Course overview

Our Juris Doctor is an intensive, graduate entry law degree designed for non-law graduates. The Monash JD recognises the specific needs of graduate entrants and teaches the knowledge and skills available only from one of Australia's leading law schools. We offer small class sizes and innovative teaching to promote interactivity and in depth learning. All classes are taught at the city-based Monash Law Chambers, located in the heart of Melbourne's legal precinct.

This three year full-time (six year part-time) graduate entry law degree provides high quality graduate-level education in the theory and practice of the law.  The flexible nature of the Monash JD allows you to tailor your workload to suit your professional and personal commitments.

Small seminar-style classes bring together passionate and dedicated individuals with diverse professional experiences in a stimulating and challenging environment. There are three intakes per year: January, May and August.

Starting dates

January, May, August

What you will learn

The course focuses on the knowledge, legal skills and professional ethics expected of legal practitioners. The flexible nature of the Monash JD allows you to tailor your workload to suit your professional and personal commitments. 

The course is designed to equip you with basic legal knowledge and skills that are required for admission to legal practice, with the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge in areas of law of your choice.

Course structure

 The basic knowledge is imparted through three broad themes: legal methodology and legal practice, public law and private law. The specialised knowledge and advanced skills are imparted in later year elective units.

  • Part A. Legal methodology and legal practice
    • This theme includes the nature of law, and particularly statute law enacted by Parliaments and common law developed by courts. It also includes the key concepts, principles and methods of research and reasoning that enable lawyers to identify and interpret law and apply it to relevant facts in order to provide legal advice. It covers the law of procedure and evidence that governs judicial proceedings, alternative methods of resolving legal disputes, and the code of ethics that regulates the professional conduct of legal practitioners.
  • Part B. Public law
    • Public law includes constitutional law, administrative law and criminal law. It concerns the powers and procedures of the legislative, executive and judicial organs of government, and how they are regulated and controlled by "the rule of law".  It also concerns the legal relationship between government and individuals, including the protection of the individual rights.
  • Part C. Private law
    • Private law deals with legal relationships between legal persons, including corporations as well as individuals.  It includes the study of property rights, contractual rights and obligations, wrongs (called "torts") such as trespass and the negligent infliction of injury, and the law of equity and trusts.
  • Part D. Extending specialised knowledge and advanced skills
    • In these studies you will complete at least one commercial law unit and a professional project and will also add to your expertise by choosing from a broad range of elective law units. Elective law units enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas of law that suit your own interests, skills and career goals.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7 point scale, or qualification/experience or satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent.
  • Or
  • An undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7 point scale and LSAT score of 150+ (taken within 5 years prior to applying for admission).

Or

  • If, in addition to a bachelor degree (or equivalent) the applicant has incomplete studies in a law admission degree course, a minimum GPA of 5.0 on a 7 point scale in the law studies, with no fail result in the final year, is required. Credit for prior studies, up to a maximum of 48 points may be awarded.

English requirements

English language requirements are met by an applicant having studied in an institution where English is the language of instruction and assessment for the entire institution and have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of one years full-time (two standard full-time semesters) of either:

  1. a university undergraduate award program; or
  2. a program that has been assessed as being taught at an equivalent level to Monash University undergraduate study; or
  3. Postgraduate study as specified above

Minimum English language requirement:

  • IELTS 7.0 overall (no band lower than 6.5)
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 587 with TWE of 4.5
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 94 overall with minimum scores: Writing 24, Listening 20, Reading 19, and speaking 20.

Credit for prior study

Credit is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of units required to complete a course of study.

Credit processes

You can get credit for previous study or learning through one or more of the following processes:

  • A credit transfer provides you with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification. This is based on equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.
  • Articulation enables you to progress from one completed qualification to another with admission and or credit in a defined pathway.
  • Recognition of prior learning involves assessment of your relevant prior learning to determine the credit outcomes of your application for credit.

How to apply for prior study credits

The managing faculty will assess your credit application. Check Find a course if you are unsure who this is.

How to apply

Apply directly to Monash using course code L6005

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $10,754 per year full-time, $32,262 total course cost

Duration

3 years full time, 6 years part time

 

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Law & Paralegal Studies postgraduate courses at Monash University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 73.0% (national average 67.6%)
Improved skills: 87.6% (national average 73.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 87.1% (national average 80.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from Monash University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Law & Paralegal Studies postgraduate courses at Monash University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 83.6% (national average 86.6%)
Studying full time: 6.1% (national average 6.0%)
Median full time salary: $70,000 (national average $72,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed Monash University graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.

Course codes

Monash University Code: L6005

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