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Professional Doctorate in Legal Science (Research) - 384JA

Course Code: 384JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
CRICOS Code: 099086D
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Research a professional practice issue in the field of law

The Professional Doctorate in Legal Science (Research) combines coursework with a research dissertation to enable advanced study and reflection on practice in the professional field of law. As a doctoral student, you will choose a real-world legal problem to explore as a research project and will be encouraged to use it to draw upon, and extend, your professional experience and expertise in relation to your own workplace, organisation or community.

The UC Faculty of Business, Government and Law has particular teaching and research strengths in the areas of corporate, business and taxation law, although you can choose to explore a subject from across the legal spectrum. You will graduate from the program having made a unique contribution to professional practice in your chosen field and ready to progress your career to the next level. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Professional Doctorate in Legal Science (Research) at UC and you will:

  • undertake coursework in specific units
  • develop the legal research, writing and analysis skills which enable you to produce a dissertation which is an original and significant contribution to legal literature
  • prepare a substantial dissertation which adds to existing legal knowledge and forms an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular legal issue
  • initiate closer links between the University and senior professionals in fields associated with law and related disciplines.

Work Integrated Learning

A professional doctorate is, by its very nature, the embodiment of Work Integrated Learning (WIL), and is much more focused on professional practice than a traditional PhD. Throughout your coursework and specifically in your dissertation, you will be encouraged to apply your existing professional knowledge and undertake new research to identify and explore a real-world problem in the field of law.

Career opportunities

  • Academic
  • Lecturer
  • Sessional academic
  • Senior research officer
  • Senior research fellow
  • Lawyer*
  • Solicitor*
  • Barrister*
  • Judge*
  • Magistrate*
  • Registrar
  • Company director
  • Public servant
  • Senior policy adviser
  • Parliamentary counsel
  • Legislative drafter
  • Law reform officer
  • Senior analyst
  • Strategic adviser
  • Business consultant

*Subject to satisfactory undergraduate law degree and successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, which qualifies you for admission to practice as a lawyer.

Course-specific information

Before a candidate is admitted to the Professional Doctorate in Legal Science program, the University must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation, and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements: 

  1. holds a bachelor's degree in law or an equivalent qualification
  2. has five years of professional practice in a legal area
  3. provides evidence of superior legal professional performance both intellectually and technically
  4. provides evidence of capacity for specialised coursework at the postgraduate level
  5. has capacity to undertake significant research in the proposed doctoral field.

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible, you must have an academic IELTS or equivalent of 6.5 with no band score below 6.0. Students who have undertaken all their education in an English-speaking country (as defined on the UC website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.

Domestic students who are accepted on this course are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for the standard duration of the course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the annual fee rate that applied at the start of your degree. Further information on fees for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can be found here.

Enquiries

Current & Prospective Students
Faculty of Business, Government and Law Associate Dean (Research) Dr Don Fleming P +61 2 6201 5791 E Don.Fleming@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Before a candidate is admitted to the Doctor of Legal Science Program, the University must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements:
- a bachelor's degree in law or an equivalent qualification;
- five years of professional practice in a legal area;
- provides evidence of superior legal professional performance both intellectually and technically;
- provides evidence of capacity for specialised coursework at the postgraduate level; and
- demonstrates capacity to undertake significant research in the proposed doctoral field.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Doctor of Legal Science SJD

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 $21,400 $26,800
2020 $22,300 $27,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
2. Coursework undertaken in specific units; .
The objectives of the course are to enable legal practitioners to extend and build upon their professional experience through:

1. The development of legal research, writing and analysis skills which enable students to produce a dissertation which constitutes an original and significant contribution to legal literature;
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3. The preparation of a substantial dissertation which adds to our existing legal knowledge and constitutes an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular legal issue or set of issues; and .
4. Bridging the gap between theory and practice by developing closer links between the University and senior professionals in fields associated with law and related disciplines. .

Course Duration

Standard: 4 years full-time or equivalent. Maximum: 8 years.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for this course for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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