The UNSW Juris Doctor (JD) is a flexible postgraduate degree for graduates of disciplines other than law and provides the basis for admission to legal practice in Australia. The JD can lead to a wide range of careers in government, business, legal and social policy and international relations.
UNSW JD students benefit from JD-only classes throughout the compulsory core component of their degree, have access to an exclusive Careers Service and are taught by UNSW’s world-class researchers and teachers. Students are prepared for the future of law by learning about new and emerging topics while establishing a foundation in key areas of law.
Note: Due to UNSW's quota system for Commonwealth-supported and fee-paying courses, students should apply as soon as possible. The quota system ensures enrolment is maintained at a level which maximises the quality of the UNSW teaching and learning experience.
Applications received after UAC's main closing date will be considered, however the university cannot guarantee that they'll be processed in time for the start of your preferred term. Offers to courses may close if a faculty's offer quota is reached. Applicants will be considered for preferences in future offer rounds in the 2022–23 UAC admissions period or can reapply in the following admissions period.
UNSW offers domestic applicants both Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and full-fee places in the JD. CSP are offered to the most competitively ranked applicants and the remaining eligible applicants will be offered a full-fee place in the JD program. Places are limited in the UNSW JD and generally, applicants need to have a completed qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree or higher with a distinction average for a CSP and a credit average for a full-fee place to be competitive. You should list both CSP and full-fee codes in your UAC preferences if you wish to be considered for both places. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a CSP place. Therefore, applicants may consider adding a Fee-paying preference.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people considering the Juris Doctor may be assessed under the Indigenous Alternative Entry Scheme pathway. In addition to your UAC application please submit an Indigenous Alternative Entry Scheme application form.
If you’re in your final year and about to complete your bachelor's degree, please refer to the UAC guide for Admission Requirement Deadlines.
Important: Offers are made on a rolling basis via UAC from October when domestic applications open.
Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a CSP place. Therefore, applicants may consider adding a Fee-paying preference.
UNSW offers up to eight JD Awards each year. Applications will be considered from students enrolled in a FEE place in UNSW’s JD to transfer to a CSP. Assessment will be based on results in a minimum of one year full-time equivalent (48 units of credit) of UNSW JD studies. It is expected that to be competitive for consideration, students will require a minimum distinction average. Applications are made through UAC Postgraduate. For further information please contact Law & Justice Student Services.
Classes for Introducing Law and Justice will start in the week commencing 5 February 2024 (Orientation Week) for admission in UNSW Term 1, and 2 September 2024 (Orientation Week) for admission in UNSW Term 3. These introductory classes are compulsory and are taught in intensive mode. All students must attend these classes as preparation for the study of law.
To reach the UNSW Admissions team regarding any of the scenarios above, please submit your request in writing via UNSW Admissions Enquiry Webform and contact +61 (2) 9385 3656 to confirm this by the specified deadlines. The approval of requests beyond these deadlines cannot be guaranteed.
^ Indicative annual course fees for 2023. Visit UNSW's website for further information.
Read the full course details on the UNSW Sydney website.