Law Pathways

UWA's Juris Doctor (JD) provides a challenging, intellectually engaging and focused environment for the study of law.

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Pathway details

The Juris Doctor (JD) is an internationally recognised, three-year postgraduate qualification that opens up a world of possibilities. Following completion of an undergraduate degree, the JD leads you to a career in legal practice. You can pursue a JD at UWA after completing a bachelor's degree in any discipline. UWA's Law School is the fifth oldest in Australia and ranks in the top 100 law schools of the world, according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

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Meet our law students

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About this course

By choosing to pursue a career in law through the UWA JD, you will:

  • benefit from the Law School's longstanding and deep links with the legal profession which contribute to consistently high rates of employment for our graduates
  • learn from the very best of the legal profession and academic staff recognised nationally for excellence in teaching and research
  • join the ranks of nationally and internationally renowned alumni including Queen's Counsel and Senior Counsel barristers, solicitors, academic lawyers and Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars. Six of Australia's High Court judges graduated from the University
  • have the opportunity to participate in practical skill-building programs, such as the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world's largest of its kind.

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Standard entry

You can study law (via the Juris Doctor) by completing a bachelor's degree after high school. You also need to complete your studies with the equivalent of a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 (out of 7.0), across all completed tertiary studies. Applications will be ranked based upon the GPA score, weighted equally. Admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants who fall within the intake quota for that year.

Direct Pathways for high school leavers

Minimum ATAR
TISC Codes
  • UWLWA (Arts)
  • UWLWB (Biomedical Science)
  • UWLWC (Commerce)
  • UWLWS (Science)
  • UWLWP (Philosophy [Honours] Direct Pathway)
  • BA + JD
  • BBiomedSc + JD
  • BCom + JD
  • BSc + JD
  • BPhil (Hons) + JD
Limited places for jd
  • 100 (Direct Pathway)
    250 (standard pathway)
Selection criteria
  • ATAR only
Undergraduate major
  • None
Conditions for progress to Postgraduate Study
  • Completion of a UWA bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 5.5.

[1] This pathway is also available through the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students taking this pathway require an ATAR of 98.00.

[2] Bachelor of Philosophy students will take an additional year to complete this pathway.


Pathways for mature-age students

If you will be aged 20 years or older on 1 March (for Semester 1 entry) or 1 August (for Semester 2 entry) you qualify for our mature-age-entry pathways.