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Juris Doctor (JD)


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    The Juris Doctor is a three year postgraduate degree by coursework involving the completion of 24 units (8 per full time year) comprising a combination of compulsory and option units.  The UWA JD is highly regarded and readily recognised, both nationally and internationally. Successful completion of the JD will lead to accreditation as a lawyer.

    Why choose the Juris Doctor at UWA?

    The Juris Doctor provides a challenging and focussed environment for postgraduate studies in law.  Students enrolled in the JD are able to choose from a broad selection of law option units.

    Law graduates have a diverse range of career destinations including professional legal practice, academia, private consultancies or non-government organisations, the private sector including; banks and financial institutions, accountancy firms, large resource companies, state or federal government departments or instrumentalities and trade unions.

    Download a PDF brochure with information on the JD, course structure and entry pathways.

    Course Structure

    The JD is a three year full time course involving the completion of 17 core units and 7 option units.  Part time study is available and students have a maximum of 10 years to complete the course.  The JD may not be completed in less than 3 years of full time study.

    Each core unit will be taught over four hours per week, with each option unit involving three contact hours per week.
    The core units of the Juris Doctor are:

    YEAR ONE  
    S1       LAWS4101  Legal Process
    S1       LAWS4102  Criminal Law
    S1       LAWS4103  Contract
    S1       LAWS4104  Property
    S2       LAWS5106  Legal Theory and Ethics
    S2       LAWS4106  Torts
    S2       LAWS4107  Land Law
    S2       LAWS4108  Foundations of Public Law
    YEAR TWO   
    S1       LAWS5101  Constitutional Law
    S1       LAWS5102  Administrative Law
    S1       LAWS5103  Equity and Trusts
    S2       LAWS5104  Corporations Law
    S2       LAWS5105  Remedies
    S2       LAWS4105  Dispute Resolution
    S1       LAWS5107  Evidence
    S1       LAWS5108  Commercial Practice
    S2       LAWS5115  Procedure
    Option unit availability can be found on the Faculty of Law's Current Students webpage: JD option units.

    Course Delivery

    The Juris Doctor is an on campus program.  Whilst some lectures may be recorded, the Law School does not promote correspondence learning.  The Law Faculty promotes a ‘face to face’, interactive learning environment with participation marks included in many of the units assessment structures.


    The Juris Doctor is fully Commonwealth Supported. Information on deferring fees through HECS may be found on the HECS-HELP page.

    All requests for information on International fees should be directed to the International Centre.

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