Postgraduate

Juris Doctor (JD)

Discover your place in law. The Juris Doctor gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to have a long and successful career in law.
$67K
Ave Starting Salary
91%
Employment Rate

Contact us

Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Although the practice of law (lawyer, solicitor, barrister, in-house counsel or judge) is the most common career progression for law graduates, the JD also equips you to head into other areas such as politics, international relations, leadership positions and legal publishing.
Although the practice of law (lawyer, solicitor, barrister, in-house counsel or judge) is the most common career progression for law graduates, the JD also equips you to head into other areas such as politics, international relations, leadership positions and legal publishing.
91%
UWA Graduate employment rate

Further Study

Following the JD, you can choose to study a more specialised and advanced law degree. At UWA you can undertake further study in Law, Commercial and Resources Law, International Law, Taxation Law, International Commercial Law, Mining and Energy Law and Chinese Business Law. Or, if you would like to pursue a research dissertation, you could enrol in the Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of Laws or another of UWA's research degrees.
Following the JD, you can choose to study a more specialised and advanced law degree. At UWA you can undertake further study in Law, Commercial and Resources Law, International Law, Taxation Law, International Commercial Law, Mining and Energy Law and Chinese Business Law. Or, if you would like to pursue a research dissertation, you could enrol in the Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of Laws or another of UWA's research degrees.
$67K
Average Graduate Starting Salary

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$127,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$129,600.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent; or
the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5*.
(2) To be considered for admission to this course an indigenous applicant must have—
(a) met the general admission requirements under 4.(1);
or
(b)
(i)a bachelor's degree via the UWA Indigenous Assured Entry Pathway; and
(ii)the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent; or
(iii)The equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0*;
or
(c)
(i) an Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies of this University; and
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent;
or
(d)
(i)a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(ii) a School of Indigenous Studies Law Admission Test score.
(3)To be considered for admission to this course via the Equity and Diversity Pathway an applicant must have—
(a)
(i) held a protection, refugee or humanitarian visa within seven years prior to applying for admission to this course; or
(ii) experienced significant personal, medical, social, educational, cultural or financial disadvantage or hardship, including any disadvantage or hardship resulting from an applicant's sexual orientation or gender identity that has had an effect on their prior academic studies;
and
(b) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(c)
(i)the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent; or
(ii)the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0.
(4) To be considered for admission to this course via the alternative experience pathway an applicant must have—
(a)
(i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(ii) demonstrate competency for legal studies derived from a minimum of five years' unpaid or paid work, study or other experience, since completion of the undergraduate degree in (i); and
(iii) completed the equivalent of one year full time in a UWA undergraduate course with a minimum WAM of 65 or GPA of 5.5 undertaken within the past two years;
or
(b)
(i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent or the equivalent
of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0; and
(iii) demonstrate competency for legal studies derived from a minimum of five years' unpaid or paid work, study or other experience since completion of the undergraduate degree in (i); and
(iv) personal statement; and
(v) interview.
(5)To be considered for transfer to this course an applicant must have—
(a) at a minimum, completed the equivalent of a full semester of the UWA Juris Doctor course at an Australian University;
and
(b) achieved the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent in that Juris Doctor course.
*All completed tertiary studies will be used when calculating the WAM and GPA. The GPA may be calculated by disregarding the lowest 4 results in the applicant's undergraduate studies, provided that the final calculation is based on a minimum of 16 units.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) for indigenous applicants under Rule 4(2) (b), (c) or (d):
(i) the admission requirements under Rule 4(2) (b), (c) or (d);
and
(ii) the indigenous student quota of up to 20 per year;
(b) for applicants in the Equity and Diversity Pathway:
(i) the admission requirements under 4.(3) (a), (b) and (c); and
(ii) the Equity and Diversity Pathway quota of 20 per year;
or
(c) for applicants who do not have a place in a Direct Pathway into this course and are not transferring from another Juris Doctor course:
(i) the admission requirements under Rule 4(1); and
(ii) the intake quota for that year.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

A successful career in a demanding profession requires comprehensive training. The Juris Doctor gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to become the lawyer you want to be and a lawyer the world needs. You'll enter the competitive graduate market with an edge, with a prestigious qualification offered by institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities. 

About The Course

By studying the Juris Doctor at UWA, you'll benefit from our Law School’s longstanding and deep links with the legal profession. These ties contribute to consistently high rates of employment for our graduates.

Juris Doctor (JD)

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 20820
CRICOS code
  • 089786C
Juris Doctor (JD)
Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 20820
CRICOS code
  • 089786C
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Juris Doctor
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Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

JD course structure

The JD curriculum has been purposefully designed to scaffold sequential knowledge and skills progression, and may be completed in three years full-time or on a part-time basis (up to nine years). Students with external commitments (including but not limited to work, travel, clerkships and sporting commitments) are expected to plan these commitments around their studies. External commitments are not regarded as valid reasons for timetable changes, swapping tutorials, the waiving of pre-requisites or variation from the prescribed course structure*.

In making a decision as to whether to complete the JD on a full or part-time basis, students should be aware that the estimated time commitment for a full-time (4 units) enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week excluding examinations. Some units are also offered as intensives, either in semester breaks or between semesters. Although the contact hours for these units are compressed into a shorter period of time, the time commitment of the unit remains the same.

* Students who undertake exchange, or other commitments which involve official representation of the Law School or the University, or which are recognised under University Policy, may seek approval from the Deputy Head of School (Students) for a variation in the prescribed course structure.

Full time course structure

Year 1
  • Foundations of Law and Lawyering# (Sem 1)
  • Criminal Law (Sem 1)
  • Contract (Sem 1)
  • Property (Sem 1)
  • Foundations of Public Law (Sem 2)
  • Torts (Sem 2)
  • Legal theory and Ethics (Sem 2)
  • Land Law (Sem 2)
 
Year 2
  • Dispute Resolution# (Sem 1)
  • Constitutional Law (Sem 1)
  • Equity and Trusts (Sem 1)
  • Option 1 (Sem 1)
  • Corporations Law (Sem 2)
  • Remedies (Sem 2)
  • Administrative Law (Sem 2)
  • Option 2 (Sem 2)
 
Year 3
  • Professional Practice# (Sem 1)
  • Evidence (Sem 1)
  • Option 3 (Sem 1)
  • Option 4 (Sem 1)
  • Procedure (Sem 2)
  • Option 5 (Sem 2)
  • Option 6 (Sem 2)
  • Option 7 (Sem 2)
 

# These units are taught intensively over a two-week period immediately preceding the start of Semester 1.

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Course Accreditation

The Juris Doctor is accredited by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and equips students with the knowledge and skillset to pursue a career in law. Graduates of the JD programme can apply for admission as a lawyer with the Legal Practice Board of WA. Law students can apply for membership of the Law Society of WA whilst at university.
Juris Doctor

Application deadlines

For February 2020 entry, applications close 20 January 2020.

For Law Equity and Diversity Pathway entry, please complete the 2020 Semester 1 application form.
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Western Australia's premier Law School

The UWA Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world (QS 2019). You will join and contribute to 90 years of excellence: we were the first law school established in WA and the fifth oldest in Australia.

Our graduates include a Prime Minister, a Governor of Western Australia, State Ministers, Justices of the Supreme Court of WA, a Young Australian of the Year, Rhodes Scholars, and more.

While we have a long and proud history, we're also a closely-knit, creative and progressive Law School, fostering critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, a deep connection to our Indigenous past and present, and supportive student culture based upon wellbeing and inclusion.

JD student becomes 2020 Guild President

Bre Shanahan

Meet Bre Shanahan, current JD student and the new 2020 Guild President: "I have absolutely loved my time in the Law School because I’ve been really inspired by the intelligent and strong women in that space. The teaching staff really care about us and put in a lot of effort to ensure we’re prepared heading into the JD and beyond."

Graduate Pathways

If you’re interested in this area of study, gain an advantage by choosing to complete a Graduate Pathway which sees you combine your first degree with your second.
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