Juris Doctor

University of Sydney


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 practise 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, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal and Japan.

Admission criteria

To apply for entry to the Juris Doctor, you need to a have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Law. Entry is competitive, and applicants are assessed on previous academic performance in their completed tertiary study and secondary school leaving qualification, such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent). Applications will be ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. If you have completed more than one degree the best degree results will be used. Applications from law graduates with a degree from a non-common law jurisdiction are welcomed. Applicants with a law degree from a non-common law jurisdiction may receive credit towards the Juris Doctor for some of their previous studies.

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

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.

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.

Sydney Law School

Admissions, Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Visit the Sydney Law School website and Postgraduate study 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.

Further information

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

Visit the University of Sydney website for general information.