Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the http://www.governance.uwa.edu.au/procedures/policies/policies-and-procedures?method=document&id=UP16/5'>University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5 and no band less than 7.0.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 106, a miminum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.

(4) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL Paper Based score require an overall score of at least 580 and a miminum score of 5.0 in the Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE).

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.

(6) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.

Admission requirements

4.(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 weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent*; or

the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5*

(2) 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 weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent*; or

(iii)The equivalent of a UWA grade point average (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 weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent;

(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.

(3)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 weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent; or

(ii)the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0;

(4)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 weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 60 per cent in that Juris Doctor course.

(5) Prior to admission, international students must obtain a criminal record check from their country of origin or recent residence.

*All completed tertiary studies will be used when calculating the WAM and GPA. The GPA and WAM may be calculated by disregarding the lowest 4 results in the applicant's undergraduate studies, provided that the final calculation is based on a minimum of 16 units.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) for indigenous applicants under Rule 4(2) (b), (c) or (d):

(i) the admission requirements under Rule 4(2) (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) the admission requirements under 4.(3) (a), (b) and (c); 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.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
Credit

13.(1) Subject to (2), the Faculty may grant credit for previously completed Law units if they were completed—

(a) as part of a postgraduate Law course recognised by the Faculty as equivalent to the Juris Doctor course of this University;

and

(b) not more than five years prior to admission to the Juris Doctor course of this University.

(2) Credit granted will not exceed 72 points.

(3) A student who completes the Bachelor of Civil Law degree at the University of Oxford will be granted credit for two option units.

Minimum study load

14. The minimum study load for the Juris Doctor is two units until the first 72 points has been completed.

Option units

15. The Faculty requires a student to have successfully completed the first 48 points of the core JD structure before undertaking any option units.

Deferral for commencing students

16. Deferral for commencing students, other than those holding an Direct Pathway place, will be granted for one year only.

Approved leave

17. Approved leave in this course will not be granted to any student until the student has successfully completed LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering.