La Trobe University

Juris Doctor


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
38 800

Accelerate your law career with a Juris Doctor.

La Trobe’s Juris Doctor is for students that hold a bachelor degree and are looking to start a career in law. It is also for those who seek to gain the qualifications to practice law in Australia.

You’ll benefit from small class sizes, personalised attention, simulated legal exercises and practical experience with real clients. Guide your career in the direction you want with electives in law and technology, commercial law, cyber law, international law, health law and human rights law.

Our Juris Doctor has strong connections to the social justice landscape and offers a suite of electives focused on legal disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship.

More reasons to study a Juris Doctor at La Trobe:

  • The program is run at our state-of-the-art campus in Melbourne’s CBD
  • Complete your degree in less than three years with summer and winter intensive subjects.
  • Benefit from La Trobe’s practising lecturers and reputation as a leading law school in Australia
  • Take advantage of our hands-on work placement opportunities in community legal centres, private law firms, government departments and NGOs.
  • Attend professional development and industry networking events.

La Trobe’s Juris Doctor delivers the academic requirements you need to apply for admission to practice Law in Victoria. The course also gives you the necessary foundations to practice law internationally.*

*Providing you meet the specific accreditation requirements of the host country.

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

Hear from past Law School alumni

If you’re deciding how to approach your legal career, you can benefit from the lessons learned by those who’ve gone ahead. La Trobe Law School alumni share their essential legal career advice – from what to focus on while you’re studying, to the value of having overseas experience on your CV - in the article ‘Catapult your legal career: 6 tips from our Law School alumni’.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

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 entry requirements 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.

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 of La Trobe’s Juris Doctor will be well placed to find work in professional legal practice as solicitors, in-house counsel, or barristers**. Other career opportunities include roles as policy officers, strategic advisers, or intelligence analysts for the corporate and government sectors. Over the next five years, there are expected to be 25,000 to 50,000 job openings for legal professionals in Australia.***

** Career outcomes dependent on the completion of additional requirements set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).
***Australian government projections.

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.

International graduates would need the relevant visa to complete a supervised workplace traineeship in Australia. You're advised to obtain assurance of recognition of the course by relevant professional bodies in your preferred country of practice.

Fees and scholarships

Annual tuition fee (A$)

38 800


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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

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.

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