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Juris Doctor

A single three year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Law

JD
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
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  • Field of Education
    • Law
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Law

The ANU JD is a distinctive program for graduates of non-law disciplines (or non-Australian law degrees). The program consists of compulsory and elective courses. Graduates complete all the academic courses required by Australian Legal Practitioners Admission Boards for admission to legal practice following completion of additional practical training. Students have access to dedicated JD courses and other courses offered as part of the LLM program. A small number of LLB electives can also be included in the program of study. The program can be studied either full or part-time with entry points in Semester 1 and Second semester.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
Juris Doctor (JD) graduates may find work either in areas where a law degree is a professional requirement or more general fields in which law is especially useful. A Law degree (JD) would normally be a requirement for the following occupations: a Barrister or Solicitor in professional practice; a Legal Officer in government departments or private enterprise; a Corporate Legal Officer in private industry, commerce and finance; community legal work; law teaching and academic research; a Judge's Associate, and legal journalism. To practice as a Barrister or Solicitor graduates must complete professional training such as the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at ANU. More general fields of employment include: the Australian Foreign Service; industrial relations; social welfare; government administration; business management; lobbying; media; public relations; law librarianship; court reporting; environmental agencies; technology and communications; and Federal and State police forces.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Juris Doctor, graduates will be able to:

  1. apply an advanced body of legal knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice in law, and as a pathway for further legal learning
  2. apply a body of legal knowledge that includes an extended understanding of recent developments in the discipline and professional legal practice
  3. apply knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to law and its professional practice
  4. exhibit cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice in law
  5. exhibit cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of legal knowledge or practice
  6. exhibit cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex legal ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  7. exhibit communication and technical legal research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  8. exhibit technical and communication legal skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to legal professional practice
  9. demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in legal professional practice and/or further learning
  10. demonstrate application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability
  11. demonstrate application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based legal project, capstone experience and/or professionally focussed project.

Further Information

While this version of the program is offered on campus in Canberra to both International and Domestic students on either a full-time or part-time basis, the ANU also offers a part-time Juris Doctor program online for Domestic students.
Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to the LLBHons at ANU, can request to receive course credit. Further information can be found on the Credit (Status) Policies and Procedures page.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5 / 7.

Applicants who have completed a law degree that leads to admission to practice in a ‘Common Law’ country, for example the UK, Ireland, India, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and Canada, are not eligible for admission.

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

If applicants have more than one completed tertiary qualification, the GPA will be determined as the average of all tertiary qualifications.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$33,888.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$45,168.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Juris Doctor requires the completion of 144 units, of which:

144 units must come from completion of courses from the subject area LAWS Law

A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level courses

90 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law
LAWS6102 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics
LAWS6103 Torts
LAWS6104 Contracts
LAWS6105 Australian Public Law
LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS6201 Administrative Law
LAWS6202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law
LAWS6203 Corporations Law
LAWS6204 Property
LAWS6205 Equity and Trusts
LAWS6207 Evidence
LAWS6244 Litigation and Dispute Management
LAWS6249 Legal Theory
LAWS6250 International Law
 

A minimum of 18 units from completion of 7000- and 8000-level courses in the subject area LAWS Law

A minimum of 6 units from completion of one capstone course from the following list:

LAWS6010 Jessup Moot
LAWS6230 Law Internship
LAWS6240 International Social Justice Clinic
LAWS6267 Clinical Youth Law Program
LAWS6268 Community Law Clinical Program
LAWS6278 Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
LAWS6281 Environmental Law Clinical Program
LAWS6284 Public Interest Law Clinical Program
LAWS6301 Myanmar Clinical Program
LAWS6700 – Law Capstone Project 
LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law

LAWS6102 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics

LAWS6103 Torts

LAWS6105 Australian Public Law

90 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law

LAWS6102 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics

LAWS6103 Torts

LAWS6104 Contracts

LAWS6105 Australian Public Law

LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS6201 Administrative Law

LAWS6202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law

LAWS6203 Corporations Law

LAWS6204 Property

LAWS6205 Equity and Trusts

LAWS6207 Evidence

LAWS6244 Litigation and Dispute Management

LAWS6249 Legal Theory

LAWS6250 International Law
 

A minimum of 18 units from completion of 7000- and 8000-level courses in the subject area LAWS Law

A minimum of 6 units from completion of one capstone course from the following list:

LAWS4010 Jessup Moot

LAWS4230 Law Internship

LAWS4240 Special Law Elective 4: International Social Justice Clinic

LAWS4267 Clinical Youth Law Program

LAWS4268 Community Law Clinical Program

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

Study Options

Year 1 48 units LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law 6 units LAWS6103 Torts 6 units LAWS6104 Contracts 6 units Full-time students undertake 3 compulsory courses in their first semester. There is sufficient flexibility in the program due to intensive electives to allow students to complete in 3 years
LAWS6102 Lawyers, Justice and Ethics 6 units LAWS6105 Australian Public Law 6 units LAWS6250 International Law 6 units LAWS6249 Legal Theory 6 units
Year 2 48 units LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure 6 units LAWS6201 Administrative Law 6 units LAWS6203 Corporations Law 6 units Law Elective 6 units
LAWS6202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law 6 units Law Elective 6 units Law Elective 6 units Law Elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units LAWS6204 Property 6 units LAWS6244 Litigation and Dispute Management 6 units Law Elective 6 units Law Elective 6 units
LAWS6205 Equity and Trusts 6 units LAWS6207 Evidence 6 units Law Elective 6 units Law Elective 6 units

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The Juris Doctor (JD) program requires completion of 144 units (24 courses) consisting of 15 compulsory courses (90 units) and 9 elective LAWS courses (54 units) of which at least 3 courses (18 units) must be LAWS 8000 level courses from an approved list and 1 course (6 units) must be completed from a list of approved capstone courses.

There will be an information session for new JD students as per the O’Week website.  We encourage all students to attend.  At this session you will be introduced to both the law school and to key staff members and you will receive information about the program. 

The College has recommended standard patterns of study for all of its programs.  The curriculum is planned on the assumption that the majority of students will enrol in these standard patterns.  These patterns are recommended for a number of reasons, including ensuring students have foundational understanding and prerequisite courses necessary to complete subsequent courses.

While full-time students will generally enrol in four 6xunit courses per semester, in their first semester, will enrol in only three courses. There is sufficient flexibility in the JD program to allow students to complete their degree in three years as the majority of research intensive postgraduate courses are taught intensively and/or outside of normal semester teaching periods. Some undergraduate elective courses may also be available over the summer or winter sessions.

Enrolment pattern for full-time JD Students commencing in Semester 1

Semester 1

LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian law

LAWS6103 Torts

LAWS6104 Contracts

Semester 2

LAWS6102 Lawyers Justice and Ethics

LAWS6105 Australian Public Law

LAWS6250 International Law

LAWS6249 Legal Theory

Enrolment pattern for part-time JD Students commencing in Semester 1

Semester 1

LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian law

LAWS6103 Torts

Semester 2

LAWS6102 Lawyers Justice and Ethics

LAWS6105 Australian Public Law

 

Enrolment pattern for full-time JD Students commencing in Semester 2

Semester 2

LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian law

LAWS6102 Lawyers Justice and Ethics

LAWS6104 Contracts

Semester 1 in the following year

LAWS6103 Torts

LAWS6105 Australian Public Law

LAWS6106 Criminal Law and Procedure

LAWS2203 Corporations

Enrolment pattern for part-time JD Students commencing in Semester 2

Semester 2

LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian law

LAWS6104 Contracts

Semester 1 in the following year

LAWS6103 Torts

LAWS6105 Australian Public Law



Academic Advice

Contact the JD Program Administrator in the College Student Office at JDadmin.law@anu.edu.au or telephone (02) 61253483

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