La Trobe University

Doctor of Juridical Science


Semester starts
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
34 400

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

Academic entry requirement

Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 pr H2A level, or approved international equivalent and at least three years of relevant professional experience. You must also provide evidence of substantial research expertise.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

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.


We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.

Industry internships

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

Our researchers

A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

34 400


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 or ask us a question if you need more help.

You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

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: Find a research supervisor.

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:

CRICOS code: 075399G