MC161 - Juris Doctor

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RMIT program code: MC161
Plan name: Juris Doctor
Plan code: MC161P14
Campus: City Campus
Credit points per semester:
Full time: 48
Part time: 24

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2019 Enrolment Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:

  Year One of Program
 
AND  Year Two of Program
 
AND  Year Three of Program
 
AND  Approved Law Options List:
 

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 courses (144 CP)
  1. LAW1020 Law of Torts*
  2. LAW1031 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution*
  3. LAW2394 Criminal Law*
  4. LAW2524 Fundamentals of Contract Law*
  5. LAW2527 Advanced Contract Law*
  6. LAW1023 Administrative Law*
  7. LAW1024 Australian Property Law*
  8. LAW1026 Australian Company Law*
  9. LAW1027 Federal and State Constitutional Law*
  10. LAW1030 Civil Procedure*
  11. LAW1025 Equity and Trusts*
  12. LAW2395 Evidence*
  • 5 compulsory courses (60 CP)
  • 1 Capstone Courses (12 CP)
  • 6 elective courses^ from the approved Juris Doctor elective list (with the option of up to 3 University Postgraduate electives) (72 CP)

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.

 

Program Changes for students who commenced on or after Semester 2 2014 (effective Semester 1 2018) Please note: If you commenced the program in Semester 1 2018, this transition information does not apply

  • In Semester 1 2018, the Juris Doctor program changed from having 16 core and eight electives, to having 18 core and six elective courses.
  • Students automatically transitioned to the new structure, with recognition for courses already completed.  
  • If you commenced the program on or after Semester 1 2014, please download the program transition/progression map here.
  • This will assist you with keeping track of your progress throughout your studies.   If you require further assistance or clarification with your program structure, please see Business Connect.

 

Program Schedule

To assist you with course planning, please view the Program Schedule. Please note course offerings are subject to change. 

Note: BUSM4483 Postgraduate Business Internship and LAW2434 Clinical Legal Practice require permission from the Graduate School of Business and Law before enrolling.

 

Capstone Courses

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

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

The capstone courses for this program are:

 

Accreditation Information

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

For a list of the required courses you must complete in order to benefit from accreditation for the Professional Body related to your program, please click 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 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:

 

 

 

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Year One of Program

The Program structure below is based on a full time study load of 4 courses per semester.  Students should progress through this structure according to their study load, and should try to complete Year 1 courses before moving onto Year 2 courses etc.

Please note

Students are required to complete a total of six (6) electives. Three (3) of the six (6) electives must be law related electives. The remaining three (3) electives may include any University Postgraduate Elective course or additional choices from the approved Law Elective list.

 

Program Changes

If you have completed six (6) or fewer electives prior to Semester 1 2018

  • You will be required to complete 18 core and 6 elective courses.

 

  • If you have completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct will be considered as one of your core courses instead of  an elective and you will be required to complete the additional core course LAW2551 Innovative Justice.

 

  • If you have not completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, you will be required to complete the following core courses:
    • LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct and
    • LAW2551 Innovative Justice

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

 

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 on the following dates (refer to myTimetable for time and venue details):

Semester 1

  • Weekend 1: Saturday 2 March  - Sunday 3 March 2019 (week -1)
  • Weekend 2: Saturday 30 March - Sunday 31 March 2019 (week 4)
  • Weekend 3: Saturday 4 May - Sunday 5 May 2019 (week 8)

Semester 2

  • Weekend 1: Saturday 20 July - Sunday 21 July 2019 (week -1)
  • Weekend 2: Saturday 17 July - Sunday 18 August 2019 (week 4)
  • Weekend 3: Saturday 21 July - Sunday 22 September 2019 (week 8)

 

The compulsory course LAW1031 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution will be taught intensively over two non-consecutive weekends on the following dates (refer to myTimetable for time and venue details):

Semester 1

  • Weekend 1 Saturday 23 March - Sunday 24 March 2019 (week 3)
  • Weekend 2: Saturday 13 April - Sunday 14 April 2019 (week 6)

Complete the following One (1) Commencement Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods12LAW1019City Campus18821786
AND

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Fundamentals of Contract Law12YesLAW2524City Campus19151832
Law of Torts12YesLAW1020City Campus18841787
Criminal Law12YesLAW2394City Campus19051807
AND

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Jurisprudence12YesLAW1046City Campus19041804
Advanced Contract Law12YesLAW2527City Campus19171833
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution12YesLAW1031City Campus1898
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from either the list of Approved Law Option courses at the end of this program structure or a University postgraduate Elective Course.

 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Please note

Students are required to complete a total of six (6) electives. Three (3) of the six (6) electives must be law related electives. The remaining three (3) electives may include any approved postgraduate course or additional choices from the approved Law Elective list.

 

Program Changes

If you have completed six (6) or fewer electives prior to Semester 1 2018

  • You will be required to complete 18 core and 6 elective courses.

 

  • If you have completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct will be considered as one of your core courses instead of  an elective and you will be required to complete the additional core course LAW2551 Innovative Justice.

 

  • If you have not completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, you will be required to complete the following core courses:
    • LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct and
    • LAW2551 Innovative Justice

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

 

Intensive Dates

The compulsory course LAW2551 Innovative Justice will be taught intensively over two non-consecutive weekends on the following dates (refer to myTimetable for time and venue details):

Semester 1

  • Weekend 1: Saturday 30 March - Sunday 31 March 2019 (week 4)
  • Weekend 2: Saturday 4 May - Sunday 5 May 2019 (week 8)

Semester 2

  • Weekend 1: Saturday 17 August - Sunday 18 August 2019 (week 4)
  • Weekend 2: Saturday 21 August - Sunday 22 August 2019 (week 8)

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Administrative Law12YesLAW1023City Campus18861790
Australian Property Law12YesLAW1024City Campus18891792
Australian Company Law12YesLAW1026City Campus1890
International Law12YesLAW1029City Campus1797
AND

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Federal and State Constitutional Law12YesLAW1027City Campus18911795
Civil Procedure12YesLAW1030City Campus1895
Innovative Justice12YesLAW2551City Campus20772039
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from either the list of Approved Law Option courses at the end of this program structure or a University postgraduate Elective Course.

 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Students are required to complete a total of six (6) electives. Three (3) of the six (6) electives must be law related electives. The remaining three (3) electives may include any approved postgraduate course or additional choices from the approved Law Elective list.

 

Program Changes

Follow the rule that applies to you:

1) If you have completed six (6) or fewer electives prior to Semester 1 2018

  • You will be required to complete 18 core and 6 elective courses.

 

  • If you have completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct will be considered as one of your core courses instead of  an elective and you will be required to complete the additional core course LAW2551 Innovative Justice.

 

  • If you have not completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, you will be required to complete the following core courses:
    • LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct and
    • LAW2551 Innovative Justice

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

 

2) If you have completed seven (7) electives prior to Semester 1 2018

  • You will be required to complete 17 core and 7 elective courses.

 

  • If you have completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct will be considered as one of your core courses instead of an elective and you will be required to complete the additional core course LAW2551 Innovative Justice.

 

  • If you have not completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, you can choose either course below as one of your core courses:
    • LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct or
    • LAW2551 Innovative Justice.

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

 

3) If you have completed eight (8) electives prior to Semester 1 2018

  • You will be required to complete 16 core and 8 elective courses.

 

  • If you have completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct will be considered as one of your elective courses. Do not complete LAW2551 Innovative Justice.

 

  • If you have not completed LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct, you do not need to complete the following core courses:
    • LAW1037 Legal Practice Management & Professional Conduct or
    • LAW2551 Innovative Justice.

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

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Equity and Trusts12YesLAW1025City Campus1793
Evidence12YesLAW2395City Campus19061811
Legal Research Project12YesLAW1040City Campus19001803
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from either the list of Approved Law Option courses at the end of this program structure or a University postgraduate Elective Course.

AND

Complete the following One (1) Capstone Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct12YesLAW1037City Campus1800
AND

Select and Complete Three (3) Courses from either the list of Approved Law Option courses listed at the end of this program structure or from University postgraduate Elective Courses.

 
AND

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Approved Law Options List:

Select and Complete Six (6) Courses from:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Intellectual Property Law12YesLAW1022City Campus1788
Clinical Legal Education12YesLAW2434City Campus19071816
Wills and Succession12YesLAW1043City Campus1902
International Business Law12YesLAW1034City Campus1798
Labour Law12YesLAW1039City Campus1802
Environment and Planning Law Practice12YesLAW2529City Campus1918
Health Law12LAW2549City Campus2076
External Competition12BUSM4684City Campus3600
JD Study Tour (CIJ): Innovative Justice and Court Innovation12YesLAW2533City Campus3353
Legal Externship12LAW2554City Campus3595
 

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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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Please note the following regarding credit exemptions in MC161

  • Exemptions are notgranted for previous undergraduate study.
  • Exemptions for elective courses will only be considered for previous study completed at a postgraduate level.
  • Exemptions for core courses will only be considered for previous study undertaken as part of a postgraduate law degree.
  • If you intend to practice after completing the Juris Doctor program, you must successfully complete LAW1037 Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct and this should be taken into account when claiming credits for previous postgraduate study.
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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