Juris Doctor - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Council of Legal Education (CLE) in Victoria as meeting the educational requirements for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. You will be able to be admitted to practice after completing a recognised Practical Legal Training course (6 months); or supervised workplace training with a law firm (12 months). You will possess a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the Australian legal framework and fundamental legal principles, an understanding of comparative and international legal systems, an understanding of the ethical framework in which the Australian legal system operates, and a fundamental knowledge of the extra-legal factors impinging upon the substantive law.

Learning activities and experiences in this course include case-based learning with students encouraged to engage in critical discussion in seminars and online forums, supplemented by active, authentic experiential learning opportunities in various simulations that develop legal skills. These simulations include writing briefs and other legal documents, mooting, interviewing, negotiation and mediation skills. These are integrated into most substantive law units to ensure that students develop the skills in close connection with the legal knowledge. Clinical legal education and industry placement opportunities are also provided.

A capstone experience will be provided in the unit Evidence which will give you the opportunity to critically reflect on this course’s curriculum. The unit promotes the integration and synthesis of a range of knowledge and skills gained in the program and the application of these in discipline related real-world scenarios.

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 most of the 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, when students are required to attend on-campus.

Juris Doctor graduates will have the foundational legal knowledge required for a career as a legal practitioner or legal/non-legal roles in a variety of law-related fields You will also possess the ability to analyse a problem involving a question or questions of law and, through research, to provide a solution to it. You will possess the skills needed to practice law in a variety of fields, industry sectors and locations; and you will develop skills in effective writing, drafting, advocacy, interviewing and advising, negotiation, team work and presentations. You will have an understanding of the application of ethical standards; be able to demonstrate judgment and strategic reasoning; and be effective in self-management and be lifelong learners. Possessing strong self-management skills, you will be able to work well individually and as members of teams. You will have sound commercial judgment and an awareness of the ethical and justice issues affecting all stakeholders in the Australian legal system.

On the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in professional practice.
  2. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.
  3. Identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
  4. Practice law in a variety of fields, industry sectors and locations.
  5. Apply and integrate professional theory with practice in authentic Work Integrated Learning (WIL) contexts, professional contexts and industry settings.

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.

The Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board as meeting the educational requirements for admission to the Australian legal profession in Victoria as a lawyer.

To be eligible to be admitted to practice law in Australia, graduates must complete the Practical Legal Training (PLT) requirements, either a one year of Supervised Workplace Training with a law firm or an approved PLT course. The PLT course can be undertaken on a fee paying basis through Leo Cussen Centre for Law or The College of Law.

www.lawadmissions.vic.gov.au

Academic Entrance requirements
Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline except an LLB, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (out of 4.0)

Alternate Entry

Applicants with either an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline except an LLB with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) may be considered for a full fee place when a personal statement is provided demonstrating evidence of significant interest or intended career progression in law.

Applications cannot be accepted from International Students.

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 eight (8) electives - four (4) of these electives must be law electives for students starting in Session 2, 2014 and thereafter.

  • Students seeking to practice as lawyers must include OJD416 Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct as one of their eight electives and it counts as a law elective
  • Law electives are predominately offered in Session 3

To qualify for the award of Juris Doctor students must successfully complete 16 core units and 8 electives (including at least 4 Law electives) for a total of 24 units.

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 2016 are as follows:

Session 1:

  • TBA

Session 2:

  • TBA

*Dates are subject to change.

It is compulsory to complete this unit in your first session, and students MUST attend all weekend sessions (generally consisting of 3 non-consecutive weekends).

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

  • OJD260 Civil Procedure
  • OJD180 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • OJD330 Evidence
  • OJD120 Law of Torts

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

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
OJD1101 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Law of Torts
OJD1202 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Criminal Law
OJD140 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
OJD1802 RMIT Sess 1 - -
Jurisprudence
OJD100 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Fundamentals of Contract Law
OJD105 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Advanced Contract Law
OJD115 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -

1 Delivered totally on a face-to-face basis in Melbourne.
2 Includes some face-to-face attendance in Melbourne, dates advised after enrolment.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Company Law
OJD210 RMIT Sess 1 - -
International Law
OJD220 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Federal and State Constitutional Law
OJD230 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Civil Procedure
OJD2601 RMIT Sess 1 - -
Administrative Law
OJD150 RMIT Sess 1 - -
Australian Property Law
OJD160 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -

1 Includes some face-to-face attendance in Melbourne, dates advised after enrolment.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Equity And Trusts
OJD370 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Evidence
OJD3301 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Legal Research Project
OJD417 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 Sess 3

1 Includes some face-to-face attendance in Melbourne, dates advised after enrolment. This is a Capstone unit.

Complete 8 units from the following 14 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Insolvency Law
OJD408 RMIT Coming in 2018
Australian Taxation Law
OJD240 RMIT Sess 1 - -
Intellectual Property Law
OJD250 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Introduction to Family Law in Australia
OJD270 RMIT - - Sess 3
Environment and Planning Law Practice
OJD280 RMIT Sess 1 - -
 
JD Study Tour (CIJ) - Innovative Justice and Court Innovation
OJD1901 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Labour Law
OJD412 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct
OJD416 RMIT - Sess 2 Sess 3
Competition and Consumer Law
OJD340 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Acquisitions, Takeovers and Mergers
OJD418 RMIT - - Sess 3
Wills and Succession
OJD420 RMIT Sess 1 - -
Human Rights Law in Australia
OJD423 RMIT - - Sess 3
International Business Law
OJD350 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Transnational Law
OJD403 RMIT Coming in 2018

1 Study Tour intensive of approx. 5-7 days. See the unit description for further information.

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, a maximum of 4 exemptions may be granted for units successfully completed at postgraduate level.

If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit, please complete the below PDF form and attach it to your course application.

If you have already submitted your course application, please send your RPL/Credit application directly to RMIT at business-student@rmit.edu.au

RMIT_Credit_RPL_Application_Form.pdf (661 KB)

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Please note that the following transition rules only apply to students who commenced prior to session 2 2014 (Students who commenced on, or after, session 2 2014 should complete the course as per the standard unit structure).

Legal Research Project / Competition & Consumer Law

NOT completed OJD340 Comp & Cons Law (by end of Sess 2 2014)

AND

NOT completed OJD417 Legal Research Project

Must complete OJD417 Legal Research Project

(Will not be able to take OJD340 Comp & Cons Law as a core course, but it can be taken as an elective)

NOT completed OJD340 Comp & Cons Law (by end of Sess 2 2014) 

AND

HAVE completed OJD417 Legal Research Project

OJD417 Legal Research Project will be counted as a core course

HAVE completed OJD340 Comp & Cons Law (by end of Sess 2 2014) 

AND

NOT completed OJD417 Legal Research Project

OJD340 Comp & Cons Law will be counted as a core course

(Will not be able to do OJD417 Legal Research Project as a core course, but can do it as an elective)

HAVE completed OJD340 Comp & Cons Law (by end of Sess 2 2014)

AND

HAVE completed OJD417 Legal Research Project

OJD340 Comp & Cons Law will be counted as a core course

OJD417 Legal Research Project will be counted as an elective

Contract Law

(Note: This does not apply to students commencing the course on or after session 2 2014)

If you have not completed OJD130 Contract Law:

In order to satisfy the ‘Priestley 11’ requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria (and all other Australian jurisdictions), you will need to complete both:

OJD105 Fundamentals of Contract Law; AND

OJD115 Advanced Contract Law.

If you are in this situation, you may take OJD115 / LAW2528 Advanced Contract Law instead of either:

OJD240 Australian Taxation Law

OJD250 Intellectual Property Law

This will ensure that you still complete the required 16 core and 8 elective courses to ensure you graduate in the JD.

(Note: an RMIT Non-Standard Enrolment form must be completed)

If you have completed OJD130 Contract Law:

If you have taken OJD130 Contract Law, you will meet the Priestley 11 requirements and you are not required to complete either OJD105 Fundamentals of Contract Law or

OJD115 Advanced Contract Law.

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