La Trobe University

Doctor of Juridical Science


Start dates
Anytime 2018
3 years full time or 6 years part-time
Fees and costs
Learn more about the fees for graduate research.

The Doctor of Juridical Science is a research doctorate with a coursework prerequisite. If you have already completed a Master of Laws by coursework, this course offers the opportunity to engage in independent research on a topic relating to one of the School’s areas of research expertise. A central requirement is the completion of a thesis of at least 55 000 words that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 10.

Entry requirements


A coursework LLM from La Trobe University with average marks of “B” OR an English language LLM program from another university at the same standard (ad eundem statum) OR an LLM from a non-English language LLM program at an equivalent standard. Candidates are also required to provide evidence of research expertise.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find roles in academia, the legal profession, law reform, politics, business and commerce, government service, and public administration.

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.


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Industry internships

We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.

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Fees and costs

Course fees

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Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

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Additional information

For assistance with locating a research supervisor, please contact Dr Francine Rochford, La Trobe Law School. Email Or to identify a research supervisor in your research area, visit:

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