and Security
October
12.5
LAWS70322 WTO Law and Dispute Settlement
May
12.5
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JD Electives Not Offered in 2018

The following subjects have been offered in the JD previously; however will not be available for 2018 enrolments.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS50110 Advanced Topics in Taxation Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50130 Advanced Torts Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90061 American Constitutional History & Rights Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50122 Animal Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50056 Climate Change Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50088 Commercial Law In Asia Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50123 Comparative Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50085 Consumer Protection Law And Policy Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50057 Copyright and Patents Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90078 Corporate Governance Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90005 Corporate Tax Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50125 Criminal Justice: Drugs in Asia Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50066 Cyberlaw Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50070 Encounters: Meeting of Laws in Australia
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS90109 Histories of International Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50069 Human Rights Lawyering Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50052 International Criminal Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50133 International Environmental Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50091 International Investment Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50121 Law and Literature Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90076 Law and the Holocaust Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50117 Law, Justice & Human Rights in China Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90038 Law of Elections Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50098 Law Reform Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50095 Legal Histories Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90007 Media Regulation and Freedom of Speech Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50108 Mergers, Acquisitions & Capital Markets
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50132 Multiculturalism Religion and the Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50114 New Ideas in Legal Scholarship Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90077 Not for Profits and the Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS90075 Patents and Trade Secrets Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50124 Private Law: Theoretical Perspectives Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50119 Sports Law Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50120 The Rule of Law in Theory & in Practice Not available in 2018 12.5
LAWS50109 World Trade Organisation Law Not available in 2018 12.5

Last updated: 29 March 2019