University of Technology Sydney

C04236v3 Juris Doctor

Award(s): Juris Doctor (JD)
CRICOS code: 060932C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their full application by the following dates to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

  • Autumn 2022: Monday 31 January 2022
  • Spring 2022: Closing Date To Be Confirmed

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

Overview

The UTS Juris Doctor is an internationally recognised graduate-entry qualification for non-law graduates. As an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 9 master's qualification, this course meets the academic requirements for admission as a lawyer in NSW for graduates who have successfully completed a first degree.

As the foremost provider of JD education in Sydney, UTS delivers industry informed, academically rigorous and highly practical courses, equipping students with extensive knowledge in the theory and practice of the law. Flexible timetabling provides options for day and evening classes (core subjects), block study (selected subjects) and online learning (electives), as well as selected recorded lectures and podcasts.

Mentoring programs and co-curricular programs and services are also available to help keep students on track and to build students' career options. Practical Legal Training (PLT) – the practical requirement for admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW – can also be completed at UTS. For students seeking a career path beyond the law, the JD can be an entry point into a range of other roles where legal expertise is of value.

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

1.1 An advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of legal knowledge including:
a. The Australian colonial and post-colonial legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge;
b. The broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates including cultural awareness, social justice and policy;
c. The principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers’ roles;
d. The impact of Anglo-Australian laws on Indigenous peoples, including their historical origins in the process of colonisation and ongoing impact; and
e. Contemporary developments in law and its professional practice.
2.1 An advanced and integrated capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, cultural respect, accountability, public service and ethical standards including:
a. An understanding of approaches to ethical decision making;
b. An understanding of the rules of professional responsibility;
c. An ability to reflect upon and respond to ethical challenges in practice;
d. A developing ability to engage in the profession of law and to exercise professional judgment; and
e. An ability to reflect on and engage constructively with diversity in practice.
3.1 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including an ability to:
a. Identify and articulate complex legal issues in context, including the skill of critical reading and writing;
b. Apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate theoretical and practical responses; and
c. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching complex legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
4.1 Specialist cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues including an ability to:
a. Demonstrate intellectual and practical skills necessary to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions; and
b. Apply ethical research practices.
5.1 Well-developed professional and appropriate communication skills including:
a. Highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different and diverse audiences and environments;
b. An ability to inform, analyse, report and persuade;
c. An ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message;
d. A cognisance of advanced communication technologies and willingness to adopt where appropriate; and
e. An ability to respond respectfully.
6.1 Advanced and integrated collaboration skills in working together to achieve a common goal in a group learning environment or the workplace including:
a. An ability to give and receive feedback;
b. Appropriate professional and interpersonal skills in working collaboratively; and
c. A capacity to develop strategies to successfully negotiate group challenges.
7.1 A well-developed capacity:
a. To work with Indigenous peoples in a professional context;
b. To respect, recognise and advocate for Indigenous strengths and self-determination;
c. To acknowledge and respect Indigenous Knowledges;
d. To understand the impact of colonisation, specifically historical and ongoing racism and the economic impact of dispossession resulting in social and economic exclusion; and
e. To identify and challenge the deficit narratives and biases of Anglo-Australian laws towards Indigenous Australians.
8.1 A high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism and the ability to implement appropriate self-management and life-long learning strategies including:
a. An ability to initiate self-directed work and learning;
b. Well-developed judgment and responsibility;
c. The ability to support personal and professional development by:
    (i) Self-assessing skills and personal wellbeing; and
    (ii) Making appropriate use of feedback;
d. 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.

If an applicant does not formally meet the selection criteria but the Faculty deems the applicant to be eligible based on evidence of prior learning and demonstrated capability, the Faculty reserves the right to make an offer to the appropriate course.

Applicants may be asked to provide additional information to assist in the assessment of their application for admission.

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.

Recognition of prior learning

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).

Students who successfully complete Master of International Commercial and Business Law (C04432) or the Master of International Commercial and Business Law Master of Business Administration (C04433) may apply for 24cp of elective credit to be applied to the Juris Doctor (C04236), the Master of Legal Studies (C04264), or Master of Laws (C04143).

General and course-specific recognition of prior learning 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).

Note: The academic qualifications required to practice law include successfully completing a tertiary academic course in Australia with a duration of at least three years' full-time study of law.

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).

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 diagram: C04236

Course program

Students in the standard full-time program enrol in 24 to 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 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70106 Principles of Public International Law   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   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  
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  
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
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
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  
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  
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.

Articulation with 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)
Ask UTS