Graduates can change their career direction and enter the legal profession by adding this fully accredited legal qualification to their undergraduate degree.
Your career as a legal professional
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.
Our JD program is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board as meeting the educational requirements for admission to the Australian legal profession in Victoria as a lawyer.
RMIT complies 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).
For further details about accreditation please visit our accreditation and membership page.
Requirements for legal practice
To be admitted to practise as a lawyer in Australia, applicants must have completed a tertiary qualification in Australia that includes:
- the equivalent of at least three years of full-time study of law
- accredited units of study that demonstrate an understanding of and competence in specified areas of legal knowledge (known as the 'Priestley 11').
The RMIT JD satisfies these requirements. After completing the JD graduates must complete the Practical Legal Training (PLT) requirements - either a year of Supervised Workplace Training with a law firm, or an approved PLT course. The PLT course can be undertaken on a fee-paying basis through Leo Cussen Centre for Law or The College of Law.