Doctor of Juridical Science

This is a professional doctorate consisting of a combination of coursework units and a thesis.

The Graduate Research School (GRS) manages this course.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Juridical Science
Award abbreviation
SJD
Course code
20810
Course type
professional Doctorate by thesis and coursework
Status
current / 2022
Administered by
UWA Law School
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.)
Articulation
The Doctor of Juridical Science has the following exit award: 20500 Master of Laws (48 points) (48 points)
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
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Director of Higher Degrees (Research)
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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 2022; 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 2023 or 2024.

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 requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS5215Theory & Practice of Risk Regulation
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 7-8 and 13-14 April.
S1LAWS6167Comparative Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law, LAWS5167 Comparative Law
*LAWS6168Federal Jurisdiction
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
This unit will run 29 September - 2 October. Students must attend every day of the intensive period.
N/ALAWS6175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1LAWS6181Health Law and Policy
Prerequisites:
LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
LAWS6324 Medicine and the Law
N/ALAWS6251International Sales Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 29,30,31 July and 1,5,6,7,8,12 August. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS6254WTO Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5511 International Trade Law, LAWS6719 International Trade Law, LAWS5254 WTO Law, LAWS3319 International Trade Law
lectures and tutorials: 3 hours per week
N/ALAWS6327Advanced Evidence and Proof
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/ALAWS6360Employment Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/ALAWS6504Insurance Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
N/ALAWS6521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period Wednesday 17 July to Friday 19 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS6576International Commercial Arbitration
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS3307 International Commercial Arbitration, LAWS5576 International Commercial Arbitration
Students must attend every day of the intensive period Monday 6 to Friday 10 September 2021. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS6589Australian Oil and Gas Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 February. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
S2LAWS6590Water Resources Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 28-30 September 2021. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS6713Environmental Protection Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
offered intensively
N/ALAWS6717Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS3392 Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
offered intensively
NSLAWS6726Mining Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 28-30 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS6727Oil and Gas Agreements
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 11-13 November. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
S1, S2LAWS6750Research Paper I
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2LAWS6751Research Paper II (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS9752 Research Paper III Part 1 and LAWS9753 Research Paper III Part 2
S1, S2LAWS6752Research Paper III Part 1
Prerequisites:
Nil.
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.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS9751 Research Paper II

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

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS6979Advanced Legal Theory and Research Methodology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
intensive/partially online
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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 70 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, or

(d) (i) completed 24 points of a Master of Laws (LLM) at UWA or elsewhere, including a 12 points research paper;

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 percent on completed LLM units; and

(iii) a mark of at least 70 percent in the 12 points research paper.

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.(1) This course has the following exit award:

  • 20500 Master of Laws (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Doctor of Juridical Science course before completing it, but after completing the requirements of a UWA Master of Laws, with a minimum WAM of 65%, may apply to the School to be awarded the Master of Laws.

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) 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;

and

(b) students must achieve an overall average mark of at least 70 per cent in the units from Group A to be permitted to enrol in the research component units in Group B.

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

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 GRS determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, a student who fails to achieve an overall average mark of 70 per cent in the units taken from Group A is assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the GRS.

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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).


Additional rules
Research proposal

14.(1) A student must provide a research proposal in the form prescribed by the Graduate Research School

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

or

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

(2) The supervisor must forward the research proposal with their comments through the Graduate Research Coordinator for approval.

Thesis length

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

Progress reports

16.(1) A student must provide an annual progress report, through the appropriate head of school and supervisor(s), in accordance with procedures determined by the Board of the Graduate Research School.

(2) The report provided by the student must be forwarded by the Head of School to the Board of the Graduate Research School with a recommendation on whether the student should be permitted to re-enrol.

Credit

17. A student admitted into the Doctor of Juridical Science via clause 4(d) will be credited with 18 points of SJD coursework from their Master of Laws studies.