The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is an advanced law degree designed for lawyers seeking to pursue scholarly research.The professional doctorate provides students with an opportunity to combine a doctoral thesis with coursework units in a specific area of interest.
Coursework units cover a range of subjects in Socio-Legal, International Law, Commercial law and Resources Law.
The SJD is a 144 point course, consisting of a combination of seven coursework units (42 points) and a Research Unit (6 points) and thesis (96 points) of 50,000 to 60,000 words.
The coursework component must be completed with an average of at least 65 per cent before enrolling in the research component.
The SJD is administered by the Law School. Before proceeding with an application, eligible candidates are required to submit a statement of research interest to the Director of Higher Degrees (Research) to ensure adequate supervision is available. Submit Statement of Research.
English Language Competence
All UWA coursework and research programs require English Language Competence. Law requires an overall IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum score of 7.5 for reading and writing and a minimum of 7.0 for speaking and listening.
Compulsory research unit
LAWS6979 Advanced Legal Theory and Research Methodology
This unit involves a series of workshops or seminars in which Doctor of Juridical Science candidates are required to make some presentations.
Specialists are invited to lead discussion on various topics. The unit aims to stimulate you to think of contemporary legal issues; make you aware of advanced concepts in legal theory and research methodology; develop your knowledge and application of new technology in legal research; develop critical analytical skills; and develop broader research writing and communication skills.
In any year in which this unit is not offered, special arrangements will be made to enable SJD students to gain the appropriate credit and skills.
To complete the requirements of these units you must comply with:
(i) any relevant Faculty of Law Rules; and
In the absence of any specific Faculty of Law requirement, you should be guided by the policies of the University's Graduate Research School and Scholarships Office.