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Degree structure

Degree details

On the successful completion of this degree, 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 degree, 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 eligible to be admitted to practise law in Australia, graduates must complete the Practical Legal Training (PLT) requirements, either 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.

This program is accredited by the statutory and professional bodies listed below:

Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB)

www.lawadmissions.vic.gov.au  

Program satisfies the academic requirements for graduates admission to the Australian Legal profession. 

Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD)

www.cald.asn.au 

The School is compliant with the standards for Australian Law Schools adopted by the Council of Australian Law Deans and assessed by the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee (ALSCC)

Career objectives

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 judgement 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 judgement and an awareness of the ethical and justice issues affecting all stakeholders in the Australian legal system.

Higher education

Academic Entrance requirements

Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline except an LLB (Common Law), 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 (Common Law) 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.

Please note: Applications for the Juris Doctor will only be accepted for Session 1 and 2. Applications submitted after the close of applications for Session 2 will be considered for Session 1 of the following year.

English Proficiency Requirements

All non-Australian residents and overseas full-fee paying students are required to meet RMIT English language requirements. For more information on these requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see:

www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent

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 subjects are not possible unless the subjects concerned are the equivalent subjects in another postgraduate law program leading to legal practice.

For non-law electives, a maximum of 3 exemptions may be granted for subjects 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 via RMIT Connect

RMIT Credit RPL Application Form (661 KB)

The Juris Doctor program is accredited by the Council of Legal Education (CLE) in Victoria as meeting the educational requirements for admission to practise as an Australian lawyer. You will be able to be admitted to practice after completing a recognised Practical Legal Training degree (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 degree 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 subjects 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 subject Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct which will give you the opportunity to critically reflect on this degree’s curriculum. The subject 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.

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 subjects.

To graduate Juris Doctor students must complete:

  • 18 Core subjects
  • Six (6) Electives - three (3) of which must be Law Electives

Law electives are predominately offered in Session 3.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Juris Doctor students must successfully complete 18 core subjects and 6 electives (including at least 3 Law electives) for a total of 24 subjects.