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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 75 law schools of the world, according to the 2019 Times Higher Education World Subject Rankings 2019.
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.
Juris Doctor graduate attributes
Problem solvers who have a deep practical and theoretical mastery of subject matter; are critical and creative thinkers; and understand the ways in which local, national and global contexts influence and shape the law.
Culturally competent legal professionals who have engaged throughout their degree with Indigenous knowledges, cultures and perspectives and are well equipped to work respectfully across cultural contexts.
Relationship builders who listen with empathy; communicate effectively; and create constructive and collaborative connections with colleagues, clients and communities.
Resilient and reflective learners who are adaptable thinkers; have developed skills for critical self-reflection and lifelong learning; and understand the importance of, and have developed practical tools for, managing their well-being and supporting the well-being of others.
Global citizens who understand the importance of the ethical and professional practice of law; are outward-looking in the search for solutions; and able to engage on national, transnational and international levels.
JD student becomes 2020 Guild President
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."
Graduates include six High Court judges
Pathways for mature-age students
Course coordinator Rebecca Faugno
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- BA + JD
- BBiomedSc + JD
- BCom + JD
- BSc + JD
- BPhil (Hons) + JD
- 100 (Assured Pathway)
250 (Standard pathway)
- ATAR only
- Completion of a UWA bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 5.5.
 This pathway is also available through the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students taking this pathway require an ATAR of 98.00.
 Bachelor of Philosophy students will take an additional year to complete this pathway.
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 structureYear 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)
- 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)
- 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.