Doctor of Juridical Science
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.
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): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).
TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.
Or approved international equivalent.
Graduates are likely to find roles in academia, the legal profession, law reform, politics, business and commerce, government service, and public administration.
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Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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How to apply
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