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Juris Doctor

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

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

Program Requirements


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. An additional Law Elective will need to be taken in a later year, during an intensive session or semester, to complete the degree in 3 years. 6 units
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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

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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.

A student admitted to a program for a coursework award must enrol in the courses, sequences of courses, or combinations of courses, that the University determines may be included in the program for the year in which the student is admitted to the program.

Please ensure that you follow the study requirements of the academic year you were admitted or, if accepted, will be admitted to the program.

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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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

  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

From Semester 1 2020, the online delivery mode for all compulsory courses in the ANU college of Law Juris Doctor will be phased out. From semester one 2024, all compulsory courses in the ANU college of Law Juris Doctor will be delivered on-campus only. Information on JD Online Course Offerings

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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.


Please refer to the New Students - JD Students | ANU College of Law page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O ‘Week and induction session details.  



Students who have undertaken previous study that is relevant to their current academic program can request to receive course credit based on their prior learning. University rules, policy and procedure relating to the granting credit is set out in the Coursework Awards RulePolicy: Credit and Procedure: Credit. For more information and how to apply, please refer to the ANU College of Law Application for Credit/Status.

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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 6 x unit 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

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

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

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

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Academic Advice

If you require further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the College Student Administration Services Office
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Telephone: +61 2 6125 3483Email:

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