Juris Doctor

Choose the Juris Doctor at La Trobe

Get a global perspective and explore law and justice with our Juris Doctor. This internationally recognised course prepares you for admission to practice law and is accredited by the Victorian Legal Administrations Board.

  • Learn at our City Campus in the heart of Melbourne's legal precinct from leading researchers and experienced practitioners.
  • Teaching is conducted in small classes and assessment tasks emphasise practical skills and hands-on experience.
  • Enjoy flexible learning and electives with work placement options.
  • Electives are drawn from our successful Master of Laws in Global Business Law Program, which is taught by local experts and international faculty from the best law schools in the world.
  • Access contemporary interactive learning facilities.
  • Accredited by the Victorian Legal Administrations Board as satisfying the academic requirements for admission in Australia. For more information on admission to practise in Australia, see Australian practise requirements.
  • An internationally-recognised legal qualification. For more information on admission to practise internationally, see International practise requirements.
  • Complete this three-year degree sooner with our accelerated option (available to domestic and international students).
  • La Trobe is the first university to partner with the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Get more information in our Juris Doctor fact sheet [PDF 259KB].

Career outcomes

Our law graduates are now in senior positions in the legal profession – including law firm partners and judges, as well as occupying senior positions in government, corporations and non-profit organisations.

As the third oldest law school in Victoria, La Trobe has a well-established and supportive network of graduates. Whether you're an aspiring lawyer or want a law degree that will help you build another great career, this degree will enhance your career outcomes.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • apply the law in a global context
  • understand the law in its social, political and economic contexts
  • think critically and analytically about research problems
  • present your ideas in a compelling way.

Industry connections

  • La Trobe Law School exclusively hosts the Secretariat of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), a national organisation actively engaged in human rights work and advocacy
  • Our work-integrated learning partnership with the Law Institute of Victoria allows us to match your interests with a Victorian law firm and then you can get academic credit for your work experience.

Course structure

You'll complete 16 core subjects that provide the academic requirements for admission. You will also take 8 electives, including opportunities for professional placement as well as access to our suite of electives in the Master of Laws in Global Business Law.

In your first semester, you will be introduced to the Australian legal system, legal reasoning and legal institutions, as well as studying subjects that are core to the practice of law, such as torts (civil wrongs) and contract law. In the second semester, you will be introduced to the principles of statutory interpretation. Throughout your studies, you will be developing the skills of legal reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking, legal writing and oral advocacy.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Core subjects

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Company Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law A
  • Contract Law B
  • Evidence and Criminal Procedure
  • Foundations of Property Law
  • Legal Practice and Professional Conduct
  • Legal Process, Methods and Institutions
  • Principles of Criminal Law
  • Principles of Equity and Trusts
  • Principles of Tort Law
  • Real Property Law
  • Remedies
  • Statutory Interpretation

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Alumni Advantage

A 10 per cent Alumni discount is available to all La Trobe University alumni. This discount applies to all full-fee postgraduate programs. Find out more.

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.

Featured staff

Professor Patrick Keyzer

Head of La Trobe Law School, Chair of Law and Public Policy

Patrick Keyzer is a Professor of Law who has written or edited 28 books and was shortlisted for an Australian Human Rights Award in 2010 for his pro bono human rights advocacy. Previously Executive Associate to Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, the Chief Justice of Australia, and now a practising barrister, Professor Keyzer has conducted cases in the High Court of Australia and the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

His most recent book, Access To International Justice (Routledge, 2015) considers whether national justice systems can adequately protect internationally-recognised human rights and whether international legal systems are sufficiently accessible to assist people in nation-states to realise their human rights.

Professor Keyzer has won five teaching awards and is the President of the Australasian Law Teachers Association.

See Professor Keyzer's full profile.

Dr Fiona Kelly

Senior Lecturer, La Trobe Law School

Previously, Fiona has worked as a judicial associate at the Family Court of Australia and a Research Officer with the Australian Institute of Family Studies. See Dr Kelly's full profile.

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