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Postgraduate course

Juris Doctor

University of Sydney

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The Juris Doctor is a graduate entry professional law degree that provides a pathway into the law profession for graduates from non-law degrees, or for those with law degrees from overseas. The Juris Doctor covers the areas of knowledge required for admission to practice law in Australia.

The Juris Doctor will develop your analytical, research, writing and advocacy skills in law, while the focus on international, comparative and transnational aspects of law will ensure you are well prepared for legal practice in Australia.

A wide range of electives offer advanced learning and international perspectives. You may choose to participate in our social justice program, go on exchange to similar law schools in Asia, Europe and North America, or experience other legal systems by completing one of our offshore units in China, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, India, Nepal and Japan.

Domestic students can apply for a full-fee place (DFEE) and/or a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).

Admission criteria

Admission to candidature for the Juris Doctor requires a bachelor's degree from any discipline other than law. Domestic students are assessed on the better of a combination of a secondary school leaving qualification, such as the NSW Higher School Certificate and completed tertiary study, or completed tertiary study by itself.

Applications will be ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Where students have completed more than one degree, results from the best degree will be used.

Offers are made on a rolling basis via UAC and will commence in September when domestic applications open. Accepting an earlier offer from another law school will not affect your University of Sydney Juris Doctor application, and you will still receive an offer if you are eligible. Accepting a fee offer from the University of Sydney does not affect your CSP preference and you will be assessed if places are still available in later rounds.

Applications are also open to Juris Doctor students from other law schools who have completed no more than one year of their Juris Doctor at the time of enrolment.

Applications from law graduates with a degree from a non-common law jurisdiction are welcomed. Unspecified credits might be granted for candidates who have completed a Bachelor of Laws, or a similar qualifying law degree overseas.

English language requirements must be met where applicants cannot demonstrate sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Further information about requirements.

Fees and charges

^ Annual course fees are indicative only and subject to change.

Australian Government financial assistance

University of Sydney scholarships and financial assistance

Equity Scholarships through UAC

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places (CSP) may be available in this course. The number of places available is limited. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Further information

Read the full course details on the University of Sydney website.

Visit the University of Sydney Law School website.
Call 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (freecall).
Email via the University of Sydney website.

In addition to the Juris Doctor offered through UAC, the Sydney Law School offers a wide range of postgraduate coursework degrees by direct application to the University.