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C04236v3 Juris Doctor

Award(s): Juris Doctor (JD)
UAC code: 940422 (FT) (Autumn session, Spring session) , 940423 (PT) (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 060932C
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
Articulation with UTS courses
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Juris Doctor (JD) is a graduate law degree that builds on the established reputation of UTS: Law to provide high-calibre, graduate-level education in the theory and practice of the law. It is specifically designed for graduates of disciplines other than law. The Juris Doctor qualifies as an Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 master's degree. The flexible nature of the JD allows students to work while they study and to tailor their workload to suit professional and personal commitments.

The JD offers an alternative pathway to practise as a lawyer for graduates who have successfully completed a first degree. In a globalised environment, the JD is internationally recognised as a graduate-level law qualification. UTS: Law integrates flexible learning options, including day and night classes, block intensive classes and online learning.

Career options

Career options include, but are not limited to, lawyer within a private firm, government department or community law centre, regulatory affairs and policy adviser in the public or private sector or legal specialisation related to students' previous degree or enhanced career options within an existing professional sphere.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 An advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of legal knowledge including the Australian legal system, social justice, cultural and international contexts, the principles and values of ethical practice, and contemporary developments in law and its professional practice
2.0 An advanced and integrated capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including an understanding of approaches to ethical decision making, the rules of professional responsibility, an ability to reflect upon and respond to ethical challenges in practice, and a developing ability to engage in the profession of law and to exercise professional judgment
3.0 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively including an ability to identify and articulate complex legal issues, apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate theoretical and practical responses, and, demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching complex legal issues and generating appropriate responses
4.0 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues and demonstrate intellectual and practical skills necessary to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions
5.0 Effective and appropriate professional communication skills including highly effective use of the English language, an ability to inform, analyse, report and persuade using an appropriate medium and message and an ability to respond appropriately
6.0 A high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism, the ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including initiating self-directed work and learning, judgment and responsibility, self assessment of skills, personal wellbeing and appropriate use of feedback and, a capacity to adapt to and embrace change

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

For this course the equivalent qualification required is a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than law or a law qualification from an overseas jurisdiction. Admission is at the discretion of the associate dean (education).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Credit recognition

General and course-specific credit recognition information regarding the Juris Doctor is available at postgraduate course information.

Course duration and attendance

The standard course can be completed in three years of full-time or five-and-a-half years of part-time study. There are two intakes a year (in Autumn and Spring).

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 144 credit points. The study components for course completion are as follows:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects (15 subjects)
  • 30 credit points of law options (five subjects), and
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option (one subject).

Refer to the course entry in the UTS: Handbook 2012 for the Juris Doctor v2 course structure.

Industrial training/professional practice

To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal qualification and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

STM90831 Core subjects (JD) 108cp
CBK90920 Options (JD) 30cp
CBK90921 Options (Legal Theory PG) 6cp
Total 144cp

Course diagram



Course program

Students in the standard full-time program enrol in between 24 and 26 credit points in Autumn and Spring sessions. Optional subjects are regularly timetabled but not all options are offered in any one session. Students may choose to study one of the 30 credit-point option subjects instead of the 6 credit-point legal theory subject in the recommended sequence provided that they complete the legal theory subject in a later session. The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.

The standard full-time and part-time programs are shown below.

full time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Spring session
70211 Contracts   8cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70106 Principles of Public International Law   6cp
70107 Principles of Company Law   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
78210 Law and Literature 6cp  
78235 Justice 6cp  
78236 Environmental Ethics 6cp  
78237 Geographies of Law 6cp  
78238 History and Theory of Intellectual Property 6cp  
78239 Feminist Perspectives on Law and Justice 6cp  
78241 Reading the Law: Language, Power and Ideology 6cp  
78218 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90920 Options (JD) 30cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK90920 Options (JD) 30cp  
part time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Spring session
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
70211 Contracts   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70311 Torts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
Spring session
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
Spring session
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70106 Principles of Public International Law   6cp
Spring session
70107 Principles of Company Law   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
78210 Law and Literature 6cp  
78235 Justice 6cp  
78236 Environmental Ethics 6cp  
78237 Geographies of Law 6cp  
78238 History and Theory of Intellectual Property 6cp  
78239 Feminist Perspectives on Law and Justice 6cp  
78241 Reading the Law: Language, Power and Ideology 6cp  
78218 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90920 Options (JD) 30cp  
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90920 Options (JD) 30cp  
Year 6
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90920 Options (JD) 30cp  

Levels of award

The Juris Doctor may be awarded with distinction. An additional year of study is not required. To qualify for distinction, a student must complete 77740 Research Paper within CBK90920 Options (JD). The rules governing the Juris Doctor with distinction can be found in postgraduate course information. See coursework research on the UTS: Law website for information on how to apply to enrol.

Refer to the honours entry in the UTS: Handbook 2014 for the pre-2015 honours rules and regulations for the Juris Doctor (C04236).

Articulation with UTS courses

Students who successfully complete the Juris Doctor at UTS and have completed Master of Laws (C04143) equivalent subjects within the Juris Doctor, may apply for these subjects to be credited towards the Master of Laws (C04143).

Transfer between UTS courses

Subjects undertaken within the Juris Doctor are recognised within the Master of Legal Studies (C04264) and the Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (C07122). Students enrolled in the Juris Doctor may apply to internally transfer to the master's or graduate diploma. Candidates are not awarded the Juris Doctor but subjects undertaken are applied towards the master's or graduate diploma.

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW, provided students undertake a PLT program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Other information

Further information for future students is available on:

telephone +61 2 9514 3660
email
law@uts.edu.au

Further information for current students is available on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
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