Juris DoctorProgram details
Designed for non-law graduates, the Juris Doctor is a postgraduate law program focusing on business law, international law and the justice system and leads to entry into the legal profession.
The program is designed to ensure students gain discipline knowledge, conduct legal research and engage with professional practice.
In particular, the RMIT Juris Doctor program aims to bring the study of law to life by offering you a range of practical opportunities such as clinical legal practice with the Mental Health Legal Centre and shadowing judges, magistrates and practising lawyers in their daily work.
The Juris Doctor program offers you the opportunity to meet the academic requirements for entry into the legal profession while also gaining insights into key issues facing contemporary legal, justice and regulatory systems in Australia and internationally.
How you will learn
This program is also offered through Open Universities Australia (OUA). To study in online mode, please apply through OUA.
A moot 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. It is also a test of your understanding of court etiquette, legal research and legal writing. Each student generally has 15 minutes to make their oral submissions to the court, fielding questions from the bench in the process. This activity is a compulsory component of two courses and normally takes place in the second and third years of the Juris Doctor program.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and may include:
- oral class presentations
- research projects
- reflective reports
- in-class tests
- case studies
- practical legal skills assessment
- mock tribunal hearing projects.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and group discussions. 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 Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account.
Students entering the Juris Doctor are required to have a high level of English proficiency. Legal study requires students to be able to research and analyse the law from primary resources, to apply the findings of such work to the solution of legal problems, and to be able to communicate the results of their learning, both orally and in writing.
Global intensives are a unique feature of the program. You can combine an overseas travel and cultural experience with coursework completed in intensive mode and have this credited towards your degree. They depart during the Australian summer or winter vacations and are usually undertaken in the final semester of the degree.
A specialist global intensive to New Zealand, offered every alternate year, offers Juris Doctor students the opportunity to observe a number of innovative courts, discussions with presiding judges, and briefings by justice practitioners in New Zealand.
If you are planning to include a global intensive as part of your program, you are advised to check that you have the required number of student electives or credit points available.
You must complete 16 core law courses (including the 'Priestley 11', and the compulsory work-integrated learning course, Negotiation and Dispute Resolution) and eight optional courses (electives).
While some non-law electives can be taken, you must complete at least four law electives as part of your studies.
Elective options include
- BUSM4483 Business Internship elective
- a global intensive
- working in a student team as part of the Fastrack Innovation Program
- BUSM4598 Business Skills for Start Ups
- general student elective.
The elective course Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct must be successfully completed for admission into practice as a legal practitioner.
Plans are variations offered for a program such as specialisations, modes of delivery or location. Browse a plan to see the courses our students are currently studying.
This program plan applies to students who are commencing the JD, or have commenced in, or after, semester 2 2014.
This program plan applies to students who commenced the JD in, or prior to, semester 1 2014. Students in this program plan should ensure that they are familiar with any relevant transition rules.
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