Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

Academic Entrance requirements

Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline except an LLB (Common Law), with a GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0).

  • Applicants with a partly-completed LLB or JD at another overseas institution may be considered for admission (in a full fee place only) to the program to enrol in a subject or subjects required to obtain admission to legal practice. A letter from the Board of Examiners, Victorian Council of Legal Education (or equivalent interstate body) must be submitted, which lists the subject(s) that are required to be completed and the educational institutions which are accredited to provide the relevant subject(s)

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.

Please note:

International students currently residing in Australia on an International Student Visa are not eligible for this degree.

On campus requirements

The Juris Doctor is now fully online, but students can attend on-campus activities in Melbourne if they wish

The Juris Doctor degree is now fully online and it is only recommended that students attend the Melbourne activities. There is no disadvantage to NOT attending the Melbourne dates – attending will just provide a different experience. Online you will have the equivalent activities.

You may attend one or more of the activities in Melbourne, but if you are going to attend, then you must attend all the date/s for that particular subject.

On-Campus Dates:

OJD110 Introduction to Australian Legal Systems and Legal Methods

The relevant dates for the 2018 intensives are as follows:

Session 1:

  • TBA - 3 non-consecutive weekends

Session 2:

  • TBA - 3 non-consecutive weekends

Times: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am-4:30pm

The following subjects have simulations with industry engagement in Melbourne:

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

Dates for these activities within subjects will be advised after enrolment, but generally will only consist of one Saturday per subject, with OJD180 held on one weekend.

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 available.

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.

As all of the subjects in the degree are taught wholly online, students have the convenience of studying at a time that suits them, wherever they are. Yet the degree also provides the rich experience of face-to-face, where students are recommended (but, not required) to attend on-campus in Melbourne.

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.

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 other core subjects and the 3 Law electives, exemptions may be granted for subjects successfully completed at postgraduate level.

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 degree application.

If you have already submitted your degree application, please send your RPL/Credit application directly to RMIT via RMIT Connect

RMIT_Credit_RPL_Application_Form.pdf (661 KB)

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.

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.

Juris Doctor students must complete:

  • 18 Core subjects
  • Six (6) Electives - three (3) of these electives 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.