Postgraduate

Juris Doctor

The Juris Doctor (JD) is UWA's postgraduate law degree for aspiring lawyers and legal practitioners.

Contact us

Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

Country callers

1800 653 050

Hours

8.30am – 5pm AWST, Monday – Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Although the practice of law (lawyer, solicitor, barrister, in-house counsel or judge) is the most common career progression for law graduates, the JD also equips you to head into other areas such as politics, international relations, leadership positions and legal publishing.
Although the practice of law (lawyer, solicitor, barrister, in-house counsel or judge) is the most common career progression for law graduates, the JD also equips you to head into other areas such as politics, international relations, leadership positions and legal publishing.

Further Study

Following the JD, you can choose to study a more specialised and advanced law degree. At UWA you can undertake further study in Law, Commercial and Resources Law, International Law, Taxation Law, International Commercial Law, Mining and Energy Law and Chinese Business Law. Or, if you would like to pursue a research dissertation, you could enrol in the Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of Laws or another of UWA's research degrees.
Following the JD, you can choose to study a more specialised and advanced law degree. At UWA you can undertake further study in Law, Commercial and Resources Law, International Law, Taxation Law, International Commercial Law, Mining and Energy Law and Chinese Business Law. Or, if you would like to pursue a research dissertation, you could enrol in the Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of Laws or another of UWA's research degrees.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Course Credit Points
144
Annual Credit Points
48
Average Annual Fee - 2017
$8,495.81
Typical Fee Range - 2017
$6,349.00 - $10,596.00
Average Annual Fee - 2016
$8,371.00
Typical Fee Range - 2016
$6,256.00 - $10,440.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Course Credit Points
144
Annual Credit Points
48
Annual Fee - 2017
$41,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2017
$123,000.00
Annual Fee - 2016
$39,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2016
$117,000.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent as recognised by UWA;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA Law School grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5*;
and
(c) a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of at least 150, within five years prior to applying for admission to the course.
(2) UWA Direct Pathway students are exempt from 4.(1) (c) .
(3) To be considered for admission to this course an indigenous applicant must have—
(a) met the general admission requirements under 4.(1);
or
(b)(i) a bachelor's degree via the UWA Indigenous Assured Entry Pathway; and
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA GPA of at least 5.0;
or
(c)(i) an Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies of this University; and
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA GPA of at least 5.5;
or
(d)(i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(ii) a School of Indigenous Studies Law Admission Test score.
(4) To be considered for admission to this course via the Equity and Diversity Pathway an applicant must have—
(a)(i) held a protection, refugee or humanitarian visa within seven years prior to applying for admission to this course; or
(ii) experienced significant personal, medical, social, educational, cultural or financial disadvantage or hardship, including any disadvantage or hardship resulting from an applicant's sexual orientation or gender identity that has had an effect on their prior academic studies;
and
(b) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(c)(i) the equivalent of a UWA Law School GPA of at least 5.5* across all tertiary studies; or
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA GPA of at least 5.0 across all tertiary studies; and a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of at least 150, within five years prior to applying for admission to the course.
(5) To be considered for transfer to this course an applicant must have—
(a) at a minimum completed the equivalent of a full semester of the UWA Juris Doctor course at an Australian University;
and
(b) achieved the equivalent of a UWA GPA of at least 5.0 in that Juris Doctor course.
(6) Students transferring from another Juris Doctor course are exempt from 4.(1) (c).
(7) Before admission, international students must obtain a criminal record check from their country of origin or recent residence.
* The Law School GPA will be calculated by removing the lowest marks from up to four units, or the equivalent of one semester (0.5 FTE) of your undergraduate (bachelor) degree. The minimum level of study to be used to calculate the Law School GPA is 12 units (1.5 FTE).

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) for indigenous applicants under Rule 4(3) (b), (c) or (d):
(i) the admission requirements under Rule 4(3) (b), (c) or (d);
and
(ii) the indigenous student quota of up to 20 per year;
(b) for applicants in the Equity and Diversity Pathway:
(i) satisfaction of the the admission requirements under 4.(4) (a), (b) and (c) (i) in the first instance, and then an equal weighting of the GPA and LSAT score for the highest ranked applicants under 4.(4) (a), (b) and (c) (ii); and
(ii) the Equity and Diversity Pathway quota of 20 per year;
or
(c) for applicants who do not have a place in a Direct Pathway into this course and are not transferring from another Juris Doctor course:
(i) the admission requirements under Rule 4(1); and
(ii) the intake quota for that year; and
(iii) an equal weighting of the GPA and LSAT score.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

The Juris Doctor (JD) is UWA's postgraduate law degree for aspiring lawyers and legal practitioners. This degree is accredited by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and equips students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in law.

About The Course

The structured program includes the nationally recognised core legal subjects (the 'Priestley 11', which include Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Property, Equity, Corporations Law, Administrative Law, Federal and State Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence and Ethics, and Professional Responsibility). You also have the opportunity to broaden your legal knowledge or pursue areas of interest via a range of optional units.
Juris Doctor

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • 12 February 2018
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 20820
CRICOS code
  • 089786C
Juris Doctor
Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • 12 February 2018
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 20820
CRICOS code
  • 089786C
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Juris Doctor

Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Direct Pathways

If you’re interested in this area of study, gain an advantage by choosing to complete a Direct Pathway which sees you combine your first degree with your second.