THE SYDNEY JURIS DOCTOR (JD) - FAQS AND FURTHER INFORMATION


Nicole Commandeur, Juris Doctor (JD)

“In my view, the lecturers are the strongest asset of the Sydney JD. They are all experts in their field and many have extensive experience in practice. As an international student from The Netherlands, I applied for the Sydney JD after completing an exchange program at Sydney Law School. I feel that the Sydney JD offers me the best preparation possible for the Australian legal workforce.”

Nicole Commandeur, The Netherlands, Juris Doctor (JD)


What's a Juris Doctor?
The JD is increasingly recognised internationally as the professional entry law degree for graduates. It is a professional master's degree by coursework that satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practise law.

Can I use the title 'doctor' when I finish?
The Juris Doctor does not confer this title.

What's the difference between an LLB and a JD?
Both degrees are intended to lead to professional accreditation to practise law. You would undertake an LLB if you are commencing your law studies from high school. You would undertake a JD if you have already obtained your first degree and are commencing law as a graduate.

What do I study?
For professional accreditation, you must complete compulsory units of study known as the 'Priestley 11'. At Sydney, we add 2 additional units of study - Public International Law and Private International Law A to emphasise the importance of law as an international, transnational and global profession. You will also have to complete 7 electives. Please refer to the Program structure section of the web site for full details.

What Electives do I study?
You will have a wide range of electives from which to choose. There will be a strong emphasis on international law and you may choose some units from the Law School's extensive postgraduate coursework units of study. You will complete 7 electives and will be able to choose from 3 tables of electives as follows:

  • A minimum of one unit of study from the Juris Doctor Table A (comprising international, comparative, transnational units);
  • A maximum of five unit of study from the Juris Doctor Table B;
  • A minimum of one unit of study from the Juris Doctor Table C (jurisprudence units).

Please refer to the Program structure section of the web site for full details

How do I apply? Domestic students
You apply through UAC

On time applications close 31 October 2016.

Late applications will be accepted until 20 January 2017. The program commences on 20 February 2017.

UAC codes are:

Course
Code
Juris Doctor Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) 
980200
Juris Doctor Domestic Full Fee (DFEE) 
980205

How do I apply? International students

* Direct Application (through our Find a Course website)

* Application through a University Representative.
A worldwide network of registered agents represents the University of Sydney, with offices in over 50 countries. An agent can help with your application and lodge it on your behalf. The agent can also provide assistance with other information including accommodation, visas, and pre-departure information. Find your nearest agent on the International Services website.

The closing date of applications is the 20 January 2017 to commence in Semester 1 2017. The deadline is strict; no late applications will be accepted.

Classes commence on 20 February 2017. 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.

Degree and CRICOS codes are:

Degree and CRICOS codes
Juris Doctor Degree Code
MAJURDOC1000
Juris Doctor CRICOS Code
071754C

What Grades do I need?
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.

As a guide, if you are a Domestic applicant you will most likely need an ATAR in the 90s and a grade point average in the high credit range for a CSP place but slightly lower for a DFEE place. The final cut off may vary depending on the quality of applicants in the year that you apply.

As a guide, if you are an International applicant you would receive an offer if you your grade point average is in the credit range (65%), 2.8 on the 4 point scale for your degree.

Can I transfer from a full fee place to CSP?
If you have completed at least one year or equivalent of a juris doctor you will be assessed on the 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 distinction grade point average for a Commonwealth Supported Place. You will require a credit grade point average for a domestic full fee place.

Can I transfer from another Juris Doctor?
If you have completed at least one year or equivalent of a juris doctor you will be assessed on the 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 distinction grade point average for a Commonwealth Supported Place. You will require a credit grade point average for a domestic full fee place.

What credit do I get?
You can apply for credit of up to one year or 48 credit points. This will be determined after you receive an offer, and will depend on what you have studied compared with the Sydney JD.

Can I get credit for completed masters law units of study?
You may apply for credit for up to 2 advanced masters level units of study that have been undertaken at Sydney Law School or at another law school as long as they have not been counted towards an already completed degree and are taught by a law school, in a law degree. Credit will be determined on a case by case basis.

Can I transfer from an LLB into a JD?
Yes you can but you will be assessed on your best completed degree in another discipline and will not be given credit for any law units counted toward an undergraduate degree. Applications are through UAC.

How much does it cost?
Student contributions and fees quoted are per year and are subject to change. You should check the website for the latest fee information.

Cost
Domestic CSP student contribution
$10,440 (2016 Rate)
Domestic full fee 
$37,000 (2016 Rate)
International fee  
$43,000 (2016 Rate)

Is HECS Help and Fee Help available?
If you are an Australian citizen you may defer your student contribution through HECS-HELP for CSP students or your fees through FEE-Help for full fee students. Please visit the Australian Government Study Assist website for more information. Please note there are limits on the amount you may borrow but information is available on the same website.

What scholarships are available?
Scholarships available are as follows:

The C.A. Coglan and A.N. Littlejohn Scholarship for the Juris Doctor and The Wigram Allen Scholarships for the Juris Doctor. Open to both domestic and international applicants each Scholarship is worth $6,000 each year for the duration of the degree.

The Longworth Scholarship for the Juris Doctor is open to domestic applicants. The Scholarship is worth $12,000 for one year. Applications are made online via UAC's ACCESS Scholarship

Please visit the Scholarships website for more information on how to apply


Can I study part - time?
Yes you can. There are limited places available for both Domestic CSP and DFEE students. You will be given the chance to apply for a part time place when you accept your place into the JD. You will be required to undertake 4 units of study for the academic year. Classes will be held in the evening. Please refer to the Program structure section of the web site for full details.

Can I defer?
Yes you can. You have the option to defer your offer for one year. This means we’ll hold a place for you to enrol in the JD for the following year.

If you have received credit for previous law studies and defer you will need to have it re-assessed.

Is there mid-year entry
The Sydney Law School does not offer mid-year entry into this program.

When do I start?
Full-Time JD students will commence the first unit of study Foundations of Law on 20 February 2017. Part-Time JD students will commence their evening classes for first unit of study Foundations of Law on 6 March 2017 - see Important Dates

Is the Sydney JD accredited by the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB)?
Yes. The Legal Professional Admission Board (LPAB) accredited the Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) on 28 September 2010, effective 1 January 2011.

Is the Sydney JD a masters degree?
Under the Australian Qualifications Framework the Sydney JD is regarded as an AQF level 9 Masters Degree (Extended).