La Trobe University

Juris Doctor


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. The accelerated program provides the option to complete the degree in less than 3 years by enrolment in the accelerated program and the completion of electives in the Summer and Winter Semesters.
Fees and costs
$36,800 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
CSP places may be available.

Get a global perspective and explore social justice with our Juris Doctor.

Learn at our city campus - in the heart of Melbourne's legal precinct with guidance from academics and practitioners. We offer flexibility with electives and placements, and an option to do a two-year accelerated program.

This course will enhance your career outcomes. Graduates work in practice, academia, and the government or corporate sector.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

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Entry requirements


An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification with a WAM of 65 or above OR an Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification with a personal statement. The personal statement should address reasons for seeking to study law, relevant employment experience, relevant skills and experience to enable to undertake study workload and learning environment ("Candidate study skills") and contribution to the community.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

This course satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law in Victoria. For more information on admission to practise, see Australian practise requirements and International practise requirements. Graduates work as lawyers, strategic advisers, workplace relations analysts, government staff, law librarians, policy advisors and intelligence analysts.

Professional recognition

All La Trobe University Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor law courses include the subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to qualify for admission to the legal profession in Victoria as an Australian lawyer. Admission to the legal profession by the Supreme Court of Victoria also requires the completion of practical legal training either by a 12-month period of Supervised Legal Training or by completing an approved practical legal training course (for example, at the Leo Cussen Institute or The College of Law). Candidates for admission to practise must also satisfy the Admissions Board that they are a fit and proper person to be admitted to practise.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$36,800 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
CSP places may be available.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

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

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: