Juris Doctor

  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 2826
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 0101997

This program applies to students who commenced in 2021 or later.

The Juris Doctor (JD) is a professional entry Masters degree that satisfies the academic degree requirements for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. The Juris Doctor commences with an intensive subject that is tailored to inducting both domestic and international students to the Australian Legal System, the University and School of Law, and the wider legal community. Students will engage in collaborative face to face problem and case-based learning experiences, will be supported by online learning materials, and will participate in authentic assessment to develop knowledge and skills. The Juris Doctor provides advanced and integrated knowledge of the principal areas of legal practice, legal concepts, and broader perspectives about the law. It develops advanced professional skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, research, communication, collaboration and self-management, and ethical and professional awareness and judgement. The Juris Doctor gives students the flexibility to choose from a wide range of additional specialist subjects which includes the opportunity to study overseas. The program will provide students with a dedicated physical space to study and interact in academic and non-academic pursuits. The Juris Doctor is available to both domestic and international graduate students who are looking for a highly regarded law qualification with a strong focus on student employability across diverse careers in law and beyond. Students will have opportunities to enhance their employability profile and knowledge of the legal industry, including with the professional units which have a strong focus on clinical legal engagements with a diverse range of industry partners. Students will also engage in legal research projects which includes the option for tailored support for students considering future enrolment into a PhD program.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time

Program Advice

John Juriansz

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location 

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

Graduates of this degree who wish to practice in NSW may apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission as a legal practitioner after undertaking prescribed professional legal training (PLT).

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the program but the work itself was not registered with CRICOS, students can still complete these electives but it would be counted towards the work limitation.  For more details, refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

The Juris Doctor is available to graduates or graduands with

  • a completed Bachelor degree or higher, or equivalent, in a discipline other than law

OR

  • a completed law Diploma, Bachelor or higher qualification, or equivalent, from an overseas jurisdiction

OR

  • submitted evidence of equivalent general or professional qualifications and/or experience that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.
  • The equivalence and eligibility for admission is determined by the Course Convenor or the Deputy Dean. Applicants with a law degree from a non-common law jurisdiction may receive credit for some of their previous studies toward the Juris Doctor. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

English language entry requirements

If your first language is English or if you can provide satisfactory evidence that English was the medium of instruction in your secondary or tertiary studies completed within 2 years at the time of your commencement at Western Sydney University, you may be considered as meeting the requirement of proficiency in English.

If English is not your first language or was not the medium of instruction in your secondary or tertiary studies, you are required to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language by achieving a prescribed level in an approved English examination or test before you can receive a full offer of a place. Your English language proficiency test must be no more than 2 years old at the time of your commencement at Western Sydney University.

The English language proficiency requirements will be satisfied by any one of a number of tests or assessments, including: an IELTS Academic overall score of at least 6.5 and minimum scores of 6.0 in each subtest; OR a TOEFL internet-based Total score of 82 with Writing (21), Speaking (18), Reading (13), and Listening (13); OR a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic of 58 overall with all communications skills achieving a minimum of 50. For a full list of the English Language proficiency tests and standards requirements, please refer to

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/international/home/apply/admissions/entry_requirements

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below. This includes all specified core subjects and subjects equivalent to 60 credit points chosen from the pool of JD Alternate subjects listed below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
LAWS 7058 Introduction to Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7056 Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7048 Criminal Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7047 Contracts (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 7061 Legal Analysis and Critique (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7072 Torts Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7044 Alternative Dispute Resolution (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7057 Government and Public Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
LAWS 7066 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7053 Equity & Trusts (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7067 Property Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7027 Legal Philosophy and Methodology 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LAWS 7041 Administrative Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7060 Law of Associations (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7068 Remedies (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7045 Civil Procedure and Arbitration (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
LAWS 7046 Constitutional Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7049 Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Juris Doctor) 10
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select four JD Alternate subjects 40
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
LAWS 7058 Introduction to Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7056 Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7061 Legal Analysis and Critique (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7057 Government and Public Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
LAWS 7048 Criminal Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7066 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7047 Contracts (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7027 Legal Philosophy and Methodology 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
LAWS 7072 Torts Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7044 Alternative Dispute Resolution (Juris Doctor) 10
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
LAWS 7053 Equity & Trusts (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7067 Property Law (Juris Doctor) 10
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
LAWS 7041 Administrative Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7060 Law of Associations (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7068 Remedies (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7045 Civil Procedure and Arbitration (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
LAWS 7046 Constitutional Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7049 Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Juris Doctor) 10
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Part-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
LAWS 7058 Introduction to Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7056 Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
LAWS 7061 Legal Analysis and Critique (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7057 Government and Public Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Autumn session
LAWS 7048 Criminal Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7047 Contracts (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
LAWS 7072 Torts Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7044 Alternative Dispute Resolution (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
LAWS 7053 Equity & Trusts (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7067 Property Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
LAWS 7041 Administrative Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7060 Law of Associations (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Year 4
Autumn session
LAWS 7066 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7027 Legal Philosophy and Methodology 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
LAWS 7068 Remedies (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7045 Civil Procedure and Arbitration (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Year 5
Autumn session
LAWS 7046 Constitutional Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7049 Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points20
Year 6
Autumn session
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points20
Spring session
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points240

 Part-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
LAWS 7058 Introduction to Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7056 Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
LAWS 7066 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7048 Criminal Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Spring session
LAWS 7061 Legal Analysis and Critique (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7072 Torts Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
LAWS 7047 Contracts (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7027 Legal Philosophy and Methodology 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Spring session
LAWS 7057 Government and Public Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7044 Alternative Dispute Resolution (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
LAWS 7053 Equity & Trusts (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7067 Property Law (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Year 4
Spring session
LAWS 7041 Administrative Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7060 Law of Associations (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points20
Year 5
Spring session
LAWS 7068 Remedies (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7045 Civil Procedure and Arbitration (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
LAWS 7046 Constitutional Law (Juris Doctor) 10
LAWS 7049 Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Juris Doctor) 10
 Credit Points20
Year 6
Spring session
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
Select two JD Alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points240

JD Alternate Subjects

Students must complete a total of 60 credit points from the JD Alternate subjects, Professional Subject Pool and Research Subject Pool as follows

Subject Title Credit Points
Students must select at least 2 subjects from the following Professional subject Pool
LAWS 7071Technology, Innovation and the Law (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7050Designing Law Apps for Access to Justice (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7059Judicial Internship (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7051Elder Law (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7052Elder Law Industry Placement (Juris Doctor)10
JUST 7006Clinical Legal Placement (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7069Revenue Law (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7070Revenue Law Industry Placement (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7042Advanced Legal Negotiation (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7065Moot Court (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7043Advocacy (Juris Doctor)10
JUST 7007Issues in the Criminal Justice System (Juris Doctor)10
Students must select at least 1 subject from the following Research Subject Pool
LAWS 7062Legal Research Dissertation10
LAWS 7063Legal Research Project 110
LAWS 7064Legal Research Project 210
Students may select remaining JD Alternate subjects from below
LAWS 7054Foundations of Chinese Law (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7055Foundations of Indian Law (Juris Doctor)10
LAWS 7018International Corporate Governance10
LAWS 7013Global Governance and Sustainability10
LAWS 7020International Environmental Law and Policy10
LAWS 7016International Banking and Finance Law10
LAWS 7017International Climate Change Law10
LAWS 7025International Law of Ocean Governance10
LAWS 7014Human Rights in Practice and Theory10
LAWS 7008Bioethics in Perspective10
LAWS 7015Information and Data Governance Law and Policy10
LAWS 7022International Human Rights Law10
LAWS 7019International Criminal Law and Justice10
LAWS 7026International Space Law - Commercial Aspects10
LAWS 7030Principles of International Law10
LAWS 7007Australian Migration Law10
LAWS 7003Australia's Visa System 110
LAWS 7004Australia's Visa System 210
LAWS 7033Security of Ideas10
LAWS 7038Visa Cancellation and Review20
LAWS 7006Australian Legal System and Common Law10
Please note that unit LAWS 7006 is available only for students from non-common law jurisdictions