Degree structure

Degree details

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.

Higher Education

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.

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 2017 are as follows:

Session 1:

Sat 25 - Sun 26 February

Sat 1 - Sun 2 April

Sat 29 - Sun 30 April

Session 2:

Sat 15 - Sun 16 July

Sat 26 - Sun 27 August

Sat 16 - Sun 17 September

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

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.

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 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 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.

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 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

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.