Doctor of Juridical Science

This is a professional doctorate consisting of a combination of coursework units and a thesis. Prior to being admitted to candidature an applicant may be required by the Governing Board to undertake any of the following: (1) complete such courses, lectures, seminars and other work as may be directed; (2) complete such research preparation as directed and provide particulars of the progress and results of the research as requested; or (3) pass an examination approved by the Board.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Juridical Science
Award abbreviation
SJD
Course code
20810
Course type
professional Doctorate by thesis and coursework
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
024815G

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
3 years
Time limit
9 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
RTP
Course Coordinator(s)
Director of Higher Degrees (Research)
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take unit(s) to the value of 42 points:

Note: The Faculty may permit a student to substitute up to 18 credit points from units offered in the UWA Law School Masters programs.
Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/ALAWS6126Banking Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS3322 Corporations Law or LAWS5104 Corporations Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3373 Banking Law, LAWS5126 Banking Law
S2LAWS6167Comparative Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law, LAWS5167 Comparative Law
N/ALAWS6175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
N/ALAWS6181Health Law and Policy
Prerequisites:
LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS6324 Medicine and the Law
NSLAWS6250Foundations of International Commercial Law
NSLAWS6251International Sales Law
NSLAWS6252International Trade Financing
NSLAWS6253International Shipping Law
S2LAWS6254WTO Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS5511 International Trade Law, LAWS6719 International Trade Law, LAWS5254 WTO Law, LAWS3319 International Trade Law
NSLAWS6327Advanced Evidence and Proof
NSLAWS6360Employment Law
S1LAWS6504Insurance Law
N/ALAWS6521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
NSLAWS6576International Commercial Arbitration
Incompatibility:
LAWS3307 International Commercial Arbitration, LAWS5576 International Commercial Arbitration
NSLAWS6589Australian Oil and Gas Law
NSLAWS6590Water Resources Law
N/ALAWS6710Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation
N/ALAWS6713Environmental Protection Law
N/ALAWS6717Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
Incompatibility:
LAWS3392 Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
NSLAWS6726Mining Law
NSLAWS6727Oil and Gas Agreements
S1, S2LAWS6750Research Paper I
S1, S2LAWS6751Research Paper II (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LAWS9752 Research Paper III Part 1 and LAWS9753 Research Paper III Part 2
S1, S2LAWS6752Research Paper III Part 1
Co-requisites:
Students taking Part 1 in Semester 1 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 2; students taking Part 1 in Semester 2 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 1.
Incompatibility:
LAWS9751 Research Paper II
S1, S2LAWS6753Research Paper III Part 2
Prerequisites:
Students may only take this unit if they have completed LAWS9752 in the previous semester.
Incompatibility:
LAWS9751 Research Paper II

Take unit(s) to the value of 102 points:

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/ALAWS6979Advanced Legal Theory and Research Methodology
S1, S2LAWS6980Doctoral Thesis (full-time) (96 points)
Prerequisites:
successful completion of Doctor of Juridical Science (20810) coursework units to a value of 48 points with a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent
S1, S2LAWS6981Doctoral Thesis (part-time) (96 points)
Prerequisites:
successful completion of Doctor of Juridical Science (20810) coursework units to a value of 48 points with a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The 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 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 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(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. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) the Bachelor of Laws with first or upper second class honours; or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) (i) a Juris Doctor or Master of Laws, including a 12 point research project, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(c) (i) a bachelor's degree in law, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) evidence of adequate research preparation as recognised by UWA; and

(iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Admission ranking and selection

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

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.(1) To make satisfactory progress in the course—

(a) subject to (2), a student enrolled in units from Group A 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;

(b) a student enrolled in the research component of the course must satisfy the Faculty through relevant reports that their progress has been appropriate.

(2) Students must achieve an overall average mark of at least 65 per cent in the units from Group A to be permitted to enrol in the research component units in Group B.

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. Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, a student who fails to achieve an overall average mark of 65 per cent in the units taken from Group A is 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
Research proposal

13.(1) A student must provide a research proposal in the form prescribed by the Faculty

(a) at the time of enrolling for the doctoral thesis;

or

(b) in the case of a student who has completed a Doctor of Juridical Science (Preliminary) course or who wishes to transfer from Master of Laws candidature, at the time of application for admission to the Doctor of Juridical Science course.

(2) The supervisor must forward the research proposal with their comments through the Faculty Administrative Officer to the Governing Board for approval.

Thesis length

14. The thesis must be 50,000 to 60,000 words in length excluding tables, footnotes, endnotes and appendices.

Progress reports

15.(1) A student who has commenced work on the thesis must provide an annual progress report to the supervisor no later than 15 October each year.

(2) The supervisor must forward the report to the Governing Board with a recommendation on whether the student should be permitted to re-enrol.