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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