UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Juris Doctor

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 overview

Course overview

Course titleJuris Doctor
Award abbreviationJD
Course code20820
Course typeprofessional practice master's degree
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Law
CRICOS code072184B
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Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationJuris Doctor is accredited by: Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.
Standard course duration3 years
Time limit9 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Ms Penny Carruthers
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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

Course structure

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):

S1LAWS4101Foundations of Law and Lawyering
S1LAWS4102Criminal Law
S1LAWS4103Contract
S1LAWS4104Property
S2LAWS4106Torts
S2LAWS4107Land Law
S2LAWS4108Foundations of Public Law
S2LAWS4109Legal Theory and Ethics
S1LAWS5101Constitutional Law
S1, S2LAWS5102Administrative Law
S1LAWS5103Equity and Trusts
S2LAWS5104Corporations Law
S2LAWS5105Remedies
S1LAWS5107Evidence
S1LAWS5108Commercial Practice
S1LAWS5109Dispute Resolution
S2LAWS5115Procedure

Take unit(s) to the value of 42 points from Groups A and B, including at least 6 points from Group B:

Note: LAWS5509 Advanced Legal Research A, LAWS5510 Advanced Legal Research B and LAWS5512 Supervised Research may be classified as Group B depending on topic.

Group A

N/ALAWS5117Advanced Evidence and Proof
S2LAWS5118Family Law
N/ALAWS5126Banking Law
S2LAWS5128Consumer Law
S2LAWS5132Income Taxation Law
S1LAWS5135Insurance Law
S1LAWS5144Mining and Energy Law
S1LAWS5150Intellectual Property Law
NSLAWS5158Negotiation and Mediation
S1, S2LAWS5160Law Review Part 1 (0 points)
S1, S2LAWS5161Law Review Part 2
NS, S2, SSLAWS5174Legal Internship
NSLAWS5177Insolvency Law
NSLAWS5181Health Law and Policy
S2LAWS5183Environmental Law
S1, S2LAWS5184Co-operative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED)
NSLAWS5185Forensic Advocacy
N/ALAWS5186Criminal Procedure: the Trial Process
S2LAWS5187Succession Law
 LAWS5307Mooting
NSLAWS5360Employment Law
N/ALAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
S1LAWS5503Conflict of Laws
S1LAWS5509Advanced Legal Research (by Invitation) Part 1 (0 points)
S2LAWS5510Advanced Legal Research (by Invitation) Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2LAWS5512Supervised Research
N/ALAWS5528Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
N/ALAWS5591Personal Property
NSLAWS5596Mergers and Acquisitions
N/ALAWS5813Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities
N/ALAWS5820Legislation in Practice

Take unit(s) according to the rules for Group A.

Group B

N/ALAWS5114International Environmental Law
NSLAWS5162Jessup International Moot Competition (12 points)
S1LAWS5165Public International Law
S2LAWS5167Comparative Law
N/ALAWS5178International Commercial Law
S1LAWS5182Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law
S2LAWS5254WTO Law
NSLAWS5576International Commercial Arbitration

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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 7.5 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 grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5;

and

(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);

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 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;

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.

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(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.

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 Legal Process.