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Juris Doctor (JD)


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The Juris Doctor (JD) is UWA's postgraduate law degree for aspiring lawyers and legal practitioners.  This degree is accredited by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and equips students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in law. 

Course Structure

The JD is a three year degree when taken full time.  The course consists of 24 units, 17 of which are core and 7 of which are options.  The course can be undertaken on a part time basis however a minimum of two units must be taken each semester while undertaking core units.

Each core unit will be taught over four hours per week, with each option unit involving three contact hours per week.

The core unit sequence is as follows:

Pre-Sem 1 LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering*
S1 LAWS4102 Criminal Law
S1 LAWS4103 Contract
S1 LAWS4104 Property
S2 LAWS4106 Torts
S2 LAWS4107 Land Law
S2 LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
S2 LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics

Pre-Sem 1 LAWS5109 Dispute Resolution* 
S1 LAWS5101 Constitutional Law
S1 LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts
S2 LAWS5102 Administrative Law
S2LAWS5104Corporations Law

Pre-Sem 1 LAWS5108 Commercial Practice* 
S1 LAWS5107  Evidence
S2  LAWS5115 Procedure

In addition to the above, students will also take 2 option units in year two, and five in year three. Option unit availability will change each year and can be found in the UWA Handbook.

*In order to establish a core body of theoretical and skills based knowledge at the commencement of each year, the first unit in each year is delivered intensively.  Intensive classes are delivered full time (Monday to Friday) in the two weeks immediately prior to Semester One. 


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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