Juris Doctor - 2012

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Course summary

Course summary - 2012

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete

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What the degree is about


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Units of Study

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 Sem 1 Sem 2 -
Law of Torts
OJD120 RMIT Sem 1 Sem 2 -
Contract Law
OJD130 RMIT Sem 1 Sem 2 -
Criminal Law
OJD140 RMIT Sem 1 Sem 2 -
Administrative Law
OJD1502 RMIT Sem 1 Sem 2 -
Australian Property Law
OJD160 RMIT Sem 1 Sem 2 -
Equity and Trusts
OJD170 RMIT Sem 1 Sem 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 Sem 1 - -
International Law
OJD220 RMIT Sem 1 - -
Federal and State Constitutional Law
OJD230 RMIT Sem 1 - -
Australian Taxation Law
OJD240 RMIT - Sem 2 -
Intellectual Property Law
OJD250 RMIT - Sem 2 -
Civil Procedure
OJD2601 RMIT - Sem 2 -

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

Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
OJD3101 RMIT Sem 1 - -
OJD3301 RMIT Sem 1 - -
Competition and Consumer Law
OJD340 RMIT - Sem 2 -
International Business Law
OJD350 RMIT - Sem 2 -
Transnational Law
OJD403 RMIT Sem 1 - -

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

Complete 6 units from the following 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Insolvency Law
OJD408 RMIT - - Sem 3
Labour Law
OJD412 RMIT - - Sem 3
Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct
OJD416 RMIT - Sem 2 Sem 3
Legal Research Project
OJD417 RMIT - - Sem 3
Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers
OJD418 RMIT - - Sem 3
Wills and Succession
OJD420 RMIT - - Sem 3
Human Rights Law in Australia
OJD423 RMIT - - Sem 3

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.

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
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • 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 sent them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001