The Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) - How To Apply – International Students

Spencer Land, Juris Doctor (JD), Canada

“For me, the draw of a big city and the professional environment it brings with it was a key factor in my decision to apply to the University of Sydney Law School. I wanted the ability to get my foot in the door to a much larger, globally recognised business market than I was used to. Doing that in a city as visually iconic and vibrant as Sydney was really appealing.”

Spencer Land, Juris Doctor (JD), Canada

Juris Doctor - Application Method

You can apply for the Juris Doctor either direct application online or through a University representative.

Direct Application Online

Application through a University Representative

Degree Code

A worldwide network of agents represents the University of Sydney. A local agent can help with your application, certify your documents and lodge it on your behalf. The agent can also give you assistance with other information including accommodation, visas, and pre-departure information. Find your nearest agent on the International Services website

Closing Date for Applications

The closing date of applications is the 19 January 2018 to commence in Semester 1 2018. Applications cannot be submitted after this deadline.

The degree commences with the compulsory unit of study Foundations of Law which is held in intensive mode commencing Monday 19 February 2018. Foundations of Law is the pre-requisite unit for all other units in the degree and all students MUST attend classes for this unit from the first day onwards.

Entry into the Juris Doctor

You will need to a have a degree in another discipline to apply for entry into the JD. You will be assessed on academic performance only. You will be assessed on the basis of 25% recognised high school qualification / 75% grade point average for a completed degree.

Where high school results are not available you will be assessed using the grade point average for a completed degree alone. As a guide, you would receive an offer if you your grade point average is in the credit range (65%).

Juris Doctor – Transfer from another Australian Juris Doctor

If you have completed at least one year or equivalent of a juris doctor from another Australian university you will be assessed on their grade point average for your first year. You will not be considered for entry if you have completed more than one year of study in a juris doctor at another institution. You will require a credit grade point average. You would normally get credit for the year that you have studied but this would be determined at enrolment.

Juris Doctor – Accelerated Program for Law Graduates from other Jurisdictions

If you have completed a degree from a non-common law jurisdiction you may receive credit of up to 42 credit points. You will receive unspecified credit of 30 credit points. You may also receive a further 12 credit points when you enrol if you can provide evidence that you have completed the equivalent of one unit of study in international, comparative or transnational law and unit of study in jurisprudence. If you receive the full credit of 42 credit points it may be possible to complete the JD degree within 2 years.

Juris Doctor - English Language Requirements

Please refer to the International Student Office website for full details of the University’s English language requirements. The English language requirement for the Juris Doctor is:

  • an IELTS of 7.5 with no band below 7.0, or
  • a TOEFL of 615 plus a TWE of 5, or
  • IBT of 105 with a minimum of 25 in the writing section and 23 in all other sections.
  • an overall PTE score of 76 with no score section below 68