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Course: Master's Degree Course in Juris Doctor (852AA)

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Award: Juris Doctor
Course Level: 14
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Offered Locations and Delivery Modes:

  • UC Bruce Campus
    • Part Time, Face-to-Face -
    • Full Time, Face-to-Face -

Introduction

The Juris Doctor (JD) Course is a 72 credit point program modeled on the US Juris Doctorate Degree. The JD is designed for graduates from another discipline who have significant work experience and want to obtain professional legal qualifications at a post-graduate level. The JD is well known internationally and leads to a qualification that will be recognised in all Australian jurisdictions. Small class sizes, state-of-the art teaching facilities, adult learning methods, significant interaction with lecturers and a year-round teaching schedule enables full time students to complete the degree in two years.

Full-time domestic students in this course may be eligible for student income support in the form of Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement.

Course Requirements

72 credit points, at least 24 of which must be at PG level, comprising:

(a) Required: (45 credit points)
6777 Legal Systems G
6778 Legal Methods and Skills G
6779 Contract Law G
6781 Law of Obligations G
7227 Equity G
7234 Property Law G
6780 Corporations Law G
7481 Criminal Law and Procedure G
7226 Constitutional Law G
7228 Evidence Law G
7774 Administrative Law PG
7230 Lawyers and Professional Responsibility G
7233 Litigation and Dispute Processing PG
7773 Legal Theory PG
6621 Advanced Legal Research and Writing PG

(b) Restricted choice: (27 credit points)
27 credit points of law electives from a list to be provided by the Faculty.

Typical Course Structure

YEAR 1
Semester 1 Winter Term Semester 2
6777 Legal Systems G 6780 Corporations Law G 7226 Constitutional Law G
6778 Legal Methods and Skills G Law elective 6781 Law of Obligations G
6779 Contract Law G Law elective
YEAR 2
7234 Property Law G 7481 Criminal Law and Procedure G 7227 Equity G
Law elective Law elective Law elective
Law elective Law elective
YEAR 3
6621 Advanced Legal Research and Writing PG 7233 Litigation and Dispute Processing PG 7773 Legal Theory PG
7774 Administrative Law PG Law elective * 7228 Evidence Law G
7230 Lawyers and Professional Responsibility G Law elective *

* Students undertaking honours will complete the unit 8357 Juris Doctor Dissertation PG in place of two of their law electives.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full time or equivalent. Maximum twelve semesters.

Admission Requirements

A good (usually at least a credit average) degree in any discipline and/ or a graduate diploma in legal studies and normally significant employment experience (two years minimum). Selection criteria include: quality of academic record, interpersonal and communication skills as ascertained by interview, reasons for seeking admission, maturity, motivation and experience/achievements since graduation. Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies will be favourably considered.

Approved Credit arrangements:
Advanced standing may be given for prior studies at an equivalent level.

Requirements for Degree with Honours:
(i) To be eligible to undertake studies at honours level, a student must achieve at least a credit average in all law units undertaken at the University of Canberra, this being determined by averaging their scores in all eligible subjects.

Eligible units:
Eligible units are those which count towards the Entry GPA and Honours GPA. Eligible units are:
- Any Law unit done which counts towards your Juris Doctor
- This includes units for which you receive Advanced Standing, whether done at UC or elsewhere.
- Where you have done extra subjects which may count, e.g. more than the required amount of law electives, your best results will be counted.

(ii) The degree of Juris Doctor may be awarded with first or second class honours. Following submission of a dissertation as part of the unit Juris Doctor Dissertation, students must obtain at least a classification of Good Performance for that dissertation.

Calculating the final class of honours:
Law degrees with Honours are awarded in the following classes depending on the Honours GPA obtained and the standard of the Honours Paper.
First Class: both an Honours GPA of at least 6 and an exceptional performance in the dissertation.
Second Class - Division I: both an Honours GPA of at least 5.5 and a very good performance in the dissertation.
Second Class - Division II: both an Honours GPA of at least 5 and a good performance in the dissertation.

Calculating the Honours GPA:
- The unit 8357 Juris Doctor Dissertation PG will be weighted as 30% for the purposes of calculating the Honours GPA. Units used in the Honours GPA are as described in 'Eligible units' above for entry to the Honours component of the course.

Note that marks are not automatically rounded up for purposes of Honours. Thus 4.99 does not become 5.00. Where your final mark is within two marks of the next level of honours, or of achieving honours at all (e.g. a 4.8 is rounded up to 5.0), you can apply in writing to have your honours result upgraded. This will be determined by the Associate Dean (Education) and the Juris Doctor Dissertation Unit Convener, taking into account your academic record and any mitigating circumstances which may have affected your academic performance. You can not be rounded up to first class honours.

Subsumable awards

The Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies (12 credit points) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (24 credit points) are subsumable into this course.

Course Enquiries

Enquiries should be addressed to the Faculty of Law (Building 6, Level C) on 02 6201 5762.
 
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