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The RMIT Juris Doctor is an innovative postgraduate law program focusing on the fundamentals of law and the justice system.
The program 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 also choose from a range of law electives that include Human Rights Law, Law and Technology, International Business Law, Competition and Consumer Law, Insolvency, Acquisitions and Mergers, Labour Law, Environmental and Planning Law, Health Law, Wills and Family Law.
The RMIT Juris Doctor has a three-year flexible structure. The program can be delivered in ways that suit your life. For example, a part time option is available, while you can study off-campus via Open University Australia’s online portal.
How you will learn
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 program, 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. All students undertake a compulsory course in legal research, which prepares them for work in the profession and in related legal fields. This course culminates in students presenting their research to a panel of legal professionals.
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.
Students can further hone their mooting skills through an an elective in advanced advocacy, or by joining mooting competitions, such as the VIZ moot in Hong Kong, the Jessup moot in Canberra and the Kirby moot in Melbourne.
Participation in these competitions is credited toward the JD Program.
Moots are conducted in the nearby Old Magistrates' Court building. Some classes may be held at other locations at RMIT’s Melbourne City campus.
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.
Study tours are a unique feature of the on-campus program. You can combine an overseas travel and cultural experience with coursework completed in intensive mode and have this credited towards your degree. College tours are available to destinations such as the United States, China and Europe.
A specialist intensive study tour to New Zealand, offered in conjunction with the Centre for Innovative Justice, 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. Additionally, there is the opportunity to take a study tour to our Vietnam campus looking at legal systems in Asia.
If you are planning to include a study tour 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 18 core law courses (including the 'Priestley 11') and six optional courses (electives).
You must complete at least three law-related electives from the approved list, and may also choose non-law electives.
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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