DurationFull-time 3 years, Other, Part-time 6 years
LocationOnline, Melbourne City
AU$40,320 (2022 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
DurationFull-time 3 years
AU$46,080 (2022 annual)
Next intakeFebruary 2022, July 2022
The RMIT Juris Doctor is an innovative postgraduate law course focusing on the fundamentals of law and the justice system.
This course is based on a unique approach that we call ‘bringing law to life.’ It has been designed specifically to create job-ready graduates, with direction and input from a Program Advisory Board made up of senior executives from law firms, representatives from the Bar, Magistrates and other senior members of the profession.
You will build practical legal skills such as mooting and advocacy, research and policy development, interviewing and working with clients and negotiation, influencing and mediation. These are integrated into the study of substantive areas of law.
You will learn how to conduct research, to gain insights into policy development and law reform through a subject focussed on innovative justice that incorporates design thinking in law. We offer a core subject in Law and Technology that gives you skills for the changing world of work and critiques the impact of technology on the law.
You will also choose from a range of law electives that cover human rights law, tax law, intellectual property law, international business law, competition and consumer law, insolvency, acquisitions and mergers, labour law, environment and planning law, health law, wills and family law.
The RMIT Juris Doctor has a three-year flexible structure. The course can be delivered in ways that suit your life. For example, a part time option is available, or you can study off-campus via Open University Australia’s online portal.
Your classes on campus are held in the evening, generally at 5.30pm, and on selected weekends via intensive delivery. They will mostly be held at the Emily McPherson College Building, a magnificent heritage property on the corner of Russell and Victoria streets in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Facilities include a student lounge, conference suite, teaching theatres and classrooms with the latest multimedia technology, and a rooftop patio with views of the city.
A summer semester is available and some students may be able to accelerate their progress. Classes are offered in weekly and intensive mode over summer.
In addition you will have access to online and digital resources through myRMIT. Through this online learning portal, you will be able to view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Canvas, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account.
Throughout the course, you will build legal skills and gain expertise in the critical areas of practice. Under the supervision of members of the legal profession you will engage in a variety of simulations to develop practical legal capabilities.
You will also learn how to conduct research, to gain insights into policy development and law reform.
Opportunities to Moot at RMIT
As part of your JD experience all students are engaged in mooting. A moot court is an activity where students take part in simulated court proceedings, which usually involves drafting briefs and presenting an oral legal argument. The aim of the moot court is to consolidate the learning of substantive law and provide experience in legal advocacy, presentation and teamwork.
Moot court will also test your understanding of court etiquette, legal research and legal writing.
Moots are conducted in the nearby Old Magistrates' Court building. Some classes may be held at other locations at RMIT’s Melbourne City campus.
Students can further hone their mooting skills through an an elective in advanced advocacy, or by joining national and international mooting competitions, such as the Vis moot in Hong Kong, the Jessup moot in Canberra and the Kirby moot in Melbourne.
Participation in these competitions can be credited toward the JD.
As an RMIT JD student, we prepare you for the changing world of work in Law. We offer real industry internships and opportunities for Clinical Legal Education. Practical, industry-relevant options include:
- shadowing judges, magistrates and practising lawyers in their daily work
- working with industry mentors to solve legal problems
- clinical legal education with community legal centres and the Neighbourhood Justice Centre
- research for the Centre for Innovative Justice on law reform projects
- participating in international study tours to observe innovative courts and overseas legal systems.
There is the opportunity to observe a number of innovative courts, both locally and internationally in study tours for law students. There is also the opportunity to take a study tour to our Vietnam campus looking at legal systems in Asia.
Classes on campus are held in the evening, and on selected weekends via intensive delivery.
A summer semester is available, and some students may be able to accelerate their progress. During the summer semester, classes are offered in weekly and intensive mode.
You must complete 18 core law subjects (including the 'Priestley 11') and six optional subjects (electives).
Plans are variations offered for a degree, such as specialisations, modes of delivery or location. Browse a plan to see the subjects our students are currently studying.
This plan applies to students who are commencing the JD, or have commenced in, or after, semester 2 2014.
This plan applies to students who commenced the JD in, or prior to, semester 1 2014. Students in this plan should ensure that they are familiar with any relevant transition rules.
Choose a program structure
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Program code: MC161
Graduates can change their career direction and enter the legal profession by adding this fully accredited legal qualification to their undergraduate degree.
RMIT’s Juris Doctor graduates have access to a range of legal opportunities. These include practising law in the commercial legal sector, practising as a barrister, or working as an in-house lawyer with corporations, governments or not-for-profit organisations.
JD graduates work in many other fields where knowledge of legal principles and the ability to think deeply and rigorously are essential. These fields include public administration, NGOs, politics and business. RMIT JD alumni are building a reputation as fully prepared, work-ready legal professionals. Finally, for those who are not contemplating a career change, the JD is a Masters level qualification can be a significant enhancement to your existing career.
Course accreditation or membership offered by professional bodies signals to employers the quality and relevance of RMIT's courses and opens up career pathways and networks.
Professional bodies accredit or recognise courses as meeting professional and academic standards deemed to be essential for a new graduate entering into that profession. An accredited course will either enable the graduate to enter directly into a professional qualifications program or provide the graduate with exemptions or credit towards a post university professional qualification.
This type of accreditation is where a statutory body must approve a course of study in order for a graduate to practise in that profession.
Professional bodies or associations are representative organisations of professions that provide membership and other career development support to its members. Many professional bodies offer membership opportunities for students and new graduates with benefits such as career advice, networking within the profession and access to resources not available through the university. The aim of these benefits is to assist with your transition from university into the profession.
Current course accreditations and information about membership and development opportunities for students and graduates.
Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB)
Course satisfies the academic requirements for graduates admission to the Australian Legal Profession. (Accredited for course delivery in Melbourne and via Open Universities Australia.)
Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD)
The School is compliant with the standards for Australian Law Schools adopted by the Council of Australian Law Deans and assessed by the Australian Law Schools Standards Committee (ALSSC).
You must have:
- An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline (except a Bachelor of Laws (LLB - Common Law)) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (out of 4.0).
- Applicants with an Australian bachelor degree in any discipline (except a Bachelor of Laws (LLB – Common Law)) with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) may be considered for a full fee place when a personal statement is provided demonstrating significant interest or intended career progression in law.
- Applicants seeking to enrol in a subject or subjects required to obtain admission into legal practice will only be considered for full-fee places. A letter from the Board of Examiners, Victorian Council of Education (or equivalent interstate body) that lists the subjects(s) required to be completed must be submitted.
Commonwealth supported places
- Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) may be available for this program. Admission for CSP is competitive and eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement. The minimum GPA for CSP in an intake may be higher than 2.5 out of 4.0 as it is dependent on the number of applications received and available places in an intake.
- Students currently enrolled in a full-fee place in the RMIT Juris Doctor may apply for a CSP in the Juris Doctor on completion of at least one year of full-time equivalent study (96 credit points) and have demonstrated a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0).
You must have successfully completed:
- An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline, except a Bachelor of Laws (LLB - Common Law) with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (out of 4.0)
- Applicants with an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), in any discipline except a Bachelor of Laws (LLB – Common Law) with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) may be considered when a personal statement is provided demonstrating significant interest or intended career progression in law.
- Applicants seeking to enrol in a subject or subjects required to obtain admission into legal practice must submit a letter from the Board of Examiners, Victorian Council of Education (or equivalent interstate body) that lists the subjects(s) required to be completed.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
For non-law electives, exemptions may be granted for courses successfully completed at master degree level.
Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
This program has full-fee places, with a limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSP).
Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
2022 indicative fees
- Full-fee places: AU$40,320*.
- Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$3,985 to AU$14,630*
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
A summer semester is available for this program, allowing some students to accelerate their progress. If you choose this option and enrol in more than the standard full-time load (96 credit points) for the year, you will be charged accordingly.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package.
The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2022 for commencing students
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022
Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture
|$3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology
|$8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$11,401 per standard year
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture
$14,630 per standard year
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
Looking for answers or more general infomation?
For frequently asked questions or how to find more information regarding applications and enrolments, fees, student support services, university policies and more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.