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Juris Doctor (JD)

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

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  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    24 units

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  • Awarded by:

    RMIT University

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What you'll learn

I’m finishing my uni degree, and getting work experience at the same time.

About this course

The RMIT JD is a versatile qualification for people seeking admission into the legal profession or for professionals who want to advance their careers. RMIT's close connection to industry, use of online teaching methods and the incorporation of face-to-face, practice-based sessions mean you will receive the highest standard of education with the greatest flexibility.

You will be able to determine your own study load each session, to fast-track your progress or work around other commitments. You will also be able to gain rich practical experience through face-to-face workshops, mock tribunals, moot court activities and mock negotiations in four of the units of the program. This course offers a wide range of elective choices and is particularly strong on business and international law, with highly experienced teachers and strong input from practising lawyers.

On-campus component

The Introduction to Australian Legal Systems and Legal Methods unit is conducted solely through intensive weekends in Melbourne, Victoria.


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law. Applicants must be: Australian citizens/Permanent residents, New Zealand citizens or a holder of either a Permanent Humanitarian or Temporary Protections Visa. Applications cannot be accepted from International Students.

Areas of study

You will have the opportunity to specialise in the following 'Priestley 11' areas:

  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Tort
  • Contract
  • Property
  • Equity
  • Company law
  • Administrative law
  • Federal and state constitutional law
  • Civil procedure
  • Evidence
  • Professional conduct
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Juris Doctor (JD) from RMIT University.

If you are seeking to enter the legal profession or expand your career opportunities where legal qualifications are sought or required, the RMIT Juris Doctor program will open doors to a wide range of professional options. RMIT University's Juris Doctor is accredited with the Council of Legal Education of Victoria and is recognised as a law program which can lead to admission to legal practice. After graduating from the Juris Doctor, you will be eligible to pursue legal practice through the completion of a traineeship with a law firm or a practical training course.

Curious about where a career in law could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Legal Assistant
  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Trainee Lawyer

Payment options & support

Finance options

FEE-HELP is available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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