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Juris Doctor

Approved Abbreviation: JD


Western Sydney University Course Code: 2826.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 0101997


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


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 unit 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 units 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.

Course Advice

NameEmail
John Jurianszj.juriansz@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal 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).

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 must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). 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 and International 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

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 course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

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

International students should be aware that if an elective is a requirement of the course 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

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Start year intake

Year 1

Autumn session

201045Introduction to Law (Juris Doctor)
201046Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor)
201047Criminal Law (Juris Doctor)
201048Contracts (Juris Doctor)

Spring session

201050Legal Analysis and Critique (Juris Doctor)
201051Torts Law (Juris Doctor)
201052Alternative Dispute Resolution (Juris Doctor)
201053Government and Public Law (Juris Doctor)

Year 2

Autumn session

201049Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (Juris Doctor)
201054Equity & Trusts (Juris Doctor)
201055Property Law (Juris Doctor)
200901Legal Philosophy and Methodology

Spring session

201056Administrative Law (Juris Doctor)
201057Law of Associations (Juris Doctor)
201060Remedies (Juris Doctor)
201061Civil Procedure and Arbitration (Juris Doctor)

Year 3

Autumn session

201058Constitutional Law (Juris Doctor)
201059Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Juris Doctor)

And two JD Alternate units

Spring session

Four JD Alternate units

Full-time

Mid year intake

Year 1

Spring session

201045Introduction to Law (Juris Doctor)
201046Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor)
201050Legal Analysis and Critique (Juris Doctor)
201053Government and Public Law (Juris Doctor)

Autumn session

201047Criminal Law (Juris Doctor)
201049Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (Juris Doctor)
201048Contracts (Juris Doctor)
200901Legal Philosophy and Methodology

Year 2

Spring session

201051Torts Law (Juris Doctor)
201052Alternative Dispute Resolution (Juris Doctor)

And two JD Alternate units

Autumn session

201054Equity & Trusts (Juris Doctor)
201055Property Law (Juris Doctor)

And two JD Alternate units

Year 3

Spring session

201056Administrative Law (Juris Doctor)
201057Law of Associations (Juris Doctor)
201060Remedies (Juris Doctor)
201061Civil Procedure and Arbitration (Juris Doctor)

Autumn session

201058Constitutional Law (Juris Doctor)
201059Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Juris Doctor)

And two JD Alternate units

Part-time

Start year intake

Year 1

Autumn session

201045Introduction to Law (Juris Doctor)
201046Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor)

Spring session

201050Legal Analysis and Critique (Juris Doctor)
201053Government and Public Law (Juris Doctor)

Year 2

Autumn session

201047Criminal Law (Juris Doctor)
201048Contracts (Juris Doctor)

Spring session

201051Torts Law (Juris Doctor)
201052Alternative Dispute Resolution (Juris Doctor)

Year 3

Autumn session

201054Equity & Trusts (Juris Doctor)
201055Property Law (Juris Doctor)

Spring session

201056Administrative Law (Juris Doctor)
201057Law of Associations (Juris Doctor)

Year 4

Autumn session

201049Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (Juris Doctor)
200901Legal Philosophy and Methodology

Spring session

201060Remedies (Juris Doctor)
201061Civil Procedure and Arbitration (Juris Doctor)

Year 5

Autumn session

201058Constitutional Law (Juris Doctor)
201059Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Juris Doctor)

Spring session

Two JD Alternate units

Year 6

Autumn session

Two JD Alternate units

Spring session

Two JD Alternate units

Part-time

Mid year intake

Year 1

Spring session

201045Introduction to Law (Juris Doctor)
201046Fundamentals of Australian Law (Juris Doctor)

Autumn session

201049Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics (Juris Doctor)
201047Criminal Law (Juris Doctor)

Year 2

Spring session

201050Legal Analysis and Critique (Juris Doctor)
201051Torts Law (Juris Doctor)

Autumn session

201048Contracts (Juris Doctor)
200901Legal Philosophy and Methodology

Year 3

Spring session

201053Government and Public Law (Juris Doctor)
201052Alternative Dispute Resolution (Juris Doctor)

Autumn session

201054Equity & Trusts (Juris Doctor)
201055Property Law (Juris Doctor)

Year 4

Spring session

201056Administrative Law (Juris Doctor)
201057Law of Associations (Juris Doctor)

Autumn session

Two JD Alternate units

Year 5

Spring session

201060Remedies (Juris Doctor)
201061Civil Procedure and Arbitration (Juris Doctor)

Autumn session

201058Constitutional Law (Juris Doctor)
201059Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Juris Doctor)

Year 6

Spring session

Two JD Alternate units

Autumn session

Two JD Alternate units

JD Alternate Units

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

Students must select at least 2 units from the Professional Unit Pool

201073Technology, Innovation and the Law (Juris Doctor)
201065Designing Law Apps for Access to Justice (Juris Doctor)
201069Judicial Internship (Juris Doctor)
201066Elder Law (Juris Doctor)
201067Elder Law Industry Placement (Juris Doctor)
201064Clinical Legal Placement (Juris Doctor)
201071Revenue Law (Juris Doctor)
201072Revenue Law Industry Placement (Juris Doctor)
201062Advanced Legal Negotiation (Juris Doctor)
201070Moot Court (Juris Doctor)
201063Advocacy (Juris Doctor)
201068Issues in the Criminal Justice System (Juris Doctor)

Students must select at least 1 unit from the Research Unit Pool

201074Legal Research Dissertation
201075Legal Research Project 1
201076Legal Research Project 2

Students may select remaining JD Alternate units from below

201077Foundations of Chinese Law (Juris Doctor)
201078Foundations of Indian Law (Juris Doctor)
200902International Corporate Governance
200903Global Governance and Sustainability
200907International Environmental Law and Policy
200948International Banking and Finance Law
200949International Climate Change Law
200951International Law of Ocean Governance
200953Human Rights in Practice and Theory
200957Bioethics in Perspective
200958Information and Data Governance Law and Policy
200961International Human Rights Law
200962International Criminal Law and Justice
200963International Space Law - Commercial Aspects
200964Principles of International Law
200965Australian Migration Law
200966Australia's Visa System 1
200967Australia's Visa System 2
200980Security of Ideas
201029Visa Cancellation and Review
200981Australian Legal System and Common Law

Please note that unit 200981 is available only for students from non-common law jurisdictions



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