The Juris Doctor (JD) is a professional entry Masters degree that satisfies the academic degree requirements for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer.
Hit the ground running 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.
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You 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 you the flexibility to choose from a wide range of additional specialist subjects which includes the opportunity to study overseas.
The Juris Doctor is available to both domestic and international graduate students who are looking for a highly regarded law degree with a strong focus on student employability across diverse careers in law and beyond.
You will also engage in legal research projects which includes the option for tailored support for those considering future enrolment into a PhD program
Accreditation of the Juris Doctor is currently being sought through the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB). Once approved 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).
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On Campus
Fees: AUD $38,000*
Delivery: On Campus
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As an Juris Doctor graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
Lawyers advise individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes, and represent them in court and legal transactions.
Law librarians work in a range of settings, such as private law firms, academia, courts, parliament, governmental organisations, and the legal departments of businesses, associations and non-government organisations.
Lobbyists try to influence legislation, regulation or other government decisions, actions, or policies on behalf of a group or individual who hires them.
A judge presides over a courtroom, hearing evidence, making decisions on motions, instructing juries and making rulings. The judge is responsible for assuring the law is followed and carried out in every case. Judges also read through court documents and may research legal issues.
Arbitrators work in alternative dispute resolution (or ADR). Arbitration is one of the ways legal disputes are resolved outside the courts and across international boundaries. An arbitrator plays the role of a neutral person, who makes decisions on a dispute based on evidence presented by the parties.
A mediator, unlike a lawyer, does not represent any of the parties in a legal dispute. Mediators are hired to be neutral, non-biased, negotiators for everyone involved in the dispute. Using their training in problem-solving, mediators work to help opposing parties mutually resolve their legal dispute without a judge.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.