What will I learn?

Overview

Accelerate your law career with a Juris Doctor.

La Trobe’s Juris Doctor is for students that hold a bachelor degree and are looking to start a career in law. It is also for those who seek to gain the qualifications to practice law in Australia.

La Trobe's Juris Doctor delivers 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 (providing you meet the specific accreditation requirements of the host country).

A La Trobe Juris Doctor offers a range of law specialisations. See the list of electives below to see where you'd like to take your career in law.

  • Law and technology
  • Commercial law
  • Cyber law
  • International law
  • Health law
  • Human rights law.

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

Career outcomes

As a graduate of La Trobe's Juris Doctor you'll be well placed to find work in a variety of roles, including:

Solicitor

Build and maintain relationships with clients.

Resolve disputes, solve problems and conduct research.

Policy officer

Manage documents and contribute to policy formation at the local, state or national level.

Research, analyse and advise on legal policy and implementation.

Legal adviser

Provide commercial, technical and timely legal advice to clients.

Liaise with stakeholders, solve legal problems and conduct research.

Career outcomes dependent on the completion of additional requirements set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).

Professional recognition

All La Trobe University Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor Law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to qualify 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.

International graduates would need the relevant visa to complete a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. You're advised to obtain assurance of recognition of the course by relevant professional bodies in your preferred country of practice.

Which department am I in?

Department of Law and Criminology

CRICOS

084540K

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,200.00 (US$ 26,981) per year

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

Start date

2 March 2020, 27 July 2020

Venue

City Campus

360 Collins street,

MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an Australian Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent.If you have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, you may be considered in some instances. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 575 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 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, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification with at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.5 on a 7 point scale; or

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) - Overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper based - Overall score of 575 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT) - Overall 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; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 176 with no less than 169 in any component; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

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About this uni

Students at the La Trobe Law School receive a global perspective, benefit from open-door policy and a real emphasis on practical experience.

  • World standard research in Law & Legal Studies
  • Offers a range of experiential learning opportunities
  • Actively promotes socio-legal and interdisciplinary research
  • Experienced and highly qualified world-class staff