This course provides a challenging and focused environment for postgraduate studies in law by a diverse range of students who will enter the course with the benefit of wider life experience. The course meets the pre-admission academic qualifications for the practice of law in Australia. Law graduates have a diverse range of career destinations including academia, private consultancies or non-government organisations, private legal practice, the private sector including banks and financial institutions, accountancy firms, large resource companies, state or federal government departments or instrumentalities and trade unions.
|Course title||Juris Doctor|
|Course type||professional practice master's degree|
|Status||current / 2017|
|Administered by||Faculty of Law|
|Intake periods||Beginning of year only|
|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.
|Professional accreditation||Juris Doctor is accredited by: Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.|
|Standard course duration||3 years|
|Time limit||9 years|
|Locations offered||UWA (Perth)|
|Domestic fee type||Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP|
|Course Coordinator(s)||Ms Penny Carruthers|
|ENQUIRIES AND COURSE ADVICE|
|Course advice||Arts and Law Student Office|
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017; |
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 2018 or 2019.
Take all units (102 points):
|S1||LAWS4101||Foundations of Law and Lawyering|
|S2||LAWS4108||Foundations of Public Law|
|S2||LAWS4109||Legal Theory and Ethics|
|S1, S2||LAWS5102||Administrative Law|
|S1||LAWS5103||Equity and Trusts|
Take unit(s) to the value of 42 points from Groups A and B, including at least 6 points from Group B:
|N/A||LAWS5117||Advanced Evidence and Proof|
|S2||LAWS5132||Income Taxation Law|
|S1||LAWS5144||Mining and Energy Law|
|S1||LAWS5150||Intellectual Property Law|
|NS||LAWS5158||Negotiation and Mediation|
|S1, S2||LAWS5160||Law Review Part 1 (0 points)|
|S1, S2||LAWS5161||Law Review Part 2|
|NS, S2, SS||LAWS5174||Legal Internship|
|NS||LAWS5181||Health Law and Policy|
|S1, S2||LAWS5184||Co-operative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED)|
|N/A||LAWS5186||Criminal Procedure: the Trial Process|
|N/A||LAWS5378||Government Accountability—Law and Practice|
|S1||LAWS5503||Conflict of Laws|
|S1||LAWS5509||Advanced Legal Research (by Invitation) Part 1 (0 points)|
|S2||LAWS5510||Advanced Legal Research (by Invitation) Part 2 (12 points)|
|S1, S2||LAWS5512||Supervised Research|
|N/A||LAWS5528||Unjust Enrichment and Restitution|
|N/A||LAWS5596||Mergers and Acquisitions|
|N/A||LAWS5813||Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities|
|N/A||LAWS5820||Legislation in Practice|
Take unit(s) according to the rules for Group A.
|N/A||LAWS5114||International Environmental Law|
|NS||LAWS5162||Jessup International Moot Competition (12 points)|
|S1||LAWS5165||Public International Law|
|N/A||LAWS5178||International Commercial Law|
|S1||LAWS5182||Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law|
|NS||LAWS5576||International Commercial Arbitration|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in 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 7.5 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%.
(a) a relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent as recognised by UWA;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5;
(c) Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score 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);
(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;
(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;
(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;
(b) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
(c) (i) the equivalent of a UWA 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 satisfactory LSAT score as determined by the JD selection committee (comprised of members nominated by the Dean of the UWA Law School) that places the student within the quota for this pathway.
(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;
(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.
Admission ranking and selection
(a) for indigenous applicants under Rule 4(3) (b), (c) or (d):
(i) the admission requirements under Rule 4(3) (b), (c) or (d);
(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;
(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.
Articulations and exit awards
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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.
(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
(a) as part of a postgraduate Law course recognised by the Faculty as equivalent to the Juris Doctor course of this University;
(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
Deferral for commencing students
17. Approved leave in this course will not be granted to any student until the student has successfully completed LAWS4101 Legal Process.