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C04364v1 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice

Award(s): Juris Doctor (JD)
Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice (GradCertTMLP)

UAC code: 940431 (PT)(Autumn session, Spring session)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 156
Course EFTSL: 3.25
Location: City campus

Notes

This course is not offered to international students.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

UTS has established expertise and a reputation for providing courses relevant to the needs of the patent and trade marks professions. This course reflects the range of topics required for registration as a trade marks attorney in Australia under the relevant regulations. 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.

This trade mark law component of the course provides graduates with an understanding of the principles of the registered trade mark system, the protection of unregistered marks and related forms of protection against misleading or unfair trading conduct in Australia. The unique feature is that it may be undertaken entirely online, removing the need for students to attend face-to-face classes.

The Juris Doctor component 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.

Course aims

This course provides graduates with an understanding of the principles of the law and the Australian legal system, the registered trade mark system, the protection of unregistered marks and related forms of protection against misleading or unfair trading conduct in Australia. In addition, graduates understand the content and implication of a patent specification, enabling them to advise upon possible questions of infringement, the validity and compliance.

Career options

Career options also include, but are not limited to, lawyer within a private firm, government department or community law centre, trade marks attorney, 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.

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 or a law qualification from an overseas jurisdiction. Admission is at the discretion of the associate dean (education).

The English proficiency requirement for 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.

Credit recognition

Subjects undertaken within the Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice (C11130), Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property (C11229) and Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property (C06099) are recognised within the Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice.

Credit recognition information regarding the Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice is available at postgraduate course information.

Course duration and attendance

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

The subjects within the trade mark component of this course are available online by distance learning and require no on-campus attendance. All lectures, tutorials, course materials and assessments are distributed by a combination of web-based technology and electronic media. Students conduct all communication with the lecturer by electronic means.

Subjects in the JD component of the course are offered in face-to-face mode or blended mode (face-to-face and online).

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 156 credit points. The study components for course completion are as follows:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects (fifteen subjects)
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option (one subject)
  • 24 credit points of trade mark law options (four subjects), and
  • 18-credit-point of options (three subjects).

Subjects are timetabled annually, but not all subjects are offered every session. The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.

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
CBK90921 Options (Legal Theory PG) 6cp
STM90743 Trade Mark Law and Practice stream 24cp
CBK91268 Options 18cp
Total 156cp

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 program is shown below.

Autumn commencing, 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
77905 Preparing for Intellectual Property Practice   6cp
77889 Trade Marks Law   6cp
Spring session
77890 Trade Marks Practice   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
77903 Copyright Law 6cp  
78188 Intellectual Property Commercialisation 6cp  
77740 Research Paper 6cp  
77893 Designs Law and Practice 6cp  
78015 Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law 6cp  
78238 History and Theory of Intellectual Property 6cp  
78186 Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge 6cp  
77898 Patent Law 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91268 Options 18cp  
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  
78126 Corporate Governance 6cp  
78270 Crime, Victims and Criminal Justice 6cp  
78269 Special Topics in Property 6cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91268 Options 18cp  

Levels of award

The Juris Doctor component 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.

Transfer between UTS courses

Subjects undertaken within the Juris Doctor component of the course are recognised within the Master of Legal Studies (C04264), the Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (C07122) and the Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies (C11264). Students who have completed the Juris Doctor component may apply to internally transfer to the master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate. Candidates are not awarded the Juris Doctor but subjects undertaken are applied towards the master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate.

Students who successfully complete the Juris Doctor component 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).

Professional recognition

The Juris Doctor component of the 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).

Subject to final board approval, where applicants have a requisite tertiary qualification as stipulated by the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys, this course provides the accredited subjects which satisfy the educational requirements necessary for registration as a Trade Marks Attorney in Australia. Prospective students should check with the Professional Standards Board for specific subjects required to be completed for registration.

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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