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What will I learn?

Our society needs expert legal professionals who are passionate about creating a fairer world.

This is your time to step up – and with La Trobe's Juris Doctor, you'll gain a truly global perspective on law. Learn from our expert academics when you enter our progressive and highly respected law school.

This course is designed for students with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline – so it's perfect for anyone looking to start a career in law with a qualification that opens doors in the industry.

Get a strong foundation in the core elements of law and explore the key principles of legal practice in Australia. Access valuable career opportunities, such as work placements and networking events. Pursue your interests and develop specialist knowledge through our wide range of law electives, including subjects exploring commercial, environmental, health, human rights, and international law.

You won't just benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities and highly personalised study experience. With our 25-year history of educating legal practitioners, you'll graduate as a member of our extensive alumni network – so your professional network could include barristers, solicitors, magistrates, judges and in-house legal counsel for major global organisations.

Our Juris Doctor provides the academic requirements you need to apply for admission to practice law in Victoria. The course also gives you the necessary foundations to practice law internationally.

You'll learn:

  • Corporations law
  • Criminal law
  • Constitutional law
  • International law

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.

Career outcomes

This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. After graduation, you could work across a range of industries, including in legal practice, the community sector, international development, environmental protection, government, banking and professional services.

Possible roles include:

  • Barrister or solicitor*
  • Policy advisor
  • Community services manager
  • Legal consultant
  • In-house counsel

Professional recognition

The Juris Doctor law course includes the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to meet the academic requirements for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer.

Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training either by a 12-month period of Supervised Legal Training or by completing an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practice must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practice. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

International graduates require a relevant visa to complete a practical legal traineeship and a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

International students are advised to obtain assurance of recognition of the course by the relevant professional bodies in their preferred country of practice.

Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Law and Criminology

CRICOS

084540K

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,800.00 (21,89,219) per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

Expected February 2023

Venue

City Campus

Level 2, 360 Collins St,

MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent). WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 70%.

For international students

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

GPA - grade point average (GPA) 5.5

An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or approved equivalent qualification with at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 on a 7 point scale and a personal statement. The personal statement should address reasons seeking to study law, relevant employment experience, relevant skills to enable the student to study law and evidence of contribution to the community.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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