Juris Doctor

This versatile juris doctor qualification is ready to offer you the first step towards entering the legal profession or a high-profile enhancement to your current law or professional career. RMIT’s juris doctorate degree enables you to study law in a flexible and convenient way. You are able to choose your own study load to meet work or home life commitments as most units are covered online.

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Overview

Level of study: What does Postgraduate mean?

Postgraduate

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24 units

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The RMIT Juris Doctor is a graduate law course that leads to entry into the legal profession. RMIT’s close connection to industry, the use of innovative online teaching methods and the incorporation of practice-based face-to-face sessions all contribute to offer students a flexible way to study law.

The RMIT JD is a versatile qualification for those seeking admission to the legal profession or for professionals who want to enhance their current career options.

Students can determine their own study load each session – perfect for those wishing to fast-track but also flexible for those wishing to combine study with work and family commitments.

With so many units in the course taught online, students have the convenience of studying at a time that suits them, wherever they are. Yet the course also provides the rich experience of face-to-face workshops, mock tribunals, moot court activities and mock negotiation activities across four of the units of the course.

Course Objectives

The RMIT JD offers students:

  • Flexible delivery through extensive online teaching resources
  • Rich practical experience through mock courts (moots) and role playing in the old Magistrates’ Court, Melbourne
  • A wide range of elective choices
  • Focus on business and international law
  • Highly experienced teachers with strong input from practising lawyers

Career Outcomes

Current career development

Students seeking to expand their career options within their current positions will find that being an RMIT JD graduate opens doors to a wider range of professional opportunities where legal qualifications are sought or required.

Legal practice

As a conversion course, the RMIT JD offers graduates the opportunity to change their career direction and enter the legal profession by adding a legal qualification to their undergraduate qualification.

Professional Recognition

To be admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor in Australia, applicants must have completed a tertiary qualification in Australia which includes:

  • The equivalent of at least three years of full-time study of law, and
  • Units of study which demonstrate an understanding of and competence of 11 specified areas of legal knowledge.

RMIT’s University’s Juris Doctor is accredited with the Council of Legal Education of Victoria and recognised as being a law program which can lead to admission to legal practice. After graduating from the Juris Doctor, students are able to pursue legal practice through the completion of a Traineeship with a law firm or a Practical Legal Training Course.

Eligibility

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law.

Applicants must be: Australian citizens/Permanent residents, New Zealand citizens or a holder of either a Permanent Humanitarian or Temporary Protections Visa.

Applications cannot be accepted from International Students.

Applicants should include with their application, a current CV and a personal statement. We are particularly interested in any relevant work experience and other tertiary studies.

In-person or telephone interview of applicants may be conducted.

English Language Requirements

Students entering the Juris Doctor are required to have a high level of English proficiency. Legal study requires students to be able to research and analyse the law from primary resources, to apply the findings of such work to the solution of legal problems, and to be able to communicate the results of their learning, both orally and in writing.

How to Apply

This course is restricted and numbers are capped. Applications for commencing students will only be considered for a Session 1 or 2 start in the course.

The application closing dates for students wishing to start in 2012 are:

  • Session 1: Friday 9 December 2011
  • Session 2: Friday 25 May 2012

Please complete the application form below.

  1. Read information requirements

    • Select to apply for one or more courses listed on the application form, taking note of the eligibility criteria for each course. If you want to apply for a (restricted) course with a different university, you'll need to submit a separate application from the relevant course page.

    • Read all parts of the application form in advance:

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      If you do not have a web account, you'll need to register one within the application form. Once you've registered an account, you'll then be signed in. From here you can choose to complete your application and submit it, or save and return to it later.

      Completing this application should take 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Need help completing your application? Contact us:

      If in doubt about any of the information required to support your application, the more information you can provide the better. If you have any academic queries including how to request credit transfer, contact RMIT University directly. For all other enquiries, contact us.

    • Next steps:

      After submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your application for your records.

      Your application will be assessed within 2-4 weeks, and if further information is required, we will contact you. Once your application has been assessed, we will be in touch via email to notify you of the outcome. At the latest this will be one week after the closing date for applications.

      If, after submitting your application, you wish to change your preferences or submit an additional document, please email apply@open.edu.au. Include your full name as it appeared on the application.

  2. Prepare supporting documents

    • Check that you have all the required documents, according to individual course requirements and your personal circumstances, specifically:

      1. Your curriculum vitae - required for entry into postgraduate courses only.
      2. Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.
      3. A letter of recommendation from your employer on company letterhead - recommended for entry using work experience.
      4. Certified legal documentation - if you have changed your name e.g. a marriage certificate, deed poll name change certificate.
      5. Certified legal documentation - if you need to correct an error in your date of birth e.g. a birth certificate.
      6. English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
      7. Official translations of any documents not in English.

      A "certified" copy is a copy bearing the recognised mark of a Justice of the Peace, Commission of Oaths or declarations, Public Notary or a Solicitor.

    • Create an electronic copy of your attachments:

      For each certified document, scan and save it on your computer. Save your curriculum vitae to your computer, then get ready to upload all documents in the form.

    • Do not send original documents as they will not be returned.

Then submit your application in one of two ways:

Apply online

Alternatively, you can download, print and email/fax your application:

RMIT_Postgraduate_Application_Form (PDF, 176 KB)

PDF applications should be emailed to: apply@open.edu.au or faxed to: +61 3 8628 2989.

On-campus Requirements

OJD110 ‘Introduction to Australian Legal Systems and Legal Methods’ is conducted solely through intensive weekends in Melbourne. Accommodation and travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the student.  The relevant dates for Session 1, 2012 will be advised in due course, alternatively they can be obtained by contacting the Course Administrator.  It is compulsory to complete this unit in your first semester, and students MUST attend all weekend sessions (generally consisting of 3 non-consecutive weekends).

The following four units will require students to participate in mock trials in Melbourne:

Dates of the trials for these units will be advised after enrolment, but generally will only consist of one weekend per unit.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Juris Doctor students must successfully complete 18 core units and 6 electives for a total of 24 units.

Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit

Australian law degrees are required to include 11 core areas of knowledge – the ‘Priestley 11’. These areas are: Criminal Law and Procedure, Tort, Contract, Property, Equity, Company Law, Administrative Law, Federal and State Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Professional Conduct.

Exemptions of Priestley 11 units are not possible unless the units concerned are the equivalent units in another postgraduate law program leading to legal practice.

For non-law electives, exemptions may be granted for units successfully completed at Masters level.

Recommended Study Pattern

Juris Doctor students must start with OJD110 Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods as this is the prerequisite for all core units.

Juris Doctor students must complete six electives.

  • Students seeking to practise as lawyers must include OJD416 Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct as one of their six electives
  • The remaining electives may be selected from any Masters level units and students should contact the course coordinator for unit approval
  • Students are recommended to include Law Electives from the list below
  • Law Electives are predominately offered in Session 3.

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Level 1 core units - Juris Doctor Total number of units to complete: 7 units
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