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What will I learn?

Your gateway to a life in law

If you are a graduate who is passionate about law and justice, our Juris Doctor is your entry point to the legal profession.

Innovative structure

Build real-world skills such as research, advocacy, negotiation and how to work with clients, in a course ranked #1 in Victoria for skills development in law.

Industry connected

Take advantage of RMIT’s deep industry connections. Choose from a range of clinical, judicial, research and international study opportunities.

Focus on contemporary issues

Work on law reform projects with our industry partners including RMIT’s Business and Human Rights Centre.

Legal skills

You will build skills and expertise in the critical areas of practice. Under the supervision of legal professionals you will engage in a variety of simulations to develop practical legal capabilities.

What you will study

The RMIT JD is structured to bring the study of law to life by offering an amalgamation of practical, theoretical and research opportunities. You will develop a full range of contemporary legal skills. You will study Australian and international substantive law, focussing on all core areas of legal practice including commercial law, international law and innovation in the justice system.

Students can undertake 3 years of full-time study, or on a part-time basis. Online learning options are also available.

What you will learn:

research and policy development
mooting and advocacy
working with clients
negotiation and mediation

The RMIT Juris Doctor is an innovative postgraduate law course focusing on the fundamentals of law and the justice system.

This course is based on a unique approach that we call ‘bringing law to life.’ It has been designed specifically to create job-ready graduates, with direction and input from a Program Advisory Board made up of senior executives from law firms, representatives from the Bar, Magistrates and other senior members of the profession.

You will build practical legal skills such as mooting and advocacy, research and policy development, interviewing and working with clients and negotiation, influencing and mediation. These are integrated into the study of substantive areas of law.

You will learn how to conduct research, to gain insights into policy development and law reform through a subject focussed on innovative justice that incorporates design thinking in law. We offer a core subject in Law and Technology that gives you skills for the changing world of work and critiques the impact of technology on the law.

You will also choose from a range of law electives that cover human rights law, tax law, intellectual property law, international business law, competition and consumer law, insolvency, acquisitions and mergers, labour law, environment and planning law, health law, wills and family law.

The RMIT Juris Doctor has a three-year flexible structure. The course can be delivered in ways that suit your life. For example, a part time option is available, or you can study off-campus via Open University Australia’s online portal.

Career

Graduates can change their career direction and enter the legal profession by adding this fully accredited legal qualification to their undergraduate degree.

RMIT’s Juris Doctor graduates have access to a range of legal opportunities. These include practising law in the commercial legal sector, practising as a barrister, or working as an in-house lawyer with corporations, governments or not-for-profit organisations.

JD graduates work in many other fields where knowledge of legal principles and the ability to think deeply and rigorously are essential.

Which department am I in?

College of Business and Law

CRICOS

103207F

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$46,080.00 (24,66,809) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022, July 2022, February 2023

Venue

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Melbourne City Campus,

124 La Trobe Street,

MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have successfully completed:

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline, except a Bachelor of Laws (LLB - Common Law) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (out of 4.0); or
A partially-completed Bachelor of Laws (LLB - Common Law), from a recognised tertiary institution, in order to enrol in a course or courses required to obtain admission into legal practice*; or
A partially-completed Juris Doctor (JD) from another overseas institution, in order to enrol in a course or courses required to obtain admission into legal practice

Applicants with either an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or higher level qualification, in any discipline except an LLB with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) may be considered when a personal statement is provided demonstrating significant interest or intended career progression in law.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

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

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About RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

RMIT University has obtained a 5-Star QS ranking for excellence in higher education.

  • Ranked 21st globally for universities less than 50 years old
  • 15th highest-ranked university in Australia
  • 8th in Australia for graduate employability
  • Industry partnerships in 100+ countries