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Juris Doctor

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

  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
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  • Academic plan MJD
  • Post Nominal JD
  • CRICOS code 061559M
  • 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.
  • Academic plan MJD
  • Post Nominal JD
  • CRICOS code 061559M
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Law
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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

90 units from completion of courses from the following list:

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

LAWS6010 Jessup Moot

LAWS6230 Law Internship

LAWS6267 Youth Law Clinic

LAWS6268 Community Law Clinic

LAWS6278 Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

LAWS6281 Environmental Law Clinic

LAWS6284 Public Interest Law Clinic

LAWS6301 Law and Development Clinic

LAWS6302 International Law Clinic

LAWS6304 Prison Legal Literacy Clinic 

LAWS6307 Legal Education for True Justice: Indigenous Perspectives and Deep Listening on Country

LAWS6700 Law Capstone Project

LAWS6313 Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinic

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

LAWS8458 International Organisations (Geneva)


A minimum of 24 units from completion of LAWS 8000-level courses.


A maximum of 24 units may come from completion of 4000-level courses from the subject area LAWS Law


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 6u Law Elective will need to be taken in a later year, during an intensive session or semester, to complete the degree 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

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Ranking and English Language Proficiency: At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

In line with the University's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

  • a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
  • demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support

Diversity factors: As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications: Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

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.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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 legal training in an approved graduate course. 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. Review and reflect on knowledge and contemporary developments in law and legal professional practice to design and justify solutions to complex legal and justice problems.

  2. Critically evaluate the nature of law and its current and predicted social and ethical impact on society, and propose legal, policy and practical initiatives and reforms in response.

  3. Undertake technical legal research to access a range of legal materials, literature databases, and other online sources to justify professional decisions.

  4. Interpret and communicate theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to a variety of legal and non-legal audiences in a range of oral and written formats.

  5. Develop insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ diverse perspectives on law and society and evaluate their relationship and importance to contemporary Australian law and society.

  6. Work both with a high level of autonomy and collaboratively as required, and evaluate and reflect on feedback to develop personal, professional and ethical capability across a range of legal disciplines.

  7. Plan and execute a substantial research-based legal or transdisciplinary project, capstone experience or professionally focused 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 (96 units) and nine elective LAWS courses (48 units) of which at least four courses (24 units) must be LAWS 8000 level courses from an approved list and one 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. You will also find your recommended study plan



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.

Academic Advice

If you require further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the College Student and Education Support Team.
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