University Handbook 2019

Juris Doctor

Course code/s: LMJD

Course Details
Location City Campus
Course Coordinator Dr Marc Trabsky
Course Code LMJD
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 084540K
Course Duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence available Yes
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Course Description

La Trobe Law School’s Juris Doctor offers an innovative, high quality legal education with a global and social justice perspective on the law. It includes all the compulsory subjects required by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board for admission to the legal profession as an Australian lawyer. The degree is offered at La Trobe’s City Campus with access to contemporary interactive learning facilities in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct. Teaching is conducted in small classes during the day and in the evening, but some classes may be offered on weekends. The emphasis of assessment tasks is on practical skills and hands-on experience. Our unique work integrated learning partnerships enable you to get practical experience with real clients and real legal issues by shadowing lawyers in a range of settings. This real world experience allows you to build valuable networks during work placements.                                                          

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of legal knowledge that includes the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts. 
  2. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the broader contexts within which legal issues arise including the principles and values of justice, ethical practice in lawyers’ roles and contemporary developments in law, and its professional practice.  
  3. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of approaches to ethical decision making and an ability to recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and appropriate dispute resolution and in service to the community.
  5. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills, including an ability to identify and articulate complex legal issues and apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate jurisprudential and practical responses to legal issues. 
  6. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions, as well as to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues. 
  7. Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences and collaborate effectively in teams.
  8. Learn and work with a high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism and adopt a reflective approach to their own capabilities and performance.

Course Requirements

Students must:

  • complete at least three years of equivalent full-time study. The accelerated option allows full time domestic and international students to complete the degree in less than three years by completing electives in Summer and Winter Semesters
  • complete a total of 360 credit points comprising 16  law core subjects and 8 law electives


  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Juris Doctor (LMJD) City Campus 2019

First year

Legal Process, Methods & Institutions Principles of Criminal law Principles of Tort Law Contracts Law A
Statutory Interpretation Property Law Constitutional Law Contracts Law B

Second year

Semester 1 LAW5RPL LAW5EVP LAW5PAD Elective
Real Property Law Evidence and Criminal Procedure Principles of Administrative Law Masters level law elective (15cp)
Semester 2 LAW5CPL LAW5CVP LAW5EQT Elective
Corporations Law Civil Procedure Principles of Equity and Trusts Masters level law elective (15cp)

Third year

Semester 1 LAW5PPC Elective Elective Elective
Legal Practice and Professional Conduct Masters level law elective (15cp) Masters level law elective (15cp) Masters level law elective (15cp)
Semester 2 LAW5RMD Elective Elective Elective
Remedies Masters level law elective (15cp) Masters level law elective (15cp) Masters level law elective (15cp)


A diverse selection of Masters Level Law Electives are made available for JD students each year.

Students intending to undertake High Degree Research after completing the Juris Doctor should complete the 15cp elective LAW5LRE Legal Theory and Methodology and the 30cp elective LAW5MIT Minor Thesis, and ensure that they seek advice about eligibility for HDR studies early in their degree.


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