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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2020 Enrolment Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following. All courses listed may not be available each semester.

  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. All courses listed may not be available in each semester

 

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

  • 18 Core courses
  • 6 electives/options, including at least 3 options from the Approved Law Options list
  • A 12 credit point or 24 credit point Study tour or Postgraduate Internship course may be undertaken as a University Postgrad elective. 

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 Schedule

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

Please note: The following courses require permission before you can enrol. Please refer to the relevant course guide (by clicking below) for more information on how to gain permission for each course.

 

Capstone Courses

Capstone Courses are compulsory courses designed to consolidate the learning undertaken throughout the program and should be taken in your final 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 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

Transition rules:

This program guide applies to student in the plan code MC161P14.  If you commenced the Juris Doctor program from semester 1 2018 onwards, The program transition/progression map can be located here.

If you commenced the Juris Doctor program prior to semester 1 2018, you can contact Business Connect if you require assistance with Program progression.

2020 program update

In semester 1 2020, the Juris Doctor program will undergo a minor change and all students will be transitioned to the new structure.  All course credits that have already been obtained will be recognised in the new structure.  Students who commenced prior to semester 1 2020 should refer to the transition rules below.

The changes to the Juris Doctor program in 2020 are as follows:

  • LAW1042 Law and Information Technology is changing course title to LAW1042 Law and Technology and will change from an “Approved Law Option” to a core course of the program structure.
  • LAW2551 Innovative Justice will replace LAW1040 Legal Research Project as the core research project course.
  • LAW1040 Legal Research Project will change from a core course to an “Approved Law Option” course

There will be an addition of two new Approved Law Options/Elective courses:

  • LAW2565 Discrimination Law
  • LAW2564 Business and Human Rights

The discontinuation of the elective course LAW1032 Transnational Law

 

All students will be transitioned to the new program plan and new structure, and all course credits that have already been obtained will be recognised in the new structure. 

Transition rules will apply to students who started prior to semester 1 2020 and are on the plan code MC161P14.  These transition rules ensure that no student is required to complete more than 288 credit points. Please refer to the relevant information below that reflects your stage in the program to determine how this program structure change will affect you.

  1. If you have completed LAW1040 Legal Research Project prior to semester 1 2020, you are not required to take LAW1042 Law & Technology as a core course.  You may choose this as an elective if you wish.
  2. If you have not completed LAW1040 Legal Research Project prior to semester 1 2020, you may choose either LAW1040 Legal Research Project or LAW1042 Law & Technology as a core course, although please refer to the important note below to ensure you are meeting all requirements for the program.
  3. Your elective courses can include any of the new courses that are being introduced.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order satisfy the TEQSA research component of a Masters level program, you must have completed LAW1040 Legal Research Project at any stage of your program or LAW2551 Innovative Justice after sem 1 2020.  Please be aware that LAW2551 Innovative Justice prior to sem 1 2020 does not satisfy the TEQSA research component.   Failure to comply with these transitions rules may result in you being ineligible to graduate and may prevent you from being admitted to legal practice.

 

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 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 from the Approved Law Options list. The remaining three (3) electives may include any University Postgraduate Elective course or additional choices from the Approved Law Options list.

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 29 Feb  - Sunday 1 March 2020 
  • Weekend 2: Saturday 28 March - Sunday 29 March 2020 
  • Weekend 3: Saturday 2 May - Sunday 3 May 2020 

Please note: Students to attend all above classes

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 Campus1418
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 Campus14161405
Law of Torts12YesLAW1020City Campus14311421
Criminal Law12YesLAW2394City Campus14491440
AND

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Jurisprudence12YesLAW1046City Campus14301420
Advanced Contract Law12YesLAW2527City Campus14121400
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution12YesLAW1031City Campus3024
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from 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 from the Approved Law Options list. The remaining three (3) electives may include any approved postgraduate course or additional choices from the Approved Law Options list.

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Administrative Law12YesLAW1023City Campus13881398
Australian Property Law12YesLAW1024City Campus14151402
Australian Company Law12YesLAW1026City Campus1414
International Law12YesLAW1029City Campus1413
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 Campus14361365
Civil Procedure12YesLAW1030City Campus2045
Law and Information Technology12YesLAW1042City Campus29362887
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from 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 from the Approved Law Options list.  The remaining three (3) electives may include any approved postgraduate course or additional choices from the Approved Law Options list.

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Equity and Trusts12YesLAW1025City Campus1433
Evidence12YesLAW2395City Campus14421431
Innovative Justice12YesLAW2551City Campus14221411
AND

Select and Complete One (1) Course from 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 Campus1427
AND

Select and Complete Three (3) Courses from 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:

Please note: Only courses scheduled to run in 2020 will appear in the list below. The full list of Approved Law Options can be viewed here.

Select and Complete Six (6) Courses from:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code

Campus

Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Australian Taxation Law12YesLAW1028City Campus3372
Clinical Legal Education12YesLAW2434City Campus20462039
Advocacy Skills and Training12YesLAW2436City Campus3499
Introduction to Family Law in Australia12YesLAW2531City Campus2880
Competition and Consumer Law12YesLAW1033City Campus3375
External Competition12BUSM4684City Campus1438
JD Study Tour (CIJ): Innovative Justice and Court Innovation12YesLAW2533City Campus1454
Asian Management Issues12BUSM4119City Campus3445
Discrimination Law12YesLAW2565City Campus3447
Business and Human Rights12YesLAW2564City Campus3447
Legal Research Project12YesLAW1040City Campus1437
 

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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, 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.

 

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

For more information about enrolment at RMIT University, please go to the Enrolment home page.

*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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