Juris Doctor courses

Earn your Juris Doctor online and get qualified for a range of legal careers

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Introduction to Juris Doctor

This postgraduate law degree is an option for you if you have previously studied in another discipline, but have realised law is your calling. 

Through Open Universities Australia you can compare Juris Doctors offered by leading law schools from across the country. We’ll help you earn your qualification at a flexible pace, so that you can continue to work full or part-time in your current career.

Once you graduate from this course, you will satisfy the educational requirements needed to practice as a lawyer in Australia. Though with your comprehensive understanding of the law, you will be free to pursue a career in any sector where legal expertise is required, including business, government or the not-for-profit sector. 

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Lisa, Juris Doctor student with RMIT University, through Open Universities Australia.
Lisa studied a Juris Doctor with RMIT University through Open Universities Australia

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Macquarie University


Juris Doctor

Change-making expert knowledge of the law

Redirect your career path and become a legal practitioner. You’ll complete foundational law subjects and shape your expertise with diverse electives. Developed in consultation with several sectors for a practical and modern learning experience.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Southern Queensland


Juris Doctor

Postgraduate law for non-law graduates

Add this approved law qualification to your bachelor degree–and start your legal career in just 2 years! You’ll work through a comprehensive study of law and the Australian legal system. Develop your research skills. Prepare for professional practice.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Flinders University


Juris Doctor

Take up a flexible law degree that works for you

Engage with an innovative model of postgraduate study grounded in problem-based learning. Start on a pathway to practice as a barrister and solicitor, or work in fields as diverse as commerce, consulting and advising, social justice and human rights.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

RMIT University


Juris Doctor

Your postgraduate path to a career in law

Designed for non-law graduates, this law degree opens doors to a range of professional opportunities where legal qualifications are sought. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the Australian legal system whilst choosing from many electives to suit your goals.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

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Juris Doctor study FAQs

What do you learn in a Juris Doctor?

In your Juris Doctor, you will learn about the core areas of legal practice and gain an in-depth understanding of Australia’s legal system. Your studies will cover the ‘Priestley 11’, which are 11 law subjects you must complete if you would like to apply for admission to practice as a lawyer. 

Those subjects are: 

  • Administrative law
  • Civil procedure
  • Company law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Equity and trusts
  • Ethics and professional responsibility
  • Evidence
  • Federal and state constitutional law
  • Property
  • Torts

You can also choose from a range of electives in other areas of interest, including consumer law, environmental law and health law. Students often discover an area that they would like to specialise in while exploring these subjects. 

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Taking law cross-country

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