Welcome From The Dean

The Dean, Professor Joellen Riley

At the University of Sydney Law School, we recognise that graduates will enter a global market for legal services. The Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) builds on our tradition of academic strength in the core areas of law and international law, to give you a competitive advantage in the legal world, both in Australia and overseas.

The JD includes all the core subjects for admission to practise in Australia. The curriculum is focused on international, comparative and transnational aspects of the law. You can also choose from a wide range of electives offering advanced learning and international perspectives.

Whether, after graduating, you choose to undertake further research or pursue a career in regional or local practice, government, commerce, or not-for-profit organisations, you will be equipped with all the analytical, ethical and problem-solving skills you will need to excel.

The key difference between our undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) is that the JD is taught at a postgraduate level and as a single degree, usually over three years. The LLB, by comparison, is studied in combination with another undergraduate degree over five or six years.

Both degrees include the subjects required for practice and both have an international focus. However, the JD has the advantage of providing a legal education specifically designed to equip you with a firm foundation in core areas of law and an understanding of the law in its international, comparative and transnational context.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Sydney Law School. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Professor Joellen Riley
Dean, Sydney Law School