MC161 - Juris Doctor

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RMIT program code: MC161
Plan name: Juris Doctor
Plan code: MC161
Campus: City Campus
Credit points per semester:
Full time: 48
Part time: 24

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2022 Enrolment Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:

   Year One of Program
 
AND   Year Two of Program
 
AND   Year Three of Program
 

Only students enrolled in the Juris Doctor (MC161) are permitted to enrol in Juris Doctor courses.

The Juris Doctor program requires the completion of 288 credit points (CP) comprising of the following:

  • Priestly 11 Knowlege Areas (12 courses) (144 CP)
  1. LAW1020 Law of Torts*
  2. Fundamentals of Law
  3. LAW2394 Criminal Law*
  4. Advanced Contract Law
  5. LAW1023 Administrative Law*
  6. LAW1024 Australian Property Law*
  7. LAW1026 Australian Company Law*
  8. LAW1027 Federal and State Constitutional Law*
  9. LAW1030 Civil Procedure*
  10. LAW1025 Equity and Trusts*
  11. LAW2395 Evidence*
  12. Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct
  • 3 compulsory courses (36 CP)
  • 1 Capstone Course (12 CP)
  • 8 elective courses^ from the approved Juris Doctor elective list (with the option of up to 8 University Postgraduate electives) (96 CP)

 

In response to Australian and Victorian government coronavirus (COVID-19) advice, some courses may be delivered online. For this reason, students must have access to a computer and the internet to support studies at RMIT. In Semester 1 2022, facilitated classes will be predominantly delivered face-to-face on campus. Lectures will continue to be recorded and shared through Canvas and will not be timetabled. Students can find out if a course has facilitated classes on campus, online or both by checking the Semester 1 class timetable once available, please note: 2022 Important timetable dates will be published in November 2021.  COVIDSafe campus protocols for students will remain in place in Semester 1 2022. For more information students can refer to the Return to campus update on the RMIT website.

Online options (where possible) will continue to be offered to International students who are outside of Australia or students who cannot attend campus due to circumstances outside their control. Please refer to If you cannot attend campus for further information.

 

Information about University Postgraduate elective courses is available on the University Electives web page

After graduating from the Juris Doctor, students are able to pursue legal practice through the completion of Supervised workplace training with a law firm or a Practical Legal Training Course.

 

Capstone Courses

Capstone Courses are compulsory courses designed to consolidate the learning undertaken throughout the program and should be taken in your final year/semester of study.

Applications for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning will not be accepted for Capstone courses.

The capstone course for this program is:

 

Accreditation Information

For information regarding external accreditation and industry links related to this program, please click here.

A list of the required courses you must complete in order to benefit from accreditation for the Professional Body related to your program, can be located here.

 

Global Intensives, Student Exchange, and Cross-campus Study

As part of your elective choices, you may want to consider enriching your student experience by undertaking global study and work (offered by the College of Business and Law) as part of your RMIT program. Please visit the Global Study and Work webpage for more information. International study and work opportunities at RMIT include:

 

* Students who intend to practice after completing the Juris Doctor must have successfully completed the elective LAW1037 Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct as part of their Juris Doctor program and this should be taken into account when claiming credits for non-law electives for previous postgraduate study.

 

Program Changes and Transition Rules

From Semester 1 2018, some new courses were added. However, for those student who commenced prior to Semester 2 2014, the core course structure will remain unchanged.

Recommendations effective for those who started prior to Semester 2 2014

If you have not completed a total of eight (8) electives and have availability in your enrolment, you may take one or more of the following additional elective options if you wish.

LAW2549 Health Law

and/or

LAW2551 Innovative Justice

Please note that LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct is required if you wish to be admitted to practice.

Please note that the above only applies to students who commenced prior to Semester 2, 2014. Those who commenced from Semester 2, 2014 or later, please refer to the relevant Enrolment Program Structure (EPS) - MC161P14.

 

Program Schedule

To assist you with course planning, please view the course offering schedule. Please note course offerings are subject to change and all courses listed may not be available each Semester. Please take this into account when planning your enrolments.

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Year One of Program

Law Electives

  • Students are required to complete a total of eight (8) electives.
  • Please add electives using the provided class numbers.
    Refer to the course offering schedule for the full list of law courses.
  • Note: LAW2434 Clinical Legal Practice requires permission from the school before enrolling.

 

Intensive courses
The compulsory pre-requisite course LAW1019 Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods will be taught intensively over three non-consecutive weekends (refer to myTimetable for specific date, time and venue details)

 

 

Please note: All courses listed may not be available each Semester, this is important to note when planning your enrolments. You must ensure that you satisfy the academic requirements of your program in order to graduate. 

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods 12 LAW1019 City Campus 2325 1739
Law of Torts 12 Yes LAW1020 City Campus 1767 1741
Criminal Law 12 Yes LAW2394 City Campus 1797 1835
Administrative Law 12 Yes LAW1023 City Campus 1744
Australian Property Law 12 Yes LAW1024 City Campus 1775
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 12 Yes LAW1031 City Campus 1785
AND

Select One (1) course from the following:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct 12 Yes LAW1037 City Campus 1832
Legal Research Project 12 Yes LAW1040 City Campus 2243
Law and Technology 12 Yes LAW1042 City Campus 1795
Jurisprudence 12 Yes LAW1046 City Campus 1833
Clinical Legal Education 12 Yes LAW2434 City Campus 2226 2145
Advocacy Skills and Training 12 Yes LAW2436 City Campus 1813
University Postgrad Elective
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Law Electives

Please add electives using the provided class numbers.
Refer to the course offering schedule for the full list of law courses.

Please note: LAW2434 Clinical Legal Practice requires permission from the school prior to enrolling. Please refer to the course guide by clicking here for more information on how to gain permission for this course.

Please note: All courses listed may not be available each Semester, this is important to note when planning your enrolments. You must ensure that you satisfy the academic requirements of your program in order to graduate. 

Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Australian Company Law 12 Yes LAW1026 City Campus 1778
International Law 12 Yes LAW1029 City Campus 1830
Federal and State Constitutional Law 12 Yes LAW1027 City Campus 1747
Australian Taxation Law 12 Yes LAW1028 City Campus 1750
Civil Procedure 12 Yes LAW1030 City Campus 1779
AND

Select Two (2) courses from the following:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct 12 Yes LAW1037 City Campus 1832
Legal Research Project 12 Yes LAW1040 City Campus 2243
Law and Technology 12 Yes LAW1042 City Campus 1795
Jurisprudence 12 Yes LAW1046 City Campus 1833
Clinical Legal Education 12 Yes LAW2434 City Campus 2226 2145
Advocacy Skills and Training 12 Yes LAW2436 City Campus 1813
University Postgrad Elective
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Law Electives

Please add electives using the provided class numbers.
Refer to the course offering schedule for the full list of law courses.

Please note: LAW2434 Clinical Legal Practice requires permission from the school prior to enrolling.

Please note: Course LAW1042 Law and Technology includes a weekly seminar and an intensive taught over one weekend (refer to myTimetable for specific date, time and venue details)

Please note: All courses listed may not be available each Semester, this is important to note when planning your enrolments. You must ensure that you satisfy the academic requirements of your program in order to graduate. 

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Evidence 12 Yes LAW2395 City Campus 1801 1838
Competition and Consumer Law 12 Yes LAW1033 City Campus 1831
Equity and Trusts 12 Yes LAW1025 City Campus 1746
AND

Select Five (5) courses from the following:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct 12 Yes LAW1037 City Campus 1832
Legal Research Project 12 Yes LAW1040 City Campus 2243
Law and Technology 12 Yes LAW1042 City Campus 1795
Jurisprudence 12 Yes LAW1046 City Campus 1833
Clinical Legal Education 12 Yes LAW2434 City Campus 2226 2145
Advocacy Skills and Training 12 Yes LAW2436 City Campus 1813
University Postgrad Elective
 

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Contact details and related links

Program structure enquiries

Contact Details

Business Connect via RMIT Connect or Text BC80 to 0477 444 555 to join the queue at Business Connect, Building 80, Level 7, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000.

 

Enrolment Load

The maximum standard enrolment load per semester is 48 credit points.

 

Overloading

You will only be permitted to overload by a maximum of 12 credit points in the final semester of your program, upon approval from the College.

 

Credit and Pathways

If you have previous learning or experience, you can apply for credit or recognition of prior learning towards your RMIT program. Please read the information provided on the Apply for Credit web page.

 

Timetabling

Please go to the Class timetables web page to access timetabling information.

 

Material fees

Some courses and programs have material fees (fees for field trips, goods or services) associated with them. In most cases these charges are not compulsory, but are levied by the teaching school for materials they purchase on your behalf for use in your studies. Go to the Material Fees web page to check the material fees for your program and courses.

Enrolment

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*Semester 1 classes generally commence in February and Semester 2 classes generally commence in July. Please contact your school for more information about specific class start days.

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