University Handbook 2018

Juris Doctor

Course code/s: LMJD - City

Course Details
Location City Campus
Course Coordinator 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. Assessment tasks emphasise practical skills and hands-on experience. Our unique work integrated learning partnership with the Law Institute of Victoria creates opportunities for us to match your interests with a Victorian law firm and award academic credit for your work experience. 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.

Admission 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 approved equivalent qualification with a personal statement. The personal statement should address reasons seeking to study law, relevant employment experience, evidence of contribution to the community, and relevant skills and experience that enable the candidate to undertake study workload.
  • International language requirements: IELTS (Academic) Speaking=6.0, Writing=6.0, reading=6.0, Listening=6.0, and Overall=6.5
  • In 2018 the Law School is offering ten scholarships for Canadian students accepted into the JD Program who have demonstrated merit in any discipline.  This scholarship will provide a 20% reduction on applicable fees. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

Course requirements

Students must:

  • complete at least three years 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 the 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.
  • ABS0WOM is another not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Course structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Juris Doctor (LMJD) City Campus 2018 [PDF 97 KB]

First year

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

Second year

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

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 law electives are made available for JD students each year. JD students may also take some Law Masters Electives.

Students intending to undertake High Degree Research after completing the Juris Doctor should undertake 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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