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Master Degree Course in Juris Doctor - SCM001

Course Code: SCM001
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
UAC Code: 880111
CRICOS Code: 098473A
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 6.5, a score of not less than 6.5 in writing, and no band score below 6.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.


The Juris Doctor is a Masters level law degree designed for those who have already completed a Bachelor's degree in another discipline. It will allow students to complete their law degree in minimum time. With an emphasis on practical legal problem-solving, the Juris Doctor will ground legal education in the broader social and economic context and support students' development as socially responsible and ethical professionals. With small class sizes and highly qualified and experienced staff, students will be encouraged to develop their advocacy abilities and legal skills, while understanding their connections to the theory and history of law. They will apply their talents in the real world, with opportunities to complete a law internship and/or international study through linkages with law firms, government and non-government agencies and overseas universities.

Students can also tailor their individual program of study by selecting from a variety of electives from different areas of law.

The UC Juris Doctor has professional accreditation with the Supreme Court of the ACT and the State of New South Wales.

Career opportunities
- Lawyer
- Solicitor
- Barrister
- Magistrate
- Judge
- Judge's associate
- Legal officer
- Justice or legal policy officer
- Legal Aid lawyer
- Community lawyer
- Policy adviser
- Legal researcher in public service, law reform body, parliament, court system, private sector
- Legislative drafter
- Academic


Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in any discipline, with a GPA of at least 5/7.

Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

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


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Juris Doctor JD

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

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

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Research Project: The unit is focused on the delivery of a research project. Attendance at regular classes is not required, however some 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



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

The Juris Doctor is accredited for admission to legal practice throughout Australia under the reciprocal recognition scheme.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates will have an advanced and integrated theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law which is suitable for entering the legal profession or undertaking other careers involving legal work and is developed through a program of study sufficient to satisfy the academic requirements for admission to legal practice. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; and use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems.
Graduates will demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in generating and evaluating responses to legal issues and solutions to legal problems. UC graduates are professional: work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict.

UC graduate are global citizens: adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Graduates will have communication and technical legal research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences. UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduate are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.
Graduates will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project. UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduate are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.
Graduates will be able to apply their legal knowledge and skills to work with a high level of accountability, autonomy and professionalism. UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and be self-aware.

Course Duration

Standard 3 years full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Alternative Exit: Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies Students may exit early from the Master course if they have passed 24 credit points as follows: 11431 Foundations of Law and Justice G, 11432 Dispute Management G, 11433 Lawyers and Professional Responsibility G, 11434 Contract Law G, 11435 Torts Law G, 11436 Criminal Law and Procedure G, and 11437 Constitutional Law G.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode

Enrolment Numbers

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