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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
12.5
LAWS50031 Legal Theory
Summer Term
July
Semester 2
December
12.5

Year 2 - Compulsory Subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS50032 Administrative Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50033 Equity and Trusts
Semester 2
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 1
November
12.5

JD Electives Available in 2019

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
Semester 1
November
12.5
LAWS90059 Commercial Law in Practice
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50063 Competition Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50084 Construction Law
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
LAWS90004 Disability Human Rights Clinic
November
12.5
LAWS90037 Economic and Business Law in Asia
December
12.5
LAWS50064 Employment Law
February
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50078 Environmental Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50067 European Civil Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50047 Family Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50071 Global Lawyer
March
12.5
LAWS90133 Health Law and Ethics
July
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
LAWS50094 International Commercial Law & Disputes
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50049 International Human Rights Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50042 Jessup Moot
August
12.5
LAWS90006 Law and Legal Practice in Asia
February
12.5
LAWS90033 Law Apps
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS90036 Legal Drafting
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50059 Legal Internship
January
Semester 1
July
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
February
12.5
LAWS50131 Negotiations
Summer Term
Summer Term
November
12.5
LAWS90107 New Technology Law
July
12.5
LAWS50127 Philosophical Foundations of Law
Semester 1
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
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
LAWS90161 Advanced Constitutional Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90162 Law of Commercial Cyberspace
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90078 Corporate Governance
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS90075 Patents and Trade Secrets
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50130 Advanced Torts
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50119 Sports Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50114 New Ideas in Legal Scholarship
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50091 International Investment Law
February
12.5
LAWS50108 Mergers, Acquisitions & Capital Markets
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS90163 Why Tax Systems Differ Between Countries
Semester 1
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 2019:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS70011 Commercial Applications of Equity
August
12.5
LAWS70042 Company Takeovers
September
12.5
LAWS90127 Comparative Indigenous Rights
April
12.5
LAWS90018 Development, Labour and Human Rights
July
12.5
LAWS70421 Law and Emerging Health Technologies
April
12.5
LAWS70218 International Employment Law
April
12.5
LAWS70242 Internat.Issues in Intellectual Property
December
12.5
LAWS70120 International Law and Children's Rights
October
12.5
LAWS70161 International Petroleum Transactions
May
12.5
LAWS70225 Medical Litigation
May
12.5
LAWS90029 Planning and Building Sustainable Cities
October
12.5
LAWS70185 Water Law & Natural Resources Management
June
12.5
LAWS70019 Class Actions
July
12.5
LAWS70078 International Law and the Use of Force
May
12.5
LAWS70105 Islamic Law and Politics in Asia
October
12.5
LAWS70135 Bargaining at Work
October
12.5
LAWS70139 International Construction Law
August
12.5
LAWS70163 Sports Medical and Anti-Doping Law
May
12.5
LAWS70166 Sports Law: Entities and Governance
November
12.5
LAWS70182 New Media and Communications
October
12.5
LAWS70219 International Environmental Law
March
12.5
LAWS70229 Current Issues in Negligence
September
12.5
LAWS70234 International Humanitarian Law
November
12.5
LAWS70301 Internat and Comparative Competition Law
August
12.5
LAWS70313 Post-Conflict State-Building
February
12.5
LAWS70336 Advanced Commercial Law: Current Issues
July
12.5
LAWS70360 Human Rights Beyond Borders
September
12.5
LAWS70386 Environmental Rights
October
12.5
LAWS70398 Law of the Sea
October
12.5
LAWS70420 Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds
August
12.5
LAWS70423 International Mineral Law
July
12.5
LAWS70424 Separation of Powers
March
12.5
LAWS70425 Money, Law and Politics
July
12.5
LAWS70452 Human Rights and Climate Change
July
12.5
LAWS70454 Human Rights: From Morality to Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70462 Sports Integrity and Investigations
September
12.5
LAWS90013 Constitutional Rights and Freedoms
August
12.5
LAWS90023 International Law and Politics
May
12.5
LAWS90043 Mineral and Petroleum Law
April
12.5
LAWS90047 Law of International Organisations
February
12.5
LAWS90051 Commercial Arbitration in Practice
October
12.5
LAWS90085 Competition in the Healthcare Industry
May
12.5
LAWS90087 Disability Human Rights Law
May
12.5
LAWS90088 Disaster Law and Climate Adaptation
October
12.5
LAWS90106 Multiculturalism and the State
July
12.5
LAWS90145 Artificial Intelligence and the Law
July
12.5
LAWS90147 Biodiversity Law
September
12.5
LAWS90148 Politics of Transnational Regulation
May
12.5
LAWS90153 Institutional Abuse and Legal Redress
October
12.5
LAWS90154 International Law and the City Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90155 NGOs and International Development
May
12.5
LAWS90160 Human Rights and Global Justice
December
12.5

JD Electives Not Offered in 2019

The following subjects have been offered in the JD previously, however will not be available for 2019 enrolments:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
LAWS50110 Advanced Topics in Taxation Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50122 Animal Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50056 Climate Change Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50066 Cyberlaw Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50070 Encounters: Meeting of Laws in Australia Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50069 Human Rights Lawyering Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50052 International Criminal Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50121 Law and Literature Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90076 Law and the Holocaust Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90038 Law of Elections Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50098 Law Reform Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50095 Legal Histories Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90007 Media Regulation and Freedom of Speech Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50132 Multiculturalism Religion and the Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90077 Not for Profits and the Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50120 The Rule of Law in Theory & in Practice Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50109 World Trade Organisation Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50057 Copyright and Patents Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50068 Equality and Discrimination Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50073 International Capital Markets Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50123
LAWS50080 Deals In Asia Pacific Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50115 Commercial Restitution Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS50118 Democracy, Law and Civil Liberties Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90008 Law and Indigenous Peoples Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90060 International Criminal Justice Clinic Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90074 Copyright and Designs Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90079 Entertainment Deals Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90134 Property Law and the City Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS90135 Rights and Freedoms in Malaysia Not available in 2019 12.5

Last updated: 18 October 2019